Reflection Sayings and Quotes

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

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Søren Kierkegaard

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.     

Charles Dickens

If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.

Michel de Montaigne

Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.

Yvonne Woon

Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Living in a way that reflects one's values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.

Deborah Day

Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.     


There is no future without a past, because what is to be cannot be imagined except as a form of repetition.     

Siri Hustvedt

Sometimes it's hard to look at a flower, when your dying inside.

Anthony Liccione

You are a mirror of yourself in others. Whatever you want, give. Be the best reflection of yourself.

Karen A. Baquiran

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter Drucker

Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.

Albert Einstein

Our language is the reflection of ourselves.     

Cesar Chavez

Time and reflection change the sight little by little 'till we come to understand.     

Paul Cezanne

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.

T. Harv Eker

People of the world don't look at themselves, and so they blame one another.


Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

Benjamin Franklin

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.     

Samuel Johnson

Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

Lao Tzu

Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.     

Alan Cohen

If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.     

Rev. Jesse Jackson

If you don’t know what you are doing wrong, you can never know what you are doing right.

Chen Xinhua

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

ark Twain

Sometimes you have to take a half step back to take two forward.

Vince McMahon

Who apart from ourselves, can see any difference between our victories and our defeats?

Christopher Fry

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations, and that all reality has spiritual control.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Study the past if you would define the future.     


All that we are is the result of what we have thought.