Top 100 Introvert Quotes

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After hours of searching and compiling, here it is: the most comprehensive list of introvert quotes in the universe! Find famous introvert quotes, quotes about being alone, solitude quotes, and other inspiring introvert quotes all right here for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy! 😉

 

  1. “I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

  2. “I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

  3. “You see things. You keep quiet about them and you understand. “ ~ The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  4. “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

  5. “There is a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends because I’m too content by myself.” ~ Drew Barrymore

  6. “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” ~ William S. Boroughs

  7. “I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” Anne Frank

  8. “People empty me. I have to get away to refill.” ~ C. Bukowski

  9. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Stephen Hawking

  10. “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~ Rollo May

  11. “Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know.” ~ Michaela Chung

  12. “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

  13. “Please kindly go away, I’m introverting.” ~ Beth Buelow, The Introvert Entrepreneur

  14. “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” ~Susan Cain

  15. “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

  16. “Introverts crave meaning so party chitchat feels like sandpaper to our psyche.” ~ Diane Cameron

  17. “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” ~Bob Newhart

  18. “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

  19. “Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”~ Nikola Tesla

  20. “The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.” Rainer Maria Rilke

  21. “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

  22. “Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.” ~ Susan Cain

  23. “Introvert conversations are like jazz. Each player gets to solo for a nice stretch before the other player comes in and does his solo.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

  24. “Introverts are word economists in a society suffering from verbal diarrhea.” ~ Michaela Chung

  25. “I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone.” – Dimitri Zaik.

  26. “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.” ~Anais Nin

  27. “Silence is beautiful, not awkward. The human tendency to be afraid of something beautiful is awkward.” ~Elliot Kay

  28. “After an hour or two of being socially on, we introverts need to turn off and recharge … This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression.” Jonathan Rauch

  29. “Your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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

  31. “I talked to a calzone for fifteen minutes last night before I realized it was just an introverted pizza. I wish all my acquaintances were so tasty.
” ~ Jarod Kintz

  32. “The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.” ~ Susan Cain

  33. “As a child I suppose I was not quite normal. My happiest times were when I was left alone in the house on a Saturday.” ~ Charles Bukowski

  34. “In terms of, like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.” ~John Mulaney

  35. “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

  36. “I was just confused about why I was feeling overwhelmed all the time and trying to adjust to having people work for me. Surprisingly, I think if you’re known on the Internet, you’re probably an introvert.” ~ Felicia Day

  37. “’Come out of your shell’ – that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go and some humans are just the same.” ~ Susan Cain

  38. “I don’t have time for superficial friends, I suppose if you’re really lonely you can call a superficial friend, but otherwise, what’s the point? ~ Courtney Cox

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

  40. “[Introverts] listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror for small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” ~ Susan Cain

  41. “My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” ~ Patricia Highsmith

  42. “For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.” ~ Jonathan Rauch

  43. “Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.” ~Charles Bukowski

  44. “I’m self-sufficient. I spend a lot of time on my own and I shut off quite easily. When I communicate, I communicate 900 per cent; then I shut off, which scares people sometimes.” ~ bjork

  45. “Loneliness is failed solitude.” Sherry Turkle

  46. A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. ~ Bertrand Russell

  47. “Whatever kind of introvert you are, some people will find you ‘too much’ in some ways and ‘not enough’ in others.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

  48. “A wise man once said nothing.” ~ Proverb

  49. “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

  50. “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

  51. “When I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.” ~ Mary Oliver

  52. “Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.” ~ Al Gore

  53. “Solitude matters and for some people it’s the air they breathe.” ~ Susan Cain

  54. “I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.” ~ Steve Wozniak

  55. Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. ~ Napoleon Hill

  56. “Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.” ~ Liv Tyler

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

  58. “You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~ Franz Kafka

  59. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato

  60. “As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

  61. “Introverts dislike small talk, but we are fluent in the language of ideas and dreams.” ~ Michaela Chung

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

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

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

  65. “Better to keep quiet and let people think you’re an idiot than speak up and confirm it.” ~ Rodney Dangerfield

  66. “I restore myself when I’m alone.” Marilyn Monroe

  67. “People say things to me like, ‘It’s really cool that you don’t go out and get drunk all the time and go to clubs.’ I appreciate that, but I’m kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature.” ~ Emma Watson

  68. “I think I’m a weird combination of deeply introverted and very daring. I can feel both those things working.” ~ Helen Hunt

