155 Introvert Quotes You Will 100% Relate To

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 155 of the best introvert quotes I could find. The goal? Simply to inspire you and make you realize that being an introvert is in fact awesome. You’ll discover quotes by Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Obama, and more. Enjoy!

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

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Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu

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Everyone shines, given the right lighting. Susan Cain (Website, Twitter)

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The day I began to live is the day I discovered being an introvert was awesome. Maxime Lagacé

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I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau


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

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Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. Maya Angelou

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I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way. Jane Austen

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

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Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein


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Introverts are word economists in a society suffering from verbal diarrhea. Michaela Chung

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Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing. William S. Boroughs

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One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Gary Mark Gilmore

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Live your life the way you want, not the way society tells you. Maxime Lagacé

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You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand. Stephen Chbosky


The Best Introvert Quotes

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Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato

I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least. Bob Newhart

Silence is not empty. It’s full of answers. Unknown

Never assume quiet is weak and loud is strong. Unknown

The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most. Shannon L. Alder

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

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

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind. Walter Bagehot

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People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely. Hans F. Hansen

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

When I was young, all I wanted and expected from life was to sit quietly in some corner doing my work without the public paying attention to me. And now see what has become of me. Albert Einstein

Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future. Laurie Helgoe (Website, Twitter)


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

Solitude matters. And for some people it is the air that they breathe. Susan Cain

It’s never a good idea to organize society in a way that depletes the energy of half the population. We discovered this with women decades ago, and now it’s time to realize it with introverts. Susan Cain

People empty me. I have to get away to refill. Charles Bukowski

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

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

Extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. Extroverts are fireworks, introverts are a fire in the hearth. Sophia Dembling

Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home. Jenn Granneman (The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World)

What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be. Ellen Burstyn


Part 2. Introvert Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Introvert Quotes

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Searching for a famous introvert quote? Check out those by Picasso, Gandhi, Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, etc.
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The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Without great solitude no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me? Albert Einstein

It is a strange thing to be so widely known, and yet to be so lonely. Albert Einstein

I restore myself when I’m alone. Marilyn Monroe

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We need fantasy to survive because reality is too difficult. Lady Gaga

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

We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. Henry David Thoreau

You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life. Warren Buffett

You shouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

I always try to be myself. Ever since I was an introverted kid, I’d get on stage and be able to break out of my shell. Beyonce Knowles

Quiet people have the loudest minds. Stephen Hawking

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln

To thine own self be true. William Shakespeare

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. Mahatma Gandhi

Related: 6 Facts You Should Know About Introverts (forbes.com)

Short Introvert Quotes

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One-liners, short introvert quotes, sayings, and thoughts for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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The wise listen more than they talk and give more than they take. Maxime Lagacé

The more you talk, the less people listen. Meg White

Take time to be quiet. Zig Ziglar

Shhh. Unknown

If you can’t be kind, be quiet. Unknown

I came, I saw, I left early. Unknown

Think and wonder, wonder and think. Dr. Seuss

I kinda live where I find myself. Bob Dylan

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

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Never be afraid to sit for awhile and think. Lorraine Hansberry

Loneliness is failed solitude. Sherry Turkle

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it. Liv Tyler

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. Edith Sitwell


Inspirational Introvert Quotes

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You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. Rosa Parks

Be strong, be who you are and fight for your identity, fight for who you really are. Unknown

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

The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before. Francis Phillip Wernig

Introverts need to trust their gut and share their ideas as powerfully as they can. Susan Cain

Introverts, the world needs you and it needs the things you carry. So I wish you the best of all possible journeys and the courage to speak softly. Susan Cain

Our culture is biased against quiet and reserved people, but introverts are responsible for some of humanity’s greatest achievements. Susan Cain

Introverts are offered keys to private gardens full of riches. To possess such a key is to tumble like Alice down her rabbit hole. She didn’t choose to go to Wonderland – but she made of it an adventure that was fresh and fantastic and very much her own. Susan Cain

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Being weird, independent and loving solitude are not limitations. They are my superpowers. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people that I feel on my own. Henry Rollins

