Do you often overthink and don’t know how to stop doing it? Let me help you break the cycle! Take a look at these overthinking quotes to help you worry a bit less!

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  1. “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” – Mark Twain
  2. “Put your thoughts to sleep. Do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” —Rumi
  3. “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
  4. “We drink the poison our minds pour for us and wonder why we feel sick.” – Atticus
  5. “The more you overthink the less you will understand.” ― Habeeb Akande
  6. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” —Benjamin Franklin
  7. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. “If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen.” — Desiderius Erasmus
  9. “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Erma Bombeck
  10. “The more you rationalize, the more you move farther away from your authentic self.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  11. “Sometimes you gotta stop worrying, wondering and doubting. Have faith that things will work out. Maybe not as you planned, but how they were meant to be.” —Unknown
  12. ”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” – Brian Tracy
  13. ”What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
  14. “Stop worrying about what tomorrow may bring. Focus on what you can control. Stay positive. Enjoy today. Expect good things to come”.— Karen Salmansohn
  15. “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.” —Robert Eliot
  16. “Be careful not to appear obsessively intellectual. When intelligence fills up, it overflows a parody.” ― Criss Jami
  17. “If you’re obsessing over something you don’t like about yourself that you either can’t change or have no intention of improving, it’s not self-reflection — it’s overthinking.” —Katie McCallum
  18. “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
  19. “You deserve the same level of attention you so freely give others.” – Emma Xu
  20. “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
  21. “You don’t have to take every alarming thought that pops into your head as truth.” —Mara Santilli
  22. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  23. “You don’t go through something in your mind a hundred times and call it a rehearsal.” – Emma Xu
  24. “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
  25. “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
  26. “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” – Leo Buscaglia
  27. “Sometimes you need to hit pause and press next.” – Emma Xu
  28. “Sometimes, you overthink things so much that you ruin something before it even begins, then you beat yourself up, replaying everything to your friends and in your mind.”— Kirsten Corley
  29. “Of the thousands of decisions you make every day, the majority are simply not worth draining your brain power over.” —Katie McCallum
  30. “My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.” – Sylvia Plath
  31. “Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  32. “Don’t overanalyze what you see. I have a feeling that you’re over-thinking things. Give it some time, and the pieces of this puzzle might come together.” ― Jessica Park
  33. “I made peace with my overthinking and suddenly forgot how to do it.” —Unknown
  34. “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.” – Dean Smith
  35. “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” – Thomas S. Monson
  36. “Don’t think. It complicates things. Just feel, and if it feels like home, then follow its path.”— R.M. Drake
  37. “When you don’t overthink, you become more efficient, more peaceful and more happy.” —Remez Sasson
  38. “I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” – Jonathan Safran Foer
  39. “ Not everything they say has a hidden message.” – Emma Xu
  40. “Overthinking ruins friendships and relationships. Overthinking creates problems you never had. Don’t overthink, just overflow with good vibes”.— Anonymous
  41. “Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.” —Dr. Alexis Carrel
  42. “Overthinking, also, best known as creating problems that are never there.” – David Sikhosana
  43. “If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.” – Glennon Doyle Melton
  44. “Stop overthinking, put more energy on what you really want to do.” ― Amit Ray
  45. “Don’t be afraid to trust your gut to help you make a final decision.” —Katie McCallum
  46. “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
  47. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in’ – Napoléon Bonaparte
  48. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” —Marcus Arelius
  49. “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” – Buddha
  50. “Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s not good for you.” ― Kody Keplinger
  51. “I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” – Jonathan Safran Foer
  52. “Take action on the things you can control and let go of the things you can’t.” —Katie McCallum
  53. “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
