50 Profound Quotes for Those with an Old Soul

If you’ve ever been told you have an old soul, or if you find yourself drawn to the deeper, more timeless aspects of life, this blog post is for you. 

Here, we’ve gathered 50 quotes that resonate with the unique perspective and depth of understanding that old souls carry through the world. Let’s get started below: 


1. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

2. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

3. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

4. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. “To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.” – Anonymous

7. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard

8. “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” – Blaise Pascal

9. “An old soul is not interested in playing hard to get but in hard to forget.” – Unknown

10. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

11. “It is not the length of life, but the depth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. “Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” – Arthur Wing Pinero

13. “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

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14. “The beauty of age is the lifetime of stories it tells.” – Unknown

15. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

16. “To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

17. “The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life.” – Oscar Wilde

18. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

19. “I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

20. “Your soul is your ultimate guidance system. You can think of your soul as the compass, heart as the direction, and mind as the map.” – Unknown

21. “Old souls are usually childlike in many ways, much to the confusion of others.” – Aletheia Luna

22. “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

23. “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” – Robert Frost

24. “An old soul is more than just someone who likes antiques and vinyl records. It’s someone who realizes that being a square peg in a round hole isn’t a bad thing at all.” – Unknown

25. “We do not grow older, we grow riper.” – Pablo Picasso

26. “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

27. “For old souls, comfort is not always found in novelty but in the familiar echoes of the past that resonate with our deepest selves.” – Unknown

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28. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

29. “Old souls have no interest in things that break easily or with ‘forever’ that comes with an expiration date.” – Unknown

30. “The wisdom of age is a beautiful contradiction: it teaches us to plan for the future while reminding us to live in the moment.” – Unknown

31. “Old age: the crown of life, our play’s last act.” – Cicero

32. “I prefer the company of old books, for they show me what truly lasts.” – Unknown

33. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

34. “The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” – Unknown

35. “An old soul values more than just the thrill of the moment, but the lessons that come with it.” – Unknown

36. “Being an old soul means finding peace in the solitude and silence that others might find lonely.” – Unknown

37. “Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture.” – Unknown

38. “True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.” – Audrey Hepburn

39. “Old souls are not interested in things that pass away with time but in the things that endure.” – Unknown

40. “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

41. “An old soul knows that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Unknown

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42. “Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age.” – Jeanne Moreau

43. “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” – Virginia Woolf

44. “Old souls carry a light that warms the hearts of those who have grown cold from the world.” – Unknown

45. “Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” – David Bowie

46. “The older I get, the more I see the power of that young woman, my mother.” – Sharon Olds

47. “Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” – Ausonius

48. “To be old and wise, one must first have been young and foolish.” – Unknown

49. “Old souls understand that what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared.” – Unknown

50. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle


Whether you identify as an old soul or simply appreciate the wisdom that comes from diverse perspectives, there’s a universal truth to be found in these words: life is a tapestry of experiences, enriched by the wisdom we gather along the way. 

Remember, being an old soul isn’t just about looking back; it’s about carrying the best of the past into the future, creating a life filled with depth, meaning, and connection.

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