20 Literature quotes that will remind you not to overthink things

Here are 20 quotes from literature that will remind you why we shouldn’t overthink situations.


1. “Stop over-thinking, put more energy on what you really want to do.”
Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath

2. “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, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

3. “Your addiction to thinking will come back to haunt you.”
Sōseki Natsume, Light and Darkness

4. “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, Texas Tangle


5. “To think too much is a disease.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground & The Double

6. “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, Smart Girls Get What They Want

7. “Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s not good for you.”
Kody Keplinger, The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

8. “Don’t overanalyze what you see. I have a felling that you’re over-thinking things. Give it some time, and the pieces of this puzzle might come together.”
Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love


9. “Thinking about something is like picking up a stone when taking a walk, either while skipping rocks on the beach, for example, or looking for a way to shatter the glass doors of a museum. When you think about something, it adds a bit of weight to your walk, and as you think about more and more things you are liable to feel heavier and heavier, until you are so burdened you cannot take any further steps, and can only sit and stare at the gentle movements of the ocean waves or security guards, thinking too hard bout too many things to do anything else.”
Lemony Snicket, The End

10. “A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.”
Byron Katie, Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

11. “I’m tired of being inside my head. I want to live out here, with you.”
Colleen McCarty, Mounting the Whale

12. “Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.
If you could hear other people’s thoughts, you’d overhear things that are true as well as things that are completely random. And you wouldn’t know one from the other. It’d drive you insane. What’s true? What’s not? A million ideas, but what do they mean?”
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


13. “The thing about living alone is that it gives you a lot of time to think. You don’t necessarily reach any conclusions, because wisdom is largely a function of intelligence and self-awareness, not time on your hands. But you do become very good at thinking yourself into endless loops of desperation in half the time it would take a normal person.”
Jonathan Tropper, One Last Thing Before I Go

14. “Thoughts are circular, they don’t take you anywhere. They don’t have feet-they can’t gain any ground. They can trap you if you don’t eventually stand up and make a move.”
Katie Kacvinsky, Awaken

15. “Over thinking ruins moods and kills good vibes.”
SupaNova Slom, The Remedy: The Five-Week Power Plan to Detox Your System, Combat the Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body

16. “Some thoughts should never be conceived. Some questions should never be asked, because they have no answer, and the questions themselves serve only to haunt with grinding guilt and second guessing.” 
Bobby Adair, Dead Fire


17. “I imagined, too. And so imagination became my nemesis; my mind created monsters out of nothing.”
Samantha Shannon, The Song Rising

18. “Never worry alone. When anxiety grabs my mind, it is self-perpetuating. Worrisome thoughts reproduce faster than rabbits, so one of the most powerful ways to stop the spiral of worry is simply to disclose my worry to a friend… The simple act of reassurance from another human being [becomes] a tool of the Spirit to cast out fear — because peace and fear are both contagious.”
John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

19. “I hate days like this. Like when minor thing happens but it gets all huge in your head and ends up bothering you for the whole rest of the day.”
Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

20. “Is ignorance bliss, I don’t know, but it’s so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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