A list of vulnerability quotes and images that prove being vulnerable is courageous.
“A human being who aches and laughs at every life’s challenge.”
This line from a blogger’s profile pops up on the screen while I was randomly browsing the Internet. It stays in my head even after I closed all the tabs.
What this blogger said about herself reminds me of one of Brené Brown quotes about vulnerability – When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive ones.
So how it’s like to embrace your vulnerability?
For me, it’s freedom, the chain-breaking kind of freedom. I was used to bottling up my emotions. After breaking up with my 6-year ex-boyfriend, my first instinct is to pretend that nothing happens. But the more I avoid asking for help, the more I dwelled in denial. The pain is unavoidable. But maybe I can heal earlier if I didn’t pretend to be unhurt.
If you are like me, trying to take the power back from self-avoidance, this list of vulnerability quotes may help.
Inspiring vulnerability quotes to live whole-heartedly
Vulnerability is strength.
I never lose. I either win or learn.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Be so authentically you that others feel safe to be themselves too.
The world has enough women who live a masked insecurity. It needs more women who live a brave vulnerability.
– Ann Voskamp
When we feel safe enough to expose our shadows, that’s when we become free.
– Gabby Bernstein
Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.
People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.
– Johnny Depp
You can’t fully live your life without experiencing the joy, the beauty, and the fear, the sadness.
– Emma Xu
We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.
– Walter Anderson
We are at our most powerful moment when we no longer need to be powerful.
– Eric Michael Leventhal
The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest.
– Zig Ziglar
Maybe I’ll get burned and not meet the right people, but I won’t know until I do it.
– Selena Gomez
Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.
What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.
– Haruki Murakami
Imperfection is a form of freedom.
Shame always shrivels when you share it out loud.
– Marie Forleo
Not everyone will like you and not everyone matters.
You don’t need to be unbreakable 24/7. Sometimes you have to drop your guard so your heart can breathe.
– Emma Xu
Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you are failing.
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
– Charles Bukowski
Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
– George R. R. Martin
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
You don’t protect your heart by acting like you don’t have one.
If you are not vulnerable, you will have a lot less pain and a lot less love.
The fears we don’t face becomes our limits.
Do not be ashamed of the wars your soul has fought to save itself.
– isra al-thibeh
The things we do to avoid vulnerability end up causing us more pain than vulnerability itself.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Be proud of who you are, not ashamed of how someone else sees you.
Everybody is equally weak on the inside, just that some present their ruins as new castles and become kings.
– Simona Panova
Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.
Live for your dreams, not your fear.
The most dangerous thing you can do in life is to play it safe.
– Casey Neistat
Inspiring mantras to embrace vulnerability
I am vulnerable and strong.
My emotions make me human.
I am not fragile like a flower. I am fragile like a bomb.
I am a mix of shines and flaws.
Say yes to uncertainty.
My best is good enough.
I am made of water. Of course I am emotional.
– Rupi Kaur
Do you enjoy these quotes about vulnerability?
I hope these inspiring life quotes help to spike the strength within you in moments of uncertainty. We are living in a world where judgments and critics are everywhere. Learning to lean in and allowing yourself to fail will untie the mental chains on us.
If any of these quotes are helpful, share with someone who may need some inspirations as well. And what is your experience with vulnerability? Share with me in the comment.