If you’re an introvert, then chances are you’ve heard some relatable Susan Cain quotes. Susan Cain is a fixture within the introvert community, contributing her highly successful book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking which put a much needed spotlight on introversion. She even wrote a separate book that is geared towards helping introverted children recognize their power and strength. Her first TED Talk on introversion was so wildly successful, that within nine months, it was within the 98th percentile of most viewed TED videos of ALL TIME.
Susan Cain is what I personally consider to be somewhat of an introvert superhero, especially with her ability to conquer public speaking the way that she did becoming what she calls “The Public Introvert”. And it’s safe to say that introverts of all ages can appreciate the work that Susan Cain has put into the introvert movement.
With all of that in mind, imagine all of the nuggets of wisdom she has provided us with over the years. I have compiled here a list of 10 of Susan Cain’s quotes that introverts everywhere can relate to.
1. “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
This is a big one for introverts. It’s often assumed that quiet people don’t have big ideas. Chances are though, that people who aren’t big talkers ARE big thinkers. Not everyone is great at articulating their thoughts verbally and not everyone WANTS to. Simple.
2. “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.”
If you’re an introvert, then chances are pretty high that someone has come along and tried to “fix” you. People who aren’t properly educated about introversion seem to think that it’s a negative thing. Well, this quote says it plain and simple: introversion isn’t a sickness.
3. “Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.”
This is something that us introverts wish a lot more extroverts knew. Introverts NEED their alone time. That’s just how our bodies work. When we say that we want to be alone we mean it and it shouldn’t be taken personally.
4. “We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally.”
I mean, need I say more? People need to get in the habit of listening more. Introverts always do so much listening, but the same gesture isn’t always returned.
5. “Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.”
People need love. People need people. I consider this to be an absolute fact, even as an introvert. I don’t believe that people ALWAYS have to be around people though. Or that people need to be around large groups of people. To me, that’s what this quotes is trying to get across and I agree wholeheartedly.
6. “Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances.”
This is just an awesome piece of advice. Thank you, Susan.
7. “Some animals naturally carry shelter wherever they go, and some humans are just the same.”
I feel like this quote means that an introvert’s quietness can be seen as a form of shelter. Introverts, in my opinion, feel most comfortable and safe in their thoughts. When I’m in my own little world or quietly observing others, I feel like a turtle in it’s shell.
8. “The trick with introverts is for them to honor their styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.”
I feel like every introvert has experienced trying to put their introversion to the side in order to fit in. For me growing up, there was always a sort of guilt that went along with me choosing to spend time alone. I thought that I was wrong and I see lots of introverts (mostly on the younger side) feeling the same. This quote empowers the introvert by saying that it’s better for them to be true to themselves.
9. “Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation.”
I get all of my best ideas when I am alone. I’ve never thrived in group project situations with too many conflicting energies and ideas. When introverts work alone, they can spend all of their energy focusing and being productive instead of being distracted by others. We truly shine in our solitude.
10. “Introverts feel “just right” with less stimulation, as when they sip wine with a friend, solve a crossword puzzle, or read a book.”
For an introvert, too much stimulation can be a nightmare. We love more quiet, laid back situations. This is when we feel most content and at ease.
Those were just 10 of Susan Cain’s quotes that I relate to on a spiritual level, but there are so many more! What’s your favorite Susan Cain quote?
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