66+ Best Shy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Shy means nervous and uncomfortable with other people. Profoundly inspirational shy quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Shy Quotes

My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world. Dejan Stojanovic

I was quiet, but I was not blind. Jane Austen

Quiet people always know more than they seem. Criss Jami

Half of me is filled with bursting words and half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life and love into everything yet also nurture my self care and go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit and contemplate. This is the messiness of life that we all carry multitudes, so must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible and soft. Subtly powerful and open. Wild and serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough. Victoria Erickson

Don’t try to be what you’re not. If you’re nervous, be nervous. If you’re shy, be shy. Adriana Lima

Just because you don’t say much doesn’t mean people don’t notice you. It’s actually the quiet ones who often draw the most attention. There’s this constant whirlwind of motion and sound all around, and then there’s the quiet one, the eye of the storm. Amy Efaw

We writers are shy, nocturnal creatures. John Banville

Quiet people always know more than they seem. Although very normal, their inner world is by default fronted mysterious and therefore assumed weird. Never underestimate the social awareness and sense of reality in a quiet person; they are some of the most observant, absorbent persons of all. Criss Jami

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

Clearly she was expected to say something, but panic at having to speak stole the thoughts from her head. Shannon Hale

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

May feel like you’re falling, Tabby, but remember, I’m at the bottom ready to catch you. Kristen Ashley

Listen to me. I’m shy. I’m not stupid. Jonathan Lethem

One is always half mad when one is shy of people. Robert Walser

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

Of all individuals, the hated, the shunned, and the peculiar are arguably most themselves. They wear no masks whatsoever in order to be accepted and liked; they do seem most guarded, but only by their own hands as compared to the populace, they are naked. Criss Jami

I was very shy as a child. Very shy. Having a lot of problems with very simple things, like entering a restaurant all by myself. Amitabh Bachchan

I had become awkward and tried my best to avoid everyone. I hated attention, people asking me questions or putting me in the spotlight; I preferred to blend into the background unnoticed. I felt safer that way. Giovanna Fletcher

I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. Johnny Depp

Everybody wants to be somebody fancy. Even if they’re shy. Donald Miller

I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends lives. Steven Spielberg

Once bitten twice shy? Sure, but why not get a bigger dog and bite them back? A.A. Bell

I was shy as a child. Now I’m not really shy anymore unless I’m with shy people. Nigella Lawson

Nothing is as irritating to a shy man as a confident girl. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

It is noble to be shy, illustrious not to know how to act, great not to have a gift for living. Fernando Pessoa

He was rather clumsy and shy and looked as if he’d spent the last ten years of his life locked up in a library hardly the kind of man any girl your age dreams of. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

He’s like a timid bird, one wrong move and he’ll fly away. Krystalle Bianca

Having people in different optimal environments increases the chances of survival of the human race as a whole. It is nature’s way to preserve her species. Marti Olsen Laney

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

The specific lines I’ve climbed are interchangeable, but learning to climb with the support of loved ones helped me develop from a shy girl into an independent confident adulta. Deep down, that’s really what climbing has given me. Chris Noble

So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them. Sylvia Plath

I squeeze my feelings into something small, like a walnut, and chuck it behind me for some other silly squirrel to find. Stacey Lee

He’s a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand. Stephen Chbosky

Your eyes speak shy and tender, all they want is to be loved deeper. Avijeet Das

I was a shy girl, but when I read, I was adventurous. Roxane Gay

It is doubly unfortunate to be ignorant or stupid and confident. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Shyness in the young may be charming to look at but is painful to the one who suffers it. Dorothy Whipple

Nobody is normal once you get to know them. J.W. Lynne

The shy man does have some slight revenge upon society for the torture it inflicts upon him. Jerome K. Jerome

People say the truth or lie or keep silent for these reasons: when they’re afraid of the consequences; when they’ll be affected; and when they don’t care. Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

For weeks I had mistaken his stare for barefaced hostility. I was wide of the mark. It was simply a shy man’s way of holding someone else’s gaze. We were, it finally dawned on me, the two shyest persons in the world. André Aciman

He’s like a timid bird, one wrong move and he’ll fly away. Krystalle Bianca

Clearly she was expected to say something, but panic at having to speak stole the thoughts from her head. Shannon Hale

Sometimes, I wished I was not shy, for being quiet and shy was sometimes a curse because the people would never let you take the credit of doing something good. Ultimately, to get the credit, you’d have to change yourself a little, which implies, losing a part of yourself to get your place in the world. Namrata Gupta

He was rather clumsy and shy and looked as if he’d spent the last ten years of his life locked up in a library hardly the kind of man any girl your age dreams of. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

For shy people the Other is everywhere, and it never occurs to them that they could be the Other for others, that anyone could care what they thought about things. David Smail

Walk to her. Take her hand. But his feet were leaden, and Dorian could do nothing except watch her. His skin flushed beneath his small black mask. He didn’t know why, but seeing her made him feel like a man. Sarah J. Maas

I knew I was being stupid, but I couldn’t help it. Once bitten, twice shy, and all that. I’d been bitten about a dozen times and had about two dozen shynesses left to work through because of it. Lily Seabrooke

I have always tried to avoid talking to pretty girls, because pretty girls have a vicious effect on me in which every part of my brain is shut down except for the part that says unbelievably stupid things. David Foster Wallace

I’m a timid person and I often find myself listening and watching people. From that I create prose and stories. Lidia Longorio

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

Why do big mouths and little brains so often go together? Joe Abercrombie

The culture of drink endures because it offers so many rewards confidence for the shy, clarity for the uncertain. Pete Hamill

There is a certain delightful sort of hope which the introvert can receive only by having company over the hope that they will leave soon. Criss Jami

Believe in your flyness conquer your shyness. Kanye West

It was always that way for me. After I opened myself to someone, I needed a few minutes to close down again, to restore my sense of privacy. Dia Reeves

The fact of the matter is that most actors are shy people. Roger Moore

Maybe shy is when you’re lonely and you don’t think anybody can help you. C.K. Williams

I am really a very shy person. If I appear, it is because of the music, not because I want to be seen. Enya

It is often asked why the greatest performers are so timid in private. Confident people get attention naturally. Shy people must do something extraordinary or outrageous to have similar recognition. Stewart Stafford

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. Lady Bird Johnson

You’re not shy. You just like who you like. Christina Baker Kline

A struggle with shyness is in every actor more than anyone can imagine. Marilyn Monroe

The one who would understand me is equally shy to start a conversation. Akash Mandal