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10 Best Quotes From "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking" By Susan Cain



At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labelled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.


  1. “Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory.”

  2. “Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation.”

  3. “There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

  4. “Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to.”

  5. “Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.”

  6. “Or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell”—that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans are just the same.”

  7. “Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating. Shyness is inherently painful; introversion is not.”

  8. “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.”

  9. “The purpose of school should be to prepare kids for the rest of their lives, but too often what kids need to be prepared for is surviving the school day itself.”

  10. “We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally.”