What does it mean to be vulnerable?
We have been taught that vulnerability means weakness.
That it is better not to show it to people, that it can affect your image, that you have to fight against it and repress it.
You have to be strong. But doesn’t vulnerability mean power?
Don’t you need courage to go out into the world and expose yourself?
Courage to take off the mask of perfection and be natural?
When we see a show from any field of art, we want to be carried in a story. We want to see and feel emotion.
To be able to find ourselves in that story or in the state of the character. The more vulnerable his situation is, the more he excites us.
Why? Because we feel the need to be confirmed that we are not the only ones vulnerable.
That what we live and feel every day is normal.
Brene Brown sought to understand how vulnerable people cope with vulnerability.
Those who assume it and make it a lifestyle. She learned that people generally anesthetize vulnerability, try to exclude it from their lives.
This often leads to food addictions or addiction to dangerous substances, to the search for certainty and perfection.
We do this by trying to get rid of negative emotions.
But we end up eliminating the positive emotions from our lives, because they are closely related.
In this way we become unhappy. That’s why we feel vulnerable again and start over. Everything turns into a vicious circle.
Below you will read a series of vulnerability quotes. I hope these inspire you to accept and grow the courage to express your vulnerable side.
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5 Vulnerability Quotes
- “What happens when people open their hearts?”
“They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami
- “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brene Brown
- “A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.” ― Ian McEwan
- “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.
Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.” ― Brené Brown
- “The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” ― Paulo Coelho
15 Vulnerability Quotes
- “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” ― Criss Jami
- “When you love someone, truly love them, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt-you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it’s crippling-like having your heart carved out.” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon
- “When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.” ― Madeleine L’Engle
- “It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.” ― Charlotte Brontë
- “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” ― Brene Brown
- “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”― Brené Brown
- “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.” ― Brené Brown
- “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ― Brené Brown
- “He showed me his scars, and in return he let me pretend that I had none.” ― Madeline Miller
- “Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone. Holding them against you, they melt and mold, as though they might at any moment flow back into your body.
But from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. That thing that says “I am,” and forms the core of personality.
In the second year, the bone hardens and the child stands upright, skull wide and solid, a helmet protecting the softness within.
And “I am” grows, too. Looking at them, you can almost see it, sturdy as heartwood, glowing through the translucent flesh.
The bones of the face emerge at six, and the soul within is fixed at seven. The process of encapsulation goes on, to reach its peak in the glossy shell of adolescence, when all softness then is hidden under the nacreous layers of the multiple new personalities that teenagers try on to guard themselves.
In the next years, the hardening spreads from the center, as one finds and fixes the facets of the soul, until “I am” is set, delicate and detailed as an insect in amber.” ― Diana Gabaldon
- “And maybe that was love. Being so vulnerable and allowing someone else in so far they could hurt you, but they also give you everything.” ― Christine Feehan
- “Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.” ― Stephen Russell
- “Then I made a stupid mistake and looked up at him. His eyes met mine, and for a moment, his face was open and vulnerable in the moonlight. I caught a hint of wonder there as we stared at each other. Slowly, he leaned forward. I caught my breath, a tiny gasp escaping. He stiffened, and his expression shuttered closed, eyes going hard and frosty.
