Insight Quotes

Jess C. Scott

Anya looked upon Nin admirably. Having him as a partner-in-crime - if only on this one occasion, which she hoped would only be the start of something more - was more revitalizing than the cheap thrills of a cookie-cutter shallow, superficial romance, where the top priority was how beautiful a person was on the outside.

Steven J. Carroll

You can always tell the heart of man by what he do, and by what he don't do...

Marcel Proust

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

Kurt Vonnegut

I'm simply interested in what is going to happen next. I don't think I can control my life or my writing. Every other writer I know feels he is steering himself, and I don't have that feeling. I don't have that sort of control. I'm simply becoming. I'm startled that I became a writer.

Henry Mosquera

I don’t care what Einstein said about God not playing dice; If he exists, he’s addicted to craps.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Books and drafts mean something quite different for different thinkers. One collects in a book the lights he was able to steal and carry home swiftly out of the rays of some insight that suddenly dawned on him, while another thinker offers us nothing but shadows - images in black and grey of what had built up in his soul the day before.

Swami Dhyan Giten

When something happens to you that is beyond words, life is happening to you. When the Ultimate is happening to you, you are beyond words.

Jim George

Your impact on the lives of others-your family, the people at your church, your workmates-is cultivated with each decision you make, no matter how small.

Tim Kreider

I don't know why we take our worst moods so much more seriously than our best, crediting depression with more clarity than euphoria. We dismiss peak moments and passionate love affairs as an ephemeral chemical buzz, just endorphins or hormones, but accept those 3 a.m. bouts of despair as unsentimental insights into the truth about our lives.

Jerry Stahl

Destroy your life; then put it back together.You'll get great material, meet some fascinating characters and – side benefit – the skills you develop will give you greater compassion, insight and range with the people you create on the page – or run into off of it.

Cristina Nehring

Love, far from being blind, is the very emotion that allows us to see.

Cristina Nehring

Too often, it is only love that makes us engaged enough, alert enough, alive enough to see

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

What you don't deal with today, will live to deal with you tomorrow.

Sharon Salzberg

When we practice metta, we open continuously to the truth of our actual experience, changing our relationship to life.

Thomas Fuller

A stumble may prevent a fall.

Natsuki Takaya

Partings are the beginnings of new meetings.

Beginnings happen because there are endings.

Adrian Phoenix

Each of us is shaped by the truth of our natures.

Von to Silver

Nikki Rowe

If you help someones bank account rise But you can't help their heart feel... Really, what
If you help someones bank account rise
But you can't help their heart feel...
Really, what is your value?

David Foster Wallace

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.

Woody Allen

Because it's much more pleasant to be obsessed over how the hero gets out of his predicament than it is over how I get out of mine.

Thomas Mann

The perishableness of life...imparts value, dignity, interest to life.

Elbert Hubbard

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

Marshall McLuhan

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

I never realized it was all a game,
until I started winning.

Germany Kent

Be positive. Stay happy and don't let the negativity of the world get you down.


Not to understand is profound; to understand is shallow. Not to understand is to be on the inside; to understand is to be on the outside.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Live your best life.
Live your dreams.

Henry Mosquera

My father once told me that it’s not enough for a man to be lucky; that a guy has to know when that streak is on for him.

Valencia Mackie

Never give advice unless you have walked the walk, because anybody can talk the talk.. Valencia
Never give advice unless you have walked the walk, because anybody can talk the talk.

Allan Lokos

The erruption of feelings & emotions that follows a near-death exerience, or any event that causes us to stop & look deeply at the reality of our lives, is ripe with the potential for insight & clarity.

Robert Musil

We sometimes have a flash of understanding that amounts to the insight of genius, and yet it slowly withers, even in our hands - like a flower. The form remains, but the colours and the fragrance are gone.

Bamigboye Olurotimi

When the mind is distressed, the flow of inspiration will be distorted, intellectual faculties will be affected and unexpected confusion/problem will appear

Lailah Gifty Akita

Be determined.
You can make it in life.
You can make all your dreams come true.

