Reflection Quotes

We have collected and put the best reflection quotes. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others.

Reflection can refer to many forms of contemplation, meditation, introspection or observation.

Literally meaning thinking on a subject deeply, systematically and in detail, reflection is the lamp of the heart, the food of the spirit, the spirit of knowledge and the soul and light of believers’ way of life. Without reflection, the heart is darkened, the spirit becomes exasperated and Islam is lived at a superficial level devoid of meaning and profundity.

Human self-reflection is related to the philosophy of consciousness, the topic of awareness, consciousness in general and the philosophy of mind.

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What Is Reflection?

Reflection and learning are lifelong processes. – Innocent Mwatsikesimbe

Reflection can be painful, but reflection can also be productive. – Charlotte Pearson

Reflection can transform something familiar. – Diane L. Dunton

Reflection enables us to discern the next step even if we are not clear about the next mile. – Alan Smith, ‎Peter Shaw

Reflection ingeniously knows how to convert a beauty into a super beauty! – Mehmet Murat ildan

Reflection is a good thing. It allows us to look back in time so we can connect the dots between specific memories to reveal the purpose and meaning behind synchronistic events. – Molly Friedenfeld

Reflection is deliberate and purposeful. It is our past that provides us the wisdom and experience when to bloom and show everyone I am a beautiful flower. – Patricia H. Graham

Reflection is designed into the course as a regular, normal, and sustained intellectual activity. – Danielle LaVaque-Manty

Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success. – Richard Carlson

Reflection is the lamp of the heart. If it departs, the heart will have no light. – Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad

Reflection is time sensitive; and with the realization that the ‘present’ and ‘future’ can be altered, it is also purposeful, for we can set goals to grow into a graceful work of art. – Patricia H. Graham

Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections. – Jane Austen

Reflection on the infinite seems to call, almost by definition, for infinite reflection. – Daniel Taylor

Reflection should be conducive to the human goal of liberation. – Wilhelm Halbfass

Reflection – Looking back so the view looking forward is clearer. – Unknown

Reflections will give you the courage, strength, and willpower to overcome all of the fears and sets backs you’ll encounter along the way. – C. Payne

What Is Self-reflection?

Self-reflection becomes self-torment when learning doesn’t occur. – Jeffrey G. Duarte

Self-reflection entails asking yourself questions about your values, assessing your strengths and failures, thinking about your perceptions and interactions with others, and imagining where you want to take your life in the future. – Robert L. Rosen

Self-reflection is a desire felt by the body, as well as the soul. – Susan Griffin

Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things… then better yourself. – Sonya Teclai

Self-reflection is a kind of self-judgment. The difference is just this the former is positive and the latter is negative. -Balroop Singh

Self-reflection is a much kinder teacher than regret is. Prioritize yourself by making a habit of it. – Andrena Sawyer

Self-reflection is an important stage to diagnose, develop and strengthen your creativity. – Pearl Zhu

Self-reflection is an opinion about yourself and for that it is necessary to take distance from the self. – Martine F. Delfos

Self-reflection is necessary to dig beneath our own layers and visit the inner crevices of our heart and mind to develop an understanding of life. – Unknown

Self-reflection is our curse and our possibility. – Arthur W. Frank

Self-reflection is so healthy. Journaling works for me – when I record the details of what I’m going through, whether it’s a relationship issue or negative thoughts, I can look back and see how far I’ve come. It makes me proud to see my progress and how I got through a bad situation. – Kelly Rowland

Self-reflection is the gateway to freedom. It also brings greater appreciation and enjoyment. We begin to enjoy spending time with our own mind, and we enjoy reflecting on our experience of the teachings. Like the sun emerging from behind the clouds, the teachings of the dharma become clear. – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom. – Baltasar Gracian

A Christian’s goodness is a rebuke to the wicked; his being right-side-up is a reflection upon the worldling’s inverted position. – Billy Graham

A day is not always bright, and nights are not always dark. All that matters is what’s inside because day and night are a reflection of you. – Avantika

A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. – Henry David Thoreau

A mirrored reflection of what never comes out. – Kurt Philip Behm

A moment of silence is actually a very loud moment. – Nouf Alfadl

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

A worldview is probably an expression of self. – Michael Leunig

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

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Anger is sure to lead us astray, and make us take desperate resolutions, whereas, if we take time to reflect and grow cool, we shall save ourselves much trouble and vexation. – World, Round the world, and other stories

Any conquest that the individual may win over his own inordinate desires will be reflected at once in his contact with other men. – Buddha

