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Dramatic somewhat fits my word choice. However, a person can be dramatic without being profound.

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A bit of context would really be helpful here. –  David M Mar 18 at 23:56
    
I find it difficult to imagine a situation where profundity might cause a problem; Some context would definitely be useful. –  user867 Mar 19 at 0:40

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Someone whose walk does not live up to their talk could be called pretentious.

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The ostentatiously profound are an annoying species. –  Wayfaring Stranger Mar 19 at 2:21
    
@WayfaringStranger Better or worse than the profoundly ostentatious? –  Spehro Pefhany Mar 19 at 2:24

Ham an actor or performer who overacts.

Grandstander: One who grandstands, conducts oneself or performs showily or ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers.

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histrionic would fit.

deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic in behavior or speech.

Though a context would be better because there can be numerous words to list and none of them would fit exactly.

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@DavidM -- that's a more sophisticate version of the complaint against "niggardly". "Hysteria" comes ultimately from ὑστέρα (hustera), "uterus", via the superstition that emotional difficulties derive from uterine problems. Some women take offense at the word, and suggesting that they are becoming hysterical on the issue is surprisingly unhelpful. "Histrionic" is unrelated and comes from histriō, "actor". –  Malvolio Mar 19 at 1:31
    
Sorry. For some reason I read it as hysterical. Which is doubly stupid since it doesn't even fit the context. That's what I get for reading on my phone while walking into the gym. Niggardly still makes me blush to say it aloud, but that's just collateral damage so to speak. –  David M Mar 19 at 2:49

I would use the term deep to describe them. It works with both positive and negative connotations and someone who is profound is definitely deep.

I live by this deep thought:

The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then, I told myself, "Go ahead and do whatever you want, it's okay by me."

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