  69. “E-mail is far more convenient than the telephone. As far as I’m concerned, I would throw my phone away if I could get away with it.” ~ Tom Hanks

  70. “I really like to stay in my nest and not move. I travel in my mind, and that’s a rigorous state of journeying for me. My body isn’t that interested in moving from place to place.” ~ Bell Hooks

  71. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

  72. “Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family.” ~ Susan Cain

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

  74. “Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.” ~ Susan Cain

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

  76. “My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.” Warsan Shire

  77. “Sometimes quiet people really do have a lot to say … they’re just being careful about who they open up to.” Susan Gale

  78. “A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  79. “I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.” ~ Margaret Donnano

  80. “Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.” ~ Cheryl Strayed

  81. “You only know part of me. I am a universe full of secrets.” ~ Lupytha Hermin

  82. “An introvert may feel asocial when pressured to go to a party that doesn’t interest her. But for her, the event does not promise meaningful interaction. In fact, she knows that the party will leave her feeling more alone and alienated.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

  83. “Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.” ~Audrey Hepburn

  84. “Kindly remove yourself from my personal space. Thanks.” ~ Gemma Correll

  85. “People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.” ~ Andy Warhol

  86. “Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me. They’re shy and they live in their heads. The very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone…” ~ Steve Wozniak

  87. “Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking you are boring somebody.” ~Helen Gurley Brown

  88. “Sometimes I just shut down and don’t talk to anyone for days. It’s nothing personal.” ~ Sonya Teclai

  89. “Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart and kind and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing or, more often, nothing at all.” ~ Julia Quinn

  90. “I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps but other people emphasize my loneliness.” ~ Anais Nin

  91. “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~ Anne Lamott

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

  93. “I’m indecisive because I see eight sides to everything.” ~ April Kepne

  94. “Study me as much as you like, you will never know me. For I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be.” ~ Rumi

  95. Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. ~ Mary Sarton

  96. “What a commentary on our civilization, when being alone is considered suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it like a secret vice!” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  97. People inspire you, or they drain you — pick them wisely.” ~ Hans F. Hansen

  98. “How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here forever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.” ~ Virginia Wolf, The Waves

  99. “Every time we stomp down our introverted nature, we crush part of our soul in the process.” ~ Michaela Chung

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

Thanks for reading my excessively long list of introvert quotes!  I hope you found them helpful, inspiring, and/or entertaining in some way.

Did I miss any? What is your favorite introvert quote?  Feel free to share below.

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101 Comments

  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

    “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.” – Jane Austen

    “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.” – Jane Austen

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    • Ooh, those are great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      • Introverts observe others to better understand themselves, and by better understanding themselves they better understand others.
        -Daniel Campbell

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        • you said it all..buddy

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    • Am with.those are 2 of my favourite quotes.

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    • Not sure if this applies here, but it always gave me comfort as an introvert:
      “The length of the discourse indicates the distance of thought between the speaker & the hearer. If they were at a perfect understanding in any part, no words would be necessary thereon. If at one in all parts no words could be suffered.”
      ~Emerson
      AND
      “I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the doorpost, Whim. I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation. Expect me not to show cause why I seek or why I exclude company.”
      ~ Emerson

      Both from Self Reliance, which is just full of introvert-y goodness. Thanks for the website, it’s really helpful. God Bless

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  2. Nice list! I really enjoyed #91, because it explains beautifully why learning the sales process can be challenging for an introvert in business 🙂

    “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~ Anne Lamott

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    • Thanks, Phillip. I love that one, too. 🙂

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  3. Loved this list and NO.31 especially made me laugh 🙂

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    • Oh yes, #31 made me giggle, too! 😉

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  4. #89 – I feel that way daily!! I love this list, I never knew so many famous people were introverts. I’m new to your page and I think it is wonderful. Thanks 🙂

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    • I feel that way a lot, too, Kat. Happy to have you here in our little innie community! 🙂

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    • Me, too. All the time. My once low self esteem was partly due to it.

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  5. “Don’t judge me unfriendly. I’m not arrogant, i’m not shy, i’m not wierd. I just love quietness, because i need nurture my own world and it’s restore my energy for to be my original as introverted” ~ Abhiyanda 🙂

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    • Well said, Aby. 🙂

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  6. #13 Made me giggle. I also recently read this one:
    “The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
    ― Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

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    • Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Toby!

