100+ Best Shy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational shy quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Shy Quotes

At school, I was a shy lad and still am. But acting gives me licence to be up there, demanding the focus. It’s the one time in my life where I don’t have to shout to be heard. — Emun Elliott

I was very shy when I was younger. But I did have a terrible temperament. I would get angry very quickly, but the rest of the time I was this big goofball, playing the drums in a band and making out with girls. — Jeremy Renner

I’m always shy in front of an audience, so I’m always at the back, in the shadows, just doing it. I don’t like the front, the adulation. — Bill Wyman

I was a shy kid with a broom handle that I pretended was a microphone. — Patti LaBelle

I think all girls secretly want to be actresses because acting seems so glamorous. But as a child, I was always the villager who had one line in the school play. I was shy and I had a bit of a lisp. — Hannah Ware

I would advise women not to be shy about admitting they’ve had Botox – it just shows you want to look your best, and there’s nothing wrong with that. — Trinny Woodall

I’ve come from nowhere, and I’m not shy to go back. — Jason Statham

When our bodies are sick and people extend their sympathy, bring us soup, offer up solutions. When our minds are sick, people tend to shy away from you, be afraid, or call you outright crazy. I’m fascinated by the way society and individuals view mental illness, and most of my shorts comment on that. — Anna Akana

I am a very shy person who is just close to himself. So I would refrain from talking about my personal life. — N. T. Rama Rao, Jr.

I grew up in a very westernised environment and went to a private American school. But my personality was shy and quiet, and I wanted to wear the hijab but didn’t have the courage, as I knew my friends would talk me out of it. — Leila Aboulela

I sometimes shy away because I don’t want to be too ‘showy-offy’ but the older I get I think, ‘You have a handkerchief, put it in your pocket.’ — Jude Law

I really hate being recognised. I’m quite a shy person, and I’m not very good at talking to strangers. So when people come up to me in the street, I just find it quite awkward. I don’t really know what to say to them. — Hannah Murray

I am quite shy and people think I’m aloof. — Kristen Stewart

When my family did shy away from Indian food, we’d eat a lot of Chinese. We’d use the wok a lot. I never had a problem with Brussels sprouts or broccoli growing up. I always grew up with the mentality of finishing your plate. — Parvesh Cheena

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

Yes, because when you’re in love, you are shy. — Beatrice Wood

Youthful social media users share their personal lives online, tweeting and posting everything from their relationship status to their current location to their latest purchases. Yet, when it comes to discussing deeper personal finance issues or seeking personal finance advice online, the majority of young adults typically shy away from the web. — Alexa Von Tobel

I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do. — Ella Fitzgerald

I’ve always been the DJ or the bass player or the drummer, somebody in the background. I don’t think anybody who knows me personally would say that I’m particularly shy or introverted, but I’m definitely not like Mr. Attention. — Mayer Hawthorne

I used to feel so shy speaking to girls. It was even worse when they were around their crew because they would diss me. — Chris Brown

I can be shy, but I’m not shy with my body. Everyone is naked under their clothes – so what? — Cameron Richardson

The truth is that to enjoy acting one must be an exhibitionist at heart, one must revel in those exposures of the emotions which would be agonizing to a shy or reserved person. All the great actors have been and are exhibitionists. — Leslie Howard

My first serious project was photographing badgers – very, very difficult as they are shy and nocturnal. — Nigel Dennis

What I never overcame is a kind of shyness. — Kurt Masur

I was born in Copenhagen, and when I was a year old, we moved to Bangalore. I was always a shy person and was happy with just a few friends and that came from my own social awkwardness. I did not know how to make conversations. — Deepika Padukone

I’m not a real social person – I’m shy – and a lot of the business is just social — Kim Basinger

I think what people might not really know about me is that I’m really a shy individual. I’ve grown over the years and I know how to adapt to situations, where I can go into a situation where there’s a crowd of people and just take over. But pretty much I’m off to myself. And I’m totally committed to the game of football. That’s why I’ve had so much success. — Jerry Rice

I’m just a shy and retreating kind of person. Sometimes I get in a real talkative mood – but not very often. — Brian Wilson

Bullies are often people who are shy and can’t make friends easily, so, as the theme of the movie ‘A Bronx Tale’ tells us, it is better to be feared if you can’t be loved. — Philip Zimbardo

When I was at school, I wanted to join the army. At college, I started acting in college plays, and it became a kind of addiction. I was very shy when I was at school, but the plays seemed to give voice to my feelings. — Om Puri

I say I’m not shy, but… Acting is a very vulnerable experience, and you’ve got to be really confident to put yourself out there to be judged. — Shemar Moore

I always thought that at the very time of your life when you want to be cool and sexy and fascinating, you are none of those things. You are a hormonal muddle in your school uniform sitting in double science looking at a boy who you know will never notice you. That was definitely me; I was so shy at school. — Emily Berrington

