The Best Self-Reflection Quotes On Life, Love And Work
Published February 8, 2019
When we are looking for the meaning of life and love, we often turn to inspirational quotes. The best quotes for self-reflection are like looking into the mirror and seeing ourselves in a different light. These quotes help us deal with challenges in life and at work, helping us set goals for ourselves and understand our own motivations. Meetings with special people have great influence over our lives, as each person is meant to teach us something important about ourselves. Look at the surface of the water as if it were a mirror and see your true self. Read these quotes daily and experience their transforming power in your life.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
Learning to love my inner and outer beauty wasn’t an easy road. I still don’t always love the reflection I see in the mirror, but I have learned that my outer appearance does not define me.
Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley
The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.
Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.
When you do The Work, you see who you are by seeing who you think other people are. Eventually you come to see that everything outside you is a reflection of your own thinking. You are the storyteller, the projector of all stories, and the world is the projected image of your thoughts.
Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.
The feeling of being ‘offended’ is a warning indicator that is showing you where to look within yourself for unresolved issues.
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?
Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.
A photograph must come from imagination and not be a reflection of what is.
Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.
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.
People who have had little self-reflection live life in a huge reality blind-spot.
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.
Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.
You are a mirror of yourself in others. Whatever you want, give. Be the best reflection of yourself.
Karen A. Baquiran
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
Michel de Montaigne
A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end – and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.
Maynard James Keenan
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Sometimes it’s hard to look at a flower, when your dying inside.
Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.
Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.
One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
I know. I was there. I saw the great void in your soul, and you saw mine.
Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.
T. Harv Eker
Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand.
It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.
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.
The world you see outside of you will always be a reflection of what you have inside of you.
People are sent into our lives to teach us things that we need to learn about ourselves.
The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.
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.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?
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.
Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.
There is no future without a past, because what is to be cannot be imagined except as a form of repetition.
Surround yourself with really good people. I think that’s an important thing. Because the people you surround yourself are a reflection of you.
People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.
Women need real moments of solitude and self reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
Barbara De Angelis
Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real.” Nin interlocked his fingers, and stretched out his arms. “Real love, real friends, real body parts…
Jess C. Scott
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
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.
Honest self-reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom.
It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.
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.
In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people.
What we perceive about ourselves is greatly a reflection of how we will end up living our lives.
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci
Everything that happens to us is a reflection of who we are.
Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.
Poppy Z. Brite
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
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.
The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.
There is one art of which people should be masters – the art of reflection.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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
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.