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

  1. “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
  2.  “I wouldn’t say I’m sensitive. I would say I’m highly susceptible to feeling a lot”    Sabrina Benaim
  3. “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
  4. “Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.”    Susan Cain
  5. “I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.”  Charles Bukowski introvert quotes
  6. “Much of the answers already exist internally but the world is seeking them externally.”    Maxime Lagacé
  7. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.”    Stephen Hawking
  8. “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
  9. “ The day I began to live is the day I discovered being an introvert is awesome. ” Maxime Lagace 
  10. “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
  11. “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”  Gandhi
  12. “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
  13. “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
  14. “Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.”     Susan Cain
  15. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”     Mahatma Gandhi
  16. introvert quotes“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
  17. “Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.”   Criss Jami
  18. “Though I may be efficient at the family table, I linger at the table for two.”    Laurie Helgoe
  19. “There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.”   carl Jung
  20. “If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.”    Susan Cain
  21. “The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood”     Voltaire
  22. “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
  23. “The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight;”   Susan Cain
  24. “It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.”   D.W. Winnicottintrovert quotes
  25. “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 
  26. “It is an easy mistake to think that non-talkers are non-feelers.”     Wallace Stegner 
  27. “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”    Carl  Jung
  28. “Though introverts are drained by interaction, we can take immense pleasure in watching the scene around us.”Laurie Helgoe
  29. “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
  30. “You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.”    Yoko Onointrovert quotes
  31. “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
  32. “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”    Susan Cain  
  33. “Loners can play well with others-the right others,”   Anneli Rufus
  34. “Why stand in the spotlight when you can control it”   Anonymous
  35. “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.”    Arthur Schopenhauerintrovert quotes
  36. “Alone, we are alive.”   Anneli Rufus
  37. “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
  38. “I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone.”   Marilynne Robinson
  39. “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
  40. “Introverts don’t see life as one big cocktail party. We’re content with just a few meaningful relationships.”    Jenn Granneman
  41. “Solitude is not lack.”    Laurie Helgoeintrovert quotes
  42. “If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.”   Natalie Goldberg  
  43. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson
  44. “It’s tricky being shy. You blame yourself for it, and other people blame you too.”    Jaclyn Moriarty
  45. “Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.”    Jenn Granneman
  46. “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
  47. “I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”     Audrey Hepburnintrovert quotes
  48. “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
  49. “Introverts paradoxically pull away from culture and create culture.”    Laurie Helgoe
  50. “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
  51. “Introverts move a little slower, speak a little less, and rest a little more.”   Adam S. McHugh
  52. “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
  53. “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
  54. “Is socializing all that great? Riots are socializing. Arguably, more damage is done and time wasted in company with others than alone.”   Anneli Rufus
  55. “I found it fascinating how the majority of introverts agree that their quiet, reflective nature boosts their creativity.”   Jenn Granneman
  56. “ We let success make the noise for us.” J.K Rowlingintrovert quotes
  57. “…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
  58. “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
  59. “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
  60. “ I was never less alone than when by myself.”     Edward Gibbon 
  61. “When we take into consideration the needs of both ourselves and others, we communicate honestly, compassionately and effectively.”    Aletheia Luna
  62. “You define beauty for yourself, society doesn’t define your beauty”  Lady Gaga
  63. introvert quotes“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”    Aldous Huxley
  64. “Introverts have a constant internal monologue rushing through our heads.”     Adam S. McHugh
  65. “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
  66. “When in doubt, stay silent. People can’t tell if you’re plotting a nuclear war or just bored.”    Joyce Rachelle
  67. “Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.”     Adam S. McHugh
  68. “Shy people operate as if they have a mirror in front of them all the time.”    Bernado Carducci
  69. “Where is privacy, if not in the mind?”     Annie Dillard
  70. “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
  71. “If you retreat in response to desire rather than deprivation, the deprivation may never come.”     Laurie Helgoe
  72. “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
  73. “I prefer to interact with people one-on-one. Any more than that and the dynamic becomes competitive.”     Laurie Helgoe
  74. “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
  75. …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
  76. “Blessed are those who do not fear solitude.”   Paulo Coelhointrovert quotes
  77. “Here’s a well-kept secret: introversion is not defined by lack. Introversion, when embraced, is a wellspring of riches.”   Laurie  Helgoe
  78. “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 
  79. “There are two distinct groups of people in the world: the ones who tell stories, and those who pay attention.”   Daniel Gonçalves
  80. “Many introverts don’t feel as if they know enough about a subject until they know almost everything.”    Marti Olsen Laney
  81. “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
  82. “If nature intended us to talk more than listen, she would have given us two mouths and one ear.”    anonymous
  83. “Introverted people who balance their energy have perseverance and the ability to think independently, focus deeply, and work creatively.”   Marti Olsen Laney
  84. “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time and be yourself.     Hermann Hesse”
  85. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”   Einstein 
  86. “It was dimly lit with very few other people—just about my pace of excitement.”   Marti Olsen Laney
  87. “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”   John F. Kennedy
  88. “Feelings are everywhere—be gentle.”  J. Masa
  89. “originality, foresight, and a wide range of knowledge, to name just a few introverted advantages. Introverts are often the employees”   Marti Olsen Laney
  90. “Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste.”    Patricia Hampl
  91. “Do you hate people?
  92.   I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.”    Charles Bukowski
  93. “Who looks outside, dreams who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jungintrovert quotes
  94. “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
  95. “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
  96.        Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
  97.        Walk beside me… just be my friend”   Albert Camus
  98. “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
  99. “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
  100. “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