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

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. – Proverb

As we protect self reflection the reflection of you, as they are the reflection of self the purest form of the honeydew and the wicked world is deceived by the darkest tower of doom, but every shine is brighter by mind that you have control in confidence courage and faith. – Eyy

Be a reflection of what you’d like to receive. If you want love, give love. If you want truth, be truthful. What you give out will always return. – Kristen Butler

Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others. – Unknown

Be the type of person you want to meet. – Unknown

Because you’re a creation of God, you reflect the Divine qualities of creativity, wisdom, and love. – Doreen Virtue

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Becoming a great man doesn’t require Education, but Reflection. – Steeven Shaw

Before I ask you to sit with me, I must be able to sit with myself. Before I ask you to accept my pain, I have to accept the pain myself. Before I ask you to love me, I have to be madly in love with myself. – C. Thoth

Before you can do something you must first be something. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Before you look at your future, reflect on your past. – Sam Ade

Beginning today, set an intention and a relentless focus on living your life as the greatest person you can be, in all situations. – Brendon Burchard

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness. But it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow. – Sadhak Anshit

Believing doesn’t make God real. Unbelief doesn’t make Him disappear. Your opinion doesn’t change reality. – Randy Loubier

Bewilderment increases in the presence of the mirrors. – Tarjei Vesaas

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused. – Unknown

But if we accept and reflect on the natural flow of aging, illness, and death, we will have nothing to fight or reject. – Dzigar Kongtrul

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 bitterest. – Confucius

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

Change is your friend not your foe; change is a brilliant opportunity to grow. – Simon T. Bailey

Choices, decisions all done and finished have led me here. Here to this place of reflection. Old times gone, right and wrong have led me here. Here to this place of reflection. – Mario William Vitale

Close your eyes and stare into the dark. – Cecelia Ahern

Compare less. Reflect more. – Unknown

Darkness holds eternal sway over he who cannot first find the light within himself. – Melissa McPhail

Dear Lord, please teach me how to take good care of myself. I know that you want the best for me. When I need rest or help or more positive thinking and self-talk, please remind me to stop, reflect, and get back on the right track. Amen. – Teresa Whitehurst

Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him? – Bill Watterson

Difficulty creates the opportunity for self-reflection and compassion. – Suzan-Lori Parks

Do not hide your light for fear of what others may think of you. Let it shine and be a reflection of what is possible. – Kristi Bowman

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. – Unknown

Do thoughts control what knowledge seeks, does reflection hold the key. – Kurt Philip Behm

Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you. – Mary-Frances Winters

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner

Don’t let your reflection on the whole sweep of life crush you. – Marcus Aurelius

Doubt, not self-reflection, comes from a destructive energy, and when it rears its head, I talk to it like a lunatic. – Gwyneth Paltrow

During self-reflection, the realization came that revolution begins within. – Amanda Mosher

Dwell not on the faults and shortcomings of others; instead, seek clarity about your own. – Buddha

Each of us has a sense of self within us. To reflect this self is essential in creating a meaningful life. – Michael P. McNally

Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him. – John Locke

Emotions are there to enjoy life; but they are not used in self-reflection because they inhibit a proper reflection. They gunk us up. – Frederick Lenz

Engaging in meditative self-reflection and gaining increased control of inner experiences provides a person with a sense of control over fear and trembling and the chaos of life. – Kilroy J. Oldster

Every mirror embedded on the walls is a beautiful mirror; portraying to you your candid reflection. – Nikhil Parekh

Everybody is like a magnet. You attract to yourself reflections of that which you are. If you’re friendly then everybody else seems to be friendly too. – David R. Hawkins

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

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

Everything hurts right now and nothing is helping because as the pain is getting worse – so is the love. – Jennifer Elisabeth

Everything in life is a reflection of what we need to learn, if only we see it that way. – Lynn Marie Sager

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice. – Unknown

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

Everything we do in life is only a reflection of what we believe. – Victor D’Monte

Examination of our past is never time-wasting. Reverberations from the past provide learning rubrics for living today. – Kilroy J. Oldster

Examining your thoughts is an important part of the practice of self-reflections. – Ryuho Okawa

Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends. – Brian Tracy

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. – Pat Riley

Far from thinking that philosophy is a useless repetition of life I think, on the contrary, that without reflection life would probably dissipate itself in ignorance of itself or in chaos. – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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

