If you are an introvert, it can sometimes feel like no one understands you. These introvert quotes will inspire you to embrace your introversion and feel less alone.
Quotes can help us understand the way others think and help us to feel understood. When you read a quote that resonates with you, it makes you feel: “Yes, I feel that way, too.” That’s why most people love to read quotes! So, if you are an introvert and looking for introvert quotes that reflect who you are and make you feel better about yourself – read on.
What is an introvert?
But first, let’s just talk a little bit about what an introvert is and how to recognize if you are one.
Introverts often prefer quiet and calm environments. They often feel drained by too much socializing and need to spend plenty of time alone to recharge.
There are both social and genetic factors that influence our personality types. Studies suggest that the brains and nervous systems of introverts work differently from those of introverts. However, upbringing and early socialization also have an effect.
Introverts are often accused of being shy or anti-social, but this is far from true. Introverted types simply prefer small intimate groups and deep friendships rather than large gatherings.
Introverts are usually thoughtful and reflective. They have a rich inner life. This leads to them being deep thinkers and often very creative and imaginative people.
Of course, not all introverts are the same. There is a scale of introversion with some people preferring more socialising and others needing more time alone. Some people have strong characteristics of both introversion and extroversion at different times. These people are often known as ambiverts.
Most introverts share certain characteristics:
Characteristics of an introvert
If you relate to the following, you are probably an introvert.
- You don’t like your week to be full of social events preferring to have plenty of quiet nights at home.
- Quiet solitary activities such as reading, writing or drawing appeal to you more than frequent socialising.
- You prefer to have a few meaningful relationships than many acquaintances.
- Working alone is often an important activity for you.
- Small talk or other unnecessary social interactions drain you and leave you feeling unfulfilled and frustrated.
The following introvert quotes are from some of the greatest thinkers and introverts both of the past and present. We can learn a lot about our introversion from these great people and their insights can help us make the most of our introverted personalities.
“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
C.G Jung is the psychologist who developed the idea of introversion and extroversion, so it makes sense to start with one of his quotes. Jung realised that the population is split between introverts and extroverts and studied these aspects of personality. Overall, Jung saw introversion as something of a flaw, though as we can see from the above quote, he realised it is not without benefits.
“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
Susan Cain’s seminal book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking heightened awareness of introverts. It also highlighted the skills introverts have that are so needed in the world. I highly recommend that all introverts read her wonderful book and visit her website (listed in the references below). Her work has done so much to make introverts feel better about their personalities and help more extroverted types understand how introverts tick.
The above quote is a great reminder to just be ourselves.
“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
Jenn Granneman is the author of the bestselling book, The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World. This is another great read that I would recommend for all introverts.
Her quote points out one of the most significant traits of introverts – a deep and nourishing inner world.
Dr. Laurie Helgoe
“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
Dr. Laurie Helgoe is a clinical psychologist and author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength. In discussions about introversion, this idea of hating small talk comes up a lot. But it is not always properly understood. This quote makes it clear.
Introverts long for a deeper connection with others and find small talk frustrating because it gets in the way of achieving this.
“Life isn’t about just talking, it’s about thinking too.”― Marie Symeou
Marie Symeou is a writer and blogger. Her quote sums about one of the major differences between introverts and extroverts. Perhaps extroverts do their thinking aloud – they like to talk and get immediate feedback on their ideas. However, we introverts like to think out ideas through before we expose them to the world.
“Extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. Extroverts are fireworks, introverts are a fire in the hearth.”― Sophia Dembling, Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After
Sophia Dembling describes herself as a professional introvert. She is the author of The Introvert’s Way and Introverts in Love. I love her quote because it creates a visual representation of the difference between extroverts and introverts.
These introvert quotes let us know that we are not alone. Approximately 30-50% of the population are introverted and as these wonderful writers have pointed out, we have a lot to offer the world. I hope you find these quotes and resources helpful. We’d love to hear your favourite introvert writers – please share them with us in the quotes below.