Self-reflection is the practice of looking inward and examining our thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviors.
It’s a way to gain insight into ourselves, and our relationships with others.
By reflecting on our beliefs and experiences, we can learn from our mistakes, make better decisions, and improve our lives.
Self-reflection can take many forms, and may involve journaling, meditating, or talking with a therapist or trusted friend.
Whatever form it takes, self-reflection is a valuable tool for personal growth and development.
The following quotes about self-reflection can inspire you to take a closer look at yourself, start asking questions and encourage acceptance.
“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” John Lubbock
“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” Thomas Paine
“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” Albert Einstein
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers
“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheatley
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Socrates
“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” Billie Jean King
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin
“The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Nathaniel Branden
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” William James
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Carl Jung
“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” Albert Einstein
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway
“An unexamined life is a life without meaning.” Plato
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Ram Dass
“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” Philip Pullman
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
“To be conscious of being, you need to reclaim consciousness from the mind. This is one of the most essential tasks on your spiritual journey.” Eckhart Tolle
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Teilhard de Chardin
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You cannot step into the same river twice.” Heraclitus
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” Morrie Schwartz
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain
“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
“Everything in life is a lesson and I’m always willing to learn.” Tom Brady
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln
Self-reflection is an ongoing process throughout life.
It requires a willingness to be honest with ourselves, to acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses, and to learn from our experiences.
By making self-reflection a regular part of our lives, we can become more self-aware, more resilient, and more capable of creating the life we want.
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