Top 100 Introvert Quotes

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If you’re an introvert like me, you’re probably always on the look for the best introvert quotes that describe who you are or at least relate to you in some way.

I’ve put up a list of my Top 100 introvert quotes for Facebook and Instagram bio and added some “introvert quote images” in case you need to grab one. 

You will find in the list below all sorts of introvert related quotes: the funny, the wise, and the sassy ones all in one bundle, so you better make use of them!

**Please note that some of these quotes have unknown sources, I added them because they’re just … relatable you know.**

Top 100 Introvert Quotes


“Our Culture, have turned extroverted life as a virtue, discouraged an interior journey, to seek for center, now we have lost our center. we must find it again.”   Anais Nin


 “I wouldn’t say I’m sensitive. I would say I’m highly susceptible to feeling a lot”    Sabrina Benaim


“I’m very picky with whom I give my energy to. I prefer to reserve my time, intensity, and spirit exclusively to those who reflect sincerity.”   Dau Voire


“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.”    Susan Cain


“I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.”  Charles Bukowski 


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“Much of the answers already exist internally but the world is seeking them externally.”    Maxime Lagacé


“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”    Stephen Hawking


“For introverts, who have limited energy for interaction, we need to be more thoughtful and deliberate about whom we meet—which, happily, is what we do best.”    Laurie Helgoe


“ The day I began to live is the day I discovered being an introvert is awesome. ” Maxime Lagace 


“The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange hobbies or talents or gifts and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem weird or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake. What makes me unique has brought every person I love into my life.”    Pushing Daisies


“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”  Gandhi


“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however, measured, or far away.”   Henry David Thoreau


“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.”    Henry Rollins


“Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.”     Susan Cain


“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”     Mahatma Gandhi

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“What if you love knowledge for its own sake, not necessarily as a blueprint to action? What if you wish there were more, not fewer reflective types in the world?”    Susan Cain


“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.”   Criss Jami


“Though I may be efficient at the family table, I linger at the table for two.”    Laurie Helgoe


“There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.”   carl Jung


“If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.”    Susan Cain


“The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood”     Voltaire


“In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.”   Criss Jami


“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight;”   Susan Cain


“It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.”   D.W. Winnicott


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“Let’s clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.”   Laurie Helgoe 


“It is an easy mistake to think that non-talkers are non-feelers.”     Wallace Stegner 


“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”    Carl  Jung


“Though introverts are drained by interaction, we can take immense pleasure in watching the scene around us.”Laurie Helgoe


“After what others would call a fun day out together, we feel as if we have been at the Red Cross, donating blood.”    Anneli Rufus


“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.”    Yoko Ono

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“A good rule of thumb is that any environment that consistently leaves you feeling bad about who you are is the wrong environment.”     Laurie Helgoe


“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”    Susan Cain  


“Loners can play well with others-the right others,”   Anneli Rufus


“Why stand in the spotlight when you can control it”   Anonymous


“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.”    Arthur Schopenhauer

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“Alone, we are alive.”   Anneli Rufus


“We don’t need giant personalities to transform companies. We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run.”     Susan Cain


“I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone.”   Marilynne Robinson


“Introvert integrity means going the distance for what we love: moving from apology to acceptance, from acceptance to acknowledgment, and from acknowledgment to activism.”    Laurie Helgoe


“Introverts don’t see life as one big cocktail party. We’re content with just a few meaningful relationships.”    Jenn Granneman


“Solitude is not lack.”    Laurie Helgoe

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“If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.”   Natalie Goldberg  


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It’s tricky being shy. You blame yourself for it, and other people blame you too.”    Jaclyn Moriarty


“Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.”    Jenn Granneman


“Reading is like travel, allowing you to exit your own life for a bit, and to come back with a renewed, even inspired, perspective.”    Laurie Helgoe


“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”     Audrey Hepburn

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“I can pass for normal most of the time, but I understand perfectly why some of my autistic patients scream and flap their arms — it’s to frighten off extroverts.”    Mark Vonnegut


“Introverts paradoxically pull away from culture and create culture.”    Laurie Helgoe


“I am totally fine with my outward appearance, in fact I am very much happy with it. But when someone gives more importance to my outward appearance than my inner ‘me’, I get detached from them, automatically.”  Hilal Hamdaan


“Introverts move a little slower, speak a little less, and rest a little more.”   Adam S. McHugh


“I observe out of the corner of my eye that the man with the notebook is walking towards me and obviously intends to introduce himself. Why do human beings have to talk, I find myself wondering. Is it really necessary for us to make these noises?”    Graham Hancock


“I’d like to think that the work of God might be displayed through my introversion, and not in spite of it.”     Adam S. McHugh


“Is socializing all that great? Riots are socializing. Arguably, more damage is done and time wasted in company with others than alone.”   Anneli Rufus


