Insight Sayings and Quotes

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

Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine.     

Edmund Wilson

With an open mind, we gain insight into ideas and expressions that we may have overlooked or not noticed at all.     

James Van Praagh

The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.     

Carly Fiorina

The insight is born with anxiety, guilt and the joy and gratification that is inseparable from the actualizing of a new idea or vision.     

Rollo May

Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.     

Eric Hoffer

But insight doesn't necessarily produce self-control. Sometimes you just see your destructiveness more clearly.     

Keith Ablow

Sometimes you have intuitive insight about how you think things are going to be, and you write that. Other times you fantasize completely, which has nothing to do with predicting the future.     

Ray Bradbury

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

One should have insight into this world of dreams that passes in the twinkling of an eye.     

Hojo Shigetoki

Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature... what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action... if you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being.     

Bill Bernbach

It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress.     

Paul Dirac

Man will become better when you show him what he is like.     

Anton Chekhov

The best vision is insight.     

Malcolm Forbes

To understand ourselves and our life is the point of insight meditation: to understand and to be free.     

Jack Kornfield

Insight into soul-action, ability to discriminate the genuine from the sham and capacity to further one and discourage the other.     

John Dewey

Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory.     

Vernon Howard

The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.     


There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.     

Johann von Goethe

Self examination is the key to insight, which is the key to wisdom.     

M. Scott Peck

Penetrative insight joined with calm abiding utterly eradicates afflicted states.     


Insight is 'mental vision,' one of the ways in which the mind escapes the limits of the obvious or the familiar.     

Jennifer James

Understanding requires insight. Insight must be anchored.     

Brian Greene

The first act of insight is throw away the labels.     

Eudora Welty

The great conservative insight is that order is really hard to achieve. It's really precious, and it's really easy to lose.     

Jonathan Haidt

All the insight we will ever need to live well will come from fully being who and where we are.     

Brenda Shoshanna

Insight makes argument ridiculous.     

John Lancaster Spalding

In the last resort, sheer insight is the greatest asset of all.     

Herbert Butterfield

Insight cannot be taken back. You cannot return to the moment you were in before.     

Hilary Mantel

Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself.     

Andrew Schneider

Insight doesn't happen often on the click of the moment, like a lucky snapshot, but comes in its own time and more slowly and from nowhere but within.     

Eudora Welty

Knowing many things doesn't teach insight.     


Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.     


Insight is not the same as scientific deduction, but even at that it may be more reliable than statistics.     

Anthony Standen

Insight without action is worthless.     

Marie Forleo

To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the conditions which made him what he is.     

Margaret Bourke-White

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man of correct insight among those who are duped and deluded resembles one whose watch is right while all the clocks in the town give the wrong time.     

Arthur Schopenhauer