Introspection Quotes

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Aristotle
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Aristotle

Lewis Carroll
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
Lewis Carroll , Alice in Wonderland

Irvine Welsh
“You can't lie to your soul.”
Irvine Welsh, Porno

Carl Jung
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
C.G. Jung

Aldous Huxley
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
Aldous Huxley

Albert Camus
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."

[The Minotaur]”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Rick Riordan
“Grover didn't say anything for awhile. Then, when I thought he was going to give me some deep philosophical comment to make me feel better, he said, "Can I have your apple?”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
...live in the question.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Elizabeth Gilbert
“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything

William S. Burroughs
“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
William S. Burroughs, The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs

Rainer Maria Rilke
“The only journey is the one within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Confucius
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
Confucius

Junot Díaz
“But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Franz Kafka
“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”
Franz Kafka

Philip K. Dick
“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.”
Philip K. Dick

Rollo May
“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.”
Rollo May, Man's Search for Himself

Robert Hughes
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."

[Modernism's Patriarch (Time Magazine, June 10, 1996)]”
Robert Hughes

Vera Nazarian
“It's a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another.

Ignorance is our deepest secret.

And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don't know it or don't want to admit it.

Here is a quick test:

If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant.

Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.

It will do both of you good.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Frank Herbert
“Truth suffers from too much analysis.

-Ancient Fremen Saying”
Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

George Eliot
“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”
George Eliot

Yvonne Woon
“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
Yvonne Woon, Dead Beautiful

Shannon L. Alder
“The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most.”
Shannon Alder

“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.”
Floriano Martins

Carl Sandburg
“A man must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, 'Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?' . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one's time—the stuff of life.”
Carl Sandburg

Robert Frost
“I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn”
Robert Frost

Augusten Burroughs
“Think of your head as an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone.”
Augusten Burroughs, Dry

Socrates
“My friend...care for your psyche...know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves" -Socrates”
Socrates

Virginia Woolf
“My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?”
Virginia Woolf

Nick Hornby
“One could argue that most of the trouble in the world is caused by introspection.”
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

Erica Jong
“I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.”
Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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