41+ Best Introspection Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Introspection examination of and attention to your own ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Profoundly inspirational introspection quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Introspection Quotes

That moment in ‘Broadcast News’ where Holly Hunter is told how great it is to be the smartest person in the room, and she cries and says it’s awful – I definitely have moments like that sometimes, moments when introspection and drive can be lonely-making. And it doesn’t help that I have a partner who is very work-oriented. — Zoe Kazan

There is not often much policy discussion with the Bushes. There isn’t much introspection. Several generations of Bush men could pass by in which the great questions of humankind will go undiscussed. — Richard Ben Cramer

I’m not used to introspection. I’ve never lingered on my feelings. The show must go on. — Brenda Lee

Introspection! I hate it! — Ethel Kennedy

Usually, people that I like to work with are people that I believe in more than they believe in themselves, and they just need that extra boost and the person to give them a little more time and understanding and introspection into their own character to find that box office that lives inside of them. — Paul Heyman

When I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection. I no longer care. — Jessica Alba

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. — Lawrence Durrell

‘what.’ is bombastic introspection. It’s large, colourful, and loud but hopefully intimate at the same time. — Bo Burnham

For those of us with an inward turn of mind, which is another name for melancholy introspection, the beginning of a new year inevitably leads to thoughts about both the future and the past. — Michael Dirda

Introspection, or ‘sitting in the silence,’ is an unscientific way of trying to force apart the mind and senses, tied together by the life force. The contemplative mind, attempting its return to divinity, is constantly dragged back toward the senses by the life currents. — Paramahansa Yogananda

I was interned in Auschwitz for one year. I didn’t bring back anything, except for a few jokes, and that filled me with shame. Then again, I didn’t know what to do with this fresh experience. For this experience was no literary awakening, no occasion for professional or artistic introspection. — Imre Kertesz

I went through a phase of deep introspection. I realised that while doing films back to back, I was getting burnt out and not concentrating on quality. I wasn’t preparing for my role and was working like a machine. When I saw the result on the big screen, I felt that the work I’d done was horrible. — Amala Paul

It is good for society to have this introspection. — Jacques Verges

By definition, memoir demands a certain degree of introspection and self-disclosure: In order to fully engage a reader, the narrator has to make herself known, has to allow her own self-awareness to inform the events she describes. — Caroline Knapp

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly, we confess our sins and pray to be written into God’s Book of Life. — Jonathan Sacks

I have met guys who work the overnight shift at 7-11, selling Slurpees and Camels to insomniacs who have more introspection than a lot of people in the mainstream media. — Bernard Goldberg

When I look in the mirror, I am slightly reminded of self-portraits by Durer and by Rembrandt, because they both show a degree of introspection. I see some element of disappointment; I see a sense of humour, but also something that is faintly ridiculous; and I see somebody who is frightened of being found out and thought lightweight. — Robert Winston

I have my moments. Ever since I was a boy, I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. Too often I embrace introspection and self-doubt. I wish I could embrace the good things. — Hugh Laurie

The most important thing about a person is that you know who you are and what you want. You should be capable of introspection and evaluate yourself. — Louis van Gaal

Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason, I’m optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history. — Jared Diamond

The way I sing my songs leads the listener into a place of introspection, a state of mind that can trigger self-healing and the kind of profound rest you cannot get from sleep alone. — Donovan

‘Alpha’ is a very fast-moving book. It doesn’t lend itself to laborious introspection and the navel-gazing that some stories can fall prey to. — Greg Rucka

Passion is something that’s hard to discover purely through introspection. You have to have experiences – you have to learn real-time and through experiences what makes you tick. — Ivanka Trump

The tortured similes, the brooding introspection, the jaundiced view of society – nobody ever has any fun in a Ross Macdonald book. — Donald E. Westlake

Failure holds the seeds for greatness – so long as you water those seeds with introspection, they can be the root of your success. — Daniel Lubetzky

Artists have long urged cultural introspection by creating work that forces awareness of our current political and economic landscape. — Jenna Wortham

The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection. — William Godwin

Once I found professional happiness, it gave me time to think about other areas in my life in which I wasn’t happy. The next obvious candidate for introspection was my marriage. — Megyn Kelly

If I can inspire one spark of awareness or get a spark of introspection or reflection about someone else’s life, that’s a beautiful thing, in my opinion. — Noah Centineo

To thrive, all businesses must focus on the art of self-disruption. Rather than wait for the competition to steal your business, every founder and employee needs to be willing to cannibalize their existing revenue streams in order to create new ones. All disruption starts with introspection. — Jay Samit

I don’t think we spend enough time in reflection and introspection. We don’t know who we are as individuals in this culture anymore. — Naomi Judd

I am a victim of introspection. — Sylvia Plath

Cinema now can’t be just about introspection and atma manthan; such topics won’t work. — Mahesh Bhatt

The Chautauqua Institution is truly a national treasure. It is a place for contemplation and a place for reflection, a place where platitudes and slogans can be set aside and be replaced by thoughtfulness and introspection. — Eliot Spitzer

Considering retirement is like skirting with the reality of what’s to come, and I think that’s why so many athletes decide to do more introspection at that point. — Abby Wambach

In the modern world, the anxious temperament does offer certain benefits: caution, introspection, the capacity to work alone. These can be adaptive qualities. — Robin Marantz Henig

I don’t think anyone flies into space without some form of fundamental introspection about what life is about. — Leroy Chiao

You want to read a book? That requires introspection. It requires time away from people and time away from the constant need to communicate and to connect. — Gary Shteyngart

Music is my form of cleansing and introspection, so I have to grow in order to accomplish it. — SZA

Among the many international consequences of Barack Obama’s stunning victory in the United States is worldwide introspection about whether such a breakthrough could happen elsewhere. Could a person of color win power in other white-majority countries? — Shashi Tharoor

A writer needs a life of introspection. — Tom Robbins

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