There are introvert quotes left, right and centre on the internet. Some of them are useful and others much less so. After hours of searching and comparing, here is a list of the top 20 introvert quotes from people you may recognise! From Susan Cain, Audrey Hepburn, and Simon Sinek, there are many thoughtful comments from truly successful people.
Firstly… what is an introvert?
Introversion is all about energy. We all have an internal supply of energy. Some people find it is drained by social interaction—even when they’re having fun. It is thought between 25 – 40% of the population identify with being introverted, whether that’s only slightly or highly introverted.
Introverts need time alone to recharge. They enjoy spending time one-on-one with others, or in small groups. Environments with lots going on (crowds, noise, movement) are exhausting to them.
If this resonates with you, you might be an introvert (discover more about introversion here).
Without further ado, enjoy these quotes about being an introvert, the beauty of spending time alone, and the joys of deeply connecting with people.
Introvert quotes on being quiet
1. There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.Susan Cain
2. I think a lot, but I don’t say much.Anne Frank
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. Introverts dislike small talk, but we are fluent in the language of ideas and dreams.Michaela Chung
Society has been built with a bias towards extroverts. We tend to think of someone who is loud, confident, and charismatic as a great leader, entrepreneur, creator. It’s partly why I receive multiple messages from people asking “can introverts become extroverts?“. There’s a feeling of “missing out” if you’re not the loudest in the room.
Like Susan Cain says, you don’t need to be the best talker to have the best ideas.
Some of our introvert strengths are deep focus and creative problem-solving. We’re happy spending a lot of time really diving into a project, problem, question. Doing this allows us to make previously unmade connections. We come up with new ideas, exciting solutions, and alternative ways of taking action.
The part many introverts struggle with is communicating these ideas. You could have the best insight in the world, however if no one knows about it, then you’re stuck.
Luckily for us, communication is a skill we can learn. You can learn how to shout about your successes at work, become assertive, and keep a conversation going. All without becoming drained of energy and having to change who you are.
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Introvert quotes on the beauty of introversion
5. 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
6. 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
7. I need space from a world that is filled with millions of mouths that talk too much but never have anything to say.Kaitlin Foster
8. 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 Helgoe
It’s a hugely underrated skill to be content, even happy, alone. Life becomes tricky if you start to rely on other people for your happiness. Finding the balance of spending time by yourself and spending time with people nourishes all parts of your being.
This balance is…
- Being there to pick yourself up at 3am on a Tuesday morning after a nightmare
- Knowing that if you don’t have plans on a Saturday night, you won’t panic
- Having loved ones you would call if something awful was to happen.
Being happy alone is a power move.
There’s also a scientific reason why introverts love being alone: we have a lower threshold for dopamine sensitivity compared to extroverts.The more extroverts talk and socialise, the happier they feel as they are experiencing more dopamine.
Introverts prefer spending time alone or in small groups—they are enough to bring us joy. We don’t need to socialise until the cows come home! In fact when we have too much dopamine, we become overwhelmed. This can lead to the dreaded introvert hangover.
We also prefer the feeling from the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It’s a chemical messenger in our brain that makes us feel good when we turn inwards. It supercharges our ability to think deeply, reflect, and focus intensely on something for a long period of time. This is the reason why you might get lost in your head during a train journey.
Introvert quotes on the power of being alone
9. The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.Albert Einstein
10. Introverts are dependent on their own inside noise, extroverts are dependent of outside noise. The outputs are dependent on quality of those noise.Amit K Ghosh
11. 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
12. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, to feel alone or want to be alone is deeply unfashionable: to admit to feeling alone is to reject and betray others, as if they are not good company, and do not have entertaining, interesting lives of their own to distract us, and to actually seek to be alone is a radical act; to want to be alone is to refuse a certain kind of conversational hospitality and to turn to another door, and another kind of welcome, not necessarily defined by human vocabulary.David Whyte
When do some of your best ideas come to you?
I’d hazard a guess that a lot of them have come from long walks or doing routine activities that allow your mind to wander (like washing up or taking a shower).
Solitude enables us to process what’s been going on in our life.
Introverts soak up a lot of information around us. When this gets too much, we feel overwhelmed. There’s a cognitive overload in our brain. We simply can’t take anymore.
Being a sponge for information is one of the factors that makes up the introvert strength of observation. We take note of everything around us and apply it to the situation at hand.
However, we also need to give our brain time to decompress! This is the reason we need to spend time alone. To give our brain a rest and catch up on our thoughts.
It’s one of the ways that you can recharge your energy, and jump back into life feeling happy and raring to go.
Accepting our introversion
13. [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
14. Every time we stomp down our introverted nature, we crush part of our soul in the process.Michaela Chung
15. While extroverts commonly feel loneliness when others are absent, introverts can feel most lonely when others are present, because ours is the aching loneliness of not being known or understood.Adam S. McHugh
16. I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that i’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.Susan Cain
Introverts thrive from connecting with others. This is why we dislike small talk: we see it as a bit of a waste of our time. Deeper discussions are more our thing.
We thrive from finding out what makes a person tick. Their dreams, fears, goals, passions. We adore diving into the bigger topics of love, friendship, and the purpose of life.
This can often lead to loneliness when we realise that no one will ever fully be able to understand us.
That more often than not, we are misunderstood or ignored.
It’s why we favour having a tight knit group of friends who know us on multiple levels. When we’re sad, frustrated, heartbroken, melancholic, ecstatic, joyful, cheeky. When introverts find their tribe, it’s like the world breathes a sigh of relief. All is okay.
At work, we often prefer writing over speaking. This is because we think about how we want to respond, what context to include, what information to consider… then we will chip in with our suggestion.
Extroverts will respond right away. Introverts are often misunderstood because we take longer… possibly too long, and the conversation has moved on.
Taking our time to respond is literally because thoughts in our brains take an alternative pathway, called the Long Acetylcholine Pathway. It means that in social contexts, stimuli goes through different parts of our brain. An event or conversation is never really surface level as we process it in so many ways, and in a lot more detail than extroverts.
So the next time you’re finding it challenging to keep up in a group, remember your thoughts are on their way to becoming words. They’re just on a bit of a journey…
Introvert quotes on loving who we are
17. Introversion, when embraced, is a wellspring of riches. It took me years to acknowledge this simple reality, to claim my home, and to value all it offers.Laurie Helgoe
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
19. 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
20. An introvert wakes up in the morning with five coins. Every social interaction they spend a coin. At the end, they are depleted. An extrovert wakes up with no coins. Every social interaction, they gain a coin. At the end, they feel rich.Simon Sinek
Embracing your introversion is magical.
You discover that collaborating with your mind can lead to new adventures, discoveries of unexplored skills, and consciously creating environment that supports the person you are.
There is nothing wrong with being an introvert.
It’s a core part of the complex human being that you are. You can be as extroverted and social as you desire, and taking time to recharge and boost your energy is honouring the introvert part of you. (And helps you avoid becoming really grumpy when you have 0 energy left to give!).
The feeling of being full of energy is sparkling. You feel like you can take on the world. Spend your energy coins wisely. Know what brings energy back into your life.
There is no reason why you can’t thrive as an introvert in this noisy world.
Thank you for reading this list of introvert quotes! I hope you found them inspiring and even helpful.
Did I miss any? What’s your favourite quote?