Friends are the family you choose. – Jess C. Scott

Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. – Eleanor Roosevelt

God knows far more about living a life of joy and blessings than we do. – Randy Loubier

Great ideas emerge from useless fragments of thoughts. – Michael Bassey Johnson

Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience. – Tony Buon

Growing into the worlds above us, realizing the higher realms of consciousness within us, requires that we outgrow the worlds beneath us. – Guy Finley

Growth is actually contagious, so if you want to reach your goals, you’ve got to get around people who are going in the same direction you want to be going, and you will catch the success. – Dr. Henry Cloud

Habit rules the unreflecting herd. – William Wordsworth

Having no resources within himself, he was compelled to be the copyist of many, and being such, he was forever the victim of inconsistency; – Fredrick Douglass

He that knows himself, knows others. – Charles Caleb Colton

Here is the world, and you live in it, and are grateful. You try to be grateful. – Michael Cunningham

Honest self reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom. – Vikas Runwal

Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions. – C. Terry Warner

How could you cleanse yourself if you couldn’t forget? – Ann Brashares

How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet. – Robert Browning

I am a reflection of my own soul. – Unknown

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn. – Robert Frost

I am still learning. – Michelangelo

I couldn’t imagine that I’d ever fall in love again like I had with Gideon. For better or worse, he was my soulmate. The other half of me. In many ways, he was my reflection. – Sylvia Day

I didn’t seem to know anyone as well as I thought I did. But I wonder now if maybe you can’t ever truly know another person. Maybe all you can do is hope that one day, you’ll know yourself. – Sarah Nicole Smetana

I had the urge to examine my life in another culture and move beyond what I knew. – Frances Mayes

I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself. – Francois Truffaut

I just want your voice aimed at me again. I want to absorb the direction of your eyes… – Jennifer Elisabeth

I know that this process of ‘me changing my life’ doesn’t just end once I set fire to this list of things I hate about myself. Tonight isn’t as much of a new beginning as it is a violent end and I know the real work hasn’t even started yet. – Jennifer Elisabeth

I know that your soul is on life support and that you feel lost and like you’re completely spinning out of control, but you’re finding yourself – here, tonight… even in this darkness. – Jennifer Elisabeth

I know. I was there. I saw the great void in your soul, and you saw mine. – Sebastian Faulks

I leaned over the sink, closer to my reflection, and stare at myself hard. I don’t know what I see. I don’t even know what I want to see. – Nina LaCour

I look around the room and can’t help but think about how it is the little things we look back on in life. I wonder how often people think that they should pay more attention to them. – Erika Lance

I never make the same mistake twice. I make it like five or six times, you know, just to be sure. – Unknown

I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get. – Charles Bukowski

I remind myself that too much self-reflection can make even a toadstool fall into a deep slumber. – Susan Ornbratt

I stared at myself in the mirror, wondering what she saw that I didn’t. – Sherri Lee Emmons

I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process. – Shelby Foote

I visualize where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there. – Michael Jordan

I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason. – Jennifer Elisabeth

I want you to trust yourself, baby. Love is all that matters and you’ve always known that. You’ve known, since you were a very little girl, what your life is meant to be about… – Jennifer Elisabeth

If every library is in some sense a reflection of its readers, it is also an image of that which we are not, and cannot be. – Alberto Manguel

If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways. – Michel de Montaigne

If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it. – Rev. Jesse Jackson

If the Romans could have fortified their cities the way the human brain fortifies itself, we’d still be wearing togas. The mind is an amazing piece of biomachinery, really. A serious threat presents itself at the gate and up fly the walls, standing firm in the face of earth-shaking revelations, ideological bullets, and plain old logic. – Kelley Armstrong

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.

If we take time to reflect together on who we are and who we could choose to become, we will be led into the territory where change originates. – Roger Heuser, ‎Norman Shawchuck

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been. – T.D. Jakes

If you are not evolving, you are dying. – Marcus Lemonis

If you can’t prove your freedom in the nanosecond before you spilled rage out of your lips, you have proven your bondage. – Randy Loubier

If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself you become better. – Unknown

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

If you find yourself trapped inside a dimming world, remember it was always this dark inside the body. Where the heart, like any law, stops only for the living. If you find yourself, then congratulations, your hands are yours to keep. – Ocean Vuong

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. – Marcus Garvey

If you take time to reflect, you will walk away in peace. – Dr. Bradford A. Seaman

Improvement begins with I. – Unknown

In a mirror is where we find a reflection of our appearances, but in a heart is where we find a reflection of our soul. – Unknown

