100+ Over Thinking Quotes To Spur You To Take Action

Over Thinking Quotes

Best Over Thinking Quotes-Overthinking can very critical as it affects and has affected so many people all round the world. It is dwelling or worrying about the same thought repeatedly. Overthinking can be caused by depression, anxiety, fear of uncertainty, and other mental health disorders.

People who overthink can be weakened by their worries and may struggle to make decisions or take actions.

When faced with major decisions, whether in marriage, career, business, family or academics you may find yourself thinking long and hard about the possible outcome.

This is quite normal because major decisions require thoughtful, thorough consideration. But sometimes you find yourself turning almost every thought over and over in your mind that all you begin to wonder about is the “what-ifs” so much that you become frozen with inaction and then it leads to frustration, depression, anxiety and sometimes health issues.

We’ve gathered the best overthinking quotes to help bring you out of that circle and start taking life-changing actions.

Best Overthinking Quotes To Help You Take Actions

Do you know that thinking too much is a big problem, why overthink when you can actually start taking actions today. Here are some overthinking quotes to help you to start taking actions.

To think too much is a disease.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Don’t get too deep, it leads to over thinking, and over thinking leads to problems that doesn’t even exist in the first place.” – Jayson Engay

 “Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” – Mark Twain

“Stop overthinking everything. Just let it be. Relax and go with the flow more. Worry less. And don’t take life so seriously… live a little!” – Mandy Hale

“Stop overthinking everything. Just let it be. Relax and go with the flow more. Worry less. And don’t take life so seriously… live a little!” – Mandy Hale

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Overthinking ruins you. It ruins the situation. And it twists things around. It makes you worry. Plus it just makes everything worst than it actually is.” – Karen Salmanso

“I get anxious about everything. I just can’t stop thinking about things all the time. And here’s the really destructive part — it’s always retrospective. I waste time thinking of what I should have said or done.” – Hugh Laurie

“We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” – Anthony Hopkins

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

“The more you overthink the less you will understand.” – Habeeb Akande

“I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” – Jonathan Safran Foer.

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.” – Bethany Brookbank

“Stop worrying about what tomorrow may bring. Focus on what you can control. Stay positive. Enjoy today. Expect good things to come.” – Karen Salmansohn

”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” – Brian Tracy

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Van Wilder

“While you were overthinking, you missed everything worth feeling.” – Nitya Prakash

Overthinking Quotes – “While you were overthinking, you missed everything worth feeling.” – Nitya Prakash

“Don’t overthink, just do it.” – Shia LaBeouf

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” – Lao Tzu

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

“Overthinking, also best known as creating problems that are never there.” – David Sikhosana

“If you want to conquer overthinking, bring your mind to the present moment and reconnect it with the immediate world.” – Amit Ray

“My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.” – Sylvia Plath

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.” – Randy Armstrong

“The more you rationalize, the more you move farther away from your authentic self.” – Shannon L. Alder

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”– Dean Smith

“My father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will ever be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” – Scott Eastwood

“Only about two percent of one percent of our thoughts deserve to be taken seriously.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Majority of people who are easily stressed are the ones who think too much about the problems instead of solutions. Always focus on solutions.” – Subodh Gupt

“Put your thoughts to sleep. Do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” – Rumi

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” – Buddha

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” – W. Clement Stone

“Remember, the talking about the thing isn’t the thing. Doing the thing is the thing.” – Amy Poehler

“Worrying about how things might go wrong, doesn’t help things to go right.” – Karen Salmansohn

“You know, it is a little known fact that thinking is entirely overrated. The world would be a much better place if we all did a lot less of it.” – Laurie Viera Rigler

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

“I have realized sometimes I do better working under a crazy schedule. It gives me less time to overthink things and forces me to be present.” – Torrey DeVitto

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard Shaw

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The more I think about it, the more I realize that overthinking isn’t the real problem. The real problem is that we don’t trust.” – L.J. Vanier

