s Brene Brown Quotes on Shame, Vulnerability, Empathy, Love & Leadership

Friday, 11 September 2020

Brene Brown Quotes on Shame, Vulnerability, Empathy, Love & Leadership

Bene Brown Quotes: This American lecturer, host, professor, and author had done intense research into concepts of empathy, love, vulnerability, courage, and share. She penned 7 books and many of them are New York Times bestsellers.


With her unlocking us podcast she had inspired many men and women across the globe. Her Power of Vulnerability Ted Talk grabbed many eyeballs and is immensely appreciated for her thoughts and approach in life.


Brene Brown Quotes

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection.

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

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

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

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed, and rare.”

“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.”


“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

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

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”

“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.”

“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.”

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

“If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.”

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

“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”


“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.”

“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude, and grace.”

“What we know matters but who we are matters more.”

“Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.”

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”

“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.”

“Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed.”

“If we share our shame story with the wrong person, they can easily become one more piece of flying debris in an already dangerous storm.”

“Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve?" Perfectionism is other-focused: "What will they think?”

“Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose in our lives.”

“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”

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