Social Anxiety Quotes

A Variety of Quotes About Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can feel like the need to disappear.
Quotes about social anxiety help shed light on what it feels like. Getty / Francesco Carta fotografo

Social anxiety quotes showcase the range of feelings, thoughts and behaviors related to social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Topics covered include stuttering, loneliness, fear of ridicule, self-consciousness, worrying about other people's opinions, fear of voicing your opinion, shyness, public speaking, and self-focus.

Below are 18 quotes related to social anxiety.

  1. I certainly have not the talent which some people possess," said Darcy, "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done. ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  1. I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, "Hi." They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word. ~Augusten Burroughs
  2. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~Albert Camus
  3. A stammering man is never a worthless one. Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer. ~Thomas Carlyle, letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 17 November 1843
  4. I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth. ~Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
  1. Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. ~André Dubus
  2. Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~Claudia Lady Bird Johnson
  1. It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me. ~Stephen Fry, Moab is My Washpot
  2. Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. ~Abraham Lincoln
  3. The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
  4. Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for anything else. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
  5. We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do. ~Olin Miller
  6. I've spent most of my life and most of my friendships holding my breath and hoping that when people get close enough they won't leave, and fearing that it's a matter of time before they figure me out and go. ~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
  1. When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face someone in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just feel tired. Talking to people makes me feel like sleeping. Only my ghostly and imaginary friends, only the conversations I have in my dreams, are genuinely real and substantial. ~Fernando Pessoa
  2. According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  3. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. ~Henry David Thoreau, "Solitude," Walden, 1854
  4. Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. ~Henry David Thoreau


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