Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners.
I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.
Silence is not empty. It's full of answers.
Introverts are word economists in a society suffering from verbal diarrhea.
If you can't be kind, be quiet.
I came, I saw, I left early.
Kindly remove yourself from my personal space. Thanks.
Think and wonder, wonder and think.
I kinda live where I find myself.
The limited circle is pure.
I think a lot, but I don't say much.
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
Loneliness is failed solitude.
Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone.
Be strong, be who you are and fight for your identity, fight for who you really are.
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.
Introverts need to trust their gut and share their ideas as powerfully as they can.
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.
Our culture is biased against quiet and reserved people, but introverts are responsible for some of humanity's greatest achievements.
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.
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.
Being weird, independent and loving solitude are not limitations. They are my superpowers.
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.
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.
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.
Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
Introvert conversations are like jazz. Each player gets to solo for a nice stretch before the other player comes in and does his solo.
In terms of like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.
Whew, that was close. I almost had to socialize.
Please kindly go away - I'm introverting.
A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking you are boring somebody.
The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
If I didn't think, I'd be much happier.
You define beauty for yourself, society doesn't define your beauty.
So, if you are too tired to speak, sit next to me, because I, too, am fluent in silence.
Hell is other people.
I don't hate people, I just feel better when they aren't around.
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.
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.
I am alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make every hour holy.
I owe my solitude to other people.
Much of the answers already exist internally but the world is seeking them externally.
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
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 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.
The greatest art is to sit, wait and let it come.
Silence: my response to both emptiness and saturation. But silence frightens people. I had to learn how to talk. Out of politeness.
The day I began to live is the day I discovered being an introvert was awesome.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.
Since when is solitude one of the Seven Deadly Sins?
You might be an introvert if you were ready to go home before you left the house.
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.
The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
As an introvert, you crave intimate moments and deep connections - and those usually aren't found in a crowd.
All sorrow has its root in man's inability to sit quiet in a room by himself.
Learn to value direction over speed, quality over quantity, truth over lies and you'll find your path.
Confident introverts don't avoid social situations. They just make wise choices.
We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally.
Some animals naturally carry shelter wherever they go, and some humans are just the same.
If you don't know me, don't judge me.
I'm a very simple person who hides thousands of feelings behind a smile.
I do not mean I have nothing planned. I mean that I plan to do nothing.
I am not boring or shy. I am an introvert, an artist, a lover, a dreamer, a fighter, a seeker.
Sometimes those who don't socialize much aren't actually antisocial, they just have no tolerance for drama and fake people.
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.
And all of a sudden I felt really tired. Like the world had drained me for everything that I had.
The only thing I bring to social gathering is excuses to leave early.
I like cancelled plans. And empty bookstores. I like rainy days and thunderstorms. And quiet coffee shops. I like messy beds and over-worn pajamas. Most of all, I like the small joys that a simple life brings.
Just because I'm not talking doesn't mean I'm in a bad mood.
The mind of an introvert is truly complex. We want solitude yet the feeling of loneliness cripples.
Do you ever go out, and while you're out, you think, this is exactly why I don,t go out?
Remember: it's okay to be happy with a calm life.
Silence calms my soul.
For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.
Alone you'll thrive. Alone you'll feel alive.
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
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.
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that's where I renew my springs that never dry up.
An introvert's desire for solitude is more than just a preference. It is crucial to our health and happiness.
As long as we have our books, our imagination, and a wide slice of solitude, we're content.
Stay home on New Year's Eve if that's what makes you happy.
Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it.
I'm learning a lot about myself being alone, and doing what I'm doing.
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.
There is a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I've got to see my friends because I'm too content by myself.
People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.
What a commentary on our civilization, when being alone is considered suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it like a secret vice!
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.
Maybe this is who I really am. Not a loner, exactly. But someone who can be alone.
Be quiet, so that life may speak.
Your mind just needs a diet of calm and quiet.
There is real comfort in being quiet.
When an introvert is quiet, don't assume he is depressed, snobbish or socially deficient.
For quiet, sensitive souls, solitude is the golden thread that unites us with our inner world... We need quiet to connect the dots in our constellations of thoughts.
You only know part of me. I am a universe full of secrets.
It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.
If you don't understand my silence, how will you understand my words?
Talk much and they think you're a fool. Be silent and they become curious.
Just because I am not talking doesn't mean I'm in a bad mood. Sometimes, I just like being quiet.
Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.
Sometimes quiet people really do have a lot to say - they're just being careful about who they open up to.
