Insight Sayings and Quotes

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

Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine. Edmund Wilson
With an open mind, we gain insight into ideas and expressions that we may have overlooked or not noticed at all. James Van Praagh
The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight. Carly Fiorina
The insight is born with anxiety, guilt and the joy and gratification that is inseparable from the actualizing of a new idea or vision. Rollo May
Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners. Eric Hoffer
But insight doesn't necessarily produce self-control. Sometimes you just see your destructiveness more clearly. Keith Ablow
Sometimes you have intuitive insight about how you think things are going to be, and you write that. Other times you fantasize completely, which has nothing to do with predicting the future. Ray Bradbury
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
One should have insight into this world of dreams that passes in the twinkling of an eye. Hojo Shigetoki
Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature... what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action... if you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being. Bill Bernbach
It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress. Paul Dirac
Man will become better when you show him what he is like. Anton Chekhov
The best vision is insight. Malcolm Forbes
To understand ourselves and our life is the point of insight meditation: to understand and to be free. Jack Kornfield
Insight into soul-action, ability to discriminate the genuine from the sham and capacity to further one and discourage the other. John Dewey
Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory. Vernon Howard
The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing. Herodotus
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight. Johann von Goethe
Self examination is the key to insight, which is the key to wisdom. M. Scott Peck
Penetrative insight joined with calm abiding utterly eradicates afflicted states. Shantideva
Insight is 'mental vision,' one of the ways in which the mind escapes the limits of the obvious or the familiar. Jennifer James
Understanding requires insight. Insight must be anchored. Brian Greene
The first act of insight is throw away the labels. Eudora Welty
The great conservative insight is that order is really hard to achieve. It's really precious, and it's really easy to lose. Jonathan Haidt
All the insight we will ever need to live well will come from fully being who and where we are. Brenda Shoshanna
Insight makes argument ridiculous. John Lancaster Spalding
In the last resort, sheer insight is the greatest asset of all. Herbert Butterfield
Insight cannot be taken back. You cannot return to the moment you were in before. Hilary Mantel
Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself. Andrew Schneider
Insight doesn't happen often on the click of the moment, like a lucky snapshot, but comes in its own time and more slowly and from nowhere but within. Eudora Welty
Knowing many things doesn't teach insight. Heraclitus
Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it. Socrates
Insight is not the same as scientific deduction, but even at that it may be more reliable than statistics. Anthony Standen
Insight without action is worthless. Marie Forleo
To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the conditions which made him what he is. Margaret Bourke-White
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man of correct insight among those who are duped and deluded resembles one whose watch is right while all the clocks in the town give the wrong time. Arthur Schopenhauer
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. Warren G. Bennis
The possibilities for creation and insight are endless. We're constantly collecting more data, and it's starting to be very relevant to our lives. Aaron Koblin
God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light. Abraham Joshua Heschel
Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. Agnes Repplier
Re-investing in one's own little moments of insight is very important. Anish Kapoor
The pleasure of the soul appears to be found in the journey of discovery, the unfolding revelation of expanded insight and experience. Anthony Lawlor
Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly. Arthur Erickson
Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation. Bette Davis
The best way in the world to deceive believers is to cloak a message in religious language and declare that it conveys some new insight from God. Charles Stanley
Thank the Lord for using each person as a tool in your life to deepen your insight into his grace and conforming you to the image of His Son. Charles Stanley
Now it is evident that a little insight into the customs of every people is necessary to insure a kindly communication this, joined with patience and kindness, will seldom fail with the natives of the interior. Charles Sturt
Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn't quite have. Diane Abbott
Insight is the first condition of Art. George Henry Lewes
Watch the functioning of your own mind in a calm and detached manner so you can gain insight into your own behavior. Henepola Gunaratana
For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth. Honoré de Balzac
Shut your eyes and see. James Joyce
Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster. Johan Cruyff
A lack of seriousness has led to all sorts of wonderful insights. Kurt Vonnegut
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. Leo Rosten
No one wants to know how clever you are. They don't want an insight into your mind, thrilling as it might be. They want an insight into their own. Mark Haddon
A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. Marshall McLuhan
Insight must precede application. Max Planck
One might say that the novel is the genre that most predisposes one to a profound insight into the tremendous life around us, instead of putting forward one's own tiny ego as the centre of the universe. Mikhail Sholokhov
If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess. Mortimer Adler
You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow. Nhat Hanh
What we already know frames what we see, and what we see frames what we understand. Paul Hawken
Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information. Peter Ustinov
Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act. Thich Nhat Hanh
You know that your happiness and suffering depend on the happiness and suffering of others. That insight helps you not to do wrong things that will bring suffering to yourself and to other people. Thich Nhat Hanh
Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. Thomas Carlyle
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. Vincent Van Gogh