Introspective Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old introspective quotes, introspective sayings, and introspective proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Self reflection is a much kinder teacher than regret is.     

Andrena Sawyer

There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you.

Charles Bukowski

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Gandhi

For those of us with an inward turn of mind, which is another name for melancholy introspection, the beginning of a new year inevitably leads to thoughts about both the future and the past.     

Michael Dirda

It's a very important process of self-recognition, self-introspection, by just daily accepting our creation, accepting what is right in front of us, breathing, letting go, and coming into the heart space and knowing that that fear or the struggle is part of the illusion. Just breathe that truth, because as you breathe, it filters through and you'll find that that tightness, that intensity, the fear, the worry, will dissolve. Just allow yourself not to get stuck in that.     

Christine McCormick Day

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.     

Jerry Gillies

A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.     

Michael Barbarulo

What is interesting about self analysis is that it leads nowhere it is an art form in itself.

Anita Brookner

Study yourself. Find your strong points and make them stronger as well as your weak ones and strengthen them. Study yourself carefully and you will see yourself as you really are.     

William Walker Atkinson

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

Betty Smith

Wisdom can only come through honest introspection.     

Nirmala Srivastava

In evaluating ourselves, we tend to be long on our weaknesses and short on our strengths.     

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?

Bob Marley

The most introspective of hearts tends to be the most sentimental. We cling to the smallest moments from our past because we fear that emotion will never come our way again.     

Shannon L. Alder

We must clean the lens of our hearts to see the state of our souls. However, too often the former is too dirty to even know that the latter exists.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.     

Baltasar Gracian

People who have had little self-reflection live life in a huge reality blind-spot.     

Bryant McGill

Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.     

Marilyn Monroe

Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.

James Joyce

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Aristotle

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say.

Paulo Coelho

Self trust is the first secret of success.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.     

Iyanla Vanzant

Give yourself the gift of time in coming to answers for your life. It takes time, and a lot of introspection and soul searching, to get clear about what you really want to manifest in your life.     

David Emerald Womeldorff

A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection     

Patrick Rothfuss

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

The man whose whole activity is diverted to inner meditation becomes insensible to all his surroundings. His passions are mere appearances, being sterile. They are dissipated in futile imaginings, producing nothing external to themselves.     

Emile Durkheim

The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most.     

Shannon L. Alder