Funny Introvert Quotes

Here are 10 funny introvert quotes for introverts who want an amusing quote:

  1. “I am not anti-social, I am just really pro-solitude.” – Unknown
  2. “I’m not shy, I’m holding back my awesomeness so I don’t intimidate you.” – Unknown
  3. “Introverts unite! Separately… in your own homes.” – Unknown
  4. “I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” – Chandler Bing, Friends
  5. “I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky.” – Virginia Woolf
  6. “I like people, but I need to be alone. I’ll go out and talk to people, but that’s it. I need my rest.” – Grace Kelly
  7. “I’m not really shy. I’m just good at figuring out who’s worth talking to.” – Unknown
  8. “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” – Emma Stone
  9. “People empty me. I have to get away to refill.” – Charles Bukowski
  10. “I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they’re not around.” – Charles Bukowski

10 Introvert Captions for Instagram

If you’re looking for Introvert captions for your Instagram posts, here are a few suggestions:

  1. “Sorry I can’t hang out, I’m busy recharging my social batteries.”
  2. “Introvert by nature, but a great listener by habit.”
  3. “I’m not avoiding you, I’m just prioritizing my alone time.”
  4. “The best ideas come from solitude and reflection.”
  5. “Small talk is not my strong suit, let’s talk about something meaningful.”
  6. “I value quality over quantity, especially when it comes to friendships.”
  7. “Sometimes the quietest people have the loudest minds.”
  8. “Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely, it can be peaceful and restorative.”
  9. “I may be an introvert, but I still know how to have a good time on my own.”
  10. “I may not say much, but I’m always observing and learning.”

Short Introvert Quotes

  1. “Solitude is the soul’s holiday.” – Karen Kingston
  2. “I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  3. “Introverts live in two worlds: we visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.” – Jenn Granneman
  4. “My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” – Patricia Highsmith
  5. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass
  6. “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” – Bob Newhart
  7. “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

Introvert Friendship Quotes

    1. “The best friendships are built on a foundation of comfortable silence.”
    2. “An introverted friend is a treasure because they’re not afraid to say ‘let’s stay in.'”
    3. “It’s not about having a lot of friends, it’s about having real ones who understand you.”
    4. “Introverted friends are like rare gems, they may be hard to find but they are worth keeping.”
    5. “Introverted friends are the ones who will listen to your heart, not just your words.”
    6. “Introverts make loyal and trustworthy friends, as we don’t give our heart to just anyone.”
    7. “Introverted friends are the ones who will be there for you, even if they don’t always show it in the traditional way.”

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