25 Inspirational Quotes by Brené Brown

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Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017.  Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.

In addition to her research and writing, Brené is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC – an organization that brings empirically based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.


Here are 25 quotes by Brené Brown to help inspire you today.

  1. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

  2. “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

  3. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

  4. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

  5. “Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.”

  6. “DIG deep–get deliberate, inspired, and going.”

  7. “Talk about your failures without apologizing.”

  8. “It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.”

  9. “To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.”

  10. “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.”

  11. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

  12. “We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

  13. “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

  14. “What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.”

  15. “What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”

  16. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

  17. “Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.”

  18. “We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”

  19. “You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story & hustle for your worthiness.”

  20. “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.”

  21. “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

  22. “You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”

  23. “Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.”

  24. “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”

  25. “Living a connected life ultimately is about setting boundaries, spending less time and energy hustling and winning over people who don’t matter, and seeing the value of working on cultivating connection with family and close friends.”

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