34 Quotes to Stop Overthinking

The harmful habit of overthinking is one of the most frequent things that keeps individuals trapped in inactivity and from achieving what they really want.

You may overthink a little issue or difficulty to the point that it seems to be a massive and unbeatable monster.

Or you may obsess on something good in your life until it loses its luster.

And sometimes, by overanalyzing and dissecting a simple event occurring right now, you may be robbing it of its pleasure and enchantment.

Here are 34 amazing quotes to help your stop overthinking:

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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 Herjavek

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

Brian Tracy

Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.

Robert Eliot

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

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.

Leo Buscaglia

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

Sylvia Plath

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.

Dean Smith

I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.

Jonathan Safran Foer

Overthinking, also, best known as creating problems that are never there

David Sikhosana

Thinking too much just brings it back to me, me, me—but thanking takes my eyes off myself and my mistakes and puts them on others, on things bigger than myself. I can’t stand here very long without being humbled at how small I am and amazed at how big and beautiful our world is.

Elizabeth Musser

Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.


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

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

John Newton

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.

George Bernard Shaw

To think too much is a disease.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Although difficult, change is always possible. What holds us back from making the changes we desire are our own limiting thoughts and actions.


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

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

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

The more you overthink the less you will understand.

Habeeb Akande

It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.

Paulo Coelho

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

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

Remember, the talking about the thing isn’t the thing. Doing the thing is the thing.

Amy Poehler

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.

Erma Bombeck

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

Diane Mariechild

We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein

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

Benjamin Franklin

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain