A Collection of The Most Inspiring Brene Brown Quotes

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181 Brene Brown Quotes

  1. “If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” – Brene Brown
  2. “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.” – Brene Brown
  3. “Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get to busy chasing down the extraordinary.” – Brene Brown
  4. “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You can’t have both.” – Brene Brown
  5. “Most of us are trying to live an authentic life. Deep down, we want to take off our game face and be real and imperfect.” – Brene Brown
  6. “Authenticity is the daily practice in letting go of who we think were supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown
  7. “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Brene Brown
  8. “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” – Brene Brown
  9. “The truth is: belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what give you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.” – Brene Brown
  10. “You either walk inside your story and own it or stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” – Brene Brown
  11. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brene Brown
  12. “Perfectionism is a 20 ton shield that we lug around, thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thin that’s really preventing us from being seen and taking flight,” – Brene Brown
  13. “We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” – Brene Brown
  14. “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 or uncertainty.” – Brene Brown
  15. “Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.” – Brene Brown
  16. “What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.” – Brene Brown
  17. “Practicing gratitude invites joy into our life.” – Brene Brown
  18. “Only when we are brave enough to explore our darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown
  19. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Brene Brown
  20. “No matter how much I get done or is left undone, at the end of the day, I am enough.” – Brene Brown
  21. “The dark does not destroy the light, it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.” – Brene Brown
  22. “Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.” – Brene Brown
  23. “I am never more courageous than when I’m willing to be imperfect and vulnerable, and when I’m willing to set boundaries with the people around me.” – Brene Brown
  24. “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 been seen.” – Brene Brown
  25. “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worth of belonging.” – Brene Brown
  26. “When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver.” – Brene Brown
  27. “We find the courage to share our experiences and the compassion to hear others tell their stories. We force shame out of hiding and end the silence.” – Brene Brown
  28. “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” – Brene Brown
  29. “My story matters because I matter. I am absolutely enough.” – Brene Brown
  30. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.” – Brene Brown
  31. “Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” – Brene Brown
  32. “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, hear and valued: when they can give and receive without judgement.” – Brene Brown
  33. “What is the greater risk? Letting go of what people think, or letting go of how I feel, what I believe and who I am?” – Brene Brown
  34. “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brene Brown
  35. “Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.” – Brene Brown
  36. “Sometimes the most dangerous thing for kids is the silence that allows them to construct their own stories – stories that almost always cast them as alone and unworthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown
  37. “True belonging has no bunkers. We have to step out from behind the barricades of self-preservation and brave the wild.” – Brene Brown
  38. “Integrity is choosing courage over comfort, choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy, and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.” – Brene Brown
  39. “When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.” – Brene Brown
  40. “The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness even our wholeheartedness, actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.” – Brene Brown
  41. “Until we receive with an open heart, we can never really give with an open heart. When we attach judgement to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgement to giving help.” – Brene Brown
  42. “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.” – Brene Brown
  43. “Wholeheartedness at it’s very core is vulnerability and worthiness: facing uncertainty, exposure and emotinal risk and knowing I am enough.” – Brene Brown
  44. “In a society that says ‘put yourself last’, self-love and self-acceptance are almost revolutionary.” – Brene Brown
  45. “Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.” – Brene Brown
  46. “When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” – Brene Brown
  47. Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement.” – Brene Brown
  48. “If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow: secrecy, silence and judgement.” – Brene Brown
  49. “Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need, to talk about how you’re feeling to have the hard conversation.” – Brene Brown
  50. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” – Brene Brown
  51. “Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone.” – Brene Brown
  52. “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we are meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” – Brene Rrown
  53. “Imperfections are not inadequacies, they are reminders that we are all in this together.” – Brene Brown
  54. “Don’t try to win over the haters, you are not a jackass whisperer.” – Brene Brown
  55. “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.” – Brene Brown
  56. “We need more people who are willing to demonstrate what it looks like to risk and endure failure, disappointment and regret. People willing to feel their own hurt instead of working it out on other people. People willing to own their stories, live their values and keep showing up.” – Brene Brown
  57. “Our job isn’t to deny the story but to defy the ending. To rise strong and recognize our story and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think. Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how this story ends.” – Brene Brown
  58. “I see you, I hear you. But I’m showing up anyway.” – Brene Brown
  59. “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brene Brown
  60. “The magic is the mess.” – Brene Brown
  61. “No regrets doesn’t mean living with courage, it means living without reflection. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life.” – Brene Brown
  62. “I’m looking for what I call my move-the-body friends. I’m looking for the folks who are going to show up and wade through the deep with me.” – Brene Brown
  63. “Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness, an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.” – Brene Brown
  64. “People who wad into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses.” – Brene Brown
  65. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll will ever do.” – Brene Brown
  66. “Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do “faith”.” – Brene Brown
  67. “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
  68. “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 same, judgement and blame.” – Brene Brown
  69. “I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves, for that reason, regret can be the birthplace of empathy.” – Brene Brown
  70. “Connection, the ability to feel connected, is neurobiologically wired, that’s why we’re here.” – Brene Brown
  71. “The best marriages are the ones where we can go out in the world and really put ourselves out there. A lot of times we fail, and sometimes we’ll put it off. But good marriages are when you can go home and know that your vulnerability will be honored as courage, and that you’ll find support.” – Brene Brown
  72. “You cannot judge yourself for needing help.” – Brene Brown
  73. “If we share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” – Brene Brown
  74. “Shame cannot survive being spoken. It cannot tolerate having words wrapped around it. What it craves is secrecy, silence and judgement. If you stay quite, you stay in a lot of self-judgement.” – Brene Brown
  75. “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.” – Brene Brown
  76. “First and foremost we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see.” – Brene Brown
  77. “I carry a small sheet of paper in my wallet that has written on it the names of people whose opinions of me matter. To be on that list, you have to love me for my strengths and for my struggles.” – Brene Brown
  78. “There is no greater threat to critics, cynics and fearmongers than a woman who is willing to fall because she has learned how to rise.” – Brene Brown
  79. “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” – Brene Brown
  80. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our who 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.” – Brene Brown
  81. “Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day we die or betray us tomorrow. That’s vulnerability.” – Brene Brown
  82. “No one belongs here more than you.”- Brene Brown
  83. “We run from grief because loss scares us. Yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.” – Brene Brown
  84. “We teach what we have to learn. It’s been an extraordinary journey that I couln’t have done with not only the research participants but the community, the tribe that we’ve built of people who are also on this journey.” – Brene Brown
  85. “Joy collected overtime, fuels resilience.” – Brene Brown
  86. “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” – Brene Brown
  87. “Spiritual connection and engagement is not built by compliance, it’s the product of love, belonging and vulnerability.” – Brene Brown
  88. “Don’t think you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn’t work that way.” – Brene Brown
  89. “Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” – Brene Brown
  90. “Pain is unrelenting. It will get our attention. Despite our own attempts to drown it in our addiction, to physically beat it out of one another, to suffocate it with success and material trappings, or to strangle it you our hate, pain will find a way to make itself known.” – Brene Brown
  91. “Fitting in and belonging are not the same thing, and, in fact, fitting in gets int the way of belonging. Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are, it requires us to be who we are.” – Brene Brown
  92. “Faith is a place of mystery, where we ind the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” – Brene Brown
  93. “Courage is like, it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue. You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.” – Brene Brown
  94. “You have to learn to say no without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy. You need to learn to respect and take care of yourself.” – Brene Brown
  95. “Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience. We must walk into the arena, whatever it may be a new relationship and important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation – with courage and teh willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgement and advice, we must dare to show up.” – Brene Brown
  96. “A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration and faith.” – Brene Brown
  97. “Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame.” – Brene Brown
  98. “An experience of collective pain does not deliver us from grief or sadness, it is a ministry of presence. These moments remind us that we are not alone in our darkness and that our broken heart is connected to every heart that has known pain since the beginning of time.” – Brene Brown
  99. “If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worth of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown
  100. “Get in the arena, show up and do you think and don’t be afraid to get your ass kicked a little bit.” – Brene Brown
  101. “Share with people who have earned the right to hear your story.” – Brene Brown
  102. “Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and be who you are.” – Brene Brown
  103. “How can we embrace rest and play if we’ve tied our self worth to what we produce.” – Brene Brown
  104. “Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worth of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is.” – Brene Brown
  105. “Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal and the withholding of affection damage the roots which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged and rate.” – Brene Brown
  106. “Never underestimate the power of being seen.” – Brene Brown
  107. “I don’t just want someone who says they love me, I want someone who practices that love for me everyday.” – Brene Brown
  108. “We can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.” – Brene Brown