In moments of quiet reflection our minds embrace the sea that we have crossed. – Holmes

In old age be always prudent and wise; reflect on your past health and happiness, and do what you can to preserve them unimpaired as long as possible. – The Friend: A Religious and Literary

In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people. – Marcel Marceau

In the mirror, the face and its reflection – they watch each other; different, but one. – Sant Tukaram

In time the mind comes to reflect on its own operations about the ideas got by sensation, and thereby stores itself with a new set of ideas, which l call ideas of reflection. – John Locke

Intellectually he understood perfectly what the problem was: guilt and doubt, the waste products of innocence and faith, inhibited him and filled him with self-loathing even at his own weakness in trying to be free of them. – Ken MacLeod

Intellectually speaking, people love you with the capacity that they have at that time. – Germany Kent

Is not religion all deeds and all reflection, and that which is neither deed nor reflection, but a wonder and a surprise ever springing in the soul, even while the hands hew the stone or tend the loom? – Khalil Gibran

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

It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better. – Ella Maillart

It is great to be introspective, self-analysis can be useful, but only if it results in action. – Joe Sacco

It is not as much about who you used to, as it is about who you choose to be. – Sanhita Baruah

It is strange to reflect how much energy is thrown away in attempting to know the unknowable. – Joseph Barber Lightfoot

It is the final person we see reflected in our eyes that really matters; we wonder who is she and why is she here? To find ourselves truly, it is the goal we have all set for ourselves. – Michelle Shen

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle

It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon. – C. JoyBell C.

It seems the great advantage of people who annoy us is motivation to engage in reflection. – Auliq Ice

It takes a certain ingenuous faith – but I have it – to believe that people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth. – C. Grayling

It’s a beautiful thing for mind, body, and spirit to take some time daily for reflection. – Unknown

It’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning. – Graeme Edwards

I’d consider each reflection of mine; to be perpetually blessed. – Nikhil Parekh

I’m a work in progress, and I hope I will never be complete. – Nick Frost

I’m going to follow this invisible red thread until I find myself again… until I finally figure out… who I’m meant to be. – Jennifer Elisabeth

I’ve grown up defined by this desperate, undeniable, ‘can’t breathe’ kind of space inside of myself and I’m afraid that the diagnosis is fatal. – Jennifer Elisabeth

I’ve never been in the military, but I have a purple heart: I got it from beating myself up over things that I can’t fix. – Rudy Francisco

Judging wrongly of others is a reflection of how you see yourself. – Darlene Bennett

Jumping into problems without adequate reflection is likely to lead to false starts and erroneous conclusions. – James C. Kaufman

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

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people. – Carl Jung

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle

Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know myself, to know it completely. – Kahlil Gibran

Leap off the fence of indecision. Get out of the ‘Want to Lane’ and put yourself into the ‘Got to Lane.’ – Gloria Mayfield Banks

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

Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous. – Confucius

Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are. – Brene Brown

Let go of rejections and focus on self-reflection. For it is within that you will find the light you seek. – Amy Leigh Mercree

Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back. I’m going to help you forgive the things that you won’t let yourself forget. – Jennifer Elisabeth

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

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. – Ernest Holmes

Life is a mirror, and you see in it the reflection of your inner self. – Waqi Munim

Life is more enjoyable when you focus your attention on helping others than reflecting on your own problems. – Nishan Panwar

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see and be. – Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky

Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. – Indra Devi

Living in a way that reflects ones values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things. – Deborah Day

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

Living on the surface, your reflection flat and clean. – Kurt Philip Behm

Look outside and you will see yourself. Look inside and you will find yourself. – Drew Gerald

Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults. – Benjamin Franklin

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. – Billy Graham

Marking time in present tense old memories left to rust. The past a distant reverie its truth beyond my trust. Looking straight into the sun my eyes reopen wide. A last reflection staring back remembrance so divine. – Kurt Philip Behm

Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy ready-made things in the shops. But since there are no shops where you can buy friends, men no longer have any friends. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

My life constantly under construction. There’s always something to improve. – Unknown

My Sundays are mostly spent in self-reflection. – Prashant Niranjani

Never forget to remain a student while you teach others. – Jerry Cortsen

Never second guessing always prompt for a mere reflection you decide when. – Mario William Vitale

No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education. – John Carolus

No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education. – John Carolus

No matter where you are in life right now, no matter who you are, no matter how old you are – it is never late to be who you are meant to be. – Esther and Jerry Hicks

