Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are.

— Brené Brown

The most revolutionary Brené Brown quotes that will activate your inner potential

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


People may call what happens at midlife 'a crisis,' but it's not.

It's an unraveling - a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you're 'supposed' to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are.


We live in a world where most people still subscribe to the belief that shame is a good tool for keeping people in line. Not only is this wrong, but it’s dangerous. Shame is highly correlated with addiction, violence, aggression, depression, eating disorders, and bullying.


Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.


Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.

Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.


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 conversations.


What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.


I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.


Believing that you're enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic.


Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.


Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.


You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.


About Brené Brown

Quotes 310 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday November 18, 1965

You can't get to courage without walking through vulnerability.


Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.


One of the most painfully inauthentic ways we show up in our lives sometimes is saying "yes" when we mean "no," and saying "no" when we mean "hell yes."


Self-compassion is key because when we're able to be gentle with ourselves in the midst of shame, we're more likely to reach out, connect, and experience empathy.


Let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen, to love with our whole hearts, even though there's no guarantee... to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, to be this vulnerable means that we’re alive.


Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.


We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.


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 shame, judgment, and blame.


Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self acceptance.


I believe in the healing power of laughter. I believe laughter forces us to breathe.


I can't be paralyzed anymore by the critics.

My new mantra is, if you're not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, then I'm not interested in your feedback. You don't get to sit in the cheat seat and criticize my appearance or my work with mean-spiritedness if you're also not in the arena.


What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.


We are hardwired to connect with others, it's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.


We're a nation hungry for more joy: Because we're starving from a lack of gratitude.


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


Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.


If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.


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.


Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve?" Perfectionism is other-focused: "What will they think?"


Wholeheartedness. There are many tenets of Wholeheartedness, but at its very core is vulnerability and worthiness; facing uncertainty, exposure, and emotional risks, and knowing that I am enough.


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.


Until we can receive with an open heart, we're never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.


If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.


Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It's the fear that we're not good enough.


Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.


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.


If we want to make meaning, we need to make art.

Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing - it doesn't matter. As long as we're creating, we're cultivating meaning.


When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver!


Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.


Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.


Worthiness doesn't have prerequisites.


Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are.


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.


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.


You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.


Love is 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.


When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding.