78 Best Overthinking Quotes to Stop Thinking Too Much

Overthinking is a state that is characterized by excessive analysis, constant repetition of thoughts and ceaseless inner dialogues.

Though regular overthinkers often feel isolated in their struggle with persistent ruminations, they are far from alone.

Here you will find a collection of insightful quotes intended to illuminate the prevalence of overthinking and the potential distress it can induce.


It is designed to encourage readers to break free from the confines of their thoughts, thereby promoting peace of mind and cessation of unnecessary worry.

The ultimate aim of this article is to provide relief and a clearer perspective for those who habitually overthink.

Top 10 Overthinking Quotes


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


Overthinking is not a disease; it is due to the underuse of your creative power. ~ Amit Ray.


Stop thinking, and end your problems. ~ Lao Tzu.


Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe. ~ Mark Twain.


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


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


Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. ~ Unknown *


What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz.


Dear mind, please stop thinking so much at night. I need sleep. ~ Unknown.*


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

Famous Overthinking Quotes

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

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.


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

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.


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

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

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


Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, just let it be. ~ Unknown.*

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

When you’ve had a life of overthinking, you have the same reaction time and time again. ~ Joel Annesley.


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

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

Profound Overthinking Quotes


Remember, absolutely nothing good can come out of overthinking it. ~ Unknown.*

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.

Overthinking is often a product of underdoing. ~ Yehuda Berg.

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

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

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


Overthinking keeps you busy but takes you nowhere. ~ Unknown *

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.

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.


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

To think too much is a disease. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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Stop Overthinking Quotes

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.

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.


The more you overthink the less you will understand. ~ Habeeb Akande.

Pain changes people. It makes them trust less, overthink more, and shut people out. ~ Unknown.*

Overthinking: the art of creating new problems out of ones that never existed in the first place. ~ Unknown *


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. ~ Unknown.*

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

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


Less thinking, more living. ~ S.R. Crawford.

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

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.

Thought-Provoking Overthinking Quotes


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

We can’t solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. ~ Albert Einstein.

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


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.

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.


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

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

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

Sad Overthinking Quotes


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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.

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.


Think it over, don’t overthink. ~ Unknown.*

Great Overthinking Quotes

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

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


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

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.

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.

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

Overthinking. A powerful drug of mentality. ~ A.M.L.


Stop overthinking. You can do it. ~ Avina Celeste.

Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right. ~ Unknown.*

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

So these were the 78 top quotes about Overthinking.

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