Introspection Quotes

Franz Kafka

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.

Erica Jong

I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.


We shouldn't hide behind anger or anonymity when reliving the past because all that’s happened and all those who belong in our past are part of our story.

Michael Bassey Johnson

There are certain truths that occurs to us, which we cannot convey in words, but requires
There are certain truths that occurs to us, which we cannot convey in words, but requires a personal experience to grasp more vividly.

Sol Luckman

Well, enough of this introspection. It’s depressing, quite frankly.. Sol Luckman
Well, enough of this introspection. It’s depressing, quite frankly.

George Eliot

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.. George Eliot
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.

Carl Sandburg

It is necessary ... for a man to go away by himself ... to sit on a rock ... and ask, 'Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?


When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.

Nicolas G. Janovsky

Spending time looking for what is missing in your life is futile; if you fail to look within yourself. When we challenge everything we believe we are, we reveal that which we never knew about our own selves.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Don't call anyone a devil, because within you, you can experience hell and the devil, and the devil is nothing, but you!

Patrick Rothfuss

No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.

Ray Bradbury

The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour.


Nothing is more visible than things hidden; Nothing is more manifest than things minute; Therefore, the superior man should be aware of his aloneness

Suchet Chaturvedi

The world is a palace without bedsheets


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Aditya Ajmera

Investigation in our own life is far more rewarding than investigating life of other's.

Unarine Ramaru

Introspection is not a privilege, you don't have to subscribe to it. On any occasion you can discover wisdom and oneself.

Sweety Shinde

Absence of questions is not proof of answers.

Jim Fergus

that's exactly the good thing about the Injun life-you don't have to stop and think about whether or not you're 'happy'-which in my opinionis a highly overrated human condition invented by white folks

Alexander Pope

Know thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.

LeAnne Mechelle

But darling yesterday I was a different person, today I see you for what you are.

Richelle Mead

Just friends, just friends. Standing there in the bookstore, watching Seth walk away, I half wondered how anyone could still use that line. But I knew why, of course. It was used because people still believed it. Or at least they wanted to.

Eric Hirzel

Pride is a fallacy. None of us are greater than the sum of our parts.

Ayya Khema

If the whole universe can be found in our own body and mind, this is where we need to make our inquires. We all have the answers within ourselves, we just have not got in touch with them yet. The potential of finding the truth within requires faith in ourselves.

Walter Savage Landor

What is reading but silent conversation.

Edward Gibbon

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.

Young-Ha Kim

Novels are food for the leftover hours of life, the in-between times, the moments of waiting.

Elizabeth Gilbert

We need courage to take ourselves seriously, to look closely and without flinching, to regard the things that frighten us in life and art with wonder.

Bell Hooks

…there is not a day of my life that I am not critiquing myself to see if my politics are borne out in the way that I live and the way that I talk and present myself.

Steve Goodier

And here's the surprising truth: As you gaze at yourself in the mirror held by another, you will see far more than your flaws. You also will see the beauty that is uniquely you; beauty that others see clearly and you may hardly know exists. That is also part of the truth about you.

A.L. Kennedy

A good roast of sun, it slows you, lets you relax–and out here if there's anything wrong, you can see it coming with bags of time to do what's next. This is the place and the weather for peace, for the cultivation of a friendly mind.

Eva Hoffman

When my turn on the program comes, I am not nervous at all - because all this is happening out of time, out of space. I am, for a moment, a figure of my own fantasy, and I play my appointed role as if I were in the movies.

Roger Zelazny

Siddhartha considered the ways of the demon, and in that moment he struck.

Amit Kalantri

If people respect your age and not your personality, then it's time for you to do some urgent introspection.

Vera Nazarian

Q: Why do I love thee, O Night?
A: Because you know I will never answer.

Madeline Claire Franklin

How shall I ever learn who I am when there is so much of me that belongs to someone else?

Graham Aitchison

True peace is not found in external circumstances, but within ones own heart.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Your real self may be hiding somewhere, look for it within, when you find yourself, you can freely be what you want to be.

David W. Earle

What are humans meant to do; why are we here? Are we a mutation on the earth destroying its host? Are we a cancer destined to kill what supports us? I think not. So exploring this question is a powerful exercise in meaning; what is the meaning of human existence?

Chris Crutcher

Talking with Elaine like that, with no judgment from her or anything, seemed to bring my feelings more to the surface so I could look at them. I love times like that; you don't get many of them.
(Walker, in STOTAN!)

Roger James McDonald

What if deep down inside knew you were more amazing and magnificent than you thought you were?

Richard K. Morgan

Strange how you could become a man's god without noticing.

Erica Goros

Sometimes I feel like one of those sliding tile puzzles. I just get so dang close to what I want to see in the mirror and who I want to be... but then I have to completely jumble up the pieces to try to get even closer.

C.G. Jung

To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.

John Ruskin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel.

Toba Beta

Kau bangun benteng tuk kawal hatimu,
dan kau tuduh mereka tak pedulikanmu.

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Așa-i de când lumea, că cine se introspectează prea mult, acela nu mai e de acord nici cu sine însuși, în cele din urmă, iar cine nu-i de acord cu sine însuși, acela nu-i capabil să ia o hotărâre.

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