Richelle E. Goodrich

As a writer, I see the saga of your life in a single glimpse. It may be inaccurate, but my version doesn't lack for creativity.

Lorii Myers

I never saw it coming; I never thought you’d leave, but baby what you gave me was the courage to find me.

Brian Greene

Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding...

Brian Greene

Understanding requires insight. Insight must be anchored.

Jim George

God’s strength will come to you when you faithfully read His Word.

Orhan Pamuk

Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow.

Gabrielle Zevin

They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books?

Heidi Cullinan

Every book is a revolution. Books are our ticket out of boredom, despair, loneliness - but also ignorance.

Vivienne Westwood

Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.

Philip Roth

Everybody who flashed the signs of loyalty he took to be loyal. Everybody who flashed the signs of intelligence he took to be intelligent. And so he had failed to see into his daughter, failed to see into his wife, failed to see into his one and only mistress - probably had never even begun to see into himself

Swami Dhyan Giten

When you come to the ultimate experience in meditation, when you come to your deepest core, you are no one. You are a vast emptiness.
You can become afraid in meditation, because the deeper you go in meditation, the more you realize that you are nobody, a nothingness. It is a death of the ego. That is why people become afraid of meditation.

Geraldine Brooks

To know a man's library is, in some measure, to know a man's mind.

Charles Baudelaire

That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity - that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are an essential part and characteristic of beauty.


Eyes that are blind have no way to tell the loveliness of faces and features; eyes with no pupils have no way to tell the beauty of colored and embroidered silks.


We can't expect a blind man to appreciate beautiful patterns or a deaf man to listen to bells and drums. And blindness and deafness are not confined to the body alone - the understanding has them, too.

Lorii Myers

Beauty is wasted on the self-absorbed.

Michael Bassey Johnson

You can capture me with your beauty, only if you are a brilliant photographer.. Michael Bassey
You can capture me with your beauty, only if you are a brilliant photographer.

Patrick Rothfuss

Denna is a wild thing," I explained. "Like a hind or a summer storm. If a storm blows down your house, or breaks a tree, you don't say the storm was mean. It was cruel. It acted according to its nature and something unfortunately was hurt. The same is true of Denna.

Edward Abbey

You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

Questions of personal priority, however interesting they may be to the persons concerned, sink into insignificance in the prospect of any gain of deeper insight into the secrets of nature.

R. Scott Bakker

There was such a difference, he thought, between the beauty that illuminated, and the beauty that was illuminated.

R. Scott Bakker

Consequences lost all purchase when they became mad. And desperation, when pressed beyond anguish, became narcotic.

R. Scott Bakker

Something ... made him feel small, not in the way of orphans or beggars or children, but in a good way. In the way of souls.

R. Scott Bakker

Hoga Gothyelk no longer felt anger, not truly - only varieties of sorrow.

Molly Friedenfeld

Angels love to create synchronicities because each synchronicity produces an illumination point for a soul to connect the dots on life experiences. This insight, in turn, creates an opportunity to expand the heart and grow the soul, which always results in positive change for humanity.

Jamie Magee

Being angry at the mistakes made by the heart will only leave you bitter.

Amit Abraham

Think and then think what you have thought. Is it really what you had thought. Think again.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Perhaps one day, all these conflicts will end, and it won't be because of great statesmen or churches or organisations like this one. It'll be because people have changed. They'll be like you, Puffin. More a mixture. So why not become a mongrel? It's healthy.

Orhan Pamuk

Where there is a true art and genuine virtuosity the artist can paint an incomparable masterpiece without leaving even a trace of his identity.

William Zinsser

Not everybody has a talent for painting, or for the piano, or for dance. But we can write our way into the artist's head and into his problems and solutions. Or we can go there with another writer.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Follow the light of your intuition, and keep away from the darkness of convention.

Swami Dhyan Giten

To attain to enlightenment is to attain to all. When you are not, you become the whole.

Anne M. Nordhaus-Bike

For all its complexity, however, astrology remains fundamentally simple. It offers a time-honored system of symbols that sum up key aspects of human life while providing profound insights and practical guidance.

