Quotes by Brene Brown

The difference between shame and guilt is the difference between ‘I am bad’ and ‘I did something bad.
– Brene Brown

We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.
– Brene Brown

Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement. Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.
– Brene Brown

We live in a world where most people still subscribe to the belief that shame is a good tool for keeping people in line. Not only is this wrong, but it’s dangerous. Shame is highly correlated with addiction, violence, aggression, depression, eating disorders, and bullying.
– Brene Brown

Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.
– Brene Brown

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.
– Brene Brown

I’ve found what makes children happy doesn’t always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.
– Brene Brown

Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.
– Brene Brown

Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement.
– Brene Brown

When we feel good about the choices we’re making and when we’re engaging with the world from a place of worthiness rather than scarcity, we feel no need to judge and attack.
– Brene Brown

Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.
– Brene Brown

Think about what’s pleasurable, not just what’s possible.
– Brene Brown

When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.
– Brene Brown

Maybe stories are just data with a soul.
– Brene Brown

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If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.
– Brene Brown

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