Famous Quotes on Reflection and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on the Benefits of Reflection

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Personal reflection is an important habit to develop for living well. People who reflect on what they learn build confidence, research shows, and that leads to greater well-being and learning outcomes. Let these famous quotes on reflection and well-being motivate you to spend time reflecting on your thoughts regularly:

“It is within the boundaries of reflection we are able to become aware of insights that can lead us to understanding.” – Kat Lahr

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.” – Confucius

“You cannot have a meaningful life without having spiritual self-reflection. Know who you are and why you are here. When you tap into that space, divine flow, that universal energy, you become untouchable in what you are called to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?’” – Carl Sandburg

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

“There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you.” – Michelle Sandlin

“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” – Claude Monet

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.” – Germany Kent

“Reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination. … until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“What we perceive about ourselves is greatly a reflection of how we will end up living our lives.” – Stephen Richards

“It’s about always trying to make decisions that reflect my leadership and who I am.” – Andrew Whitworth

“Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out a wholesome fragrance.” – Desiderius Erasmus

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every person has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some.” – Charles Dickens

“If you’re looking for inner peace from the outside world, you’re not going to get that. The inner peace starts with looking at you from the inside. Understanding that everything that comes to you is what you are. Everything from friends to boyfriends to the job you get – it’s all a direct reflection of what you are on the inside.” – Mary J. Blige

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.” – Baltasar Gracian

“The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results.” – Michael LeBoeuf

“Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.” – Alan Cohen

“Reflection is the business of man; a sense of his state is his first duty: but who remembers himself in joy? Is it not in mercy then that sorrow is allotted unto us?” – William Shakespeare

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“There is one art of which people should be masters – the art of reflection.” – Samuel Coleridge

“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“What you think about most is reflected in what you become.” – Steven Redhead

“There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge … observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.” – Denis Diderot

“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

“What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading. It is the ideas stirred in your own mind, the ideas which are a reflection of your own thinking, which make you an interesting person” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I get clarity through quiet time, reflection, reading, and meditation. Finding the space between thoughts gives me the energy to take on new challenges with enthusiasm.” – Jaime Murray

“What you see in other people is a reflection of yourself. A person of goodness sees goodness in others and a person of evil sees evil in others.” – Omar Suleiman

“Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours.” – Jane Austen

“I think technology is a wonderful thing that has to be used thoughtfully … What I am very disturbed about is this trend of everything happening faster and faster and there being more and more general noise in the world, and less and less time for quiet reflection on who we are, and where we’re going.” – Alan Lightman

“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.” – Angeles Arrien

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.” – Sidney Poitier

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

“Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now.” – Meghan Markle