Introspection Sayings and Quotes

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

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.     

Franz Kafka

The most mature human insight comes from one's introspection rather than from exterior research.     

Hugh Downs

One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.     

Nick Hornby

The problem with introspection is that it has no end.     

Philip K. Dick

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.     

Theron Q. Dumont

Mastering self-control, the act of restraining one's emotions is the true key to success.     

Timothy Pina

To know your limits is a state of self-delusion.     

Bill Purdin

It is good for society to have this introspection.     

Jacques Verges

The philosophy of the wisest person that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.     

William Godwin

One's greatest challenge is to control oneself.     

Kazi Shams

Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.     

James Allen

Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations, and then it ceases feeding on you.     

Anais Nin

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.     

G. I. Gurdjieff

Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.     

Amit Ray

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.     


We can all afford to do a little soul-searching about the choices we make and the way we live our lives, but sometimes searching one's soul doesn't provide the answers we seek.     

Danielle de Niese

Anybody desirous of success should spend some time in introspection and contemplation.     

Sam Veda

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.     


Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.     

Brene Brown

Education, introspection, self-love and excellence are the only ways to overcome the wrath of ignorance.     

Romany Malco

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

Shannon L. Alder

Self-control is the ability to control the expression of our passions and emotions.     


Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable.     

John Wooden

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

Carl Jung

Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance.     

N. T. Wright

Your brain shall be your servant instead of your master. You will rule it instead of allowing it to rule you.     

Charles Popplestone

The mind may wander, but let not the senses wander with it. If the senses wander where the mind takes them, one is done for.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Introspection is always retrospection.     

Jean-Paul Sartre

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.     

James Russell Lowell

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.     

Albert Camus