No – the light in Tamani’s eyes was much more than a reflection. It was the fire that melted her anger and devastated her resolve, every single time she saw it. – Aprilynne Pike

Notice how little, and how seldom, you notice the movement of the eyes in your own face, reflection of a moment’s reflection. – Conrad Potter Aiken

Now my reflection shows my nudity and struggle with such clarity, it’s not hard to relate to me. – Amanda D. Shelton

On the still calm waters of surrender, the reflections of clarity appear. – Bryant McGill

Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study, call yourselves to an account what new ideas, what new proposition or truth you have gained, what further confirmation of known truths, and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge. – Isaac Watts

Once you reject fear, you will become the perfect candidate to receive and reflect Truth. – Suzy Kassem

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

One is to understand we are the authors of our experience, life is a reflection of our mind, and the physical universe is a mirror of our consciousness. – Mary Schroeder, James Golden

One must find the source within one’s own Self, one must possess it. – Hermann Hesse

One needs a great deal of idle time to feel really sorry for oneself. – J.G. Ballard

One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else. – K.L. Toth

One of the saddest things in life, is the things one remembers. – Agatha Christie

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. – Thomas Jefferson

Only through the act of self-reflection – is the Creator truly known. – Kurt Philip Behm

Only through the eyes of soft empathy, can a child see its true reflection. – Nikhil Parekh

Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself. – Cherie Carter-Scott

Our fitful heart a wild reflection views. – George Meredith

Our heart should always be a reflection of who we are as people. – Ayjee Grogan

Our language is the reflection of ourselves. – Cesar Chavez

Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived. – Mollie Marti

Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become. – Maxwell Martz

Passing through its own reflection, eternity is beauty – and beauty is truth. – Kurt Philip Behm

People are sent into our lives to teach us things that we need to learn about ourselves. – Mandy Hale

People are too quick to pass judgement and too slow to self-reflect. – Unknown

People like us, we think differently, don’t we? We are different. We do all the things that others do. But when it comes down to it, we don’t need anyone else. We’re happy doing what we do and having obligation interferes with that. And sometimes I think we don’t even need ourselves. What’s most important is to find out whether we’re right or not. – Simon Morden

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

People who have had little self-reflection live life in a huge reality blind-spot. – Bryant McGill

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

Pets reflect you like mirrors. When you are happy, you can see your dog smiling and when you are sad, your cat cries. – Munia Khan

Quiet reflection is often the mother of deep understanding. Maintain that peaceful nursery, enabling stillness to speak. – Tom Althouse

Rarely if ever, moments come that are so defining in our lives. The years are glutted with benign matters which impact us more deeply than we could have ever imagined in our youth. – Joel T. McGrath

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. – Francis Bacon

Reflect on your blessings, strengths, and talents, not on how your life compares with others’. Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have. – Sharon K. Ferrett

Reflect upon your own action, and consider what ye have done, and thus ye will show yourselves to be men, to have the life of men in you. – Rev. William Bridge

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

Reflective thinking turns experience into insight. – John C. Maxwell

Remember your connection with the cosmos. Remember your connection with the infinity and that remembrance will give you the freedom. – Amit Ray

Remembrance and reflection how allied! What thin partitions sense from thought divide! – Alexander Pope

Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself. – Wayne Dyer

See what’s in front of you as a reflection of yourself. This is not narcissism. It’s called self-reflection – Ana Claudia Antunes

Self awareness doesn’t stop you from making mistakes, it allows you to learn from them. – Unknown

Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. – Lawrence Bossidy

Self-development requires direct action. Knowledge must precede action. The self’s relation to the world must be grounded in reality through ideas and thoughts. Self-reflection and introspection expands our appreciation of life. – Kilroy J. Oldster

Set a daily solitude time for reflection and rethinking. – Lailah Gifty Akita

She stared at her reflection in the glossed shop windows as if to make sure, moment by moment, that she continued to exist. – Sylvia Plath

Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds. – Buddha

Sleep seems to hammer out for me the logical conclusions of my vague days, and offer them to me as dreams. – H. Lawrence

Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness. – Poppy Z.Brite

Sometimes it’s hard to look at a flower, when your dying inside. – Anthony Liccione

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

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

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

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

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

Spiritual growth requires the development of inner knowing and inner authority. It requires the heart, not the intellect. – Gary Zukav

Study the past if you would define the future. – Confucius

Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have. – Germany Kent

Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too. – L.R. Knost

The abyss you stare into and that stares back at you is your reflection in the mirror – we all have it – that shadow self – that dark heart. – John Geddes

