A collection of inspirational vulnerability quotes that’ll inspire you to have the courage to embrace life with open arms and to not be afraid of allowing yourself to feel.
In life, we are often guilty of choosing to act tough and stay brave, even if what we are feeling is the complete opposite. We are often guilty of believing that being vulnerable is a bad thing. That vulnerability is a weakness that we should avoid under any circumstance.
Often, you may think that by allowing yourself to be completely open, to feel and share your thoughts and feelings with others, you are pushing them away.
One thing I’ve learned from being so scared of being vulnerable for so many years is, the more you try to hide what you feel, the longer it takes for you to heal, move forward and let go.
Vulnerability is strength. It takes courage to be open, to feel, and to share what you’re feeling with others.
Remind yourself that being vulnerable allows you to grow and to become the best version of yourself. It teaches you invaluable strength.
If you’re afraid of driving people away from opening up, remember, doing this will only drive the wrong people away, but the right ones will always stay.
May these quotes about being vulnerable below inspire you to open your heart and live your life to the fullest.
73 Vulnerability Quotes and Sayings
To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.
— Criss Jami
Sometimes if you expose your vulnerability, someone else will feel comforted. It’s like we’re all in this boat together.
— Tavi Gevinson
What happens when people open their hearts?”
“They get better.
— Haruki Murakami
You show your vulnerability through relationships, and those feelings are your soft spot. You need to have a soft spot.
— Victoria Pratt
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.
— Brene Brown
There is great strength in vulnerability, as it takes courage to push through the fear and share one’s true self with others. In music, that vulnerability really speaks to listeners as it connects with their own hearts.
— Anoushka Shankar
Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.
— Stephen Russell
Vulnerability is the strongest state to be in. How boring would it be if we were constantly dominant or constantly submissive?
— FKA twigs
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 alive is to be vulnerable.
— Madeleine L’Engle
Strength comes in so many forms. Not just the physical strength, but to understand the emotional strength. To have emotional vulnerability, to show that’s not a weakness.
— Cory Barlog
The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.
— Paulo Coelho
Embrace your vulnerability and celebrate your flaws; it will let you appreciate the world around you and make you more compassionate.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
— Brene Brown
I understand now that the vulnerability I’ve always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. You can’t experience life without feeling life. What I’ve learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a weakness, it’s a strength.
— Elisabeth Shue
Inspiring vulnerability quotes
Vulnerability is scary but pure. In it you can find bravery.
— Raquel Franco
Courage is vulnerability. Vulnerability is courage. Like shadow and light, neither one can exist without the other.
— Wai Lan Yuen
We can only experience the true beauty of vulnerability when we’re courageous enough to crack open the fractures in our mask and allow the light to shine in.
— Alicya Perreault
Where you ache to be recognized, allow yourself to be seen.
— Toko-pa Turner
We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.
— Frank Crane
If you hold back on the emotions if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them, you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails.
— Mitch Albom
Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure.
— Bob Marley
You can’t fully live your life without experiencing the joy, the beauty, and the fear, the sadness.
— Jeremiah Say
Open your hands if you want to be held.
Allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling. Notice any labels you attach to crying or feeling vulnerable. Let go of the labels. Just feel what you are feeling, all the while cultivating moment-to-moment awareness.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn
Let your heart crumble into an infinite amount of tiny, precious seeds. Then plant love everywhere you go.
— Anita Krizzan
The older I become the more I dream of a world where I don’t need so much armor.
— J.M. Storm
To love is to be vulnerable.
— C.S. Lewis
Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.
— Kathy Magliato
Eye-opening vulnerability quotes
You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability.
And even when you fear that the whole world knows too much, or that you’ve revealed your deepest secrets, or that you’ve given away a huge chunk of yourself only to be broken again—close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let go. This is the beauty of vulnerability. It’s standing on the edge of a cliff with the definite possibility of falling, but giving away your heart anyways, because there’s an even bigger chance of the wind grabbing ahold of you, and you learning to fly.
— Marisa Donnelly
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
We choose to heal and we choose to move forward by being brave and vulnerable enough to heal.
— Desmond Tutu
It takes strength to show vulnerability.
— Miranda Lambert
When a person can see into your soul, it’s hard. It forces you to be open. Vulnerable.
— Richelle Mead
Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.
— Brené Brown
Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.
— Theodore Roethke
All trust involves vulnerability and risk, and nothing would count as trust if there were no possibility of betrayal.
— Robert C. Solomon
But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
— Viktor E. Frankl
What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.
— Brene Brown
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
— Joyce Brothers
I find a gentle but ferocious strength in being vulnerable. Honesty turns shame into light.
— Erin Brown
If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
— Brené Brown
You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy.
— Andrea Gibson
Quotes about vulnerability
Your sweet vulnerable parts deep down inside are very easy to love…trust me.
— Figs O’Sullivan
…and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.
— Audre Lorde
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
— Steve Jobs
Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.
— Marty Rubin
A heart that can break is better than no heart at all.
— Mary Rubin
People can be at their most vulnerable, but still tenacious at the same time.
— Toni Bernhard
Out of our vulnerabilities will come your strength.
— Sigmund Freud
If we’re wrapping ourselves up to conceal any vulnerability, whatever happens to us has to go through all those extra layers. Sometimes love doesn’t even reach where we truly live.
— Alexandra Katehakis
Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.
— Amy Poehler
Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.
— Vironika Tugaleva
We are vulnerable, not fragile, but our desire to go through life without feeling pain makes us feel fragile.
— Luigina Sgarr
She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.
— Meg Wolitzer
Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.
— Dan Millman
If there was any great lesson in life it was this: No battle was ever won with silence.
— Shannon L. Alder
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.
— Sam Keen
More vulnerability quotes
Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.
— Brene Brown
Our consciousness wants to connect through struggle and even pain. So in a funny sort of way, vulnerability is attractive.
— Zoe Buckman
To be affirming and encouraging of others requires vulnerability on your part.
— Shandel Slaten
Write about fear. Write about pain. Write about heartache and resentment. Nothing worth reading comes from writing what can be said out loud.
— Alexandra Cruz
The hardest thing about being a leader is demonstrating or showing vulnerability… When the leader demonstrates vulnerability and sensibility and brings people together, the team wins.
— Howard Schultz
It’s tougher to be vulnerable than to actually be tough.
Hatred makes you weak where else love makes you vulnerable. There’s a difference.
— Lisa Cander
I’ve learned to use things like softness and vulnerability as weapons against the things you feel ashamed of in yourself.
Heroes are higher than their vulnerability that is why they are heroes.
— Amit Kalantri
Honesty is vulnerability. Sadly, not everyone can handle someone’s honesty. However, lying allows people to be comfortable.
— Shannon L. Alder
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
Buddhist practices offer a way of saying, ‘Hey, come back over here, reconnect.’ The only way that you’ll actually wake up and have some freedom is if you have the capacity and courage to stay with the vulnerability and the discomfort.
— Tara Brach
We are all vulnerable but do not fear this, just revel in the chance to experience that & know & grow beyond.
— Jay Woodman
Vulnerability is important in life, I feel. That’s what allows you to experience intense emotions, whether it’s joy or pain or sadness.
— Kalki Koechlin
When you shut down vulnerability, you shut down opportunity.
— Brené Brown