“Overthinking is parasitic. It’s viral. It’s deadly, even.” – Genereux Philip

“Most of us never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems. But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them.” – Bernie Siegel

Over Thinking Quotes

“I’m not thinking about anything when I’m climbing, which is part of the appeal. I’m focused on executing what’s in front of me.” – Alex Honnold

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Overthinking is often a product of underdoing.” – Yehuda Berg

“You only have control over three things in your life, the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.” – Jack Canfield

“If my mind is busy thinking about things like how someone hurt or upset me and how I can protect myself or get back at them, I’m too busy in my head to enjoy the present moment.” – Ankush Jain

“A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.” – Bertrand Russell

“Nothing happens by overthinking; then why stress? Is it too hard to sit down and relax?” – Sukant Ratnakar

“Trust the still, small voice that says, “this might work and I’ll try it.” – Diane Mariechild

“Life stops when one stops dreaming for better because of overwhelming pressure of fear that arises from his overthinking..” – Srinivas Mishra

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Soon you will be dead and none of it will matter” – Marcus Aurelius

“If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking.” – Paul Arden

“Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.” – Steven Pressfield

Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.” – Steven Pressfield

“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life… Do good if you can; but, at any rate, do something.” – Elizabeth Gaskell

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” – Lao Tzu

“Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves.” – Benjamin Disraeli.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

“Now is definitely the best time to start, though Yesterday would have beaten it easily.” – Kalpesh Jain

 “Overthinking is a dream-killer. Sometimes you can drown yourself in your own thoughts.” – Steve Maraboli

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.” – Epictetus.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

“A mistake in judgment isn’t fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.” – Pauline Kael

“Worry is the triumph of fear.” – Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“Thinking too deeply will only drown me.” – Greta Farrel

“No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” – Alan Watts.

“Try not to give the driving seat of your mind to anyone. People are happy to drive you to regrets.” – Vineet Raj Kapoor

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.” – William R. Inge

 “Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.” – William R. Inge

“To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine. It racks itself to pieces. The sea air, sunshine, and patience, Watson—all else will come.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

“Overthinking uses energy and leads to activity with no action. That is one particular problem many will face. Questology is the answer to cure this cancer.” – Thomas Vato

“It has been well said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The world is full of people who will help you manufacture tornados in order to blow out a match.” – Shaun Hick

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not other, it is your own mind.” – Sri Ravi Shankar

“Overthinking will not empower you over things that are beyond your control. So, let it be if it is meant to be and cherish the moment.” – Mahsati A.

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” – Dalai Lama

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” –  William James

“He never complicates a desire by overthinking it, unlike Mirabelle, who spins a cocoon around an idea until it is immobile.” – Steve Martin

“I have to remind myself, stop thinking about the future. Stop thinking about what happened at work today, or another choice you could have made.” – Anna Gunn

“The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The finer the element, the more powerful it is. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s not good for you.” – Kody Keplinger

“The closer one comes to truth, the further one gets from mind.” – James Pierce

“The closer one comes to truth, the further one gets from mind.” – James Pierce

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius.

“Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“If you want power, control the narrative in other people’s head. If you seek happiness, control the narrative in your own head.” – Johnny Uzan.

“Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Keep your ears open and listen to the whispers of the universe, it will direct you towards the right direction.” – Hina Hashmi

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchil

“Clinging to old ways and fighting change is not the answer.” –Michael Rapino

Overthinking Quotes To Help Bring Your Mind To Order

You want to get your mind and thoughts in order, here are some quotes to help you put your mind to order.

“The more I think about it, the more I realize that overthinking isn’t the real problem. The real problem is that we don’t trust.” L.J. Vanier.

“If you’re stressing over happiness, you’re doing it wrong!” Shannon L. Alder.

“Overthinking ruins you. It ruins the situation. And it twists things around. It makes you worry. Plus it just makes everything worst than it actually is”. Karen Salmansohn.

“I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” Jonathan Safran Foer.

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” Van Wilder, ‘Van Wilder: Party Liaison’, 2002.