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  7. oh I craved to be alone since I tried to look for people like me oh my I came to discover them I am not alone thanks God I feel safe inside my room from morning to evening if possible but these cares of the world roams me out martin Kampala uganda

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  8. They will call us weird because we didn’t think and act like the way they do.

    -Shan

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  9. I noted these 3 in my biiiig quote file:

    A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.” ~ Oscar Wilde
    “My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.” Warsan Shire
    “Kindly remove yourself from my personal space. Thanks.” ~ Gemma Correll

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  10. Most families are dogs. I come from a family of cats. I live on a hill and can spend days alone in my gardens. Then I feel lonely and have about 50 people over for a huge meal. Then they leave with my produce and my flowers. I am happy and they are happy.

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  11. When I am by myself, I can be myself.

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    • Yes! Theresa, this fits me perfectly. When I am at any social gathering (on the very rare occasions that I do) I wear my mask.

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  12. “If you cannot find a good companion to walk with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be alone than to be with those who will hinder your progress.” – Buddha

    “All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone” – Blaise Pascal

    “For me there can be no recreation in the company of others, no intelligent conversation, no exchange of information with peers; only the most pressing needs can make me venture into society. I am obliged to live like an outcast.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

    “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death-ourselves.” – Eda LeShan

    “To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone.” – Joseph Krutch, ‘The Desert Year’

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    • Good one from “Buddha!”

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  13. Enjoyed this reading! Very nice. Thank you!

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    • You’re welcome, Viesach. Glad you enjoyed it! 😉

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  14. I have this quote as the wallpaper for my laptop:

    “I’m an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush.” ~ Jonathan Rauch

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  15. Very nice collection. I read it again and again. thank you very much for sharing it. Keep continue.

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  16. “I guess I’m pretty much of a lone wolf. I don’t say I don’t like people at all, but to tell you the truth I only like it when, if I have a chance, to look deep into their hearts and minds” -Bela Lugosi

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    • Yess! Lol

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  17. A dialogue with president Calvin Coolidge:
    ‘I made a bet today that I could get more than two words out of you.’
    ‘You lose’.

    Another quote:
    ‘The words of a President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately.’

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  18. Reading this page is a great comfort to me.

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    • Glad to hear that, Gary. xo

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  19. Introverts of the world, Unite! …. quietly…..online….don’t come to my house.

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    • we weren’t going to.as you can see you’re the one that came to read about things that matter for us and waste your time to say something we don’t care about;i just want to know does it make you happy to hurt someone’s feeling oooh what a horrible way of living. salma from morocco sorry about my English.

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    • I think your comment was funny 🙂

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    • Lol!! 🙂 couldn’t have said it better myself.

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    • It seems to me like this person might be making this comment because he, himself, is an introvert?

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    • so hilarious..and so true! 🙂

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    • Brilliant!

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  20. So glad I am across your page I especially like #76 although I connect with all of them 😉

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  21. Very nice quotes no .66 :)For this thing im introvert 🙂

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  22. I love Anne Frank.

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  23. I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone
    ~ Lord Byron

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    • That’s a great one! Thanks for sharing. 😉

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  24. Let me sing you the song of my people, ” “

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  25. This list is amazing, I could relate to so many of those quotes. Thanks for your hard work Michaela <3

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    • You’re welcome, my pleasure. 🙂

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  26. I love the list and the quotes shared by your readers. Thank you all!

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  27. Dear lovely readers and Michaela,

    I always like to quote Lao Tzu (although I am not sure whether or not those were his literal words at that time):
    “Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can’t be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures.”
    http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/943476-those-who-know-don-t-talk-those-who-talk-don-t-know

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  28. Michaela, you are awesome! All my life, people think I’m just the weird quiet kid. Even my family doesn’t understand why I would rather stay at home or make odd and crazy excuses rather than talk to people that I don’t know. I have a hard enough time asking my teacher a question, why would I willingly speak to a stranger? This really helped me understand that it is normal, and I’m not some anti-social weirdo that is never going to succeed in life. Thank you sooo much!!

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    • Glad to hear that Samm! You’re very welcome. 🙂

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  29. Number 11 says it all – thank you. Rejoice in the quiet power of introversion!

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  30. I am a introvert and I felt ashamed and misunderstood at many times, but visiting your site/blog has given me more confidence.
    So thanks.

