37 Superb Brene Brown Quotes

Dr. Brene Brown is a wonderful woman from San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the University of Houston, she began extensive research into the psychology of being vulnerable, feeling shame, and having courage. From this research, which she still continues today, she has written multiple books and travels the world to give motivational talks. Here is a collection of some of her most beloved quotes.

“Are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?”

“Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.”

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

“Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage.”

“Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.”


“Every time you watch the Jersey Shore, a book commits suicide.”

“Everyone wants to know why customer service has gone to hell in a handbasket. I want to know why customer behavior has gone to hell in a handbasket.”

“For example, when I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary.”

“Hope is a function of struggle.”

“If we own the story then we can write the ending.”

“In our moments of most intense joy, we realize how vulnerable we are.”

“It’s no longer a question of can I do it. It’s a question of: Do I want to do it?”

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

“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow.”

“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.”

“Numb the dark and you numb the light.”

“Only when we’re brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.”

“Shame is the most powerful master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.”

“Sometimes when we dare to walk into the arena the greatest critic we face is ourselves.”

“Talk about your failures without apologizing.”

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”

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

“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.”

“We cannot give our children what we don’t have.”

“We need to change what we say and what we allow to be said in front of us.”

“We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

“We’re all grateful for people who write and speak in ways that help us remember that we’re not alone.”

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

“What’s the most significant barrier to creativity and innovation? Kevin thought about it for a minute and said, “I don’t know if it has a name, but honestly, it’s the fear of
introducing an idea and being ridiculed, laughed at, and belittled.”

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.”

“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.”

“Yes, we are totally exposed when we are vulnerable. Yes, we are in the torture chamber that we call uncertainty. And, yes, we’re taking a huge emotional risk when we allow ourselves
to be vulnerable. But there’s no equation where taking risks, braving uncertainty, and opening ourselves up to emotional exposure equals weakness.”

“You can’t dress rehearse the bad moments.”


In this powerful video, Dr. Brown talks about the things you can learn from feeling shame, and how it should mold the way that you live for the better.

I hope you have enjoyed this collection of 37 of my favorite Brene Brown quotes!