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

The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you. – Rumi

The capacity to reflect is at the heart of what it is to be an effective learner. – Bill Lucas

The cosmos is evolving toward greater self-reflection, allowing us to open the eye of Spirit and see our source. – Alex Grey

The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine what you want to be. – Neal Donald Walsch

The degree of freedom we enjoy outwardly is a reflection of the degree of love we cultivate inwardly. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

The dreaming has to be backed up by the doing. – Carrie Wilkerson

The eye of judgment sees at a distance what it refuses to see in it’s own reflection.. – T.F. Hodge

The feeling of being ‘offended’ is a warning indicator that is showing you where to look within yourself for unresolved issues. – Bryant McGill

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. – Thomas Carlyle

The health of your brain is much more about your actions than your age. – Dr. Daniel Amen

The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life. – Iyanla Vanzant

The key to happiness is really progress and growth and constantly working on yourself and developing something. – Lewis Howes

The moon is the reflection of your heart and moonlight is the twinkle of your love. – Debasish Mridha

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

The more reflective you are, the more effective you are. – Hall and Simeral

The more we connect with our Spiritual self, the uglier sin looks. From the book: Removing Your Shame Label. – Eddie Capparucci

The only real conflict you will ever have in your life won’t be with others, but with yourself. – Shannon L. Alder

The outer world is a reflection of our inner selves. – Bryant McGill

The past can’t be changed, can it? It can just be forgiven. – Elizabeth George

The past is hindsight, and the future is mindsight – vision and possibility. – Philip Guy Rochford

The people accusing me of being productive don’t know how hard it is for me to just bend my elbow sometimes. – Lena Dunham

The power to look back on our lives, to reflect, to dream, and to choose to be a certain way—this is a gift given only to humans. – Ilchi Lee

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course. – Michelangelo

The pure reflection will shine out again. When earth’s hopes are relinquish’d, unfulfill’d. – Ada Cambridge

The purpose of our spiritual journey is not to replace the darkness with light, rather it’s to integrate and honor all the parts of ourselves… all of life’s energies. – Deb Blum

The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Ram Dass

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. – Thomas Paine

The reflection staring back at me. And when they say you’re all alone. Tell them it will not last that long. – R.J. Intindola

The reflections you want others to see starts with honesty. – Eugene Napoleon

The secret and the sacred are sisters. When the secret is not respected, the sacred vanishes. Consequently, reflection should not shine too severe or aggressive a light on the world of the soul. – John O’Donohue

The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming. – Kirkegaard

The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. – Caroline Myss

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. – Wayne Dyer

The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life. – Mel Robbins

The true words do not fail, for motion does not fail, and reflection does not fail. – Walt Whitman

The type of person you are is usually reflected in your business. To improve your business, first improve yourself. – Idowu Koyenikan

The ultimate mystery is one’s own self. – Sammy Davis

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

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

The way we reflect the world around us is the direct reflection of the world within us. – Unkown

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. – William Makepeace Thackeray

The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored. – Criss Jami

There is music in words, and it can be heard you know, by thinking. – L. Doctorow

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

There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you. – Michelle Sandlin

There is nothing like a train journey for reflection. – Tahir Shah

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway

There is one art of which people should be masters – the art of reflection. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldos Huxley

There was something wrong; nobody else had to tell me. Writing it down made me see it. I’d told myself, as if writing to another person. – Gina Barreca

There’s just something unsettling about studying your reflection. It’s not a matter of being dissatisfied with your face or of being embarrassed by your vanity. Maybe it’s that when you gaze into your own eyes, you don’t see what you wish to see – or glimpse something that you wish weren’t there. – Dean Koontz

There’s something about the thousands of glittering lights, the veil of nighttime that almost makes this place beautiful, especially in the reflection of the water. It makes everything askew, disoriented. There’s more truth in a ripple of water than in a clear day. – Ellie Lieberman

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed. – Ricky Martin

They seemed no closer to the tops of the peaks that rose before them. It was only by looking back, to the forest far below, that she knew they’d climbed. – Kristin Cashore

The efforts that we put into our lives today would reflect on the place we are standing on tomorrow. – Hermann J Steinherr

This above all; to thine own self be true. – William Shakespeare

This ebb and flow of emotion and reflection marks our existence and drives our behavior. – Lee Oberparleiter

This time I see a mere reflection of what’s good inside days of endless worry in such a reflective way humble myself to bow the knee to pray words can express the love that one has inside. – Mario William Vitale

Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand. – Paul Cezanne

Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted – it is an intimate date with yourself. – Dr. Paul T.P. Wong

To achieve happiness I advocate four major principles the principles of love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress. – Ryuho Okawa

To every reflection there is a decision. Likewise, to every decision there is a reflection. – Yolanda Gaston

To find yourself you must look within yourself and not others. – Damian Stafon

To realize the Self is to be still. – Ramana Maharshi

To separate yourself from your weakness and look at it objectively is a very powerful thing. – Russell Simmons

True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one’s true character, to be altogether one’s self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion. – Corliss Lamont

True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self-elements. – Nhat Nanh

Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you. – Unknown

Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better. – Sarah Breathnach

We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust. – David Levithan

We are able to step back from our desires and reflect upon what we have good reason to desire and then desire and act accordingly. – David McPherson

We are all capable of great self-deception when it serves us. – Holly Black

We are chained by our own control. Life is nothing more than finding the key that unlocks every part of our soul. – Shannon L. Alder

We are more severe judges of our own acts…We judge our thoughts, our intents, our secret curses, our secret hates, not only our acts. – Anaïs Nin

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. – Swami Vivekananda

We become aware of ourselves, in some small or large way, as agents of history; we become aware that how we act will influence the course of events, at least for ourselves and usually for others too. – David Boud

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. – Zen

We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience. – John Dewey

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace. – Elizabeth Gilbert

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anais Nin

We each project to others a reflection of the world which includes our choices of perception. – Bryant McGill

We have so committed ourselves in different ways that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. – May Sarton

We must always strive to reflect the highest vision of ourselves. – Bryant McGill

We think we’ve seen it all before, we think we know it all by heart. – Luanne Rice

Well, it’s a good life and a good world, all said and done, if you don’t weaken. – Alan Sillitoe

What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. – Karl Menninger

What is the good of experience if you do not reflect? – Frederick II

What we focus on outside is a reflection of what we feel inside. – Unknown

What we perceive about ourselves is greatly a reflection of how we will end up living our lives. – Stephen Richards

When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top. – Unknown

When I am sharply judgmental of any other person, it’s because I sense or see reflected in them some aspect of myself that I don’t want to acknowledge. – Gabor Maté

When reflection calls to mind, the bleak and desolating wind, that soon thy silken wing shall tear, and waft it on the freezing air. – Mary Darby Robinson

When the artist finds himself he is lost. The fact that he has succeeded in never finding himself is regarded by Max Ernst as his only lasting achievement. – Max Ernst

When the mind is still, the beauty of the self is seen reflected in it. – B.K.S. Iyengar

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

When there is a beautiful reflection, we know not where to look, to the reflection or to the reflected! – Mehmet Murat ildan

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. – Paulo Coelho

When you have lived your individual life in your own adventurous way and then look back upon its course, you will find that you have lived a model human life, after all. – Joseph Campbell

When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it? – Shannon L. Alder

When you really listen to another person from their point of view and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen. – Stephen Covey

When your higher self is present, it always promotes peace. – Wayne Dyer

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

Where there is reflection, there is either double beauty or double ugliness! – Mehmet Murat ildan

While retreating timely into a break of reflection, we can conquer the sanity of our mental condition and find a piece of stillness in the flurry of the world. – Erik Pevernagie

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

Who does ever get what they want? It doesn’t seem to happen to many of us if any at all. It’s always two people bumping against each other blindly, acting out old ideas and dreams and mistaken understandings. – Kent Haruf

Why are all reflections lovelier than what we call reality? Not so grand or so strong, it may be, but always lovelier? – George Macdonald

Why is my reflection someone I don’t know? – Mulan

Wisdom comes from reflection. – Deborah Day

Wisdom is the fruits of reflection. – Gino Norris

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

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

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. – Barbara De Angelis

Work on yourself more than you do on your job. – Jim Rohn

Writing was a defeat, it was a humiliation, it was coming face-to-face with yourself and seeing you weren’t good enough. – Karl Ove Knausgård

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

You attract what you are, not what you want. So if you want it then reflect it. – Tony Gaskins

You cannot have a meaningful life without having self-reflection. – Oprah Winfrey

You may scan historic pages, and right down throughout the ages mere reflection never laid a single brick. – Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

You were my first and last reflection in life. – Nikhil Parekh

Your attitude toward others, work, and your daily life is a reflection of your attitude toward God. – Elizabeth George