  109. “Do not shrink. Do not puff up. Stand your sacred ground.” – Brene Brown
  110. “To the brave and brokenhearted who have taught us how to rise after a fall, your courage is contagious.” – Brene Brown
  111. “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
  112. “The truth about who we are lives in our hearts our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation. Especially our own.” – Brene Brown
  113. “Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.” – Brene Brown
  114. “The opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It is enough.” – Brene Brown
  115. “‘Crazy busy’ is a great armor, it’s a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we’re feeling and what we really need catch up with us.” – Brene Brown
  116. “Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. IN a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subersive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And without question, putting ourselves out three means there’s far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what daring greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen.” – Brene Brown
  117. “I assumed that people weren’t doing their best so I judged them and constantly fought being disappointed, which was easier than setting boundaries. Boundaries are hard when you want to be liked and what you are a pleaser hellbent on being easy, fun and flexible.” – Brene Brown
  118. “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. I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.” – Brene Brown
  119. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brene Brown
  120. “B.R.A.V.I.N.G – That’s boundaries. Reliability. Accountability. The Vault. Integrity. Non-Judgement. And Generosity. This is the anatomy of trust.” – Brene Brown
  121. “Developing trust in relationships is like putting marbles in a jar. Add a marble when you reveal something that makes you feel vulnerable. IF that person betrays a trust, take a marble out. The strength of the relationship over time is judged by how many marbles are in the .” – Brene Brown
  122. “One of the most vulnerable parts of loving someone is trusting that hey love you back and I need to be generous in my assumptions.” – Brene Brown
  123. “One of the biggest casualties with heartbreak and disappointment in our struggle is not just the loss of trust with other people but the loss of self-trust.’ – Brene Brown
  124. “Why, when we know that there’s no such thing as perfect, do most of us spend an incredible amount of time and energy trying to be everything to everyone? It is that we really admire perfection? No. The truth is that we are actually drawn to people who are real and down to earth. We love authenticity and we know that life is messy and imperfect.” – Brene Brown
  125. “Live-tweeting your bikini wax is not vulnerability. Nore is posting a blow to blow of your divorce. That’s an attempt to hot-wire connection. But you can’t cheat real connection. It’s build up slowly. It’s about trust and time.” – Brene Brown
  126. “Cruelty is easy, cheap and rampant.” – Brene Brown
  127. “Whenever someone supports you, or is kind to you, or sticks up for you, or honors what you share with them as private, you put marbles in the jar. When people are mean, or disrespectful, or share your secrets, marbles come out. Trust is build one marble at a time.” – Brene Brown
  128. “The fear of missing our is what happens when scarcity slams into shame. FOMO lures us out of our integrity with whispers about what we could or should be doing. FOMO’s favorite weapon is comparison. It kills gratitude and replaces it with ‘not enough’. We answer FOMO’s cal by saying YES when we mean NO. WE abandon our path and our boundaries and these precious adventures that hold meaning for us so we can prove that we aren’t missing out. But we are. We’re missing out on our own lives. Every time we say YES because we’re afraid of missing out. We say NO to something. That something may be a big dream or a short nap. We need both. Courage to stay our course and gratitude for our path will keep us grounded and guide us home.” – Brene Brown
  129. “The most dangerous stories we make up are the narratives that diminish our inherent worthiness. We must reclaim the truth about our lovability, divinity and creativity.” – Brene Brown
  130. “Curiosity is a shit-starter. But that’s okay. Sometimes we have to rumble with a story to find the truth.” – Brene Brown
  131. “Daring greatly is being brave and afraid every minute of the day at the exact same time.” -Brene Brown
  132. “To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act daring greatly.” – Brene Brown
  133. “Because of how we were raised, you’ve knowingly or unknowingly attached your self-wort to how your product or art is received. In simple terms, if they love it, you’re worth if they don’t, your worthless.” – Brene Brown
  134. “There are no prerequisites for worthiness.” – Brene Brown
  135. “Sometimes when we are beating ourselves up, we need to stop and say to that harassing voice inside ‘Man, I’m doing the very best I can right now'” – Brene Brown
  136. “We love seeing raw truth and openness in other people, but we’re afraid o let them see it in us. We’re afraid that our truth isn’t enough – that we have to offer isn’t enough without the bells and whistles, without editing and impressing.” – Brene Brown
  137. “Music always makes me feel less alone in the mess.” – Brene Brown
  138. “Whether we are overcoming adversity, surviving trauma, or dealing with stress and anxiety, having a sense of purpose, meaning and perspective in our lives allows us to develop understanding and move forward. Without purpose, meaning and perspective, it is easy to lose hope, number our emotions or become overwhelmed by our circumstances. We feel reduced, less capable and lost in the face of struggle. The hear of spirituality is connection. When we believe in that inextricable connection, we don’t feel alone.” – Brene Brown
  139. “Love is the last thing we need to ration in this world.” – Brene Brown
  140. “We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.” – Brene Brown
  141. “Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.” – Brene Brown
  142. “People may call what happens at midlife ‘a crisis’ but it’s not. It’s an unraveling. A time when you feel a desperate pul to live the life you want to live, not the one you are supposed to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of what you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are.” – Brene Brown