“To think too much is a disease.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

“Don’t get too deep, it leads to overthinking, and over thinking leads to problems that doesn’t even exist in the first place.” Jayson Engay.

Over Thinking Quotes

“Don’t think. It complicates things. Just feel, and if it feels like home then follow its path.” R.M. Drake.

“Overthinking, also best known as creating problems that are never there.” David Sikhosana.

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean! “ Shannon L. Alder.

Overthinking Quotes To Help Calm Your Mind

Overthinking brings about anxiety, fear, depression and stress and all these have negative effect on the body system. You will need to calm your mind and here are some quotes to help you stop overthinking and calm your mind.

“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” Leo Buscaglia.

“The more you overthink the less you will understand.” Habeeb Akande.

“Stop worrying about what tomorrow may bring. Focus on what you can control. Stay positive. Enjoy today. Expect good things to come.” Karen Salmansohn.

“We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything.” Anthony Hopkins.

“Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” Brian Tracy.

Famous Overthinking Quotes To Help You To Stop Living In Your Head

“Over thinking ruins moods and kills good vibes.”Supa Nova Slom.

 “My father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will ever be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” Scott Eastwood.

“Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘Ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets.” Michael B. Jordan.

“Don’t overthink things. Sometimes you can convince your head not to listen to your heart. Those are the decisions you regret for the rest of your life.” Leah Braemel.

“Overthinking can lead to worrying which leads to anxiety. Anxiety can at times be crippling, leave people frozen and unable to act”. Brien Blatt.

“I admire the linear and decisive way a certain kind of man thinks, to my curlicue boundless overthinking.” J. Courtney Sullivan.

“Put your thoughts to sleep. Do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” Rumi.

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” W. Clement Stone.

“Everything is too easy. If you want to record a song, you can buy Pro Tools and record four hundred guitar tracks. That leads to overthinking, which kills any spontaneity and the humanity of the performance.” Jack White.

“Most of us never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems.” Bernie Siegel.

“Overthinking is parasitic. It’s viral. It’s deadly, even.”Genereux Philip.

“The main things to rebel against – over-production, too much technology, overthinking.” Jack White.

“I have found that sometimes I do better working on a crazy schedule. It gives me less time to overthink things and forces me to be present.” Torrey DeVitto.

“Worrying how things go wrong doesn’t help things go right.” Karen Salmansohn.

“Overthinking is often a product of underdoing.” Yehuda Berg.

Over Thinking Quotes About Anxiety

Anxiety is one effect of overthinking and this comes with paranoia and lack of enthusiasm. Here are some quotes about overthinking and anxiety that will help you see reasons you shouldn’t overthinking and keep your mind calm.

“Anxiety in children is originally nothing other than an expression of the fact they are feeling the loss of the person they love.”

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray.

“A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.” Bertrand Russell.

“Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves.” Benjamin Disraeli.

“Concerning the factors of silence, solitude and darkness, we can only say that they are actually elements in the production of the infantile anxiety from which the majority of human beings have never become quite free.” Sigmund Freud.

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.” Epictetus.

“A mistake in judgment isn’t fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.” Pauline Kael.

“No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” Alan Watts.

“It has been well said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” Charles Spurgeon.

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” Kahlil Gibran.

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” Dalai Lama.

“If you treat every situation like a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.” Dean Smith.

“Overthinking will not empower you over things that are beyond your control. So, let it be if it is meant to be and cherish the moment.” Mahsati A.

“Less thinking, more living.” S.R. Crawford.

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” Dale Carnegie.

Over Thinking Quotes

“I have to remind myself, stop thinking about the future. Stop thinking about what happened at work today, or another choice you could have made.” Anna Gunn.

“When you begin to worry, go find something to do… worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem.” Joyce Meyer.

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin.

“You can’t change who you are, but you can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you’re thinking about, you can put some fresh air in your brain.” Ernesto Bertarelli.

“Stop overthinking, put more energy on what you really want to do.” Amit Ray.

“If we could eliminate the ‘over’ and just think, then we could do, too. Only we’d be smarter doers because we’d be thinkers.” Sarah Strohmeyer.

“Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s not good for you.” Kody Keplinger.

“You know, it is a little known fact that thinking is entirely overrated. The world would be a much better place if we all did a lot less of it.” Laurie Viera Rigler.

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” Lao Tzu

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.” Ziggy Marley.

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” Brian Tracy.

“Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable.” Jon Kabat-Zinn.

“It’s always the mind that needs quietening and the heart that needs listening to.” Rasheed Ogunlaru.

“There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts.”

“Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.” Rasheed Ogunlaru.

“Retire into thyself. The rational principle which rules has this nature, that it is content with itself when it does what is just, and so secures tranquility.”  Marcus Aurelius.

“The nearer a man comes to a calm mind the closer he is to strength.” Marcus Aurelius.

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” Dan Millman.

Overthinking Quotes From Books

There are some books that have talked about the negative side of overthink. Here are some quotes from some of these books.

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” Christopher Hitchens, ‘Letters To A Young Contrarian’.

“The downside of being a writer is you get plenty of time to overthink your life.” Don Miller, ‘Scary Close’.

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” Tina Fey, ‘Bossypants’.

“He never complicates a desire by overthinking it, unlike Mirabelle, who spins a cocoon around an idea until it is immobile.” Steve Martin, ‘Shopgirl’.

“You take a photo, but you rarely post. You write, but you rarely publish. All of this is because your overthinking mind cannot stop thinking about how you will be perceived by the outside world.” Joel Annesley, ‘Quiet Confidence: Breaking Up With Shyness’.

“Grandma once told me it’s easy to overthink love, to dissect it and question it until it is no more.” Ellen Hopkins, ‘Impulse’.

“When you’ve had a life of overthinking, you have the same reaction time and time again. Shyness becomes habitual.” Joel Annesley

“The sensible part of me wanted to dissect my emotions, overthinking and overcomplicating my reaction to Jev. But a more physical and immediate part was tired of allowing logic to chase me in circles.” Becca Fitzpatrick, ‘Silence’.

“My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.” Sylvia Plath, ‘The Bell Jar’.

“Every time the days morphed into night, my mind spun around like a carousel. What was it about the night that made people overthink everything?” Morgan Lee Miller

“The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.” Bethany Brookbank,

“So many thoughts, my kvothe. You know too much to be happy.”

“Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.” Robert Herjavec

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.”-Hamlet, WilliamShakespeare

“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life.” –Elizabeth Gaskell

“While you were overthinking, you missed everything worth feeling.”  Nitya Prakash.

Overthinking Quotes You Should Think About

“Overthinking makes you dwell in the past and immerse yourself in worries and fears, instead of living in the present and acting in the present.”

“Think it over, don’t overthink.”

“Pain changes people. It makes them trust less, overthink more, and shut people out.”

“Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, just let it be.”

“Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you.”

“If overthinking burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.”

“Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.”

“Overthinking ruins friendships and relationships. Overthinking creates problems you never had. Don’t overthink, just overflow with good vibes.”

“Dear mind, please stop thinking so much at night. I need sleep.”

“Remember, absolutely nothing good can come out of overthinking it.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Overthinking thoughts?
  • Overthinking generally refers to the process of repetitive, unproductive thought.

  • Why do I Overthink?
  • Although overthinking is not a mental illness, it is associated with conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance use disorder.

  • How can I free my mind?
  • Here are a few ways to help free your mind:

    • MeditateExerciseLet go of the pastBe mindfulPractice EFT(Emotional Freedom Technique)Stop feeling guiltySmile and laugh

  • Is anxiety like overthinking?
  • No, Overthink is not a mental health condition, but it can be as a result of depression or anxiety.

    Final Note

    Understanding your personal mental habits is a way forward to breaking a loop of overthinking, which will get you out of your head and into the real world. If your feeling trapped and powerless by thinking paralysis, or you’re trying to think your way out of a situation and keep rolling in circles , then these overthinking quotes will definitely help you greatly.

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