Your awareness is your reality; it is everything you know. – Expanding your awareness, and therefore your consciousness, will bring you closer to your own truth. Sidra Jafri

Your choices and decisions are a reflection of how well you’ve set and followed your priorities. – Elizabeth George

Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don’t make it wait any longer. – Dr. Steve Maraboli

Your inability to see the wisdom in someone else is not a reflection on their lack of perspicacity, it is a reflection on yours. – Ilyas Kassam

Your life is a reflection of how effectively you balance potential and kinetic energy. – Steve Maraboli

Your life is a reflection of your thoughts. If you change your thinking, you change your life. – Brian Tracy

Your life is a reflection… you don’t get what you want, you get what you are. You gotta be it to see it. – Steve Maraboli

Your life is always a perfect reflection of your state of heart and mind, and of your truest identity. – Bryant McGill

Your most important “want” should be the one you can control! – Shannon L. Alder

Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. – T. Harv Eker

Your past is the key to the next stage in your life. – Rendon Noel

Your personal truth is your gift to the world. – Jennifer Elisabeth

Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you. – Stacy London

Your soul needs time for solitude and self-reflection. In order to love, lead, heal, and create, you must nourish yourself first. – Louise Hay

Your values are reflected in your behaviors, and your actions are a reflection of your values. Life has meaning and direction. – Bettie B. Youngs

You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company. – Diane von Furstenberg

You’re either green and growing or you’re ripe and rotting. – John Addison

You’ve got to have rules to live by, and one of mine is always say “yes”. Put yourself in danger of something amazing happening to you. – Tom Bilyeu

Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water. – Elizabeth Gilbert

…real childhood scars heal, but not when band-aids replace self-reflection. – Cameron Conaway

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  • REFLECTION, n. An action of the mind whereby we obtain a clearer view of our relation to the things of yesterday and are able to avoid the perils that we shall not again encounter.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911).
  • When we see a great man desiring power instead of his real goal we soon recognize that he is sick, or more precisely that his attitude to his work is sick. He overreaches himself, the work denies itself to him, the incarnation of the spirit no longer takes place, and to avoid the threat of senselessness he snatches after empty power. This sickness casts the genius on to the same level as those hysterical figures who, being by nature without power, slave for power, in order that they may enjoy the illusion that they are inwardly powerful, and who in this striving for power cannot let a pause intervene, since a pause would bring with it the possibility of self-reflection and self-reflection would bring collapse.
    • Martin Buber, Between Man and Man (1965), p. 151
  • The next time you go out to a smoking party, young feller, fill your pipe with that ‘ere reflection.
    • Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers (1836), Chapter XVI.
  • Grace causes the Christian to act, reason the philosopher. Other men are carried away by their passions, their actions not being preceded by reflection: these are the men who walk in darkness. On the other hand, the philosopher, even in his passions, acts only after reflection; he walks in the dark, but by a torch.
    • Denis Diderot in the article on Philosophy, Vol. 25, p. 667, in L’Encyclopédie (1751 – 1766).
  • The action of freedom, through which the form turns into the form of the form as its content and returns into itself, is called “reflection.”
    • Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Complete Works, volume 1, p. 67, as translated in Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings: Volume 1, 1913-1926 (1996), p. 122.
  • The solitary side of our nature demands leisure for reflection upon subjects on which the dash and whirl of daily business, so long as its clouds rise thick about us, forbid the intellect to fasten itself.
    • James Anthony Froude, Short Studies on Great Subjects (1867–82), Sea Studies.
  • Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.
    • John Locke, as quoted in The Book-Lover’s Enchiridion (1884) by Alexander Ireland, p. 94.
  • Music is reflection of self, we just explain it, and then we get our checks in the mail.
    • Marshall Bruce Mathers III, “Sing For the Moment”, The Eminem Show (2002).
  • To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
    • Henri Poincaré in Preface, Dover abridged edition (1952), p. xxii, in Science and Hypothesis (1901).
  • The learn’d reflect on what before they knew.
    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1709), Part III, line 180.
  • Let the Tribune put all this in its pipe and smoke it.
    • Richmond, Virginia Enquirer (Feb. 7. 1860), reported in Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 660.
  • For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise,
    And weigh the winde that under heaven doth blow;
    Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise;
    Or weigh the thought that from man’s mind doth flow.

    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book V, Canto II, Stanza 43.
  • A soul without reflection, like a pile
    Without inhabitant, to ruin runs.

    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night V, line 596.