Reflection Sayings and Quotes

In our busy lives, it can be hard to find a few minutes to spend quality time with family, eat a proper meal or exercise let alone make time for ourselves. While certainly a challenge, self-reflection is an important part of self-care. Take a minute to pause with the wise and insightful list of reflection quotes below.

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

Soren 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

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

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

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

Mark Twain

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

Alan Cohen

The more peace we have within our own lives, the more we can reflect into the outer world.     

Senora Roy

A soul without reflection, like a pile Without inhabitant, to ruin runs.     

Edward Young

Sometimes you have to take a break and breathe before you can keep moving forward.     

Kayla Panchisin

The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.     

Ritu Ghatourey

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

Chen Xinhua

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.

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