And like so many people, 9/11 affected me deeply and changed my life in a profound way.
Perhaps the only profound thing said by Stokely Carmichael during the Black Power era was that power is the ability to define.
This does not seem like a profound bit of dramaturgy on my part, and he agrees with it.
c.1300, "characterized by intellectual depth," from Old French profund (12c., Modern French profond), from Latin profundus "deep, bottomless, vast," also "obscure; profound; immoderate," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundus "bottom" (see fund (n.)). The literal and figurative senses both were in Latin, but English, having already deep, employed this word primarily in its figurative sense. Related: Profoundly.