Quotes for
the Journey:

Introspection



  
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

   reflection

Again the important point to remember is that you should keep asking yourself questions. Do not make statements. Ask questions to yourself.   The mind hates that.       -Robert Adams
   

We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world--introspection.  We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably--that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbours is to know ourselves.       -Walter Lippman

   
Study yourself. Find your strong points and make them stronger as well as your weak ones and strengthen them. Study yourself carefully and you will see yourself as you really are.        -Theron Q. Dumont
   

The philosophies of the wisest people that ever existed are mainly derived from the act of introspection.        -William Godwin

   

When you make the decision to look at. . . your own life and the way you think about it, you do something courageous.  You dare to be  yourself.  It may be terrifying to search inward, particularly when it's so easy to look over someone else's shoulder.  After all, when you peer inside, it's hard to know if you've made the correct choice.  What if the answers are wrong?  What if you don't know enough?  But even if someone else's answers are right, they may not be right for you.  Making the distinction may not always be easy, but once you see the benefits, you'll develop more faith in what's inside your own heart.       -Leslie Levine

   
The philosophy of the wisest person  that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.       -William Godwin

   
Anybody desirous of success should spend some time in introspection and contemplation.        -Sam Veda

     

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

    

Introspection enables one to be free from the influence of negativity.  Introspection means the desire to be good. Introspection brings the ability to look within and see the true self in the mirror of the heart, thus enabling one to activate the inner spirituality.  Then all effort made will be towards activating this inherent goodness.  And slowly one finds that the behaviour associated with negative traits are no more expressed, as they begin to lose their hold.  When I am able to introspect and look within, I can find the goodness that is there within me.  Because of this, I naturally am free from expectations from others that they should recognise my goodness or consider me good.  Instead I find myself content with what I am and continue to bring out the best from within me.  I continue to learn from all situations and experience progress.       -Brahma Kumaris

   

Only by much searching and mining, are gold and diamonds obtained, and people can find every truth connected with their beings, if they will dig deep into the mine of their souls; and that they are the makers of their character, the molders of their lives, and the builders of their own destinies, they may unerringly prove, if they will watch, control, and alter their thoughts, tracing their effects upon themselves, upon others, and upon their lives and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation, and utilizing their every experience, even to the most trivial, everyday occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of themselves which is Understanding, Wisdom, Power.        -James Allen

   

   
Dwelling inwardly for extended periods, we come to know something of the poverty of always looking outside ourselves for happiness, understanding, and wisdom.  It's not that God, the environment, and other people cannot help us to be happy or to find satisfaction.  It's just that our happiness, satisfaction, and our understanding, even of God, will be no deeper than our capacity to know ourselves inwardly, to encounter the outer world from the deep comfort that comes from being at home in one's own skin, from an intimate familiarity with the ways of one's own mind and body.
   Dwelling in stillness and looking inward for some part of each day, we touch what is most real and reliable in ourselves and more easily overlooked and undeveloped.  When we can be centered in ourselves, even for brief periods of time in the face of the pull of the outer world, not having to look elsewhere for something to fill us up or make us happy, we can be at home wherever we find ourselves, at peace with things as they are, moment by moment.     -Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are
  
At the end of all religious paths there is the quest "Who am I?"  Until this question is satisfactorily answered no one can claim to know what the truth is or what God is.  The ultimate instruction in all religions should therefore be "Know thyself."     -Lakshmana
  
Withdraw into yourself and look.  And if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; the sculptor cuts away here, smoothes there, makes this line lighter, this other purer, until he or she has shown a beautiful face upon the statue.     -Plotinus
  
Look at your own life.  Has it become overly complex?  Have you found yourself burdened by too many possessions or responsibilities?  Take a deep breath and ask yourself:  "What steps can I take to reduce the clutter so that I may live simply and joyously?"     -Douglas Bloch
  
Who am I?  Where have I come from?  Where am I going?--are not questions with an answer but questions that open us up to new questions which lead us deeper into the unshakeable mystery of existence.     -Henri Nouwen
  
Secreted and hidden in the heart of the world and in the heart of the human is the light which can illuminate all life, the future and the past.  Shall we not search for it?     -Mabel Collins
  
People live with themselves. . . and don't know themselves.  "Know thyself" means:  devote time each day to studying yourself. . . ferreting out your weakness, working at self-improvement, purifying your immortal soul.     -Israel S. Lipkin
  
The height of all philosophy is to know thyself; and the end of this knowledge is to know God.     -Francis Quarles
  
The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practiced, is to study and learn how to know ourselves.  This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good.     -Pierre Charron
  
When we start at the center of ourselves, we discover something worthwhile extending toward the periphery of the circle.  We find again some of the joy in the now, some of the peace in the here, some of the love in me and thee which go to make up the kingdom of heaven on earth.     -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
  
It is necessary. . . for one to go away by oneself. . . to sit on a rock. . . and ask, "Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?"     -Carl Sandburg
  
Spending time looking for what is missing in your life is futile; if you fail to look within yourself. When we challenge everything we believe we are, we reveal that which we never knew about our own selves.     -Nicolas G. Janovsky
  
The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.     -Dag Hammarskjold
  
  
Take time to be quiet.  This is something that we don't do enough in this busy world of ours.  We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us.  The human heart was meant for times of quiet, to peer deep within.  It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams!  Schedule some quiet "dream time" this week.  No other people.  No cell phone.  No computer.  Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.     -Jim Rohn
  
It does not always help to analyze and think about problems with your rational mind.  Sometimes it is far more effective to turn to your inner self, to ask the universe for help.  Simply sit quietly.  Take a few deep breaths and focus your awareness within.  Ask your wise inner self, either silently or aloud, for guidance or help in understanding the message.  As you get a sense of what feels right, act on this feeling.     -Shakti Gawain
  
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
  
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 busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.     -Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
  
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.     -Carl Jung
  

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