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    • Glad to hear my blog has helped you! 😉

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  31. Number 74:). Love this list. Whenever I start doubting myself that solitude is my gift to myself and I don’t owe people excuses as to why I enjoy and feel energized being alone, I search up quotes and feel renewed confidence in my choices to protect my alone time. Keep up the good work michael

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  32. Love #78… Oscar Wilde is a fave.

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  33. I really love this list! I’m feeling desperate for solitude at the moment, real alone time you now? It’s been quite hard to get lately, but I try to remember to schedule some me time in each week so I can recharge. My hobbies are endurance sports like triathlon and cycling – I do most of my training alone but will suffer the small talk of a group ride when necessary! I’d be interested to know what percentage of long distance athletes were introverts like me 🙂

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    • A lot are, but most of what you see is them trying to be extroverts. If you’re around them enough you’ll see their awkwardness.

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  34. Thanks for all you do, I am 52 and am so thankful for all the info that has came out in the last 15 years!
    Hugs!!!!!!
    Namaste
    Shelley Jo

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  35. 11. “Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know.” ~ Michaela Chung

    40. “[Introverts] listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror for small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” ~ Susan Cain

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

    77. “Sometimes quiet people really do have a lot to say … they’re just being careful about who they open up to.” Susan Gale

    These sum me up. I really like these quotes. Most people think i’m clueless to what’s going on around me but i’m quiet, not clueless.

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    • I agree completely! Those are the best of the lot and describe me perfectly. These things are understood by us intuitively and need no explanation. If you get it, you understand. If you don’t get it, no amount of explanation would make you understand.

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  36. i am also one of the introvert. i am proud of being introvert. introvert promote not only the silence of mouth but the silence of peace, and courage to accept for who you are

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  37. “Kindly remove yourself from my personal space. Thanks.” ~ Gemma Correll
    The amount of times I have said this! LOL

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  38. I love this list! I am an introvert and relate on so many levels!

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  39. Great quotes! Here are some others I like 🙂

    Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
    -Aristotle

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

    “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”
    -John Muir

    “The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.”
    ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

    “The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life.”
    ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

    Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say that a noncomformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing at the edge, that one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture.
    Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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  40. Here is another good quote by me, “Together here, we’re all alone.” I am an INFJ, if that actually matters.

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  41. I love all of these quotes, thank you Michela! I especially love number 40 by Susan Cain, but I have to say that I’m an introvert that has a hard time thinking before I speak. I find that the pace of spoken social interaction never leaves time for me to think properly before I speak. Quite often I try to be polite and contribute my thoughts to an extrovert conversation, only later to reflect and realize my inherent social awkwardness when I’m in a group of people numbering greater than two.

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  42. what a beautiful site! I love these quotes. I am the kind of introvert no one understands. When i am out in the real world i am bubbly and talkative and love people..then i am done. People laugh at me when i tell them i am introvert. I am a true introvert..my dream would be to be home away from every one…for weeks on end. I am the mother of 6 kids…yeah…what a contradiction…i am down to the last 2…so i fortunately get more time to me….My favorite days are the ones where i can drop them off..come home and have 7 blissful hours to myself. My little brain and soul are sooo happy. I can even remember as a child my favorite thing to do was to play in my attic bedroom all by myself…and my best friend would have to drag me to play outside…so glad to know i am not alone in this…all my best to you! xo

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  43. Who is Dau Voire?

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  44. indeed.
    Can’t Argue More..

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  45. “Speak good or remain silent.”
    “Three things you’ll never be able to chase it: words from your lips, … .”
    – Muhammad SAW –

    We were born alone. In the coffin alone. There’s nothing wrong with being alone.

    Still waters run deep.
    – proverb –

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  46. It’s a lyrics from a Japanese song and i don’t know why i love it.. i think i am one now.
    Socially active but Introvert.

    Here it is.

    “Your fragile folded wings are just tired from the pure blue sky.
    You don’t have to force your smile for anyone, It’s okay to smile for yourself.”

    “ALONES” by: aquatimez

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  47. I really loved number 91: “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~ Anne Lamott
    beautifully true!

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  48. “Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man”…John Steinbeck

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  49. Thanks for the wonderful quotes…
    I can reflect on this one:
    “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.” ~Anais Nin

    -There are some who lose who they really are when they try to fit in with the crowd… And is difficult to bring it back..

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  50. I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
    Groucho Marx

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    • Love it! 🙂

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  51. Solitude is energizing and very necessary for my well-being. Loneliness is a draining, negative feeling, or so I have heard. Never been there.