I went to the Glasgow Youth Theatre and they just let me in. But I was so shy that I was there for about six weeks without actually introducing myself. — Bill Forsyth

I’ve been in pressure situations before. All my life it’s been about pressure and having to get it done. Just because you say it publicly, it does not make me afraid of it or make me shy away from it. — Isaiah Thomas

I think, for a shy person – and I was very shy until my mid-20s – having been to an all-girls’ school is not brilliant on the boyfriend front later. Because when I went to university, it was definitely like meeting a new species of people. Suddenly, at age 19, I was thinking: ‘Can you speak to these people?’ I was very, very nervous. — Miranda Hart

I definitely suffered from stage fright. I had to work really hard to come out of my shell. When I was little, I was very loud and loved performing in front of people. I was fearless. When I hit puberty, I became very shy and self-conscious. — Brianna Brown

I’m shy, but I’m not clinically shy. I don’t have social anxiety disorder or anything like that. I more have a gentle shyness. Like, I have a little trouble mingling at parties. — Samantha Bee

On my own or with a friend, I’m a shopaholic, and I particularly love the cleaning aisle in the supermarket. But when I’m with my husband, I’m shop shy because he can’t bear it. It always ends up with us making a huge scene on the High Street and then going off in a huff in separate directions. — Emilia Fox

I used to be very shy. When I first started, I had to go to a casting, and I had to go in a bikini. I thought I was too skinny. But I went in and got the job! And that’s how I started. — Adriana Lima

In France, the image I had was of a shy girl – a poor lonely girl and not too good-looking. When I went to England, I had another image. I felt the journalists were much more interested in my looks than in my songs. — Francoise Hardy

It’s not that easy to find someone I can relate too. I’m tough to crack because I’m shy. — Kristin Kreuk

I used to shy away from publicity so as not to let it get in the way of the work. But it’s part of the job. The tabloids are a whole other arena. If fame happens, it happens. I just want to maintain focus — Giovanni Ribisi

If I wanted to go be social I would. I don’t have any fear of that. I don’t feel like I’m a shy person at all. — Tobey Maguire

I have reason to be shy. I’ve been hurt plenty. — Ethel Waters

I have never been shy about listening to the input of others and weighing it seriously. — Alice Sebold

Politicians are actors, too, don’t you think? Usually, if you like people and you’re outgoing, not a shy little thing, you can do pretty well in politics. — Shirley Temple

Dance really built my confidence on stage. I’m still a shy person. But I have a lot more confidence than I did when I started. — Leon Bridges

I was 26 when I went to my first acting class. I’m naturally quite shy. I’m a quite private person. There’s this really strange acting class in New York called Black Nexxus. For someone who’s slightly shy or self-conscious, it’s the most frightening thing you can do. — Hannah Ware

I’ve always known my own mind, and I’m not shy about speaking it. — Katy B

I’m very proud of my records, but my most natural creative tendencies have been in live performing. There’s a beautiful element to recording and making records, but I’ve always felt a little shy with it. — Langhorne Slim

It wasn’t that I was shy to go out with him, I just didn’t want people with preconceived notions to assume anything about why we were together. I was pretty careful for a while. — Rose McGowan

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

Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That’s how I see it. — Lee Child

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

You know what my greatest personal stumbling block is? My shyness. — Susan Lucci

To be honest, I was kind of a shy kid growing up. — Dave Franco

I’m really shy – I don’t do karaoke. — Kate Micucci

The Scottish are not shy when it comes to expressing themselves. — Ken Stott

I’ve gotten better at not making people feel uncomfortable with my shyness. — Clea Duvall

In general, questions are fine; you can always seize upon the parts of them that interest you and concentrate on answering those. And one has to remember when answering questions that asking questions isn’t easy either, and for someone who’s quite shy to stand up in an audience to speak takes some courage. — Vikram Seth

I’m kind of shy and quiet. But I’m only shy in my personal life. If I’m working, somehow I’m not and it goes away. — Riley Keough

There is a shyness about me, and I really need to get out more. — Priscilla Presley

What I have always loved about modelling is the chance to play a part. I am quite shy naturally, but I like getting into somebody else’s head space, understanding how people work and the psychology behind their actions. — Liberty Ross

Maybe I’m wrong because I’ve not met the person yet, I really don’t think I’d want to be with someone in the industry. I really don’t think so. Once bitten, twice shy. — Peter Andre

For a long time, I was shy about recording gospel music, because I didn’t necessarily want to show the inside of my soul, Milsap revealed. But now, the spiritual side of me is really shining through. — Ronnie Milsap

A shy kid might look longingly at other kids playing in the schoolyard, afraid and unsure about how to approach them, but an introvert is perfectly content on her own. — Laurie Helgoe

I was actually pretty shy in school. My defense mechanism was to be the class clown. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for being disruptive, and I was brought in front of the headteacher, who said: ‘What’s going to happen to you; what are you going to do when you grow up?’ and I said: ‘Well, I’m obviously going to be a comedian.’ — Adam Clayton

I grew up being very shy, very much a bookworm, and I remember desperately wondering how to be accepted by the popular kids. — Lisa Kleypas

Shy is the oyster, fervent is the clam, peaceful is the ocean floor rocked by the sands of time. — Bradley Chicho

In the movies, they make you look good and tough, but in real life, it’s completely the opposite. I do these ueber roles, I think, because in real life I’m quite shy and reserved. In real life, I’m a dork. — Sam Worthington

I was so shy when I was younger. When I first went to Liverpool I didn’t say a word for a year. — Ian Rush

I can be shy when I talk to women. I’m a shy dude. — Nick Carter

My husband and I have known each other since kindergarten. I had a crush on him in school, but we never dated. Then we saw each other again after high school, and there was something instantly familiar about him. I’m a very shy person and was very closed off. But he allowed me to be myself. And there’s a safety in that. — Alison Sweeney

I’m a private person. I’m shy about people knowing things. — Farrah Fawcett

I’m a shy person. I don’t know if it’s in my DNA to share with the world. — Lisa Bonet

I have to be a lot more calculating because I’m a very private person. I actually really struggle with the attention; I’m generally a pretty shy kind of a person. So it’s tough figuring out how to manage it. But there are ways of managing it, and you just have to be smart. — Emily Watson

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day. — Brad Meltzer

I wasn’t into acting when I was a kid. Maybe because I was shy or it didn’t occur to me. — Thomas McDonell

Because I’m shy and a bit quiet, I think people assume I’m an elegant person. — Irwin Thomas

I’m so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go. — Al Pacino

I cannot shy away from controversy. I don’t know if it’s my Irish blood, but I love it. — Gina McCarthy

I was born in 1949, and by the time I was 10, I figured out that my hope chest was not aimed in the same direction everybody else’s was. And that life was going to be very, very complicated. And that I could either be provocative and declamatory, or shy, retiring and scared. — Dorothy Allison

In high school, my first thing ever was I played Tony in ‘West Side Story’ when I was about 17. I was a really shy kid, and I just, like, forced myself to learn how to sing this one month because I loved ‘West Side Story’ so much, and I somehow managed to get the role. — Paulo Costanzo

I think a lot of singers are shy people. I suppose singing on stage is not like talking; you are not as exposed. — Alison Goldfrapp

Traveling is the only passion that doesn’t need to feel shy in front of intellect, — Lennart Meri

Being chronically shy I needed to create a persona for myself and be involved with a band where I could be ruler of my own kingdom. Then Pulp became hugely popular and I lost control of it, which is when it all went wrong. — Jarvis Cocker

I’ve always been kind of a shy guy. Not very outgoing. I might not start a conversation, but if somebody else does, I’ll chat away. — Retief Goosen

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly. — William Wordsworth

I was really shy when I was younger, so my mom got me into an acting class to see if I would open myself up more in front of an audience. Her plan was for me to just talk more. — Moises Arias

Endings are a part of life, and we are actually wired to execute them. But because of trauma, developmental failures, and other reasons, we shy away from the steps that could open up whole new worlds of development and growth. — Henry Cloud

‘Lucky’ is for laughs, and there’s really nothing funny that I’m doing on ‘Dexter.’ I think more than anything, both comment on the fact that anybody is capable of anything. Just because they are the shy guy in the corner doesn’t mean that they are a harmless little bunny. — Colin Hanks

Even when I became the typical shy adolescent, I never minded performing. I felt there was a kind of safety, a protection about being on stage, about losing myself in another character. — Hayley Mills

I have the potential to be very strong and powerful, sometimes angry, sometimes passionate. I also can be shy and withhold that because I am afraid. I don’t want to freak anybody out with my passion… So I struggle with that all the time. — Idina Menzel

I have been a frequent air traveler since I was a few months shy of my sixth birthday, when my parents packed me off to boarding school two plane rides away from home. Those days of being willingly handed from air hostess to air hostess as an ‘unaccompanied minor’ made me blase about the rigors of air travel. — Shashi Tharoor

I’m always shy and timid when I write in front of people. — Colbie Caillat

We have enforced a Darwinian process on wolves, turning them into the shy and elusive animals they’ve become. They didn’t have that fear of us 30,000 years ago. We didn’t have gunpowder; we had rocks. Wolves would have seen us as lunch, and we were weak and slow and tasty. — Bruce Cameron

Although I was a shy child, I was also a bit flamboyant, — Catherine Tate

Stanley didn’t shy away from true humanity or from the ugliness that all people are capable of. — Matthew Modine

Off stage, Im very quiet and very reserved and kind of shy. — Tessanne Chin

I was quite shy when I was younger, but I’m not one of those people who can complain of a bad childhood or any trauma. There was none in my life. I had a wonderfully happy childhood. — Emilia Fox

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