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50 Inspirational Introvert Quotes on Business and Life

14 September 2019 | by Gina Lucia

Sometimes when traversing the business world as an introvert, you need a little inspiration from some of the wonderful people in business who are in fact, introverts. 

All of the people quoted below are introverts talking about business and life from their perspective. So, after scouring the internet, here is our top 50 introvert quotes:

Introvert quotes on business

Susan Caine introvert quotes

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.

Susan Cain

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

Yoko Ono

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

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey quote

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

Oprah Winfrey

So if you’re an introvert like me, especially a female introvert, or a person who is expected to give away your energy to everyone else on the reg, I want to encourage you to find time to be alone. Don’t be afraid to excuse yourself. Recharge for as long as you need. Lean up against a tree and take a break from the other bears. I’ll be there too, but I promise not to bother you.

Amy Schumer

I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.

Amy Schumer

Sometimes a dream almost whispers… it never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear.

Steven Spielberg
Brene Brown quote

Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.

Brene Brown

Vulnerability is not about winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up even when you can’t control the outcome.

Brene Brown

Who you are today… that’s who you are. Be brave. Be amazing. Be worthy. And every single time you get the chance? Stand up in front of people. Let them see you. Speak. Be heard. Go ahead and have the dry mouth. Let your heart beat so, so fast. Watch everything move in slow motion. So what. You what? You pass out, you die, you poop? No.

Shonda Rhimes
J.K. Rowling quote

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.

J.K. Rowling

Achievable goals are the first step to self-improvement.

Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.

Bill Gates
Emma Watson introvert quote

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.

Emma Watson

Introverts are more effective leaders of proactive employees. When you have a creative, energetic work force, an introvert is going to draw out that energy better.

Laurie Helgoe

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.

Barack Obama

You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.

Elon Musk
Deepika Padukone quote

It’s good to be slightly ambitious, but I believe one shouldn’t be too calculative. It’s good to be on the edge, but I have never followed my mind. I have always followed my heart. And it has yielded the right results.

Deepika Padukone

Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Introvert quotes on life

Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.

Susan Cain

Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.

Adam S. McHugh

The only problem with seeing people you know is that they know you.

Brent Runyon

I’ve been accused my whole life of being “too sensitive”. This actually kind of pisses me off, but maybe that’s just because I’m too sensitive.

Sophia Dembling

Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.

Jenn Granneman

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.

Henri Nouwen

Carl Jung said that only an introvert could see “the unfathomable stupidity of man

Michael Finkel

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

All my life, all I’d ever heard was: Emily’s so shy, Emily’s so quiet, Emily’s so clever. Thinking back on it now, I don’t know if I was ever any of those things, or if I just became shy and quiet and clever because everyone said I was.

Tanya Byrne

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.


Life isn’t about just talking, it’s about thinking too.

Marie Symeou

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.

Audrey Hepburn

I’m an introvert somewhat. There could be a room full of people, I’ll go stand in the corner.

Kevin Gates

Book tours are super hard for me as a raging introvert. I love humanity, but actual humans are hard for me. So something like a book tour – where I’m constantly on the road – scares the hell out of me.

Glennon Doyle Melton

I think standup is pretty good for an introvert because you are performing, but, I mean, it’s on your own terms. There are so many people in the room, but it’s a one-sided conversation. And you actually don’t have to interact – unless you want to.

Amy Schumer

I’m an introvert at heart… And show business – even though I’ve loved it so much – has always been hard for me.

Roy Rogers

People assume a lot about me. Some people come up and think I’m hard. I’m actually very, very shy. I’m bubbly in the right circumstances. But I’m a big introvert.

Amber Liu

I tend to be more of an introvert when I’m traveling. I do a lot of people-watching and espresso-drinking.

Antoni Porowski

My mom says I was an introvert. I never saw myself that way, but I was always focused. I didn’t spend a lot of time doing things that I didn’t think would make me great.

Jason Derulo

Much of the time I’m an introvert, by choice spending a lot of time on my own. I suppose liking my solitude is part of a writer’s sensibility.

Robyn Davidson

For those of us who aren’t great with people, we figure that silence is always the safest bet. If you’re an introvert, you spend so much of your time wishing that other people would just shut the hell up that you figure you’re doing everyone a favor.

David Wong

I’m very honest in my music and I’m often asked to explain the lyrics; as an introvert, I find that quite hard. And I always wear high heels on stage, which can be painful.

Natasha Bedingfield

I would admit I’m an introvert. I don’t know why introverts have to apologize.

Bill Gross

There’s a really positive side of being an introvert – you really pick up on things a lot more than your extroverted counterparts.

Jessica Williams

I’m an off-the-charts introvert. To me, being around groups of strangers is exhausting. I’ve had to sort of train myself to think about two tactics: finding common ground and invoking humor.

Sam Yagan

If you ask an introvert a question, wait until she thinks about it. Introverts think before speaking, not through speaking. If you want to get to the good stuff, you need to slow down.

Laurie Helgoe

I have a Twitter profile, but I avoid red carpets and all that kind of stuff. I’d rather no one talk about me ever, and I just get to do my thing. I’m an introvert.

Greg Berlanti

I’m an introvert. I get my energy by spending time alone. I need that hour or two to myself every day.

Amit Bhatia

I know I seem really friendly, but I’m a closet introvert.

Lauren Myracle

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.

Laurie Helgoe

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Which are some of your favourite introvert quotes? Leave them in the comments below.


  1. MJ | Barbed Wire & Lace

    16th September 2019 at 6:24 PM

    I needed these today. It really put things into perspective for me. I am the master of worry and comparison. I fall prey to comparing my business to others that may be extroverted… or may just be ‘better’ in my opinion.

    Also, ‘the less you reveal, the more people can wonder’ spoke to me. It reminded me that it’s okay to be successful in silence. Not everything has to be public and loud!!

    Thanks for this, Gina! It was the kick in the pants I needed today!

    • Gina Lucia

      17th September 2019 at 9:30 AM

      I’m also a big fan of ‘the less you reveal, the more people can wonder’. I think it’s perfect for introverts. So glad it resonated with you!

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