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

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

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Eleanor Roosevelt

Funny Introvert Quotes

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A wise man once said nothing. Proverb

Since when is solitude one of the Seven Deadly Sins? Susan Cain

You might be an introvert if you were ready to go home before you left the house. Criss Jami

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

In terms of like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin. John Mulaney

Whew, that was close. I almost had to socialize. Unknown

Please kindly go away – I’m introverting. Unknown

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

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

Related: 100 Funny Quotes To Make You Laugh (Out Loud) 

Deep Introvert Sayings

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The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. Voltaire

If I didn’t think, I’d be much happier. Sylvia Plath

So, if you are too tired to speak, sit next to me, because I, too, am fluent in silence. R. Arnold

Hell is other people. Jean-Paul Sartre (That’s a hard one!)

I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around. Charles Bukowski (Another hard one)

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

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe. Neil Gaiman

I am alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make every hour holy. Rainer Maria Rilke

I owe my solitude to other people. Alan Watts

Most of the answers already exist internally but the world is seeking them externally. Maxime Lagacé

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

If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right. Jules Renard

Part 1. 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. Susan Cain

Part 2. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Susan Cain

Part 3. Or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much”, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Susan Cain

Part 4. Or maybe there’s another word for such people: thinkers. Susan Cain

The greatest art is to sit, wait and let it come. Yogi Bhajan

If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. Jodi Picoult

Understand that half the game is keeping quiet, and carefully watching those around you. Robert Greene

The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all. Anneli Rufus

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. Albert Camus

Wise Introvert Sayings

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He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know. Lao Tzu

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Margaret Donnano

As an introvert, you crave intimate moments and deep connections – and those usually aren’t found in a crowd. Jenn Granneman (The Secret Lives Of Introverts, Amazon book)

All sorrow has its root in man’s inability to sit quiet in a room by himself. Blaise Pascal

Confident introverts don’t avoid social situations. They just make wise choices. Unknown

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Value direction over speed, quality over quantity, truth over lies and you’ll find your path. Maxime Lagacé

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

We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally. Susan Cain

Some animals naturally carry shelter wherever they go, and some humans are just the same. Susan Cain

If you don’t know me, don’t judge me. Tupac Shakur

Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone. Charles Bukowski

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

Related: 5 Life Lessons to Help Introverts Survive in an Extroverted World (introvertdear.com)

Introvert Quotes Written By Introverts

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A little hibernation is good for the mind. Michaela Chung (Website, Twitter)

I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude. Unknown

Being silent is fine. Accept that and shine your own way. Maxime Lagacé

I have an introvert hangover. I’m totally exhausted, from too much human interaction. Unknown

If you’re an introvert, you know the relief when plans are cancelled. Unknown

Being quiet is fine, most people don’t listen anyways. Unknown

Be you. The world will adjust. Unknown

I’m a very simple person who hides thousands of feelings behind a smile. Unknown

I do not mean I have nothing planned. I mean that I plan to do nothing. Unknown

Sometimes those who don’t socialize much aren’t actually antisocial, they just have no tolerance for drama and fake people. Unknown

When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say “nothing”, it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing. Unknown

And all of a sudden I felt really tired. Like the world had drained me for everything that I had. Unknown

Just because I’m not talking doesn’t mean I’m in a bad mood. Unknown

The mind of an introvert is truly complex. We want solitude yet the feeling of loneliness cripples. Unknown

Do you ever go out, and while you’re out, you think, “this is exactly why I don’t go out”? Unknown

I am not boring or shy. I am an introvert, an artist, a lover, a dreamer, a fighter, a seeker. Unknown

Introvert Quotes: Conclusion

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Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man. Iain Duncun Smith

Key Takeaways

  • Being an introvert is not something to fix.
  • It’s okay to be happy with a calm and simple life.
  • Learn to love yourself and solitude and you’ll never feel lonely.
  • How to be happy? By living your life in your own way.
  • Avoid what society advocates to avoid living in misery. Be awesome in your own way!

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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July 23, 2022

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