84+ Best Introspection Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Introspection Quotes

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

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

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

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. Lewis Carrol

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

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

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

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

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

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. live in the question. Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Grover didn’t say anything for awhile. Then, when I thought he was going to give me some deep philosophical comment to make me feel better, he said, Can I have your apple? Rick Riordan

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

The only journey is the one within. Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing. William S. Burroughs

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

We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure your perfection is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart. Elizabeth Gilbert

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

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points. Confucius

I am a victim of introspection. Sylvia Plath

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. Franz Kafka

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

But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in. Junot Díaz

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 problem with introspection is that it has no end. Philip K. Dick

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

Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all. Rollo May

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

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What’s this passion for? Virginia Woolf

A writer needs a life of introspection. Tom Robbins

The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy. Floriano Martins

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

My friend care for your psyche know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves. Socrates

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

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

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

Think of your head as an unsafe neighborhood; don’t go there alone. Augusten Burroughs

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

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

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

I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book. Erica Jong

I think that quiet lends itself to that kind of in-your-own-head introspection. Fab Moretti

To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is. C.G. Jung

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

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel. John Ruskin

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

I do feel that I’ve managed to make something I could maybe call my world over time little by little. And when I’m inside it, to some extent, I feel kind of relieved. But the very fact I felt I had to make such a world probably means that I’m a weak person, that I bruise easily, don’t you think? And in the eyes of society at large, that world of mine is a puny little thing. It’s like a cardboard house: a puff of wind might carry it off somewhere. Haruki Murakami

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

What is reading but silent conversation. Walter Savage Landor

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

Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. But it’s a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep seated thing that’s really chewing on us. Frank Herbert

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

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

Introspection! I hate it! Ethel Kennedy

God whispered, You endured a lot. For that I am truly sorry, but grateful. I needed you to struggle to help so many. Through that process you would grow into who you have now become. Didn’t you know that I gave all my struggles to my favorite children? One only needs to look at the struggles given to your older brother Jesus to know how important you have been to me. Shannon L. Alder

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

Vintage books, old china, antiques; maybe I love old things so much because I feel impermanent myself. Josh Lanyon

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

An accusing heart couldn’t see her own sins. Toba Beta

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

No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection. Patrick Rothfuss

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

The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour. Ray Bradbury

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

Truth be told, the inward gaze is something she’s not too fond of. But there are secrets that lurk in the mind, and she doesn’t want any of them sneaking up on her. Sometimes it pays to take a deep look inside even if you get queasy gazing into those dark corners. Alden Bell

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

Novels are food for the leftover hours of life, the in between times, the moments of waiting. Young ha Kim

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

How shall I ever learn who I am when there is so much of me that belongs to someone else? Madeline Claire Franklin

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

Don’t call anyone a devil, because within you, you can experience hell and the devil, and the devil is nothing, but you! Michael Bassey Johnson

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

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

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

The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection. Marcel Proust