The Best Brene Brown quotes

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Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and she has spent her career studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. Her TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability is one of the most popular in its history with over 30 million views. Brown’s 2010 book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 60 weeks. In 2012, she wrote Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead which became an instant national bestseller. Now Dr.
Here are the strongest Vulnerability phrases from Brene Brown.

We are glad to present you the most known Courage, Story, Vulnerability, Love, Shame, Connection Vulnerability quotes from Brene Brown, and much more.


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About Brene Brown

birth of the author

November 18, 1965

occupation of the author

Clinical Social Worker, Academic, Public Speaker

college of the author

Alma Mater:
University Of Texas At Austin, University Of Houston

institution of the author

University Of Houston


There is no creativity without vulnerability. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is the cornerstone of confidence. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment; it is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not weakness. — Brené Brown

vulnerability is not weakness and that myth is profoundly dangerous Brene Brown quote

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. — Brene Brown

Vulnerability is the absolute heartbeat of innovation and creativity. There can be zero innovation without vulnerability. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. — Brene Brown

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

The moment someone asks you to do something you don’t have the time or inclination to do is fraught with vulnerability. — Brene Brown

vulnerability is basically uncertainty risk and emotional exposure Brene Brown quote

I became Vulnerability TED, like an action figure–like Ninja Barbie, but I’m Vulnerability TED. — Brené Brown

There really is ‘no effort without error and shortcoming’ and there really is no triumph without vulnerability. — Brené Brown

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

If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center, of meaningful human experience. — Brené Brown

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. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think. — Brene Brown

Vulnerability pushed, I pushed back. I lost the fight, but probably won my life back. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous… I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. — Brené Brown

Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’ — Brene Brown

Rather than sitting on the sidelines & hurling judgment & advice, we must dare to show up & let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly. — Brené Brown

I believe that owning our worthiness is the act of acknowledging that we are sacred. Perhaps embracing vulnerability and overcoming numbing is ultimately about the care and feeding of our spirits — Brené Brown

I’m never more courageous than when I’m embracing imperfection, embracing vulnerabilities, and setting boundaries with the people in my life. — Brené Brown


Empathy is the antidote to shame. — Brené Brown

You cannot shame or belittle people into changing their behaviors. — Brené Brown

shame is the most powerful master emotion it s the fear that we re not good enough Brene Brown quote

I think that shame is a universal, paralyzing, painful emotion. — Brené Brown

Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough. — Brene Brown

Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. — Brené Brown

Shame cannot survive being spoken. It cannot survive empathy. — Brené Brown

I hesitate to use a pathologizing label, but underneath the so–called narcissistic personality is definitely shame and the paralyzing fear of being ordinary. — Brene Brown

My husband’s a pediatrician, so he and I talk about parenting all the time. You can’t raise children who have more shame resilience than you do. — Brene Brown

You cannot talk about race without talking about privilege. And when people start talking about privilege, they get paralyzed by shame. — Brene Brown

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

Shame: We all have it. It’s that gremlin that says ‘I’m not enough.’ Or, if you’re feeling pretty confident,…’ooh, who do you think you are?’ Shame always has a seat. — Brené Brown

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. — Brené Brown

We judge people in areas where we’re vulnerable to shame, especially picking folks who are doing worse than we’re doing. — Brene Brown

As a shame researcher, I know that the very best thing to do in the midst of a shame attack is totally counterintuitive: Practice courage and reach out! — Brene Brown

Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self–doubt when it comes to raising our children. — Brene Brown

Men walk this tightrope where any sign of weakness illicits shame, and so they’re afraid to make themselves vulnerable for fear of looking weak. — Brene Brown


Share with people who have earned the right to hear your story. — Brené Brown

if you own this story you get to write the ending Brene Brown quote

Tell your story with your whole heart. — Brené Brown

Courage–to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. — Brené Brown

If you own this story you get to write the ending. — Brene Brown

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. — Brené Brown

When we deny our stories, They define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending. — Brené Brown

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

Courage is telling our story, not being immune to criticism. — Brené Brown

I now see how ownIng our story and lovIng ourselves through that process Is the bravest thIng that we wIll ever do. — Brene Brown

If we share our shame story with the wrong person, they can easily become one more piece of flying debris in an already dangerous storm.(page 10) — Brené Brown

Then I tell my own story. The two things that people really need to transform is language to understand their experience and to know they’re not alone. It’s the combination of the researcher–storyteller part. — Brené Brown

