1. We often marvel at how introverted, geeky, kid 'blossom' into secure and happy adults. We liken it to a metamorphosis. However, maybe it's not the children who change but their environments. As adults they get to select the careers, spouses, and social circles that suit them. They don't have to live in whatever culture they'er plunked into.
- Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
2. Deep rivers run quiet.
- Haruki Murakami
3. We met a great many other interesting people, among them Lewis Carroll, author of the immortal 'Alice' --but he was only interesting to look at, for he was the silliest and shyest full-grown man I have ever met except 'Uncle Remus.'
- Mark Twain
4. Introverts may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.
- Susan Cain
5. Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
6. So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.
- Sylvia Plath
7. I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth.
- Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
8. I have always tried to avoid talking to pretty girls, because pretty girls have a vicious effect on me in which every part of my brain is shut down except for the part that says unbelievably stupid things and the part that is aware that I am saying unbelievably stupid things.
- David Foster Wallace
9. Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
- Joseph Priestley, 1733-1804
10. I am quite shy and people think I'm aloof.
- Kristen Stewart
11. My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.
- Al Pacino
12. People assume you can’t be shy and be on television. They’re wrong.
- Diane Sawyer
13. I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!.
- Ingrid Bergman
14. Shyness is a luxury reserved for those who are above the poverty line. To a beggar, being shy is deadly.
- Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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