Quotes About Shyness

A List of Quotes About Being Shy

Portrait of a shy woman.
Shyness has been talked about a lot through history. Getty / Hulton Archive

Shyness quotes are not uncommon in the media. Although shyness and social anxiety disorder (SAD) are not the same, the two conditions share many similarities.

Do you think that celebrities can really be shy? You be the judge. Below are a list of quotes about being shy, from celebrities and other notable figures.

I'm kind of shy, and I think that I take that out by performing in front of a lot of people. That's how I get out my shyness.

~Marilyn Manson

I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn't have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world. ~Dorothy Hamill

What troubles me is the Internet and the electronic technology revolution. Shyness is fueled in part by so many people spending huge amounts of time alone, isolated on e-mail, in chat rooms, which reduces their face-to-face contact with other people. ~Philip Zimbardo

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. ~Andre Dubus

I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.

~Steve Martin

Part of why I started a band was due to feelings of shyness and social ineptitude. I saw it as some way of being able to interact with people from a safe distance. ~Jarvis Cocker

My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.

~Al Pacino

You know I was a shy guy and people didn't know that and still don't know it today. I'm sure basketball brought my shyness out because of the fact that you have to do interviews, and that people are always talking to you in terms of the fans and everything. ~Magic Johnson

I think I had a shyness about me, I think I discovered acting as a way to break out of that and as a way of belonging, a sense of being special. ~Michael C. Hall

People assume you can’t be shy and be on television. They’re wrong. ~Diane Sawyer

I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!. ~Ingrid Bergman

I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it. ~Johnny Depp

I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody. ~Chris Evert

I know this sounds strange, but as a kid, I was really shy. Painfully shy. The turning point was freshman year, when I was the biggest geek alive. No one, I mean no one, even talked to me. ~Jim Carrey

I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives.

~Steven Spielberg

I am quite shy and people think I'm aloof. ~Kristen Stewart

I definitely have come out of my shell a lot more. When you question who you are, you can't be proud of who you are. Now that I'm trying to peel off those layers and really understand who I am, I don't have anything to be shy about. ~Ricky Williams

It was very natural for me to want to disappear into a dark theater, I am really very shy. That is something that people never seem to fully grasp because, when you are an actor, you are meant to be an exhibitionist. ~Nicole Kidman


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