20 Quotes From 20 Incredible Minds That Will Encourage You To Be Vulnerable


1. “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment. It is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for.”

– Brené Brown

2. “What happens when people open their hearts?”
“They get better.”

– Haruki Murakami

3. “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”

– Criss Jami

4. “Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable.”

– Stephen Russell

5. “It’s the hard things that break; soft things don’t break. It was an epiphany I had today and I just wonder why it took me so very, very long to see it! You can waste so many years of your life trying to become something hard in order not to break; but it’s the soft things that can’t break! The hard things are the ones that shatter into a million pieces!”

– C. JoyBell C.

6. “It took vulnerability to forge strength, the way true courage required fear.”

– Martina Boone

7. “Those who do not care, escape the anguish of mourning but never know the delights of love. The meaning of life forever eludes them.”

– Wayne Gerard Trotman

8. “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

– Shannon L. Alder

9. “I found that the same softness which once made me a target now compelled people to trust me with their stories.”

– Ta-Nehisi Coates

10. “I learned vulnerability is a bit like those Russian nesting dolls, the ones that get smaller and smaller in size when you twist the top off and pull another one out. In the end, you’re left with the tiniest doll, that one nugget. No more layers to take off. Nothing left but a surprise, the surprise of finding out the littlest doll is the most solid of them all. It doesn’t hide inside of itself.”

– Hannah Brencher

11. “Everyone wants to read the poem we’re afraid to write.”

– Kelli Russell Agodon

12. “No matter how much you cry, the tears will dry. No matter how many nightmares, flashbacks, visions, or terrors you endure, they will pass. To weather these in order to find your true self and the happiness you deserve, that is not a risk. To waste the time you have in this body, never showing your soul to yourself or anyone else, living in fearful misery – that is really the most dangerous thing you can do.”

– Vironika Tugaleva

13. “There is more hope in honest brokenness than in the pretense of false wholeness.”

– Jamie Arpin-Ricci

14. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.”

– Helen Keller

15. “Perfection, in the form of a flawless stream of words delivered with cool composure, is never as persuasive as realness. An impassioned but imperfect speech, which shows you care too much to hide flaws, is far more compelling.”

– Charlotte Beers

16. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

– Paulo Coelho

17. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

– Maya Angelou

18. “When rain taps against your window like an eager child, it is important to remember that even the world cries—even the sky, which holds everything together, falls apart from time to time.”

– Bianca Sparacino

19. “It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.”

– J.C. Watts

20. “Give away love like you’re made of it.”

– Bob Goff Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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