IX. Introspection

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin 


Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.

Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions.

Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits.

Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values.

Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.

~ Often attributed to Gandhi


Out of sight, out of mind.

Far from eye, far from heart.

Present to the eye, present to the mind.

The absent get farther off every day.


Your vision will become clear

only when you can look into your own heart.

Who looks outside, dreams;

who looks inside, awakes.


Long absent, soon forgotten.

Seldom seen, soon forgotten.

Expectation is better than realization.

Prospect is often better than possession.


Mind and body are one.

What you think, you become.

Knowing others is intelligence;

knowing yourself is true wisdom.


I have striven not to laugh at human actions,

not to weep at them,

not to hate them,

but to understand them.


Peace comes from within.

Do not seek it without.

The unexamined life

is not worth living.


The philosophically unenlightened are prisoners chained from birth in an underground cave, able to see nothing but moving shadows, which they take to be the whole of reality.

~ Plato, Allegory of the Cave

2 Responses to “IX. Introspection”
  1. Lori Emmons says:

    Thank you for this reminder! We all need to continually reexamine our thoughts, actions, values & motives. Restructure, reanalyze & reevaluate for the good of all. I just shared your photo post on my blog…Thank you for the inspiration for my post!

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