30 Quotes Celebrating Introverts, Wallflowers And Lone Wolves

Modern society has too often dismissed shyness, introversion, and modesty as worthless traits that only serve to hold one back from attaining great things in life.

Yet there is a sea change happening right now, albeit slowly, that is serving to reverse this assumption and place value on the more reserved personality.

So, in homage to all the introverts, wallflowers, and lone wolves out there, we have pulled together some of the most pertinent quotes that explain the many benefits of solitude and characteristics of those who enjoy it.

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.– Warsan Shire

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

‘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.– Susan Cain

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.– Paulo Coelho

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

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

Quiet people have the loudest minds.– Stephen Hawking

For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.– Jonathan Rauch

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.– Bell Hooks

Sometimes I just shut down and don’t talk to anyone for days. It’s nothing personal.– Sonya Teclai

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.– Cheryl Strayed

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.– Drew Barrymore

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

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

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There are two races on earth. Those who need others, who are distracted, occupied and refreshed by others, who are worried, exhausted and unnerved by solitude as by the ascension of a terrible glacier or the crossing of a desert; and those, on the other hand, who are wearied, bored, embarrassed, utterly fatigued by others, while isolation calms them, and the detachment and imaginative activity of their minds bathes them in peace.– Guy de Maupassant

Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.– Adam S. McHugh

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. – Audrey Hepburn

Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.– Emil Cioran

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

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.– Michaela Chung

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.– Criss Jami

If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.– Leonardo da Vinci

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

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.– Tom Hanks

I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.– Charles Bukowski

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

It’s not that introverts aren’t good team players. We just don’t need to be in the same room as the rest of the team at all times. We would much prefer to have part of the project carved out for us to squirrel away with it in our offices, consulting as necessary but working independently.– Sophia Dembling

Often whole days pass without my speaking to anyone.– Vincent Van Gogh

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.– Henry David Thoreau

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.– Albert Einstein

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