Brené Brown Quotes: Courage, Empathy & Vulnerability

I think a lot of us can remember just where we were when we first saw Dr. Brené Brown’s Ted Talk and were blown away (48 million views on Ted’s site alone!). That was many years ago for me, and what a blessing to be a student of this social scientist in such a time as this. In this post, you’ll find some of my favorite Brené Brown Quotes: Courage, Empathy & Vulnerability as well as resources for prints, books and more.

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VULNERABILITY IS NOT WINNING OR LOSING. IT’S HAVING THE COURAGE TO SHOW UP WHEN YOU CAN’T CONTROL THE OUTCOME.

“I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation.”

–Brené Brown
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LOVING OURSELVES THROUGH THE PROCESS OF OWNING OUR STORY IS THE BRAVEST THING WE WILL EVER DO.

Pssst. Did you know she has a podcast now!?! Also, I thought she was much younger than me, and it turns out she is months older!

Brené Brown Quotes: Courage, Empathy & Vulnerability

But why? Why make space for all these words about cultivating courage and leaning into deeper levels of vulnerability? Because we all have work to do. I don’t care what your age is; there are ways we all need to grow.

It may be a small thing, but I can’t think of a single social problem in the culture that cannot in part be healed by: A CHANGE OF HEART, a willingness to get humble, a transformed spirit, a shifted mindset, and a long hard look in the mirror.

The Talk That Put Her Name on Our Lips

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Best Selling Books by Brené Brown

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown - book cover
2018’s Dare to Lead
2017’s Rising Strong
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AUTHENTICITY IF THE DAILY PRACTICE OF LETTING GO OF WHO WE THINK WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AND EMBRACING WHO WE ARE.
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
2013’s Audiobook, The Power of Vulnerability
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BELONGING DOESN’T REQUIRE US TO CHANGE WHO WE ARE; IT REQUIRES US TO BE WHO WE ARE.

Inspiring & Encouraging Wisdom Quotes

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WE CAN’T ASK PEOPLE TO GIVE US SOMETHING THAT WE BELIEVE WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF RECEIVING.
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AT THE END OF THE DAY, AT THE END OF THE WEEK, AT THE END OF MY LIFE, I WANT TO SAY THAT I CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN I CRITICIZED. IT IS THAT SIMPLE.
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DARING IS NOT SAYING “I’M WILLING TO RISK FAILURE.” DARING IS SAYING “I KNOW I WILL EVENTUALLY FAIL, AND I’M STILL ALL IN.”
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DON’T TRY TO WIN OVER THE HATERS; YOU ARE NOT A JACKASS WHISPERER.
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I THOUGHT FAITH WOULD SAY, “I’LL TAKE AWAY THE PAIN AND DISCOMFORT,” BUT WHAT IT ENDED UP SAYING WAS, “I’LL SIT WITH YOU IN IT.”
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WHOLEHEARTED LIVING IS ABOUT ENGAGING IN OUR LIVES FROM A PLACE OF WORTHINESS.

Vulnerability is Not Oversharing

A lot of folks hear ‘vulnerability’ and think it means spilling their guts or disclosing a lot of personal material. But that’s not it. Here is how BB explains the difference:

“Sharing appropriately, with boundaries, means sharing with people with whom we’ve developed relationships that can bear the weight of our story. The result of this mutually respectful vulnerability is increased connection, trust, and engagement.

Vulnerability without boundaries leads to disconnection, distrust, and disengagement. In fact…boundaryless disclosure is one way we protect ourselves from real vulnerability.”

Quotes to Pin About Trust & Relationships

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YOU SHARE WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO HEAR YOUR STORY.
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HERE’S WHAT I THINK INTEGRITY IS: IT’S CHOOSING COURAGE OVER COMFORT. CHOOSING WHAT’S RIGHT OVER WHAT’S FUN, FAST, OR EASY. AND PRACTICING YOUR VALUES.
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IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE ARENA ALSO GETTING YOUR ASS KICKED, I’M NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR FEEDBACK.
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OWNING OUR STORY CAN BE HARD BUT NOT NEARLY AS DIFFICULT AS SPENDING OUR LIVES RUNNING FROM IT.

Brené Brown Explains Blame

I love these short animated teachings and bet you will too!

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BLAME HAS AN INVERSE RELATIONSHIP WITH ACCOUNTABILITY. ACCOUNTABILITY BY DEFINITION IS A VULNERABLE PROCESS…BLAMING IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE MISS OUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPATHY.
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GRACE MEANS THAT ALL OF YOUR MISTAKES NOW SERVE A PURPOSE INSTEAD OF SERVING SHAME.

Self-Kindness & Personal Growth Help

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NO MATTER WHAT GETS DONE AND HOW MUCH IS LEFT UNDONE, I AM ENOUGH.
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YOU EITHER WALK INSIDE YOUR STORY AND YOU OWN IT, OR YOU STAND OUTSIDE YOUR STORY AND HUSTLE FOR YOUR WORTHINESS.

The Gifts of Imperfection

I’m not sure we can ever be reminded often enough that we are enough. But we are!

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WHEN WE’RE BUSY PLEASING, PERFECTING, AND PERFORMING, WE END UP SAYING YES A LOT WHEN WE MEAN NO.
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SELF KINDNESS: BEING WARM AND UNDERSTANDING TOWARD OURSELVES WHEN WE SUFFER, FAIL, OR FEEL INADEQUATE.

How Shame Shapes Us

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WHERE PERFECTIONISM ID DRIVING, YOUR SHAME IS RIDING SHOTGUN.
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SHAME CORRODES THE VERY PART OF US THAT BELIEVES WE ARE CAPABLE OF CHANGE.
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MAYBE STORIES ARE JUST DATA WITH A SOUL.
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VULNERABILITY IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF INNOVATION, CREATIVITY AND CHANGE.

Hand-Lettered Art With Quotes

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GRACE MEANS THAT ALL OF YOUR MISTAKES NOW SERVE A PURPOSE INSTEAD OF SERVING SHAME.
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I AM A RECOVERING PERFECTIONIST AND AN ASPIRING “GOOD-ENOUGHIST.”
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SOMETIMES THE BRAVEST AND MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS JUST SHOW UP.
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SHAME CANNOT SURVIVE BEING SPOKEN.
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Experience the Teaching of Brené Brown

This next talk may be life changing for you…fast forward to 3:00 and hear “The Anatomy of Trust” and then if you have a moment to get yer church on, stick around for Tim Storey’s inspiring, uplifting message about “The Comeback.”

His extraordinary ability to describe the way out blessed me big time.

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If you don’t already have a Pinterest board devoted to meaningful quotes and words worth sharing, I hope you’ll create one and pin away!

FIND MORE QUOTES TO PIN here AND also here.

Recent Quote That is Helping Me

Here’s what Dr. Brown told Gwyneth Paltrow in a chat last year about becoming more calm and less reactive:

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CALM PEOPLE ASK: DO I HAVE ENOUGH DATA TO FREAK OUT? IF I HAVE ENOUGH DATA, WILL THAT HELP THE SITUATION?

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2 Comments

  1. June 29, 2020 / 8:48 am

    Hi Michele,
    Love these quotes from Brene. I’ve never read her books so thanks for introducing her to us! Hope you’re well my friend. You are an inspiration to me!
    xoxo

    • Michele
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      June 29, 2020 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks so much for considering them, Holly. My background in psychology and counseling paired with the fact I’m about the same age as Brene means her work resonates deeply with me. She is doing so much good in the world as her work contributes to improved relationships, communication, and self-acceptance. xox

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