Quotations on Reflection

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Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams
(Keywords: May, Reflection, Vote)

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Ego, Embarrassment, Nothing, Reflection, Self, Today)

The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest, have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude. No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Art, Culture, Existence, Reflection, Style)

Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.
- Shawn Ashmore
(Keywords: Attitude, Personality, Reflection, Style)

Your glass will not do you half so much service as a serious reflection on your own minds.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Reflection, Service, Will)

Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection.
- Alban Berg
(Keywords: Music, Talent, Knowledge, Enthusiasm, Perception, Composers, Feeling, Reflection, Result, Study)

But the first differentiation of its reflection in the manifested World is purely Spiritual, and the Beings generated in it are not endowed with a consciousness that has any relation to the one we conceive of.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: Consciousness, First, Reflection, Spiritual, World)

The World War broke out with such elemental violence, and with such resort to all means for leading or misleading public opinion, that no time was available for reflection and consideration.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Time, War, Consideration, Leading, Misleading, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Reflection, Violence, World, World war)

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.
- Charles W. Chesnutt
(Keywords: Heart, Despair, Mystery, Reflection, Universe)

A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Experience, Belief, Actions, Reflection, Will)

No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
- Edgar Degas
(Keywords: Art, Reflection, Result, Study)

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Nature, Knowledge, Facts, Observation, Reflection, Result)

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
- Peter Drucker
(Keywords: Action, Quiet, Reflection, Will)

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Keywords: Giving, Mind, Rank, Reflection, Running)

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks' vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
(Keywords: Life, Question, Reflection, Vacation, Want)

I do like things that are not necessarily a reflection of what is considered the right thing by this culture. Somehow, promoting that status quo I find uninteresting.
- Crispin Glover
(Keywords: Culture, Reflection, Right)

The mid-day sun is too much for most eyes; one is dazzled even with its reflection. Be careful that too broad and high an aim does not paralyze your effort and clog your springs of action.
- Learned Hand
(Keywords: Action, Effort, Eyes, Reflection, Sun)

The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
- Jimi Hendrix
(Keywords: Music, Reflection, World)

This means that the mind or spirit is present anywhere, because it is nowhere attached to any particular place. And it can remain present because, even when related to this or that object, it does not cling to it by reflection and thus lose its original mobility.
- Eugen Herrigel
(Keywords: Mind, Present, Reflection, Spirit)

It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
- Eric Hoffer
(Keywords: Echo, Example, Eyes, Reflection, Words)

It was stunning actually, because what you would hope for from our national leaders is some reflection, some understanding that the situation that we encountered in Iraq was not what we expected, that it was not what he said it would be.
- Chris Van Hollen
(Keywords: Hope, Iraq, Leaders, Reflection, Understanding)

Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
- David Hume
(Keywords: Eloquence, Reason, Reflection, Understanding)

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
- William Ralph Inge
(Keywords: Life, Hope, Reflection, Theater)

My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Keywords: Travel, Exploration, First, Literature, Reading, Reflection, Writing)

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection of the human being on the page. I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives.
- Tracy Kidder
(Keywords: People, Being, Reflection, Trying)

Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection... I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman.
- Lil' Kim
(Keywords: Life, Music, Time, Prison, Reflection, Today, Will, Woman)

We spent a lot of time on that record with the sound and recorded it on the Paramount sound stage which is this huge room where the sound is reflected but the reflection is so late and comes from so far away that it doesn't blur the music but gives you a room nonetheless.
- Leo Kottke
(Keywords: Music, Time, Reflection, Sound)

There's a lot of reflection that goes on whenever I write a song - it's been a wild whirlwind last couple of years and there's a lot to talk about, and hopefully that's evident in the music.
- Nick Lachey
(Keywords: Music, Reflection, Song, Talk, Years)

Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
- John Locke
(Keywords: Ideas, Mind, Reflection, Reverie, Understanding)

