Reflection Quotes to Reflect on for a Growth Mindset & Perspective

Here are 50 of my top reflection quotes to ponder, think about, and gain inspiration from. I hope these quotes provide motivation, perspective, and a mindset for growth for you apply. Just click through the visual quote slides or scroll down for the reflection quotes in text. Reflect on each one. What does the quote mean to you? Which ones inspire you?


“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.”

  • Maya Angelou


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

  • Maya Angelou


“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.”

  • Maya Angelou


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

  • Maya Angelou


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

  • Maya Angelou


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

  • Maya Angelou


“Don’t tell me that worry doesn’t do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don’t happen,”

  • Anonymous


“No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself.”

  • Henry Ward Beecher


“Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

  • Richard Branson


“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

  • Les Brown


“I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

  • John Cage


“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

  • John Campbell


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

  • Joseph Campbell


“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”

  • Catherine of Siena


“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

  • Winston Churchill


“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.”

  • Norman Cousins


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

  • George Eliot


“it is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Find the journey’s end in every step.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small compared to what lies within us.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Our strength grows out of weakness.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson


“We can’t do much about the length of our lives, but we can do plenty about its width and depth.”

  • Evan Esar


“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”

  • Henry Ford


“One meets his destiny often on the road he takes to avoid it.”

  • French Proverb


“The best way out is always through.”

  • Robert Frost

“A candle loses nothing of its light when lighting another.”

  • Kahlil Gibran


“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

  • Andre Gide


“It’s all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.”

  • Rob Gilbert


“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.”

  • Ira Glass


“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”

  • Ralph Hodgson


‘A moment’s insight is often worth a life’s experience.”

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes


It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

  • Mae Jemison


“Keep you face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”

  • Helen Keller


“You can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed.”

  • Ken Kersey


“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”

  • Latin Proverb


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

  • Bruce Lee


“Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thou shall progress.”

  • Mainmonides


“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.”

  • Sir Claus Moser


“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

  • Anais Nin


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

  • Norman Vincent Peale


“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

  • Jim Rohn


“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.”

  • Seneca


“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”

  • Roger Staubach


“Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

  • William Shakespeare


“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”

  • Henry David Thoreau


“I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one… I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

  • Henry David Thoreau


“You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.”

  • Oprah Winfrey


“if you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

  • Oprah Winfrey


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world.”

  • Henry David Thoreau


“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”