Sometimes I just shut down and don't talk to anyone for days. It's nothing personal.
You are surprised, aren't you, at the contrast between my fame throughout the world... and the isolation and quiet in which I live here. I wished for this isolation all my life, and now I have finally achieved it here in Princeton.
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.
I'll be honest with you, I'm a little bit of a loner. It's been a big part of my maturing process to learn to allow people to support me. I tend to be very self-reliant and private. And I have this history of wanting to work things out on my own and protect people from what's going on with me.
I am rarely bored alone. I am often bored in groups and crowds.
You may think I'm small, but I have a universe inside my mind.
My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.
Introverts process information internally, and we don't like to express our thoughts until they are fully formed.
What we share as introverts is the love of ideas and the desire to explore them with minimal interruption. We want and need input, but we'd rather get it through reading, research, and rich conversation than through unfiltered talk.
If personal space is vital to creativity, so is freedom from peer pressure.
Introverts often work more slowly and deliberately. They like to focus on one task at a time and can have mighty powers of concentration. They're relatively immune to the lures of wealth and fame.
Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don't let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth.
I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.
To create something new, you need a vision. To have a vision, you need to think. To think, you need solitude.
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.
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.
Because I rant not, neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing?
When a quiet introvert talks, heads turn, and that's power.
Introverts paradoxically pull away from culture and create culture.
I think there are non-obvious ways to lead... Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.
The only thing I'm asking in a relationship is freedom. Freedom to be me and freedom to be alone when I need it.
The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person's solitude.
I'm very picky with whom I give my energy to. I prefer to reserve my time, intensity and spirit exclusively to those who reflect sincerity.
Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.
An accusing heart couldn't see her own sins.
She was an adventurer at heart; but oh how she loved drinking this tea from this mug in this chair. Oh how she loved to be home.
Sometimes its better to be alone, no one can hurt you that way.
There are times when I need nothing but the sweetness of my solitude. But please know, that like the ocean promises the shore, I will never leave without coming back to you.
Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearning.
There's nothing wrong with being afraid. It's not the absence of fear; it's overcoming it. Sometimes you've got to blast through and have faith.
Introverts don't see life as one big cocktail party. We're content with just a few meaningful relationships.
I was never less alone than when by myself.
Everyone shines, given the right lighting.
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.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.
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.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
People empty me. I have to get away to refill.
People inspire you, or they drain you - pick them wisely.
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.
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.
Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future.
Never assume quiet is weak and loud is strong.
The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most.
Silence is beautiful, not awkward. The human tendency to be afraid of something beautiful is awkward.
Live your life the way you want, not the way society tells you.
Solitude matters. And for some people it is the air that they breathe.
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.
The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it's a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.
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.
Extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. Extroverts are fireworks, introverts are a fire in the hearth.
Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.
You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.
What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be.
It is a strange thing to be so widely known, and yet to be so lonely.
I restore myself when I'm alone.
We need fantasy to survive because reality is too difficult.
I don't want to be alone. I want to be left alone.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.
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.
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
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.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
The more you talk, the less people listen.
Take time to be quiet.
Listen more than you talk. Be awesome.
Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.
Be you. The world will adjust.
I'm not anti-social. I'm pro-solitude.
Being silent is fine. Accept that and shine your own way.
Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone ” that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.
Use your natural powers - of persistence, concentration, and insight - to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.
Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way. It's up to you to use that independence to good effect.
Your biggest challenge may be to fully harness your strengths. You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel underestimated by those around you. But when you're focused on a project that you care about, you probably find that your energy is boundless.
Figure out what you are meant to contribute to the world and make sure you contribute it. If this requires public speaking or networking or other activities that make you uncomfortable, do them anyway.
We don't need giant personalities to transform companies. We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run.
I think I'm a weird combination of deeply introverted and very daring. I can feel both those things working.
There is something more important than logic: imagination.
I want to be alone... with someone else who wants to be alone.
True happiness is impossible without solitude.
My alone feels so good, I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude.
Justice and I became friends, though we were opposites in many ways - he was extroverted, I was introverted; he was lighthearted, I was serious.
The less I talk, the more my words have impact, the more people listen.
Introverts think carefully before they speak. We can be excellent public speakers because we prepare carefully.
I think introverts can do quite well. If you're clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which may be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area.
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.
The trick for introverts is to honor their styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.
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.
Eleanor Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi ” all these peopled described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to.
Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don't settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.
Your voice can change the world.
Hail to the man who went through life always helping others, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien. Such is the stuff of which the great moral leaders are made.