  143. “The big rule in lifeguarding is to utilize any means possible before you actually jump in and try to pull someone out of the water. Even though you’re a strong swimmer and the person you’re trying to help is half your size, a desperate person will do anything to save themselves – to grab a breath – including drowning you in their effort to survive. The same is true for women and the shame web. We are so desperate to get out and stay out of shame that we’re constantly serving up the people round us as more deserving prey.” – Brene Brown
  144. “It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” – Brene Brown
  145. “When we lost out tolerance for vulnerability joy becomes foreboding. We are trying to dress rehearse tragedy so we can beat vulnerability to the punch. Instead of doing that, in those moments, choose to practice gratitude and lean into the joy.” – Brene Brown
  146. “We will all struggle and fall, we will know what it means to be both brave and brokenhearted.” – Brene Brown
  147. “Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgement minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising out children.” – Brene Brown
  148. “Every single person has a story that will break your heart and if you’re paying attention, many people have a story that will bring you to your knees. Nobody rides for free.” – Brene Brown
  149. “Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends, when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.” – Brene Brown
  150. “Be passionate about listening as you are about wanting to be heart.” – Brene Brown
  151. “We don’t have to be perfect, just engaged and committed to aligning values with actions.” – Brene Brown
  152. “Stop walking through the world looking for conformation that you don’t belong. You will always find it. Because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring peoples faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you made that your goal. True belonging and self-wroth are not goods. WE don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts Out call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”- Brene Brown
  153. “How much we known and understand ourselves is critically important, but there is something that is even more essential to living a wholehearted life: loving ourselves.” – Brene Brown
  154. “You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability.” – Brene Brown
  155. “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.” – Brene Brown
  156. “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”- Brene Brown
  157. “Authenticity is a daily practice. Choosing authenticity means cultivating boundaries and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle and connected to each other through a loving and resilient human spirit, nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we let go of what we are supposed to be and embrace who we are. Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving, even when it’s hard, even when we’re wresting with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we are afraid to let ourselves feel it. Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.” – Brene Brown
  158. “If braving relationships with other people is braving connection, self-trust is braving self-love” – Brene Brown
  159. “Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language, it’s from the Latin word cor, meaning heart – and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” – Brene Brown
  160. “To all of you who keep showing up in the midst of fear, uncertainty, and struggle, thank you. I’m deeply grateful for your vulnerability and courage. This is how we change the world.” – Brene Brown
  161. “I spent a lot of years trying to outrun and outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy and creativity to name a few.” – Brene Brown
  162. “If empathy is a the skill of ability to tap into our own experiences in order to connect with an experience someone is relating to us, compassion is the willingness to be open to this process.” – Brene Brown
  163. “A lot of times we share things that are not ours to share as a way to hot wire connection with a friend. You know what I call that? Common enemy intimacy.” – Brene Brown
  164. “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” – Brene Brown
  165. “Shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown
  166. “The purpose is not to construct a home and live there, it’s to put on some galoshes and walk through, and find your way around.” – Brene Brown
  167. “Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.” – Brene Brown
  168. “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.” – Brene Brown
  169. “It’s worse to spend your life on the outside looking in, wondering what if, that it is to try and dare greatly and risk the change of failure. Dare greatly, get in the arena and try.” – Brene Brown
  170. “Worthiness doesn’t have prerequisites.” – Brene Brown
  171. “Fore me, the opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It’s enough. My kids are enough.”
  172. “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” – Brene Brown
  173. “One of the things I did when I discovered this huge importance of being vulnerable is very happily moved away from the shame research, because that’s such a downer, and people hate that topic. It’s no that vulnerability is the upside, but it’s better than shame, I guess.” – Brene Brown
  174. “Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story. It hates having words wrapped around it, it cant survive being shared. Shame loves secrecy. When we bury our stry, the shame metastasizes.” – Brene Brown
  175. “Perfection is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth, it’s a shield.” – Brene Brown
  176. “True belonging is not passive. It’s not the belonging that comes with just joining a group. It’s not fitting in or pretending or selling out because it’s safer. it’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are.” – Brene Brown
  177. “Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgement, sorry, shame.” – Brene Brown
  178. “Vulnerability is not about 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.” – Brene Brown
  179. “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 to our lives.” – Brene Brown
  180. “Normally, when someone we love is turning away from a struggle, we self protect by also turning away. That’s definitely my first response. I think change is more likely to happen if both partners have a common language and a shared lens to see problems.” – Brene Brown
  181. “We need resilience and hope and a spirit that can carry us through the doubt and fear. We need to believe that we can effect change if we want to live and love with our whole hearts.” – Brene Brown

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