‘This is getting old,’ he said in a voice that matched his eyes.” ― Julie Kagawa
- “The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.” ― Anneli Rufus
- “What it means to be authentic:
– to be more concerned with truth than opinions
– to be sincere and not pretend
– to be free from hypocrisy: “walk your talk”
– to know who you are and to be that person
– to not fear others seeing your vulnerabilities
– being confident to walk away from situations where you can’t be yourself
– being awake to your own feelings
– being free from others’ opinions of you
– accepting and loving yourself” ― Sue Fitzmaurice
20 Vulnerability Quotes
- “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” ― Shannon L. Alder
- “We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.” ― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
- “I only share when I have no unmet needs that I’m trying to fill. I firmly believe that being vulnerable with a larger audience is only a good idea if the healing is tied to the sharing, not to the expectations I might have for the response I get.” ― Brené Brown
- “It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there, it’s very hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers and the creators. They are the magic people of the world.” ― Amy Poehler
- “Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.” ― Marty Rubin
- “…and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.” ― Audre Lorde
- “From this new and intimate perspective, she learned a simple, obvious thing she had always known, and everyone knew; that a person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn, not easily mended.” ― Ian McEwan
- “No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.” ― Brené Brown
- “Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.” ― Brené Brown
- “As a girl, she was a legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status.” ― Stieg Larsson
- “Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. “But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment’.” ― Mitch Albom
- “We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” ― Frank Crane
- “What was it about relationships that made you feel so vulnerable? Oh, right. A relationship. In any relationship, you put yourself out there. You exposed all of your sensitive nerve endings and your heart and you just had to hope that you trusted the right person.” ― Courtney Cole
- “I am stronger than words and I am bigger than the box I’m in, and then I see her in the crowd and I fall apart.” ― David Levithan Rachel Cohn
- “It’s the hard things that break; soft things don’t break. It was an epiphany I had today and I just wonder why it took me so very, very long to see it! You can waste so many years of your life trying to become something hard in order not to break; but it’s the soft things that can’t break! The hard things are the ones that shatter into a million pieces!” ― C. JoyBell C.
- “Because he could not afford to fail, he could not afford to trust.” – Joseph Ellis
- “But, of course, putting yourself out there takes vulnerability. Vulnerability is hard, and we, as a rule, tend to go for what’s easy; by that logic, closing ourselves off is the easiest thing in the world. We quote the words of others to do our talking for us, send each other links to articles and stories in lieu of actual conversation, post pretty pictures to adequately convey our current state of mind, all to avoid having to proffer a single identifiable human emotion. We keep in touch with relatives by emailing them mawkishly inspirational chain letters once in a while. We regurgitate memes to approximate the feeling of being in the loop.” ― Phil Roland
- “Sometimes divulging your vulnerabilities without any kind of filter can make you more human, but then again, it can also provide material that can be used against you.” ― Tonya Hurley
- “That’s the thing about being a victim; you start to think it’ll happen to you on a regular basis. It’s living with the reality of your own vulnerability, and it sucks.” ― Dennis Lehane
- “You can change the world again, instead of protecting yourself from it.” ― Julien Smith
25 Vulnerability Quotes
- “In a healthy relationship, vulnerability is wonderful. It leads to increased intimacy and closer bonds. When a healthy person realizes that he or she hurt you, they feel remorse and they make amends. It’s safe to be honest. In an abusive system, vulnerability is dangerous. It’s considered a weakness, which acts as an invitation for more mistreatment. Abusive people feel a surge of power when they discover a weakness. They exploit it, using it to gain more power. Crying or complaining confirms that they’ve poked you in the right spot.” ― Christina Enevoldsen
- “Armed I am with love. Disarmed I am.” ― Manuel Alegre
- “Trustful people are the pure at heart, as they are moved by the zeal of their own trustworthiness.” ― Criss Jami
- “Human beings, whatever their backgrounds, are more open than we think, that their behavior cannot be confidently predicted from their past, that we are all creatures vulnerable to new thoughts, new attitudes.
And while such vulnerability creates all sorts of possibilities, both good and bad, its very existence is exciting. It means that no human being should be written off, no change in thinking deemed impossible.” ― Howard Zinn
- “When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen again, and with shame and vulnerability when you see how your illness affected your family, your work, everything left untouched while you struggled to survive.” ― Jenny Lawson
- “Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
- “We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.” ― Brene Brown
- “The problem when you are a strong, capable, self-confident person, is that more often than not, people think that you don’t really need things like comfort, reassurance, loyalty and guidance. People are more likely to look at you and say, “She doesn’t need this”, “She doesn’t need that”, “She’s already all of this and all of that”. But then the truth is that most probably, you are a strong, capable, self-confident person because you built yourself brick-by-brick into that person; because you HAD to BECOME that person; because you had determination enough to make yourself into the image that you knew you needed to become. At the heart of many strong, confident people, is a heart most longing for the things that most others simply take for granted.” ― C. JoyBell C.
