Introspection Sayings and Quotes

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

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. Franz Kafka
The most mature human insight comes from one's introspection rather than from exterior research. Hugh Downs
One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection. Nick Hornby
The problem with introspection is that it has no end. Philip K. Dick
Study yourself. Find your strong points and make them stronger as well as your weak ones and strengthen them. Study yourself carefully and you will see yourself as you really are. Theron Q. Dumont
Mastering self-control, the act of restraining one's emotions is the true key to success. Timothy Pina
To know your limits is a state of self-delusion. Bill Purdin
It is good for society to have this introspection. Jacques Verges
The philosophy of the wisest person that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection. William Godwin
One's greatest challenge is to control oneself. Kazi Shams
Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. James Allen
Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations, and then it ceases feeding on you. Anais Nin
Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. G. I. Gurdjieff
Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding. Amit Ray
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Anonymous
We can all afford to do a little soul-searching about the choices we make and the way we live our lives, but sometimes searching one's soul doesn't provide the answers we seek. Danielle de Niese
Anybody desirous of success should spend some time in introspection and contemplation. Sam Veda
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives. Brene Brown
Education, introspection, self-love and excellence are the only ways to overcome the wrath of ignorance. Romany Malco
The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most. Shannon L. Alder
Self-control is the ability to control the expression of our passions and emotions. Anonymous
Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable. John Wooden
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung
Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. N. T. Wright
Your brain shall be your servant instead of your master. You will rule it instead of allowing it to rule you. Charles Popplestone
The mind may wander, but let not the senses wander with it. If the senses wander where the mind takes them, one is done for. Mahatma Gandhi
Introspection is always retrospection. Jean-Paul Sartre
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere. James Russell Lowell
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus