60 Inspiring Self Reflection Quotes that will Help You to Change Your Life

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In today’s world, you often spend most of your time thinking about the outside world more than the inner world. Self-reflection Quotes will help you to understand the importance of self-realization in your life.

What is Self – Reflection or Personal Reflection? 

The activity of taking time to think about your own thoughts, feelings, desire and behavior, and the reasons that may lie behind them.

Why it’s important? 

Self-reflection helps us to analyze your life at different levels like 

     Why did it happen to you?

     What is the impact because of that?

     Whether it should happen again in your life?

Without these questions, you simply travel your life without any thought process. And you will not come to know what is happening in your life is correct or not. 

But if you start spending some time reflecting on your life. It will help you to understand yourself better and respond effectively in the future which helps you as well as others in your life.

Here are the collection of 60 Reflection Quotes on different topics to reflect better in your life

Quotes on Reflection

1. Reflection – Looking back so the view looking forward is clearer. – Unknown

2. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle

3. Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success. – Richard Carlson

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4. The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.– Hall and Simeral

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

6. A day is not always bright, and nights are not always dark. All that matters is what’s inside because day and night are a reflection of you. — Avantika

7. 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

8. I visualize where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become.  I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there. – Michael Jordan

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9. Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead. — Yvonne Woon

10. It is strange to reflect how much energy is thrown away in attempting to know the unknowable. — Joseph Barber Lightfoot

11. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. — Paulo Coelho

12. You attract what you are, not what you want. So if you want it then reflect it.  — Tony Gaskins

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13. The way we reflect the world around us is the direct reflection of the world within us.  —Unkown

Self Reflection Quotes

With self-reflection, you get to know yourself much better and know why you are thinking or doing this. With this, you will have control of your thoughts and behavior.


14. Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become. – Maxwell Martz

15. Self-reflection is a kind of self-judgment. The difference is just this the former is positive and the latter is negative. —Balroop Singh

16. Self-reflection is the school of wisdom. — Baltasar Gracian

17. Honest self-reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success, and freedom. – Vikas Runwal

18. Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things…. then better yourself. – Sonya Teclai

19. You cannot have a meaningful life without having self-reflection. — Oprah Winfrey

20. Self-reflection is the gateway to freedom. It also brings greater appreciation and enjoyment. We begin to enjoy spending time with our own minds, and we enjoy reflecting on our experience of the teachings. Like the sun emerging from behind the clouds, the teachings of the dharma become clear. – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

21. Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted – it is an intimate date with yourself. — Dr. Paul TP Wong

22. Self-reflection is an important stage to diagnose, develop and strengthen your creativity. —Pearl Zhu

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The Mirror is the first contact point to see Your True Self


23. I stared at myself in the mirror, wondering what she saw that I didn’t. — Sherri Lee Emmons

24. In a mirror is where we find a reflection of our appearances, but in a heart is where we find a reflection of our soul. — Unknow

25. Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. — Ernest Holmes

26. Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. — Indra Devi

Impact of Reflections in Your Life


27. Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see and be. — Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky

28. Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well-lived. — Mollie Marti

29. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. — Swami Vivekananda

30. I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself. — Francois Truffaut

31. The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. — Wayne Dyer

32. Honest self-reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success, and freedom. —Unknown

33. Your life is a reflection of your thoughts. If you change your thinking, you change your life. — Brian Tracy

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34. Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don’t make it wait any longer. — Dr. Steve Maraboli

35. Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself. — Wayne Dyer

36. Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice. — Unknown

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

Quotes on Importance of using Reflection in Your Work

In the work environment, we often weigh our own emotions and react to situations. Instead take your time and understand, what is correct from your point of view may be wrong from other’s point of view?

So, self-evaluate first on What you have done or going to do is correct or not. Then you can convey your opinion in your workplace. This will help you to make the situation better.


38. Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you. — Mary-Frances Winters

39. He that knows himself, knows others. — Charles Caleb Colton

40. Dwell not on the faults and shortcomings of others; instead, seek clarity about your own. —  Buddha

41. Everybody is like a magnet. You attract to yourself reflections of that which you are. If you’re friendly then everybody else seems to be friendly too. — David R. Hawkins

42. We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience. — John Dewey

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43. A moment of silence is actually a very loud moment. — Nouf Alfadl

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

45. What is the good of experience if you do not reflect? — Frederick II

46. Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. — Lawrence Bossidy

47. Compare less. Reflect more. — Unknown

48. When you really listen to another person from their point of view and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen. — Stephen Covey

For Teachers and Students


49. Never forget to remain a student while you teach others. — Jerry Cortsen

50. What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. — Karl Menninger

51. Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience. — Tony Buon

52. Self-awareness doesn’t stop you from making mistakes, it allows you to learn from them. — Unknown

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53. Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. — Pat Riley

54. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. — Aristotle

55. No matter how good teaching may be, each student must take the responsibility for his own education. — John Carolus

The Power of Water to reflect your life


56. One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. — Lao Tzu

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57. Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water. — Elizabeth Gilbert

58. We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. — Zen

59. As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. — Proverb

60. As social beings, we live with our eyes upon our reflection but have no assurance of the tranquillity of the waters in which we see it. — Charles Horton Cooley

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