  54. “Your addiction to thinking will come back to haunt you.” ― Natsume Sōseki
  55. “At any given point in life, it is possible to direct our thoughts in such a way that changes our perception of the same set of circumstances from bright and sunny to dark and stormy.” —Are You Overthinking Everything?, PsychAlive
  56. “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
  57. “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere” – Emma Bombeck
  58. “Mastery is the opposite of passivity and, as it grows, turns long-suffering rumination into confident action.” —Ellen Hendriksen
  59. ”People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard Shaw
  60. “Don’t overthink yourself out of something good!” ― Akosua Dardaine Edwards
  61. “It’s time to just be happy. Being angry, sad and overthinking isn’t worth it any more. Just let things flow. Be positive.” —Unknown
  62. “When you’ve had a life of overthinking, you have the same reaction time and time again. Shyness becomes habitual. When you’re put in an unfamiliar situation, all you want to do is retreat and hide by default. You watch but don’t participate. You listen but don’t respond. You read, but rarely comment. 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
  63. “Stop thinking, and end your problems.” – Lao Tzu
  64. “On the whole, I love being an overthinker, it’s enormously enriching.” —Annalisa Barbieri
  65. “Although difficult, change is always possible. What holds us back from making the changes we desire are our own limiting thoughts and actions.” – Satsuki
  66. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute” ― Tina Fey
  67. “The hallmark of overthinking is that it is unproductive.” —Stephanie Anderson Whitmer
  68. “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
  69. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.” – Eckhart Tolle
  70. “Let go of all your thoughts about yesterday and tomorrow. No matter how much you want to achieve in the future, and no matter how much you’ve suffered in the past — appreciate that you are alive: NOW.” —Darius Foroux
  71. “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
  72. “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
  73. “The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity — the thinker.” —Eckart Tolle
  74. “The more you overthink the less you will understand.” – Habeeb Akande
  75. “I’m too open-minded that I don’t know what to mind anymore.” ― Ahmed Mostafa
  76. “The truth is that when you overuse your brain, just like a drain, it can get clogged. The result? Foggy thinking. Which leads to bad decision making.” —Darius Foroux
  77. “It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” – Paulo Coelho
  78. “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
  79. “More thinking is needed, you feel, when actually what you need to do is step back and stop.” —Annalisa Barbieri
  80. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
  81. “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
  82. “Everyone does stupid things they regret. I, for one, do them daily. So stop your downward spiral by heaving a big sigh and saying ‘OK, that happened.’ And then move on.” —Ellen Hendriksen
  83. “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
  84. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” –Bruce Lee
  85. “If you notice that you are on edge, take a step back and ask yourself what you can do for yourself to relax.” —Are You Overthinking it?, Debra N. Brocius
  86. “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
  87. “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
  88. “To change any habit, we need the right motivation.” —Sarah Sperber
  89. “Remember, the talking about the thing isn’t the thing. Doing the thing is the thing.” – Amy Poehler
  90. “Don’t tell her to stop overthinking. Just communicate better.” —Unknown
  91. “The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.” ― Bethany Brookbank
  92. “Trust the still, small voice that says, “this might work and I’ll try it.” – Diane Mariechild
  93. “Overthinking evaporates when you feel connected with your body, mind, breath and the soul.” ― Amit Ray
  94. “An overthinking girl needs to date an understanding guy. That’s it.” —Unknown
  95. “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein
  96. “Overthinking arises when you unconsciously provoke negative emotions and thoughts and avoid positive emotions and thoughts.” ― Amit Ray
  97. “Do you wonder day in and day out whether you are in the right relationship?” —Sarah Sperber
  98. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin
  99. “Don”t gaze too hard at your belly button Or you will unexpectedly hit rock bottom!” ― Ana Claudia Antunes
  100. “Stop overthinking. Whatever happens, happens.” —Unknown
  101. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
  102. “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
  103. “If you are an overthinker, try not to spend too much time with underthinkers, as you will end up thinking not just for yourself, but for them, too.” —Annalisa Barbieri, The Guardian