- “Throughout our emotional odyssey in the unembellished narrative of our life, we may sense many alluring voices that are enticing us into a beguiling, seamless story. Our inner monologue, however, might start raising consequential questions about the scintillation of that story, about our vulnerability during the tempting process and the danger of losing our real self. The question may be asked, whether the lure might enlighten, weaken or destroy our living. While our interior monologue mostly listens to the wisdom of our experience and the guidance of our memory, it may happen that it prefers not to listen. In that event, however, unreason and passion will be calling all the shots. ( “Woman in progress” )” ― Erik Pevernagie
- “Loving someone can be hard at times. You risk a lot when you love – your heart and soul, at the least. Love is the most important and most rewarding investment you can make in another person.” ― J.E.B. Spredemann
- “It was good to be hugged. Even by a monster.” ― Holly Black
- “He had tenderness in his heart — ‘a soft place,’ as Nicholas Higgins called it; but he had some pride in concealing it; he kept it very sacred and safe, and was jealous of every circumstance that tried to gain admission. But if he dreaded exposure of his tenderness, he was equally desirous that all men should recognize his justice; and he felt that he had been unjust, in giving so scornful a hearing to anyone who had waited, with humble patience, for five hours, to speak to him.” ― Elizabeth Gaskell
- “There’s nothing more efficient than honesty and nothing more powerful than vulnerability because vulnerability reveals everyone in your life who will abuse power immediately and almost irrevocably.
There’s nothing weaker than hiding your vulnerability because it means a refusal to stare at those who abuse power and see them for who they are which means they still have power and control over you.
Nothing is stronger than vulnerability. Nothing more clarifying.
Nothing is clearer than vulnerability, and if you hide who you are you are just making a tombstone of your everyday actions because you don’t exist in hiding and you’re letting the past rob you.
Exercise the power of vulnerability. When you are vulnerable you are signaling to your system that the past is over and done!
That you’re no longer a victim! That you’re no longer trapped in a destructive and abusive environment! vulnerability means it’s over, it’s done.
The war is over but, if you continue to use the same defenses that you had in the past all you’re telling your whole body is that the past is not over.
Be vulnerable. Be honest. Be open and show your heart. That’s the best way of telling your heart that the tigers are no longer in the grass.
I’m telling you, just take it for a spin. Vulnerability and openness will get you what you want in your life and hiding will only get you the feeling of being prey from here until the end of your life.” ― Stefan Molyneux
- “Just as some people may conceal their own sinfulness thus seeming better than the norm, others expose their own sinfulness thus seeming worse than the norm.” ― Criss Jami
- “When we get hurt, our bodies immediately start trying to heal that hurt. This works for emotions as well. If we were scarred socially, by an incident of rejection or bullying, we immediately start trying to heal. Like pus comes out of wounds, emotions flow from psychological wounds.
And what do we really need at that moment?
When we are out of that dangerous situation that scarred us, and we become triggered by some little thing – what do we need?
Do we need someone to look at us and say, “Wow, you’re really sensitive, aren’t you?” or “Hey, man, I didn’t mean it like that.”?
Do we need someone to justify their actions or tell us to take it easy, because the situation didn’t really require such a reaction?
And, from ourselves, do we really need four pounds of judgment with liberal helpings of shame?
Do we need to run away, to suppress, to hate our “over-sensitivity” to situations that seem innocuous to others?
No. We do not need all of these versions of rejection of a natural healing process.
You would not feel shame over a wound doing what it must do to heal, nor would you shame another.