It seems obvious to me that the notion of God has never been anything but a kind of ideal projection, a reflection upward of the human personality, and that theology never has been and never can be anything but a more and more purified mythology.
- Alfred Loisy
(Keywords: God, Mythology, Obvious, Personality, Reflection, Theology)

Ten years ago I was not heavily involved in the film world but on reflection it was a boom time with the mineral boom happening, so there was immense growth for industrial training films, documentaries to do with the mining, and the outback world.
- Ann Macbeth
(Keywords: Time, Growth, Film, Reflection, Training, World, Years)

I have never known a really chic woman whose appearance was not, in large part, an outward reflection of her inner self.
- Mainbocher
(Keywords: Appearance, Reflection, Self, Woman)

In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people.
- Marcel Marceau
(Keywords: People, Reflection, Silence)

The only thing that's a little tricky about it is sometimes people assume that if it's a new song, it's a reflection of what you're feeling or going through now.
- Richard Marx
(Keywords: People, Feeling, Now, Reflection, Song)

I had a born-again experience at the age of 33. As a result of that I found a church where I felt I was being fed properly. I don't say that as a reflection on Catholicism. But once I was born again, I got an evangelical spirit.
- Bill McCartney
(Keywords: Age, Experience, Church, Being, Catholicism, Reflection, Result, Spirit)

I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should now what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems.
- Angela Merkel
(Keywords: Idea, Germany, Now, Priorities, Problems, Reflection, Unemployment)

Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection.
- Eugenio Montale
(Keywords: Success, Possibility, Communication, Reflection, Solitude, Television)

Throughout this evolution from left to right, Beard always detested war. Hence his writings were slanted to show that the military side of history was insignificant or a mere reflection of economic forces.
- Samuel E. Morison
(Keywords: History, War, Evolution, Military, Reflection, Right)

What is emitted from the divine, though it be only like the reflection from the fire, still has the divine reality in itself, and one might almost ask what were the fire without glow, the sun without light, or the Creator without the creature?
- Max Muller
(Keywords: Fire, Light, Reality, Reflection, Sun)

Would not the child's heart break in despair when the first cold storm of the world sweeps over it, if the warm sunlight of love from the eyes of mother and father did not shine upon him like the soft reflection of divine light and love?
- Max Muller
(Keywords: Love, Mother, Father, Heart, Despair, Eyes, First, Light, Reflection, World)

Much of what passes for quality on British television is no more than a reflection of the narrow elite which controls it and has always thought that its tastes were synonymous with quality.
- Rupert Murdoch
(Keywords: Quality, Thought, Reflection, Television)

When the soul drifts uncertainly between life and the dream, between the mind's disorder and the return to cool reflection, it is in religious thought that we should seek consolation.
- Gerard De Nerval
(Keywords: Life, Soul, Thought, Dream, Disorder, Mind, Reflection, Religious)

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine
(Keywords: Business, Death, Love, Heart, Strength, Conscience, Man, Principles, Reflection, Smile, Trouble, Will)

There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.
- Thomas Paine
(Keywords: Act, Mind, Reflection, Thinking)

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
- Thomas Paine
(Keywords: Strength, Man, Reflection, Smiles, Trouble)

My feeling about him is that the America that we have today, the freedoms we enjoy and the privileges we have, are really the reflection of Abe Lincoln's convictions, his vision, and his toughness.
- Gregory Peck
(Keywords: Vision, America, Feeling, Reflection, Today)

The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy - they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator.
- Rick Perry
(Keywords: Life, Quality, Land, Reflection, Water)

So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.
- Sidney Poitier
(Keywords: Positive, Obligation, Reflection, Responsibility)

Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Thought, Reflection, Remembrance, Sense)

As a rule, all heroism is due to a lack of reflection, and thus it is necessary to maintain a mass of imbeciles. If they once understand themselves the ruling men will be lost.
- Ernest Renan
(Keywords: Men, Heroism, Reflection, Will)



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