My Top Ten Quotes About Insecurity

These are what I believe to be the best quotes about insecurity.

I love quotes because they are uplifting but also give you great perspective on things.

At the very least they remind you that someone, somewhere, once felt like you do.

"One of the greatest journeys in life is overcoming insecurity and learning to truly not give a shit."
- J.A. Konrath

Not giving a shit is a very wide ranging concept. In any given context it can mean not giving a shit about what other people think, not giving a shit about outcomes, or just not giving a shit in general. So interpret the above how you will. But we all need to take ourselves less seriously and sometimes not giving a shit leads to greater results.

"The hallmark of insecurity is bravado."
- Brandon Sanderson

We have all seen them before. The wannabes who cruise around with a false swagger, inflated egos and unnecessary bravado. These are the people who are hiding their insecurities. If you don't have insecurities you don't need fase bravado. If you have insecurities don't mask them, deal with them.

"Perhaps we just need little reminders from time to time that we are already dignified, deserving, worthy. Sometimes we don't feel that way because of the wounds and the scars we carry from the past or because of the uncertainty of the future. It is doubtful that we came to feel undeserving on our own. We were helped to feel unworthy. We were taught it in a thousand ways when we were little, and we learned our lessons well."
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Often the emotional pain we carry didn't come from one large blow, but rather from a million small cuts. Like Kabat-Zinn says it didn't come from within, it came externally. Because the insecurity is not within us, it is a behavior we have learned, it is ballast that we can cut loose.

"We're quick to think of people as snobs, little realizing that perhaps they suffer from the same insecurities that we do."
- Ken Puddicombe

To a large degree everybody wears a mask to cover their insecurities. It is a good thing to remember, because despite what you see you are not the only one. Give others your compassion.

"A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity."
- Dalai Lama

This is a simple one. Be transparent. Take off the mask and don't hide. Particularly don't hide from yourself.

"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."
- Erich Fromm

insecurity is not something that can be forever vanquished. We don't live in a world full of happiness and butterflies all the time. There is a role for negative emotions. You don't want to let them overwhelm you but you also need to learn to deal with them when they are there.

"Guys have a level of insecurity and vulnerability that's exponentially bigger than you think. With the primal urge to be alpha comes extreme heartbreak. The harder we fight, the harder we fall."
- John Krasinski

We all have it. But we can minimize and deal with it. There is nothing wrong with being an alpha but try not to attach your whole self identity to it. You have to be able to take knocks and failures and still bounce back.

"Most men have an insecurity of some sort. But we're brought up to believe that we can't show them."
- Luke Evans

This is absolutely true. But what you can do is show your insecurity to yourself. That is the first step. Totally own that you have an issue and don't shy away from it. Even if you don't open up to others at least open up to yourself.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss

If you do have the courage to open up to the world about your insecurities then it will mean some big shifts in your personal relationships. Some people may struggle with your honesty and openess and will shun you. That's okay, they don't matter. It's a matter of putting up your flag and seeing who salutes.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, to be gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God within us. And as we let our light shine, we consciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson

A famous and often misattributed quote about insecurity. It speaks for itself.

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