Introspection Quotes

Most popular introspection quotes

The unexamined life is not worth living.


Introspection is both the curse and blessing of life.
Examine your own mental attitudes. Become your own therapist.
I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I have ever met!
When you check your own mind properly, you stop blaming others for your problems.
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.

know yourself

Man shies away from nothing as from a rendezvous with himself—which makes the entertainment industry what it is.

know yourself

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.
When I was young I often wondered how I appeared to people around me, but I never thought to see myself in relation to the entire world.


Look not too far afield ... answers lie within. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

know yourself


must ultimately find
their true perfection
in knowing all
the follies of mankind
-- by introspection.


People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.


By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

experience wisdom

We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

flattery know yourself

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.