30 Quotes Introverts Will Totally Understand

Sometimes, when you're feeling a little down, no amount of introspection can help you feel better, even as an introvert. Or, on the flip side, nothing can excite you when you need empowerment like someone else's words that hit you like a kick in the gut.

This week, instead of me writing about how awesome introverts are (as we know!) I thought I would let other people's words do the talking for me. I hope you can find what you need from one of these, whether that be encouragement, sympathy, boldness, or even simple understanding.

introvert quotes
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
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
— Stephen Hawking
Introvert quotes
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
There’s a difference between preferring books to parties and preferring sixteen cats to seeing the light of day.
— Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be
Matthew, much to his own surprise, was enjoying himself. Like most quiet folks he liked talkative people when they were willing to do the talking themselves and did not expect him to keep up his end of it.
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Everyone shines, given the right lighting.
— Susan Cain
Quotes for introverts
If you are an introvert, you are born with a temperament that craves to be alone, delights in meaningful connections, thinks before speaking and observes before approaching. If you are an introvert, you thrive in the inner
sanctuary of the mind, heart and spirit, but shrink in the external world of noise, drama and chaos. As an introvert, you are sensitive, perceptive, gentle and reflective. You prefer to operate behind the scenes, preserve your precious energy and influence the world in a quiet,
but powerful way.
— Aletheia Luna, Quiet Strength: Embracing, Empowering and Honoring Yourself as an Introvert
There’s a lot to love about America - freedom, the melting pot of diversity, individualism - all attractive concepts, especially to an introvert. In fact, the introverts were probably the first to feel crowded in England and to daydream about all the space they would find in the New World. Peace! Quiet!
— Laurie Helgoe
Surprisingly, I think if you’re known on the Internet, you’re probably an introvert.
— Felicia Day
I would admit I’m an introvert. I don’t know why introverts have to apologize.
— Bill Gross
I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone.
— Dimitri Zaik
quotes about being alone
Because introverts are typically good listeners and, at least, have the appearance of calmness, we are attractive to emotionally needy people. Introverts, gratified that other people are initiating with them, can easily get caught in these exhausting and unsatisfying relationships.
— Adam S. McHugh
The same person who would never raise his hand in a lecture hall of two hundred people might blog to two thousand, or two million, without thinking twice. The same person who finds it difficult to introduce himself to strangers might establish a presence online and then extend these relationships into the real world.
— Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Introverts tend to internalize problems. In other words, we place the source of problems within and blame ourselves. Though introverts may also externalize and see others as the problem, it’s more convenient to keep the problem “in house.” Internalizers tend to be reliable and responsible, but we can also be very hard on ourselves.
— Laurie A. Helgoe, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
Introverts think carefully before they speak. We can be excellent public speakers because we prepare carefully.
— Sophia Dembling, The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World
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
There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.
— Susan Cain
Quotes about introverts
When introverts go to church, we crave sanctuary in every sense of the word, as we flee from the disorienting distractions of twenty-first-century life. We desire to escape from superficial relationships, trivial communications and the constant noise that pervade our world, and find rest in the probing depths of God’s love.
— Adam S. McHugh
When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.
— Criss Jami
In terms of, like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.
— John Mulaney
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
I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone.
— Marilynne Robinson
For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.
— Jonathan Rauch
Whatever kind of introvert you are, some people will find you ‘too much’ in some ways and ‘not enough’ in others.
— Laurie Helgoe
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
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
Introverts dislike small talk, but we are fluent in the language of ideas and dreams.
— Michaela Chung
I restore myself when I’m alone.
— Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe quotes
Email 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
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

This week, break free and thrive!