Thankfully, perseverance is a good substitute for talent.
Life isn't about just talking, it's about thinking too.
The extroverted world we live in will crush the introverted who blindly try to fit in.
I'm continually amazed by how many people who appear to be extroverts are actually introverts.
Introverts like people they meet in friendly contexts; extroverts prefer those they compete with.
Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we've turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.
Most people who have grown up introverted in this very extroverted culture of ours have had painful experiences of feeling like they are out of step with what's expected of them.
Extroverts are more likely to take a quick-and-dirty approach to problem-solving, trading accuracy for speed, making increasing numbers of mistakes as they go, and abandoning ship altogether when the problem seems too difficult or frustrating. Introverts think before they act, digest information thoroughly, stay on task longer, give up less easily, and work more accurately.
Introverts living under the extroversion Ideal are like women in a man's world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are.
Introverts are dependent on their own inside noise, extroverts are dependent of outside noise. The outputs are dependent on quality of those noise.
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.
While extroverts are verbal processors, who speak as they think, introverts need to think before we speak. This leads to a slower, more thoughtful communication style that involves fewer words, and longer pauses.
Man is, at one and the same time, a solitary being and a social being. As a solitary being, he attemps to protect his own existence and that of those who are closest to him, to satisfy his personal desires, and to develop his innate abilities.
As a social being, he seeks to gain the recognition and affection of his fellow human beings, to share in their pleasures, to comfort them in their sorrows, and to improve their conditions of life.
Often confused with shyness, introversion does not imply social reticence or discomfort. Rather than being averse to social engagement, introverts become overwhelmed by too much of it, which explains why the introvert is ready to leave a party after an hour and the extravert gains steam as the night goes on.
They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.
I'm self-sufficient. I spend a lot of time on my own and I shut off quite easily. When I communicate, I communicate 900 per cent; then I shut off, which scares people sometimes.
The world introvert has negative connotations that need to be destroyed. Introverts are simply misunderstood because the majority of the population consists of extroverts.
Envy is one attribute of extrovert population. Introverts are too busy with their inner reflections.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
I enjoyed the discipline and solitariness of long-distance running, which allowed me to escape from the hurly-burly of school life.
Taking toilet breaks is not antisocial, it's a lifesaver.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
With the exception of family we don't choose, endeavor to spend time only with those who imbue you with energy vs. zap you of it.
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.
When someone speaks to an introvert, her brain responds with a high level of activity. It is as if several lights start flashing on a control panel.
Introverts don't get lonely if they don't socialize with a lot of people, but we do get lonely if we don't have intimate interactions on a regular basis.
Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.
I was just confused about why I was feeling overwhelmed all the time and trying to adjust to having people work for me.
A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.
If the conversation doesn't interest us, we often go quiet and wander the wonderland that is our imagination. We find endless entertainment in our ideas and fantasies.
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.
Some introverts are perfectly comfortable with public speaking; I'm not one of them.
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
Fear is the highest fence.
The trick with introverts is for them to honor their styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.
Introverts feel just right with less stimulation, as when they sip wine with a friend, solve a crossword puzzle, or read a book.
Introverts crave meaning so party chit-chat feels like sandpaper to our psyche.
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
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 come out of its shell: there would be a risk of spreading out too far, turning into a formless puddle.
I have an introvert hangover. I'm totally exhausted, from too much human interaction.
If you're an introvert, you know the relief when plans are cancelled.
Many people believe that introversion is about being antisocial, and that's really a misperception. Because actually it's just that introverts are differently social. So they would prefer to have a glass of wine with a close friend as opposed to going to a loud party full of strangers.
Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
The pressure to entertain, to sell ourselves, and never to be visibly anxious keeps ratcheting up.
Do not be afraid of tomorrow, for God is already there.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.
Deep rivers run quiet.
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
Kind and humble makes a better man than loud and muscle.
The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.
I believe that worthiness is our birthright.
So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.
Shyness is inherently uncomfortable; introversion is not. The traits do overlap, though psychologists debate to what degree.
Don't try to be what you're not. If you're nervous, be nervous. If you're shy, be shy. It's cute.
Never let shyness conquer your mind.
Shyness is when you turn your head away from something you want.
I am quite shy and people think I'm aloof.
Shyness displays itself differently in me. I think it's more an awkwardness.
Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day.
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.
Most inventors and engineers I've met are like me. They're shy and they live in their heads. The very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone.
Don't envy and don't compare. Accept your introversion and don't be scared.
