Reflective Sayings and Quotes

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

The older you get, the more you realize that the way you look is a reflection of how you treat yourself.     

Hope Davis

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.     

Desiderius Erasmus

The act of going within, finding our truth, and then sharing it, it helps us far more than we know.     

Kamal Ravikant

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.     

Margaret J. Wheatley

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

Charles Dickens

Most people appear to live an unexamined life, cruising through the years without much reflection about what it means, and/or taking what life hands them and believing it's all predestined.     

Steve Blank

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions.     

William Kingdon Clifford

The heart is the best reflective thinker.     

Wendell Phillips

Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.     

Poppy Z. Brite

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.     


Sometimes, a girl just has to dive under the duvet and regroup.     

Jody Gehrman

A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.     

Frederick Douglass

The individual who says it is not possible, should move out of the way of those doing it.     

Tricia Cunningham

Habit rules the unreflecting herd.     

William Wordsworth

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Edward Young

You can't take people's opinions personally. Usually what people say about it is a reflection of them own issues.     

Terrence J

The past can't be changed, can it? It can just be forgiven.     

Elizabeth George

Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.     

Gautama Buddha

Good looks are not something you earn. But as you get older, how you look is a reflection of the life you've led.     

Diana Quick

People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.     

Khushwant Singh

Work needs to be a reflection of your social values. You are how you work!     

Leigh Steinberg

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to bed with satisfaction.     

George Lorimer

As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquillity of the waters in which we see it.     

Charles Horton Cooley

Sorry, always sorry. What in the world can you buy with an apology?     

Marie Lu

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?     

Danielle LaPorte

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

Siri Hustvedt