  104. “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
  105. “Thoughts are like an open ocean, they can either move you forward within its waves, or sink you under deep into its abyss.” – Anthony Liccione
  106. “Ironically, individuals who ruminate really value their relationships—romantic, family, friends—to the point that they’ll sacrifice greatly to salvage one. But they often don’t see that they contribute to stress in the relationship by overthinking both real and imaginary problems.” —Ellen Hendriksen
  107. “To end hunger of overthinking, you need to eat positive attitude and happiness.” ― Genereux Philip
  108. “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” —Bryant McGill
  109. “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” — Ray Bradbury
  110. “This is probably the advantage of being stupid. Stupid people just do. We tend to overthink. 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
  111. “The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.” – Will Durant
  112. “Head Vs Heart: A crowded mind leaves no space for a peaceful heart.” ― Christine Evangelou
  113. “Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life… My precept is, “Do something, my sister, do good if you can; but, at any rate, do something”.– Elizabeth Gaskell
  114. “She’d read somewhere that if you gave your brain tasks to do it stopped overthinking. She’d given herself a lot of tasks. Sometimes she felt like a robot. It seemed like a lifetime since she’d felt human.” ― Sarah Morgan
  115. “While you were overthinking, you missed everything worth feeling.” – Nitya Prakash
  116. “Overthinking is not a disease; it is due to the underuse of your creative power.” ― Amit Ray
  117. “When you overthink you originate obstacles that never existed.” – Amit Kalantri
  118. “Thinking too little about things or thinking too much both make us obstinate and fanatical.” ― Blaise Pascal
  119. “Once you start overthinking it, it’s like it ain’t a feeling no more.” – Dreezy
  120. “I started to see that rather than overthinking every decision, I could simply decide to make a decision—any decision. I would learn something whatever happened. Each time I did this it seemed that my ability to tap into my gut increased and my tendency to spend too long analyzing diminished.” ― Ankush Jain
  121. “We were made to be distracted by life, by story.” – Donald Miller
  122. “I do invest intelligence in ignorance sometimes, it helps me reduce overthinking and tiredness.” ― Santosh Kumar
  123. “My father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will ever be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” — Scott Eastwood.
  124. “Your brain may hit you with should-haves whenever you have too much time to think. So keep busy, and build a philosophy for fighting regrets and yearnings for fairness in a world that just doesn’t have it.” ― Michael I. Bennett
  125. “Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” — W. Clement Stone
  126. “Overthinking is an outcome of unfavorable past experiences. One starts imagining the worst.. and then it is equally true that one is not aware of this… That’s the first step…To observe yourself.. Starting with just 05 minutes every day can get you to a place where it will be possible for controlling this programmed behavior and rewrite a better one..” ― Ramesh Sood
  127. “Luck is waiting for you around the corner, enough thinking, start walking towards it now.” ― Kalpesh Jain
  128. “Do not let your mind kill the fun.” ― Vineet Raj Kapoor
  129. “A crowded mind, leaves no space or a peaceful heart.” — Christine Evangelou
  130. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” — Dan Millman
  131. “Don’t sit behind closed doors your thoughts will eat you up” — Vineet Raj Kapoor
  132. “When you’ve had a life of overthinking, you have the same reaction time and time again. Shyness becomes habitual. When you’re put in an unfamiliar situation, all you want to do is retreat and hide by default. You watch but don’t participate. You listen but don’t respond. You read, but rarely comment. 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
  133. “The best things happen when you’re not overthinking it.” — Ben Zobrist
  134. “What if instead of wasting our time overthinking, we focused on the good we might do?” — Anna Bogel
  135. “I admire the linear and decisive way a certain kind of man thinks, to my curlicue boundless overthinking.” — J. Courtney Sullivan
  136. “Overthinking can lead to worrying which leads to anxiety. Anxiety can at times be crippling, leaving people frozen and unable to act”.— Brien Blatt
  137. “Most of us never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems.” — Bernie Siegel
  138. “Overthinking is parasitic. It’s viral. It’s deadly, even.” — Genereux Philip
  139. “Overthinking is a dream-killer. Sometimes you can drown yourself in your own thoughts.” ― Steve Maraboli
  140. “If you want to conquer overthinking, bring your mind to the present moment and reconnect it with the immediate world.” ― Amit Ray
  141. “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

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