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REFLECTION
[ Also see Caution Confession Consideration Contemplation Discretion Forethought Hindsight Impulse Meditation Memory Observation Past Prudence Retrospection Self-examination Thought ]

Let the "Tribune" put all this in its pipe and smoke it.
      - Unattributed Author,
        in the Richmond, Virginia "Enquirer", Feb. 7, 1860

When I look upon the tombs of the great, every motion of envy dies; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire forsake me; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I reflect how vain it is to grieve for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying beside those who deposed them, when I behold rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men who divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the frivolous competitions, factions, and debates of mankind.
      - Joseph Addison

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.
      - Jean Cocteau

There is one art of which man should be master,--the art of reflection.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied.
      - Confucius

The next time you go out to a smoking party, young feller, fill your pipe with that 'ere reflection.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XVI)

The object of reflection is invariably the discovery of something satisfying to the mind which was not there at the beginning of the search.
      - Ernest Dimnet

The solitary side of our nature demands leisure for reflection upon subjects on which the dash and whirl of daily business, so long as its clouds rise thick about us, forbid the intellect to fasten itself.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Sea Studies

Reflection brakes men cowards. There is no object that can be put in competition with life, unless it is viewed through the medium of passion, and we are hurried away by the impulse of the moment.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The custom of frequent reflection will keep their minds from running adrift, and call their thoughts home from useless unattentive roving.
      - John Locke (1)

The learn'd reflect on what before they knew.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. III, l. 180)

Think on thy sins.
      - William Shakespeare

They only babble who practice not reflection,
  I shall think--and thought is silence.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise,
  And weigh the winds that under heaven doth blow;
    Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise;
      Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. V, canto II, st. 43)

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving put wholesome fragrance; but revery is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The advice of a scholar, whose piles of learning were set on fire by imagination, is never to be forgotten. Proportion an hour's reflection to an hour's reading, and so dispirit the book into the student.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

A soul without reflection, like a pile
  Without inhabitant, to ruin runs.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 596)


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