20 Top Introvert Quotes

A little while back I came across the Ted Talk by Susan Cain called the Power of Introverts. After watching the clip, I was inspired to read Susan’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This book and a few others, inspired me to continue to own my introversion.

I can see now that being an introvert is another aspect of who I am (and a gift) and I hope the following introvert quotes can inspire you to own your introversion. However, if you are more of an extrovert – maybe the following introvert quotes will help you to rethink quiet.

  1. “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” ~ Jane Austen
  2. “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” ~ Susan Cain
  3. “Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” ~ Anaïs Nin
  4. “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured… Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” ~ Susan Cain
  5. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” ~ Hans F. Hansen
  6. “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~ Anne Lamott
  7. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle
  8. “I restore myself when I’m alone.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
  9. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  10. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu
  11. “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens” ~ Carl Jung
  12. “We can’t underestimate the value of silence. We need to create ourselves, need to spend time alone. If you don’t, you risk not knowing yourself and not realizing your dreams.” ~ Jewel
  13. “Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe” ~ Susan Cain
  14. “I went as an observer, not a participant, for I do not think that I ever spoke. I wanted to understand the issues under discussion, evaluate the arguments, see the calibre of the men involved.” ~ Nelson Mandela
  15. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.” ~ Rumi
  16. “I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” ~ Anne Frank
  17. “What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be.” ~ Ellen Burstyn
  18. “A wise man once said nothing.” ~ Proverb
  19. “To thine own self be true” ~ Shakespeare
  20. “The greatest art is to sit, wait and let it come.” ~ Yogi Bhajan


Reflection –

  1. Which introvert quote did you like the most?
  2. Do you have a favourite one that is not on the list? If so, feel free to share it below.


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  • Brian

    Reply Reply September 6, 2020

    A wise man once said nothing

    • Jane

      Reply Reply September 12, 2020

      Correct Brian 🙂

  • Rudovick

    Reply Reply August 17, 2020

    I like number 4 and 8. Am grateful to be an introvert. Before I was embarrassed but after reading several articles. I came to know myself better.

    Thank you for your time to gather those quotes.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply September 12, 2020

      You are welcome Rudovick 🙂

  • Ryan

    Reply Reply August 14, 2020

    1 and 4, mostly people want to set standards for one’s happiness when it’s only yourself who really knows what makes you happy.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply September 12, 2020

      Yes Ryan – only you will know what makes you happy!

  • Bright

    Reply Reply October 13, 2019

    I love 2 and 5. I happened to be an ambivert and many people expect a lot from me especially when they only know my extroverted style but I prefer being introverted

    • Jane

      Reply Reply October 14, 2019

      Yes 2 and 5 are great! Thanks for taking the time to comment Bright 🙂

  • Deynoo Selasi Collins

    Reply Reply June 10, 2019

    I’ve always loved being an introvert, but sometimes it makes me feel empty, especially when I’m in a gathering, or sometimes in school, where we are sopposed to work in groups. At some point in my life, I try to blend with extroverts which makes me drained up and more sad because I feel different, losing a lot of energy. The third and fourth quotes were my favourite.
    I wish society will get to know more about introverts and their abilities.
    Thank you very much…..

    • Jane

      Reply Reply June 22, 2019

      Thanks for sharing Deynoo – there are more and more introverts sharing information and books being written. Take care of yourself 🙂

  • Jermena

    Reply Reply May 29, 2019

    Well, I just discovered what being an introvert truelly is, a while ago, hence the journey here. in the past few days av learnt that being an introvert is actually a beautiful rare experience not for everyone, unlike what we have been made to believe for so long. Honestly, like someone has mentioned, I used to think something was terribly wrong with me. just how could I be like that, but now I know am wonderfully, beautifully made in God’s image? and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me.
    now am going to embark on a fearless introverted journey of being just happily me!
    wonderful feeling it is…
    just so if you wondering, 13 and 17 were my fav, they just hit so close to home.
    thank you for the post, God bless you.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply June 7, 2019

      Thanks for sharing your insights Jermema and you are welcome. Take care of yourself. Warm wishes, Jane

  • Kavya

    Reply Reply April 4, 2019

    I am happy being introvert.But sometimes I wish to be extroverted and feel being cursed. But these quotes will help me alot. I loved all of them. Mostly the 1st and the 2nd. Thank you for sharing this.Good day!!

    • Jane

      Reply Reply April 5, 2019

      Thanks Kavya for taking the time to reflect. Take care of yourself 🙂

    • Victor

      Reply Reply June 8, 2020

      I think this typically defines me. I prefer being myself n enjoy my own company.
      All quotes ar amazing

      • Jane

        Reply Reply June 9, 2020

        Glad you enjoyed them Victor.

  • Cafane

    Reply Reply April 1, 2019

    I like number 17. It really hits close because you could feel lonely in a room full of people but when by yourself you realized silence can be your best friend. Gives you time to reflect and clear your mind of the traffic jams caused by social situations. I’m not antisocial I just find being in social situations can be draining.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply April 1, 2019

      Thanks for commenting Cafane – isn’t silence a gift! Take care, Jane

      • Adra

        Reply Reply June 7, 2019

        I actually wanted to be an extrovert but day by day i end up like a typical introvert. But nowadays i enjoy being an intro. Thanks to the qoutes numbered 15,16 & 17. Best wishes..

        • Jane

          Reply Reply June 7, 2019

          Thanks for your thoughts Adra. Learning to accept ourselves is such a gift. Warm wishes, Jane

  • aisa

    Reply Reply March 12, 2019

    I like the quotes and I relate with it.. Sometimes I ask my self why I can’t be like my friends. Because they told me that I’m kill joy but for me I’m not because I prefer to be alone and reading books. I love who I am.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply March 12, 2019

      Well done Aisa on being true to yourself. Take care, Jane

  • shawn

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    I’m 26 and all my life I thought there was something wrong with me until today.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply January 8, 2019

      Take care of yourself Shawn – Warm wishes, Jane

      • Ritesh Shrestha

        Reply Reply July 19, 2019

        I loved point number 2,3,6,8 and 16 the most

        • Jane

          Reply Reply July 19, 2019

          Thanks for taking the time to comment Ritesh! Yes – I find it hard to choose now 🙂

  • Shruti

    Reply Reply May 26, 2018

    Honestly speaking, I love each and every quote…mostly because I could relate to them and I’ve always wanted people to know how great it feels to spend time with one’s own self . People often mistake introverts as people with attitude problem… I want then to know that’s so not the case !

    • Jane

      Reply Reply May 27, 2018

      Thanks for sharing Shruti. Yes introverts are often mistaken. Take care of yourself!

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