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

I’ve learned a lot since I was a new mother. My approach to struggle and shame now is to talk to yourself like you’d talk to someone you love and reach out to tell your story. — Brene Brown

Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story. It hates having words wrapped around it–it can’t survive being shared. Shame loves secrecy… When we bury our story, the shame metastasizes. — Brené Brown


When we’re defined by what people think we lose the courage to be vulnerable. — Brené Brown

You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you can’t have both. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage. — Brené Brown

There is no intimacy without vulnerability. Yet another powerful example of vulnerability as courage. — Brené Brown

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The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness. — Brene Brown

Effort + the courage to show up = enough. — Brené Brown

Authenticity is also about the courage and the vulnerability to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll try it. I feel pretty uncomfortable and I feel a little vulnerable, but I’ll try it! — Brené Brown

You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability. — Brené Brown

Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. — Brené Brown

Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement. — Brene Brown

Believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not about winning, and it’s not about losing. It’s about having the courage to show up and be seen. — Brené Brown

Most people believe vulnerability is weakness. But really vulnerability is Courage. We must ask ourselves…are we willing to show up and be seen. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. — Brené Brown

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. — Brené Brown

Loving and accepting ourselves are the ultimate acts of courage. — Brené Brown


The one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we’re not worthy of connection. — Brené Brown

When we stop caring about what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. When we become defined by what people think, we lose our willingness to be vulnerable. — Brené Brown

When you stop caring what people think, you lose your capacity for connection. When you’re defined by it, you lose our capacity for vulnerability. — Brene Brown

Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection. — Brené Brown

We’re hardwired for connection. There’s no arguing with the bioscience. But we can want it so badly we’re trying to hot–wire it. — Brene Brown

I think laughter between people is a holy form of connection, of communion. It’s the way you and I look at each other and without words, say, I get exactly what you’re saying. And so, it’s important to me. — Brené Brown

Connection, the ability to feel connected, is neurobiologically wired, that’s why we’re here! — Brené Brown

The intention and outcome of vulnerability is trust, intimacy and connection. The outcome of oversharing is distrust, disconnection–and usually a little judgment. — Brene Brown

To live with courage, purpose, and connection–to be the person whom we long to be–we must again be vulnerable. We must … show up, and let ourselves be seen. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive. — Brene Brown

Connection gives purpose and meaning to our lives. — Brené Brown

Let go of who you think you should be in order to be who you are. Be imperfect and have compassion for yourself. Connection is the result of authenticity. — Brené Brown

What makes something better is connection. — Brené Brown

In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen. — Brené Brown

The truth is, rarely can a response make something better–what makes something better is connection. — Brené Brown


Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. — Brené Brown

When you ask people about love, they tell you about heartbreak. — Brené Brown

When you get to a place where you understand that love and belonging, your worthiness, is a birthright and not something you have to earn, anything is possible. — Brene Brown

Fear is the opposite of love, in my opinion. — Brené Brown

Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect. — Brené Brown

you re imperfect and you re wired for struggle but you are worthy of love and belonging Brene Brown quote

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. — Brene Brown

If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging. — Brené Brown

Here’s what is truly at the heart of wholeheartedness: Worthy now, not if, not when, we’re worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is. — Brené Brown

When you don’t put your initials behind your name, and I’ve got tons of them, and when you talk about storytelling or love or gratitude, you’re diminishing your legitimacy and importance in this world. — Brené Brown

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. — Brené Brown

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

The only universal language I know of that wraps up joy and gratitude and love is laughter. — Brené Brown

I don’t just want someone who says they love me; I want someone who practices that love for me every day. — Brené Brown

If we don’t allow ourselves to experience joy and love, we will definitely miss out on filling our reservoir with what we need when. . . . hard things happen. — Brené Brown

Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love. — Brené Brown

Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy. — Brené Brown

I wasn’t really testing it on myself as much as I was learning from other people about what it meant to live and love with your whole heart, and then thinking, oh my god, I’m not doing that. — Brené Brown

Courage is a value. My faith is the organizing principle in my life and what underpins my faith is courage and love, and so I have to be in the arena if I’m going to live in alignment with my values. — Brené Brown

I can encourage my daughter to love her body, but what really matters are the observations she makes about my relationship with my own body. — Brene Brown

When the people we love stop paying attention, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in. — Brene Brown

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