“I found it fascinating how the majority of introverts agree that their quiet, reflective nature boosts their creativity.”   Jenn Granneman


“ We let success make the noise for us.” J.K Rowling

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“…it is impossible to fully and fairly understand introversion without looking inside. We aren’t just going away, we’re going toward something.”     Laurie Helgoe


“I always feel rewarded when I finish a good book. Being given a chance to peer into somebody else’s mind is a wondrous thing.”    Jenn Granneman


“You are like an ocean: quietly ebbing and flowing to the rhythm of life, but wildly expansive and profoundly powerful. You are boundless. You are whole. Your quietness is your strength. Your depth is your advantage.”     Aletheia Luna


“ I was never less alone than when by myself.”     Edward Gibbon 


“When we take into consideration the needs of both ourselves and others, we communicate honestly, compassionately and effectively.”    Aletheia Luna


“You define beauty for yourself, society doesn’t define your beauty”  Lady Gaga

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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”    Aldous Huxley


“Introverts have a constant internal monologue rushing through our heads.”     Adam S. McHugh


“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.”    Paulo Coelho


“When in doubt, stay silent. People can’t tell if you’re plotting a nuclear war or just bored.”    Joyce Rachelle


“Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.”     Adam S. McHugh


“Shy people operate as if they have a mirror in front of them all the time.”    Bernado Carducci


“Where is privacy, if not in the mind?”     Annie Dillard


“They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.”    Paulo Coelho


“If you retreat in response to desire rather than deprivation, the deprivation may never come.”     Laurie Helgoe


“When you’re an introvert like me and you’ve been lonely for a while, and then you find someone who understands you, you become really attached to them. It’s a real release.”    Lana Del Rey


“I prefer to interact with people one-on-one. Any more than that and the dynamic becomes competitive.”     Laurie Helgoe


“The combination of solitude and internal processing means that many introverts are more oriented toward ideas than they are interacting with people.”     Adam S. McHugh


…because contemporary culture idealizes extroverted traits, we introverts—especially those of us who fall on the far introverted end of the spectrum—may feel that there’s something wrong with us.”     Aaron Caycedo-Kimura


“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude.”   Paulo Coelho


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“Here’s a well-kept secret: introversion is not defined by lack. Introversion, when embraced, is a wellspring of riches.”   Laurie  Helgoe


“The truth is that I’m genuinely a shy, socially awkward, introverted person. At a big party, I’m like Bambie in the headlights. It’s too much stimulation for me, which is why I end up going to the bathroom!”    Emma Watson 


“There are two distinct groups of people in the world: the ones who tell stories, and those who pay attention.”   Daniel Gonçalves


“Many introverts don’t feel as if they know enough about a subject until they know almost everything.”    Marti Olsen Laney


“I went up on the hill and walked about until twilight had deepened into an autumn night with a benediction of starry quietude over it. I was alone but not lonely. I was a queen in halls of fancy.”  L.M. Montgomery


“If nature intended us to talk more than listen, she would have given us two mouths and one ear.”    anonymous


“Introverted people who balance their energy have perseverance and the ability to think independently, focus deeply, and work creatively.”   Marti Olsen Laney


“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time and be yourself.     Hermann Hesse”


“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”   Einstein 


“It was dimly lit with very few other people—just about my pace of excitement.”   Marti Olsen Laney


“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”   John F. Kennedy


“Feelings are everywhere—be gentle.”  J. Masa


“originality, foresight, and a wide range of knowledge, to name just a few introverted advantages. Introverts are often the employees”   Marti Olsen Laney


“Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste.”    Patricia Hampl


“Do you hate people?

  I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.”    Charles Bukowski


“Who looks outside, dreams who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung

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“I think introverts can do quite well. If you’re clever, you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area.”    Bill Gates


“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow

       Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead

       Walk beside me… just be my friend”   Albert Camus


“Much of the time I’m an introvert, by choice spending a lot of time on my own. I suppose liking my solitude is part of a writer’s sensibility.”     Robyn Davidson


“People assume a lot about me. Some people come up and think I’m hard. I’m actually very, very shy. I’m bubbly in the right circumstances. But I’m a big introvert.”     Amber Liu


“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs, and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”    Audrey Hepburn


“There’s a really positive side of being an introvert – you really pick up on things a lot more than your extroverted counterparts.”     Jessica Williams


“I am who I am. I am not very complicated. I am simple and an introvert.”   Tiger Shro


Be afraid of the quiet ones, they are the ones who actually think”   anonymous


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Sarra is a behavioral science student and HS science teacher ( also a cat mom! ) who obsesses over typing people but can't seem to type her own self. Let's just say that for the time being, she's a cross between an INFJ and INFP!

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