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25 Quotes That All Introverts Can Relate To

November 2, 2016 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Quotes

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1. “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

 

2. “Often we come home from a sharing session with a feeling that something precious has been taken away from us or that holy ground has been trodden upon.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

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

Criss Jami

 

4. “Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”

John Green, Thoughts from Places: The Tour

 

5. “…because I rant not, neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing?” 

R.D. Blackmore, Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor

 

6. “The only problem with seeing people you know is that they know you.”

Brent Runyon, The Burn Journals

 

7. “Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much”, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral.

Or maybe there’s another word for such people: thinkers.”

Susan Cain

 

8. “… all this talking, this rather liquid confessing, was something I didn’t think I could ever bring myself to do. It seemed foolhardy to me, like an uncooked egg deciding to to come out of its shell: there would be a risk of spreading out too far, turning into a formless puddle.” 

Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman

 

9. “Inside was where she lived, physically and mentally. She resided in the horn of plenty of her own prodigious mind, fertilized by inexhaustible curiosity.”

Tim LaHaye, The Rising

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10. “Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe”

Susan Cain

 

11. “The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most.”

Shannon L. Alder

 

12. “He was always seeking for a meaning in life, and here it seemed to him that a meaning was offered; but it was obscure and vague . . . He saw what looked like the truth as by flashes of lightening on a dark, stormy night you might see a mountain range. He seemed to see that a man need not leave his life to chance, but that his will was powerful; he seemed to see that self-control might be as passionate and as active as the surrender to passion; he seemed to see that the inward life might be as manifold, as varied, as rich with experience, as the life of one who conquered realms and explored unknown lands.”

W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

 

13. “Books, and only books, give me a chance to escape the realms of reality.”

Priyanka Darji

 

14. “Extroverts want us to have fun, because they assume we want what they want. And sometimes we do. But “fun” itself is a “bright” word, the kind of word that comes with flashing lights and an exclamation point! One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions of “fun” is “violent or excited activity or argument.” The very word makes me want to sit in a dimly lit room with lots of pillows—by myself.”

Laurie A. Helgoe, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength

 

15. “I’ve been accused my whole life of being “too sensitive”. This actually kind of pisses me off, but maybe that’s just because I’m too sensitive.”

Sophia Dembling

 

16. “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

 

17. “Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.”

Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

 

18. “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, Venus in Arms

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19. “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

 

20. “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

 

21. “The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.”

Ross Macdonald

 

22. “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. They 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 of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

 

23. “Isn’t it refreshing to know that what comes perfectly natural for you is your greatest strength? Your power is in your nature. You may not think it’s a big deal that you can spend hours immersed in something that interests you—alone—but the extrovert next door has no idea how you do it.”

Laurie A. Helgoe, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength

 

24. “Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.”

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

 

25. “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

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One Response to “25 Quotes That All Introverts Can Relate To”

  1. jay Says:
    November 7th, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I’m an introvert. And every now and then I run into someone who wants to help me become more social. They push me to go to parties and “get out more”. Except … I don’t want to become more social. I am perfectly happy to be an introvert. I understand that you extroverts find staying at home reading a book or playing solitaire or working on a hobby to be somewhere between boring and depressing, but we don’t! It’s what we enjoy doing. I find parties incredibly boring. Trying to make conversation with people I don’t know about subjects that don’t interest me … why? This whole idea of “helping the introvert” is like saying, “You don’t like Chinese food? But Chinese food tastes great! Here, I’ll help you by dragging you to Chinese restaurants and forcing you to eat Chinese food. Then you’ll see how good it really is.”

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