70+ Best Social Anxiety Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Social anxiety is nervousness in social situations. Some disorders associated with the social anxiety spectrum include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Profoundly inspirational social anxiety quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Social Anxiety Quotes

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. Steve Maraboli

It is almost impossible for me to converse with other people. What should I talk about, how should I say it? – I don’t know. Osamu Dazai

Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. Natalie Goldberg

Even now it comes as a shock if by chance I notice in the street a face resembling someone I know however slightly, and I am at once seized by a shivering violent enough to make me dizzy. Osamu Dazai

Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer. Charles Swindoll

Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers. It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd. I take a moment of silence and think: I am here. I am okay. Francesca Zappia

I learned years ago that it’s okay to do this. To seek out small spaces for me, to stop and imagine myself alone. People are too much sometimes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers. It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd. I take a moment of silence and think: I am here. I am okay. Francesca Zappia

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Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy at the moment. J. Donald Walters

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression…It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. Grenville Kleiser

Anxiety was born at the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it— just as we have learned to live with storms. Paulo Coelho

‘I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,’ said Darcy, ‘of conversing easily with those I have never seen before.’ Jane Austen

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. Dan Millman

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle. Christian D. Larson

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. Walter Anderson

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. Jamie Paolinetti

What people in the world think of you is really none of your business. Martha Graham

To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. Boyd K. Packer

Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect—on any front—and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else. Fred Rogers

I think one thing that does cause unhappiness is protracted anxiety and worry. Derek Bok

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. Mary Tyler Moore

It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s ok to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s ok to need help. It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure. Unknown

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… Fernando Pessoa

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. Ruth E. Renkel

You have dug your soul out of the dark, you have fought to be here; do not go back to what buried you. Bianca Sparacino

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

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate. Renee Jain

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us. Nicole Reed

We are always doing something to cover up our basic existential anxiety. Some people live that way until the day they die. Joko Beck

At the end of the day, tell yourself gently: ‘I love you, you did the best you could today, and even if you didn’t accomplish all you had planned, I love you anyway. Anonymous

Inspirational Social Anxiety Quotes

At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety. Nigella Lawson

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. Madeleine L’Engle

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

Your mind is your prison when you focus on your fear. Tim Fargo

Everything you have ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear. George Addair

Act the way that you want to feel. Gretchen Rubin

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

You are not weak. People like us, we’re brave. We’re the ones who get up and face our worst fears every day. We keep fighting. Jen Wilde

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

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. Dale Carnegie

You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do. Olin Miller

The constant vigilance and my heightened anxiety that I’d screw it up anyway exhausted me, but I persevered. Tracey Garvis Graves

All I feel are the assaults of apprehension and terror at the thought that I am the only one who is entirely unlike the rest. Osamu Dazai

Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, the soccer game, the recital, and the grocery-run. Take care of yourself. Naked With Anxiety

One way to handle social anxiety is to pretend you are a ghost and people are staring at you because they have a gift they never asked for. Aparna Nancherla

The constant vigilance and my heightened anxiety that I’d screw it up anyway exhausted me, but I persevered. Tracey Garvis Graves

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. Samantha Bee

My old fears, my diffidence, my shyness, my hopeless sense of inferiority, must be conquered now and thrust aside. If I failed now I should fail forever. Daphne du Maurier

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. Fred Rogers

Now that I have conquered social anxiety disorder, I find pleasure in fans approaching me. Ricky Williams

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown

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

She didn’t understand how other people did it, how they just strolled right up to strangers and started conversations… She wasn’t shy, not exactly. She was afraid. Katie Cotugno

Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. Martin Amis

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

You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day. Unknown

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. Amit Ray

To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. Boyd K. Packer.

Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and use them to your advantage. Celestine Chua

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. Ray Bradbury

Anxiety and depression are the prices you pay for a well-lived life. George Vaillant

Anxiety is good for nothing if we can’t turn it into a defense. Samuel Rush Meyrick

Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes. Russ Harris

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. Eckhart Tolle

Don’t let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all, it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly. Anonymous

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