    “The difference between loneliness and solitude is your concept of who you are alone with and who made the choice.”

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  52. thank you
    been hiding a light under a bushel

    and people still cant comprehend why i nicknamed my self :stillwaters

    stillwaters run deep-proverb

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  53. Love 96, fine example of the denial’s evident, to which I could add, They dont like your (introvert) opinions because they know you have seriously considered your words, perhaps even practised them, unlike themselves

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  54. loneliness bring me here and by reading this, on my own room, I feel blessed

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  55. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

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    • Love this one Sue!

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  56. Am enjoying your list very much. Thank you for including Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I find her writing so calming and lovely.

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  57. Comment l like 78 most

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  58. Michaela I love this website. I just stumbled upon it. an introvert at heart I find so much comfort in these quotes. the lengths I have gone to find inner peace have been far and near. most people wouldn’t understand this an introvert does.it dawned on me just the other day that if you are an introvert you embrace it , you nurture it ,and it nurtures you.you seek hobbies and passions that will make you feel more at ease with yourself.not something to just pass the time like watching t.v. my favorite hobby and passion for me as an introvert is motorcycle riding,alone ! I wont think twice about jumping on my bmw motorcycle and riding 300 miles in a day.out in the country ofcourse.take care kyle roy

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  59. Omg thats really me !!!
    I found my self 🙂 im an artist , i like to be alone , i dream more and creative when i am alone ,, and now im in my recharging mode ..

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  60. I have wondered why do i always feel so exited when i am alone, now i know

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  61. Thank you for this, Michaela. I have recognized that I am introverted for years, but not until now have I made several gut level revelations that will help me live a more meaningful life. Wish I could share them now, but all I want to do is wallow in this luscious knowledge and soak it to my core. Then maybe I can share. For now it just fundamentally changes my life!

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  62. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this blog earlier! These quotes are so relatable, thank you so much for sharing them! #2 rings especially true to me but it’s disheartening that not many people understand that. After five days of work, all I want to do during the weekend is have my alone time and catch up on my hobbies. So next to “why are you so quiet,” the question I dread the most is “What did you do during the weekend?” I would tell the truth and it’s so obvious that people think I have a boring life and have no friends when in fact, I like to have a small group of best friends whom I can truly be myself with.

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  63. 18. “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
    21. “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.”
    33. “As a child I suppose I was not quite normal. My happiest times were when I was left alone in the house on a Saturday.” ~ Charles Bukowski
    50. “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
    51. “When I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.” ~ Mary Oliver
    74. “Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.” ~ Susan Cain

    Thank you so very much for this – just found this today. What a blessing it has been.

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  64. I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.

    Robin Williams

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  65. After living nearly75nearly 75 years as a introvert. ..some parts happily some parts confused and unhappy I came up with a response to, as one of the previous posters put it, “the dreaded question” of “why are you so quiet?”
    (which is kind of rude really.)
    One could ask,”Why are you so loud? ” That’s a bit rude too, I suppose, but maybe an introvert could figure out how to say it politely!
    I love the affirming quotes. Thank you for gathering up such a rich harvest and sharing them with all of us at this season of harvest and thanksgiving. I do feel awarm, gentle kindred spirit with each of you.

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  66. “In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle.” – Sri Yukteswar Giri

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  67. I love Annie Lamott and her lighthouse. It was so funny and so true.
    I am really feeling better about myself, good actually. thank you.

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  68. Hi, folks.
    I’ve just created the English Group Chat of Introverts’ Headquarter on whatsapp. I only invite the introverts. If you are interested in it, please click this link https://chat.whatsapp.com/3rLzYcM0Z7B1sZg71RyIS2

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  69. Being as an introvert person is so hard
    Most of us are intelligent and we expand our quality in loneliness , we become more and more expert and we know it but we can not prove it
    I know we do not need to prove it, but being a different person even though when you are the better one is so hard
    We will have either a tough and nice live in solitude

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  70. I always cursed myself for being a introvert.The main reason behind my introvertism is stammering problem.
    Due to this I got less interactive and got sunk in the ocean of introvertism and often spend time alone.
    After reading this article, I got too much confidence and realized the power what a introvert can do.
    Thank u all buddies

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  71. I loved this. My mind is so much better than anything I can manage to verbalise. I read a quote once, “only speak if it improves upon the silence”. I live by this now.

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