27 Inspiring Quotes on Vulnerability To Give You Courage

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27 Inspiring Quotes on Vulnerability to Give You Courage

Our culture has slowly started to embrace vulnerability as a strength. But that doesn’t mean being vulnerable is easy. We’ve still got to fight against cultural myths, innate fears, and – oh yeah – the fun wave of emotional backlash we experience after we’re vulnerable. (Also known as a vulnerability hangover).

But first, what is emotional vulnerability?

Being vulnerable is when we take an emotional risk without knowing how it’ll turn out. We open ourselves up to uncertainty and, subsequently, the possibility of rejection. As a result, it taps into one of our strongest needs: the need for belonging.

This is why being vulnerable is so crucial for living healthy, meaningful lives. The benefits of being vulnerable are endless. Not to mention how important it is for us to feel like we belong in our relationships. (The quotes on vulnerability below will help show you you why.)

If you’re looking to learn more about how to be vulnerable in your life, consider some of these everyday examples of vulnerability:

  1. Doing something you’re not good at
  2. Speaking your truth
  3. Showing that you care
  4. Allowing yourself to feel strong emotions
  5. Breaking the status quo
  6. Talking candidly with others
  7. Being the first one to open up
  8. Trusting someone
  9. Asking for help
  10. Saying no

And if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these 27 Inspiring Quotes About Vulnerability by Brené Brown and others.


27 Inspiring Quotes on Vulnerability That Will Give You Courage

Quotes by Brené Brown

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1.“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” – Brené Brown, Rising Strong

2. “What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” – Brené Brown

3. “The brokenhearted are the bravest among us. They dared to love.” –   – Brené Brown

4. “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.” – Brené Brown

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5. “You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” – Brené Brown

6. “Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.” – Brené Brown

7. “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.” – Brené Brown

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8. “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is show up.” – Brené Brown

9. “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?” – Brené Brown

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

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11. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” – Brené Brown

12. “To love someone fiercely, to believe in something in 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.” – Brené Brown

13. “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.” – Brené Brown

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

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

16. “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.” – Brené Brown

17. “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.” – Brené Brown


Inspiring Vulnerability Quotes on Connection and Strength

18. “I do not believe that sheer shuffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

19. “Wholehearted intimacy can develop only where two people are equally forthcoming and self-revelatory. To take the risk of loving, we must become vulnerable enough to test the radical proposition that knowledge of another and self-revelation will ultimately increase rather than decrease love. It is an awe-ful risk.” – Sam Keen

20. “Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure.” – Bob Marley

21. “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Crissi Jami

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22. “Vulnerability is the essence of connection and connection is the essence of existence.” – Leo Christopher

23. “When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’engle

24. “There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” – M. Scott Peck

25. “Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” – Vironika Tugaleva

26. “The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” – Paulo Coelho

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27. “You can’t find intimacy – you can’t find home – when you’re always hiding behind masks. Intimacy requires a certain level of vulnerability It requires a certain level of you exposing your fragmented, contradictory self to someone else. You running the risk of having your core self rejected and hurt and misunderstood.” – Junot Díaz


Inspiring Quotes on Vulnerability (Brené Brown and Connection)

Whenever you’re feeling down or afraid, remind yourself why vulnerability is so important. Reading vulnerability quotes might be the gentle reminder you need to give yourself courage.  In the end, being vulnerable is worth it. 

Vulnerability Collection

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    1. Thanks for commenting Susan! I wish you the best in your journey to more vulnerability

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