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50 Introvert Quotes about Contentment and Solitude

Published on January 8, 2020 7:15 AM EST
50 Introvert Quotes about Contentment and Solitude

These introvert quotes share the importance of finding solitude. 

An introvert is someone who is energized by internal emotions and thoughts rather than external sources like an extrovert. While most people have aspects of both introvert and extrovert traits, people often gravitate towards one or the other more.

50 Introvert Quotes about Contentment and Solitude

An introvert is characterized as someone who enjoys solitude, is drained by being around crowds, and is quiet but thoughtful. An introvert is often very self-aware and would rather keep a small group of close and personal friends than have a large group of friends they don’t know on as deep of a level.

These introvert quotes explain the importance of solitude and the perks of being able to keep yourself company.

Don’t forget to also read these inspirational solitude quotes to bring you peace.

Introvert quotes about contentment

1. “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

2. “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

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

4. “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

5. “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

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

7. “A good rule of thumb is that any environment that consistently leaves you feeling bad about who you are is the wrong environment.” –  Laurie Helgoe

8. “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” ― C.G. Jung

9. “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

10. “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

11. “In terms of, like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.” – John Mulaney

12. “I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone.” – Marilynne Robinson

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

14. “Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.” – Charles Bukowski (see other powerful Charles Bukowski quotes)

Introvert quotes about friendship

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

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

17. “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

18. “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

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

20. “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

21. “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.” – Bjork

22. “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

23. “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

Insightful introvert quotes 

24. “Extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. Extroverts are fireworks, introverts are a fire in the hearth.”― Sophia Dembling

25. “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

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

27. “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

28. “Life isn’t about just talking, it’s about thinking too.”― Marie Symeou

29. “Introverts are word economists in a society suffering from verbal diarrhea.” –  Michaela Chung

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

31. “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

Introvert quotes to broaden your thoughts

32. “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” Susan Cain

33. “I was just confused about why I was feeling overwhelmed all the time and trying to adjust to having people work for me. Surprisingly, I think if you’re known on the Internet, you’re probably an introvert.” –  Felicia Day

34. “[Introverts] listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror for small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” – Susan Cain

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

36. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne

37. “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

38. “Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.” –  Al Gore

39. “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

40. “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

Introvert quotes about solitude

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

42. “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

43. “’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

44. “Loneliness is failed solitude.” – Sherry Turkle

45. “A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.” – Bertrand Russell

46. “Solitude matters and for some people it’s the air they breathe.” –  Susan Cain

47. “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

48. “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

49. “My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” –  Patricia Highsmith

50. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking

Do these introvert quotes resonate with you?

Are you an introvert? A common misconception about introverts is that they are shy and don’t like people. While an introvert may get anxious in a large crowd, they can be very stimulated by a one-on-one conversation and may not consider themselves shy at all.

Introverts value close friendships and can be extremely friendly people. An introvert values alone time and are content when they have the ability to sit quietly and think. If these traits sound like you, you may be an introvert. 

Do these introvert quotes and sayings remind you of someone? Do you have a favorite introvert quote? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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