Vulnerability Quotes

Paulo Coelho

The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.

Charlotte Brontë

It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.

Kelli Russell Agodon

and everyone wants to read the poem
we’re afraid to write.

Amit Kalantri

Heroes are higher than their vulnerability that is why they are heroes.

Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.

Sarah Dessen

There was something really great about being able to put something out into the world - a song, an introduction, even my voice - and let people make of it what they wanted. I didn't have to worry about how I looked, or if the image of me people had fit who I really was.

Christine Feehan

And maybe that was love. Being so vulnerable and allowing someone else in so far they could hurt you, but they also give you everything.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.

Manuel Alegre

Armed I am with love. Disarmed I am.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci

There is more hope in honest brokenness than in the pretense of false wholeness.

Aisha Mirza

Vulnerability always comes with risks, but its rewards are deep.

C. JoyBell C.

All the things that people do in order to show that they don't need anybody... meanwhile, all they really want to do is say, "Please keep me." We all want to be kept. The problem is we are too afraid to let anyone know about it. What are these fragile things in our hearts that have so much fear of being broken?

Joseph J. Ellis

Because he could not afford to fail, he could not afford to trust.

Courtney Cole

What was it about relationships that made you feel so vulnerable? Oh, right. A relationship. In any relationship, you put yourself out there. You exposed all of your sensitive nerve endings and your heart and you just had to hope that you trusted the right person.

Irwin Kula

I honestly do not know if love vanquishes death as our traditional faiths teach but I do know that our vulnerabilities trump our ideologies and that love leavens the purity and logic of our beliefs propelling us to connect as the fiercely gracious human beings we are.

Richard Rohr

Jesus was trying to present value of a life of vulnerability in which one would have practical and needed experience of the same. It would be a life without baggage, so one would learn to accept others and their culture instead of always carrying along our own country's assumptions and calling them the Gospel.

Tahir Shah

There can be few situations more fearful than breaking down in darkness on the highway leading to Casablanca. I have rarely felt quite so vulnerable or alone.

Kelli Russell Agodon

We must live with our hearts
in our hands - like Mary.

We must hold the blood-
red heart and no be disappointed
when others look away.

A.J. Darkholme

Why spend your life working on defense when no defense can be made truly impenetrable? Take the offensive – learn the vulnerabilities of the world around you and be the change you wish to see rather than living in constant fear of what may happen to you instead.

Vironika Tugaleva

We are like puzzle pieces who are perfectly suited to make a giant picture together, but we are assembling ourselves in the dark.

Jenn Fagan

The sky's gray and there's mizzle. It's so soft on my skin-it's nothing like rain. It's even softer than the lightest drizzle! Lift my face up, so it can kiss my skin." The Panopticon

Vironika Tugaleva

There's nothing more beautiful than authenticity. There's nothing stronger than vulnerability. There's no better time than now.

David Abram

Such reciprocity is the very structure of perception. We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.

J.E.B. Spredemann

Loving someone can be hard at times. You risk a lot when you love - your heart and soul, at the least. Love is the most important and most rewarding investment you can make in another person.

Jacob Nordby

Come, come into this circle of grace and friendship.
Come bringing only your open heart.
You owe us nothing but truth, you need no heavy armor here.
Show us your beautiful scars, the evidence of adventures you’ve survived.
Tell your stories from the road.
This space is home.
You are safe to come as you are without fear.

Marty Rubin

Real dishes break. That's how you know they're real.

George MacDonald Fraser

We stood there for a full half hour, like so many scarecrows, while they jeered at us from a distance, and one or two of us were shot down.

Anneli Rufus

The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.

Monika Zands

Thank God I was hit by a truck. It seems that God was trying to get my attention for years but I was so stubborn it took knocking me square out of my body to see him for myself. Next time I will be way more specific when I ask for help to slow me down.

