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25 Motivational Quotes For Introverts (To Help You Come Out Of Your Shell)

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Being labeled an introvert kind of sucks. As a fellow introvert, I know how annoying it can be to constantly have people bombarding you with questions like, "Why don't you just go out more?," or "Why are you so shy?"

It can be very frustrating to be an introverted person, and saddening at times to not be as confident as you would like. It is not that introverts don't want to go out and socialize, it is just that we would rather sit at home curled up with a nice Netflix film and some yummy food. Introverts are officially defined as, "Shy, reluctant individuals," while extroverts are defined as,"Outgoing, overtly expressive individuals."

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There are definitely people out there who consider themselves a mixture of both (commonly called ambiverts), but for us tried and true introverts, it can be hard to break out of our shell and take the world by storm. A million people can tell an introvert to become more outgoing, but it is never that easy. A shy person needs time to slowly come out from under their covers and find the motivation to try new things or spark new interests.

For me, going out and trying new things made my anxiety and shy nature slowly fade. These new things were not gigantic life changes, but more like trying a new coffee shop or walking to a nearby park to get some fresh air. I found that even simply putting myself out there and encouraging myself to go out with friends made a huge difference within my introvert-like nature.

While it is may easier said than done, here are 25 motivational quotes to help inspire all the introverts out there to be their best, most authentic selves. Go out into the world and try all of the things you were once too timid to do. Go out for that job opportunity in another state or conquer the fear of waiting in line at that over-crowded Starbucks. Any victory, big or small, is still a victory.

These inspirational quotes will also help remind you that is okay to be introverted and shy at times. Sometimes, the greatest power and the greatest thoughts comes from silence within us. Remember that while it is important to come out of your cave every once in a while, it is equally important to love who you are and the traits you have been given.

You got it, introvert!

1. Your mind is a powerful place.

“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” – Yoko Ono

2. Save your words for when they will be best put to use.

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

3. Take comfort in remembering you are your top priority.

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

4. Say it loud and proud for all the introverts out there.

“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

5. Introverts have the greatest power of all – being able to sit comfortably with being alone.

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” – Rollo May

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6. Use your much-needed alone time to cultivate great thoughts.

“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous — to poetry.” – Thomas Mann

7. People will always have an opinion about you, introvert or not.

“Whatever kind of introvert you are, some people will find you “too much” in some ways and “not enough” in others.” – Laurie Helgoe

8. You will be amazed with what your shy side contributes to your wild side.

“Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.” – Ester Bucholz

9. Never allow anyone to make you feel less than you are.

“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

10. Introverts tend to reflect on the beauty in life.

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

11. Even Audrey Hepburn was an introvert.

“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

12. Your light shines even if you feel it is hidden.

"Everyone shines, given the right lighting." – Susan Cain

13. There is a difference between being lonely, and choosing to do things alone.

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

14. True friends and family will be able to see your spark.

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

15. You are in control of your own inner peace, regardless of what that sounds like to others.

"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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16. Being quiet does not mean your mind is any less powerful.

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

17. Bring those inner thoughts to the surface and watch the world be in awe of you.

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

18. Confidence comes in many forms.

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." – Mahatma Gandhi

19. When she wasn't being adored by millions of fans, Marilyn Monroe was an introvert.

"I restore myself when I'm alone." – Marilyn Monre

20. Truth.

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

21. Don't question why a person may be introverted, rather be an ear to listen.

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

22. If you are friends with an introvert, know they truly adore you.

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

23. Don't judge a book by its cover.

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

24. Don't feel bad for choosing a quiet night in over a loud night out.

“Now that you're an , you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. 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.”
Susan Cain

25. And last but never least ... A quote I most resonate with.

“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” John Green

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Carlie Fox is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.