If being yourself is not enough, they are not worth it.
You can be a very charismatic introvert.
A good rule of thumb is that any environment that consistently leaves you feeling bad about who you are is the wrong environment.
Whatever kind of introvert you are, some people will find you 'too much' in some ways and 'not enough' in others.
The most important thing to know about being an introvert is that there's nothing wrong with you. You're not broken because you're quiet. It's okay to stay home on a Friday night instead of going to a party. Being an introvert is a perfectly normal 'thing' to be.
I want someone I can share my entire life with who will leave me alone most of the time.
Many introverts feel there's something wrong with them, and try to pass as extroverts. But whenever you try to pass as something you're not, you lose a part of yourself along the way. You especially lose a sense of how to spend your time.
If you're an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness. Or at school you might have been prodded to come out of your shell ” that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and some humans are just the same.
I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing... I like to think before I speak .
We're told that to be great is to be bold, to be happy is to be sociable. We see ourselves as a nation of extroverts - which means that we've lost sight of who we really are.
At the end of the day, you won't be happy until you love yourself.
Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.
My friend... care for your psyche... know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
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.
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.
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
A little hibernation is good for the mind.
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.
We need to do teacher training to educate them about what temperament means. Shyness is painful and you want to help a child with shyness - but the underlying temperament of being a careful, sensitive person is to be honoured, valued and respected.
Shyness is about the fear of social judgments - at a job interview or a party you might be excessively worried about what people think of you. Whereas an introvert might not feel any of those things at all, they simply have the preference to be in a quieter setting.
Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
I'm very shy so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness.
I really like to stay in my nest and not move. I travel in my mind, and that's a rigorous state of journeying for me. My body isn't that interested in moving from place to place.
Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretends to love.
I do feel that I've managed to make something I could maybe call my world...over time...little by little. And when I'm inside it, to some extent, I feel kind of relieved. But the very fact I felt I had to make such a world probably means that I'm a weak person, that I bruise easily, don't you think? And in the eyes of society at large, that world of mine is a puny little thing. It's like a cardboard house: a puff of wind might carry it off somewhere.
Every time we stomp down our introverted nature, we crush part of our soul in the process.
Your introversion is a gift that doesn't need to be cured of fixed.
We are not anti-social; we're differently social.
Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation.
The only thing a true introvert dislikes more than talking about himself is repeating himself.
Introvert inclusion: Sometimes we want to be left alone, sometimes we want to be included; most of the time we want to be included with the option to be left alone.
I'm indecisive because I see eight sides to everything.
Introverts tend to avoid small talk. We'd rather talk about something meaningful than fill the air with chatter just to hear ourselves make noise.
Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart and kind and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing or, more often, nothing at all.
An introvert may feel asocial when pressured to go to a party that doesn't interest her. But for her, the event does not promise meaningful interaction. In fact, she knows that the party will leave her feeling more alone and alienated.
As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves.
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.
Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.
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.
Inside was where she lived, physically and mentally. She resided in the horn of plenty of her own prodigious mind, fertilized by inexhaustible curiosity.
Introverts dislike small talk, but we are fluent in the language of ideas and dreams.
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.
I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there's somebody nobody knows about.
You shouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
I am an extro-introvert. [...] I love all of the excitement and I like meeting people and hearing their stories. But I also like time alone. And I like to think and relax and sleep and stuff like that. So I guess I'm a little of both.
We reward people a lot for being rich, for being famous, for being cute, for being thin... one of the values I think we need to instill in our country, in our children, is a sense of 'usefulness', in other words, are we useful, are we making other peoples' lives a little bit better?
One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
A shy man no doubt dreads the notice of strangers, but can hardly be said to be afraid of them, he may be as bold as a hero in battle, and yet have no self-confidence about trifles in the presence of strangers.
I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it.
Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
I don't want to be a movie star. I want to be in movies that are stars.
I was kinda shy in school, but I also had the class-clown element about me. I was removed, but I was involved.
I think enough cannot be said for what you can discover through literature. So I think that was probably my most valued characteristic as a teenager.
I'm kind of an introvert kind of person just by nature, it's not like a conscious choice that I'm making necessarily. [...] Coming to realize that about myself was very empowering.
Don't you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can't be exactly who you are.
I can be very shy...but when I'm around people I know, I can be extremely loud.
I'm an ocean, because I'm really deep. If you search deep enough you can find rare exotic treasures.
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.
I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives.
E-mail 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.
I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.
Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.
I think introverts can do quite well. If you're clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area.
I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.