Vironika Tugaleva

Of course, being open and vulnerable will lead us to, sometimes, experience pain. But what is pain? It is simply a feeling. It is not forever. If you get pain from some person or thing too many times, you can always walk away. To risk a lifetime without pleasure simply to avoid pain is ludicrous.

Jaeda DeWalt

Creativity connects me to my truest self and vulnerability. There is nothing more personally liberating, than reaching for my face and peeling off the social mask that hides my; shadow self, pain and weakness. When i produce from this place of truth, the results transform both creator and beholder.

Susan Stryker

Not only did the angry villagers hound their monsters to the edge of town, they reproached her for being vulnerable to the torches.

Jay Woodman

Sometimes it's better to show our vulnerability / pain / regrets so others don't think us impervious / unapproachable - be real / open

Joseph Goldstein

The tremendous danger is that this belief - that genuine happiness comes only from pleasant feelings - becomes a strong motivation to stay closed to anything unpleasant. But by staying closed to all unpleasantness, we also stay closed to our own wellspring of compassion.

Sara Sheridan

Our children make us so vulnerable. Our parents too, I suppose.

Dianna Hardy

One of the greatest lies ever told is that there’s no power in vulnerability.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Life is fragile.
Be cautious in life.

Kat Von D

And that reminds me of another memorable thing Linda once said to me: "There's so much strength in vulnerability. It's the ultimate gift you can give yourself because you allow yourself to open up; to invite someone in.

Jenn Fagan

I never knew I liked to be outside so much. I never knew I liked lochs and views and that, but I could seriously handle living in a cottage by the side of somewhere like this."
The Panopticon

Suzanne Letourneau

You are only Invulnerable when you are in Fear

C. JoyBell C.

In the building of walls to protect ourselves - we have managed to keep ourselves from the best in this life. And so the line is drawn whether to live and to be broken and unbroken or to breathe but not live at all. Perhaps there is no such thing as brokenness, afterall. Perhaps it is all just called "living.

Anne Lamott

This kind of beauty softens you and expands you, which is good, but of course it makes you vulnerable to all sorts of horrible things, like, oh, feelings. And being in your body.

Julien Smith

You can change the world again, instead of protecting yourself from it.

Shannon A. Thompson

We couldn’t change anything, and in times of war, people become helpless and vulnerable.

Brené Brown

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

Gail Jones

Shifts within friendships happen in imperceptible increments. There is distance, then assurance. Misconjecture, caution, gradual convergence. So much depends on the respect accorded to vulnerability.

Philip McKernan

A true friendship is one where you share both Philosophies and Vulnerabilities”.

Nelson Mandela

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.

Heidi Reagan

When we are honest about the limitations we are self imposing it becomes necessary to cry out with determination and state you’ve had enough of the mediocrity of stagnation.

Brené Brown

Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. In today's world, that's pretty extraordinary.

Jonathan Lear

To be human is necessarily to be a vulnerable risk-taker; to be a courageous human is to be good at it

Brené Brown

If we are going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of *what we're supposed to be* is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.

Wai Lan Yuen

Courage is vulnerability. Vulnerability is courage. Like shadow and light, neither one can exist without the other.

Brené Brown

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

Brené Brown

Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.

Charlotte Beers

Perfection, in the form of a flawless stream of words delivered with cool composure, is never as persuasive as realness. An impassioned but imperfect speech, which shows you care too much to hide flaws, is far more compelling.

Sanhita Baruah

There's nothing more unattractive than a man who blames predestination for his own failures and a woman who blames men for her own vulnerability...

Blame thyself

Brené Brown

Worrying about scarcity is our culture's version of post-traumatic stress. It happens when we've been through too much, and rather than coming together to heal (which requires vulnerability) we're angry and scared and at each other's throats.

Antonio R. Damasio

Leaving out appraisal also would render the biological description of the phenomena of emotion vulnerable to the caricature that emotions without an appraisal phase are meaningless events. It would be more difficult to see how beautiful and amazingly intelligent emotions can be, and how powerfully they can solve problems for us.

Austin Kleon

The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning in front of others.

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