23 Quotes Introverts Will Understand

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23 Quotes Introverts Will Understand

23 Quotes Introverts Will Understand

About a third of the population is an introvert, meaning there are loads of people in the world that hate small talk and occasionally need some time by themselves to charge the social batteries. Here are 23 quotes from authors, artists, philosophers, and actors (among others) that introverts will appreciate:


1. “I feel self-repressed again. The old fall disease. Where is my willpower? The idea of a life gets in the way of my life…I dream too much, work too little.”

-Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


2. “People empty me. I have to get away to refill.”

-Charles Bukowski, The Captain Is Out To Lunch and The Sailors Have Taken Over The Ship


3. “I crave space. It charges my batteries. It helps me breathe. Being around people can be so exhausting, because most of them love to take and barely know how to give. Except for a rare few.”

-Katie Kacvinsky, First Comes Love


4. “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


5. “You see things. You keep quiet about them and you understand. “

-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


6. “I think a lot, but I don’t say much.”

-Anne Frank


7. “Introverts crave meaning so party chitchat feels like sandpaper to our psyche. Here’s what introverts are not: We’re not afraid, and we’re not shy. Introversion has little to do with fear or reticence. We’re just focused, and we prefer one-on-one because we like to listen and we want to follow an idea all the way through to another interesting idea. That’s why small talk annoys us. So does pretending to be happy or excited or anything that we’re not. ”

-Diane Cameron, “Happy Introvert Day”


8. “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.”

-Nikola Tesla


9. “I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.”

-Lord Byron


10. “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


11. “I need to be alone for certain periods of time or I violate my own rhythm.”

-Lee Krasner


12. “In terms of, like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin. It is an amazing feeling. Such instant joy.”

-John Mulaney, “New In Town”


13. “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.”



14. “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.

-Franz Kafka


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



16. “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.”

-Sophia Dembling, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World


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

-Yoko Ono


18. “I restore myself when I’m alone.”

-Marilyn Monroe


19. “I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.”

-Charles Bukowski, Barfly


20. “You’re thinking about something, my dear, and that makes you forget to talk.”

-Alice in Wonderland


21. “A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”

-Oscar Wilde


22. “How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here forever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”

-Virginia Wolf, The Waves


23. “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, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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