44 Powerful Quotes on Self Reflection, helping you become a better Version of Yourself

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We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.

John Dewey

Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted – it is an intimate date to yourself.

Paul T.P. Wong, Canadian Psychologist

Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.

Richard Carlson

You cannot have a meaningful life without having self-reflection.

Oprah Winfrey, American Talkshow-Host

Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions.

C Terry Warner

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

Margaret J. Wheatley

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

Tony Buon

Self-reflection entails asking yourself questions about your values, assessing your strengths and failures, thinking about your perceptions and interactions with others, and imagining where you want to take your life in the future.

Robert L. Rosen

Honest self reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom.

Vikas Runwal

Reflection… Looking back so the view looking forward is even clearer.

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

Examining your thoughts is an important part of the practice of self-reflections.

Ryuho Okawa, Japanese Religious Teacher

Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.

Maxwell Martz

Reflection is the lamp of the heart. If it departs, the heart will have no light.

Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad, islamic

People who have had little self-reflection live life in a huge reality blind-spot.

Bryant McGill, American Author

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.

Barbara De Angelis

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.

Baltasar Gracian, Spanish Author
Self Reflection is the School of Wisdom – Baltasar Gracian

Self-reflection is so healthy. Journaling works for me – when I record the details of what I’m going through, whether it’s a relationship issue or negative thoughts, I can look back and see how far I’ve come. It makes me proud to see my progress and how I got through a bad situation.

Kelly Rowland

There is one art of which people should be masters – the art of reflection.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Philosopher

Engaging in meditative self-reflection and gaining increased control of inner experiences provides a person with a sense of control over fear and trembling and the chaos of life.

Kilroy J. Oldster, American Attorney

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

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

Lawrence Bossidy, American Author

Emotions are there to enjoy life; but they are not used in self-reflection because they inhibit a proper reflection. They gunk us up.

Frederick Lenz, American Spiritual Teacher

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

Peal Zhu, American Management Author

It is great to be introspective, self-analysis can be useful, but only if it results in action.

Joe Sacco, American Cartoonist
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Experience (what?), Reflection (so what?), Action (now what?)

Self-reflection is necessary to dig beneath our own layers and visit the inner crevices of our heart and mind to develop an understanding of life.


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.

Confuzius, Chinese Philosopher

Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you.

Mary-Frances Winters

When the mind is still, the beauty of the self is seen reflected in it.

B.K.S Iyengar, Indian Yoga Teacher

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.

Carl Jung

Your soul needs time for solitude and self-reflection. In order to love lead, heal and create you must nourish yourself first.

Linda Joy

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


Compare less. Reflect more.

Compare less. Reflect more. – Unknown

Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you.


To achieve happiness I advocate four major principles, the principles of love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress.

Ryuho Okawa, Japanese Religious Teacher

The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.

Hall and Simeral

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