89 Introvert Quotes About The Virtues of Your Personality

How often do you hear anyone talking about the virtues of introversion?

Not often, right?

Sure, there was that time someone remarked on how they didn’t know you had the courage to say what you did.

But now that you think of it, what impressed them was seeing you act more like an extravert. 

Where do they think all your great ideas come from? 

While they were out socializing, you were at home writing, reading, or maybe creating something while processing your day.

Your mind is a playground of ideas.

So, why not celebrate your personality type with some heartwarming quotes about introversion?

And maybe use them as part of your next creative endeavor

89 Introvert Quotes to Celebrate Who You Are

1. “I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

2. “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

3. “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

4. “What if you love knowledge for its own sake, not necessarily as a blueprint to action? What if you wish there were more, not fewer reflective types in the world.” ~Susan Cain

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5. “Introverts crave meaning so party chitchat feels like sandpaper to our psyche.” ~ Diane Cameron

6. “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” ~Bob Newhart

7. “The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

8. “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.” ~ Lana Del Rey

9. “Introvert conversations are like jazz. Each player gets to solo for a nice stretch before the other player comes in and does his solo.” ~ Laurie Helgoe

10. “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

11. “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.” ~ Jonathan Rauch

12. “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

13. “The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.” ~ Susan Cain

14. “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.” ~ Charles Bukowski

15. “I don’t have time for superficial friends, I suppose if you’re really lonely you can call a superficial friend, but otherwise, what’s the point?” ~ Courtney Cox

16. “For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.” ~ Jonathan Rauch

17. “Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.” ~Charles Bukowski

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

19. “Solitude matters, and for some people, it's the air they breathe” ― Susan Cain

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

21. “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

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22. “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

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

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

25. “Introverts dislike small talk, but we are fluent in the language of ideas and dreams.” ~ Michaela Chung

26. “Better to keep quiet and let people think you’re an idiot than speak up and confirm it.” ~ Rodney Dangerfield

27. “I think I’m a weird combination of deeply introverted and very daring. I can feel both those things working.” ~ Helen Hunt

28. “An introversion party is three people sprawled on couches and pillows, reading and occasionally talking.” – Laurie Helgoe

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29. “There are times I wish I was a master magician so I could disappear into the folds of time.” – Jaeda DeWalt 

30. “My idea of a fun night was diving into a massive pile of To Be Read books stacked near my dresser.” – Jeff Sampson

31. “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

32. “I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they are not around. “ – Charles Bukowski 

33. “While others chat, introverts listen, observe, analyze, and collect impressions.” – Laurie Helgoe

34. “It’s not because I don’t want to look at you. It’s that I don’t want to be seen.” – Jonathan Lethem

35. “I believe in annoyed at first sight.” – Steve Maraboli

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

37. “Nobody enjoys the company of others as intensely as someone who usually avoids the company of others.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

38. “I will only have you if you are sweeter than my solitude.” – Warsan Shire

39. “If you’re a true introvert, other people are basically energy vampires.” – Amy Schumer

40. “I restore myself when I’m alone.” — Marilyn Monroe

41. “A little hibernation is good for the mind.” — Michaela Chung

42. “Shyness is inherently painful; introversion is not.” – Susan Cain

43. “I owe my solitude to other people.” — Alan Watts

44. “Alone you’ll thrive. Alone you’ll feel alive.” — Maxime Lagace

45. “True happiness is impossible without solitude.” — Anton Chekhov

46. My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” — Patricia Highsmith

Misunderstood Introverts Quotes

47. “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.

48. “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” – Drew Barrymore

49. “One travels more usefully when they travel alone because they reflect more.” – Thomas Jefferson

50. “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.” – Jodi Picoult

51. “Quiet people always know more than they seem. Although very normal, their inner world is by default fronted mysterious and therefore assumed weird. Never underestimate the social awareness and sense of reality in a quiet person; they are some of the most observant, absorbent persons of all.” – Criss Jami 

52. “When an introvert is quiet, don't assume he is depressed, snobbish or socially deficient.” – Laurie Helgoe

53. 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

Famous Introvert Quotes

54. “I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” – Anne Frank

55. “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” – William S. Burroughs

56. “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.” – Susan Cain

57. “I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone.” – Dimitri Zaik

58. “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. ” – Dau Voire.

59. “Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.” – Jenn Granneman

60. “I am worn out with civility. I have been talking incessantly all night with nothing to say.” – Jane Austen

61. “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.” – Albert Einstein

62. “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

63. “The day I began to live is the day I discovered being an introvert was awesome.” – Maxime Lagacé

64. “It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.” – Marilyn Monroe.

65. “One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

67. “Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.” – Napoleon Hill

68. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

69. “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” – Jane Austen

70. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln 

71. “To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare

72. “I kinda live where I find myself.”  – Bob Dylan

73. “For the introvert, conversation can be a very limited forum for self expression.” – Laurie Helgoe

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

Funny Introverts Quotes

75. “Introverts … may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas.” – Susan Cain

76. “I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.” – Lord Byron

77. “I talked to a calzone for fifteen minutes last night before I realized it was just an introverted pizza. I wish all my acquaintances were so tasty.” – Jarod Kintz

78. “I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

79. “Kindly remove yourself from my personal space. Thanks.” – Gemma Correll

80. “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” – Ellen Burstyn

81. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

82. “Blessed are those who don’t seek out unnecessary conversation.” – Lost Bible Verse

83. “My best acquaintances are those with whom I spoke no word.” – Emily Dickinson

84. “It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.” – D.W. Winnicott

85. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” – Hans F. Hansen

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

87. “A wise man once said nothing.” – Proverb

88. “I don’t want to be alone. I want to be left alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

89. “People empty me. I have to get away to refill.” – C. Bukowski

Final thoughts

How will you use these quotes about introverts?

Now that you’ve looked through the introvert sayings above, what are some ways to include them in your every day? 

  • Write a favorite weekly quote on a whiteboard you’ll see every day. 
  • Have a mug created with a favorite quote. 
  • Design an “introvert scarf” with favorite quotes written on soft fabric. 
  • Use an app to remind yourself of your favorite quotes throughout the day. 

Better yet, use more than one to make sure you see at least one introvert quote every day, whether first thing in the morning or while you’re working. 

Celebrate your beautiful self, along with all the introverts you know.

How often do you hear anyone talking about the virtues of introversion? Read these inspiring introvert quotes that validate your uniqueness.