James Robertson

Our ability to look back on the past, our need or desire to make sense of it, is both a blessing and a curse; and our inability to see into the future with any degree of accuracy is, simultaneously, the thing that saves us and the thing that condemns us.

Claudia Rankine

Hey you -

All our fevered history won't instill insight,
won't turn a body conscious,
won't make that look
in the eyes say yes, though there is nothing

to solve

even as each moment is an answer.

Warren W. Wiersbe

The only people who really think they have seen something new are those whose experience is limited or whose vision can't penetrate beneath the surface of things. Because something is recent, they think it is new; they mistake now the for originality.

Nicholas Black Elk

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which... is within the souls of men.

Chuck Palahniuk

The voice says, maybe you don't go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don't do. The things you don't finish.

Emily Herr

Sometimes life holds more than people allow themselves to see. Such individuals may continue to live as though they are blind for eternities before realizing they were merely clamping their eyes shut.

C. Nzingha Smith

Sometimes it takes asking others for input to find out you have to ultimately look within yourself for the answers to the questions only you know the truth about...we choose the information we share. So, the person giving feedback is limited in view and their perspective will only keep your view of the situation distorted.

Neil Gaiman

This is a book for every fiddler who has realized halfway through playing an ancient Scottish air that the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated" is what folk music is really all about, and gone straight into it.

Markus Zusak

It's much easier . . . to be on the verge of something than to actually be it. This would still take time.

Milton H. Erickson

Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.

Jamie Magee

It is true that we choose our life, but it’s also true that we can choose at any moment to change our path.

William Kent Krueger

I was a sinner. I knew that without a doubt. But I was not alone. And the night was the accomplice of us all.

George Carlin

People are wonderful one at a time. Each one of them has an entire hologram of the universe somewhere within them.

Elizabeth Berg

It seems like all the time people are making themselves themselves, but they don't really know it. You can only have true visions when you look behind. A person can slide so fast into being something they never really intended. I wonder if you can truly resurrect your own self.

Sereda Aleta Dailey

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, wishes. Who looks inside, finds infinite wisdom.

E. Nesbit

There was a pleasant party of barge people round the fire. You might not have thought it pleasant, but they did; for they were all friends or acquaintances, and they liked the same sort of things, and talked the same sort of talk. This is the real secret of pleasant society.

Henry Hallett Dale

Littlewood, on Hardy's own estimate, is the finest mathematician he has ever known. He was the man most likely to storm and smash a really deep and formidable problem; there was no one else who could command such a combination of insight, technique and power.

Jamie Magee

People have the power to change their perspective. They just get caught up in an endless cycle of foolish things that don’t matter.

Jamie Magee

We all have the power to change the emotions of the ones around us. A kind word could make someone’s day, just as a harsh one will bring pain. The secret is to know your own energy and use it to fill the room around you.

Justine Winter

Unfortunately, our minds are our greatest assets, and our biggest flaws.

Janet Gallagher Nestor

What others are doing or accomplishing is irrelevant to your growth.

Marcia Hutchinson

If you talked to your friends the way you talk to your body, you’d have no friends left at all.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

I can ruthlessly press my imagination out beyond its very edges, and even in such a remote place I have not begun to touch the barest periphery of God’s imagination.

Valerie Tarico

The human tendency toward confirmatory thinking - all of us are bias to seek information that fits what we already believe.

Cat Power

Art brings you closer to whatever your present is, your own breathing being.

Max McKeown

Problem-insight precedes solution insight. Someone has to recognise a problem before they start to solve the problem...

Lorii Myers

Random thought fills the streambed, cascading with care and spilling over the flood plain until bifurcation forces it to arc and fork into a single, determined stream.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Creativity is not intelligence, it is the ability to do what you did not know through the use of what you know.

Elif Shafak

Working is prayer for the likes of us,” his master often said. “It’s the way we commune with God.”
“Then how does He respond to us?” Jahan had once asked, way back when he was younger.
“By giving us more work, of course.

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