Self Perception Quotes & Sayings For Self Reflection

The following collection of quotes about self-perception contemplate the importance of how we think about ourselves.

If perception is defined as how we see or think about something or someone around us, then self perception is how we ‘see’ ourselves.

What is the meaning of self perception?

Self perception is how the individual subjectively evaluates their own appearance, behavior and characteristics. Everything that makes up them.

Self perception is typically in the context of how an individual views their own physical qualities, however it can also be view how they view parts about themselves including :

-goals, dreams, aspirations & potential

-personal strengths, weaknesses & limitations

-values and beliefs

-personality traits

-past experiences

Self-Perception Quotes

Holding certain perceptions of ourselves can either help or hinder us in life. These quotes all show just how importance self perception is, and why we should contemplate it, question it and work on shifting it if it doesn’t meet our best interests.

We hope they get you thinking and that they inspire you too:


“Our self-perception determines our behavior. If we think we’re small, limited, inadequate creatures, then we tend to behave that way, and the energy we radiate reflects those thoughts no matter what we do. If we think we’re magnificent creatures with an infinite abundance of love and power to give, then we tend to behave that way. Once again, the energy around us reflects our state of awareness.” Marianne Williamson


“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” Virginia Satir


“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” C.S. Lewis


“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Carl Gustav Jung


“It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Songs are as sad as the listener.” Jonathan Safran Foer


“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau


“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.” Naya Rivera


“We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.” Beyonce


“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” Martina Navratilova


“One’s perception of themselves has a much bigger role than has been acknowledged to determine who succeeds and who does not.” Sal Khan


“Every person has a different view of another person’s image. That’s all perception. The character of a man, the integrity, that’s who you are.” Steve Alford


“If we can’t laugh at ourselves, do we have the right to laugh at others?” C.H. Hamel


“Most of us have grown up seeing the world as a place of limitation rather than as a place of inexhaustible treasures.” Bob Burg


“If you look at your life one way, there is always cause for alarm.” Elizabeth Bowen


“The consistent finding of psychological research is that we are fairly accurate in our perceptions of others. It’s our self-perceptions that are distorted because we look at ourselves in a rose-colored mirror.” Jonathan Haidt


“The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.” Dr. Bruce Lipton


“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Robertson Davies


“Your perception of the world is not necessarily the same as what is actually occurring.” Peter Ralston


“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” John Lennon


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey


“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” Stephen R. Covey


“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” Marcus Aurelius


“Reality is always kinder than the stories we tell about it.” Byron Katie


“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu


“When we become fixed in our perceptions, we lose our ability to fly.” Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche


“The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.” Roy T. Bennett


“Your agreement with reality defines your life.” Steve Maraboli


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