So why do we do this to our heart wounds? Why do we do it to ourselves? To others?
Next time some harmless situation triggers you or someone around you into an intense emotion – realize it’s an attempt at emotional healing.
Realize the danger is no longer there, but don’t suppress the healing of old dangers and old pains. Allow the pain.
Don’t react, but don’t repress. Embrace the pain. Embrace the pain of others.
Like this, we have some chance at healing the endless cycles of generational repression and suppression that are rolling around in our society.
Fall open. Break open. Sit with others’ openness. Let love be your medicine.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
- “Oversharing? Not vulnerability; I call it floodlighting. … A lot of times we share too much information as a way to protect us from vulnerability, and here’s why.
I’m scared to let you know that I just wrote this article and I’m under total fire for it and people are making fun of me and I’m feeling hurt — the same thing that I told someone in an intimate conversation.
So what I do is I floodlight you with it – I don’t know you very well or I’m in front of a big group, or it’s a story that I haven’t processed enough to be sharing with other people – and you immediately respond “hands up; push me away” and I go, “See? No one cares about me. No one gives a s*** that I’m hurting. I knew it.”
It’s how we protect ourselves from vulnerability. We just engage in a behavior that confirms our fear.” ― Brené Brown
- “Leaving out appraisal also would render the biological description of the phenomena of emotion vulnerable to the caricature that emotions without an appraisal phase are meaningless events. It would be more difficult to see how beautiful and amazingly intelligent emotions can be, and how powerfully they can solve problems for us.” ― Antonio Damasio
- “No one sees your strength, do they? No one sees the silent battle you fight against your overprotective mind that’s trying to keep you safe from harm by keeping you safe from risk, safe from connection, safe from honesty. Maybe others don’t see, but you see it sometimes, don’t you? In the mirror, in those eyes, begging for someone to notice. You have noticed. It is real. You are strong. You are fighting for something incredible. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise—especially not your thoughts.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
- “People can be at their most vulnerable, but still tenacious at the same time.” ― Toni Bernhard
- “The tendency to trust easily anyone gives way to a certain vulnerability.” ― Angelica Hopes
- “[N]nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.” ― Rebecca West
- “Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.” ― Kathy Magliato
- “Well, any love makes us vulnerable. Whatever we love will give the gift of pain somewhere along the road. But who would live sealed in spiritual cellophane just to keep from ever being hurt? There are a few people like that. I’m sorry for them. I think they are as good as dead.” ― Gladys Bagg Taber
- “Vulnerability really means to be strong and secure enough within yourself that you are able to walk outside without your armor on. You are able to show up in life as just you. That is genuine strength and courage. Armor may look tough, but all it does is mask insecurity and fear.” ― Alaric Hutchinson
- “If we’re wrapping ourselves up to conceal any vulnerability, whatever happens to us has to go through all those extra layers. Sometimes love doesn’t even reach where we truly live.” ― Alexandra Katehakis
30 Vulnerability Quotes
- “If you will tell me when God permits a Christian to lay aside his armour, I will tell you when Satan has left off temptation. Like the old knights in war time, we must sleep with helmet and breastplate buckled on, for the arch-deceiver will seize our first unguarded hour to make us his prey. The Lord keeps us watchful in all seasons, and gives us a final escape from the jaw of the lion and the paw of the bear.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
- “He was a volatile mixture of confidence and vulnerability. He could deliver extended monologues on professional matters, then promptly stop in his tracks to peer inquisitively into his guest’s eyes for signs of boredom or mockery, being intelligent enough to be unable fully to believe in his own claims to significance. He might, in a past life, have been a particularly canny and sharp-tongued royal advisor.” ― Alain de Botton
- “It is simply a confession that with all that I’ve seen in the last few years, all the events I’ve been invited to, and all the people whom I’ve met, I am less and less impressed by “impressive” things or people who are presented as having things figured out. I am impressed by people who are honest and kind. I am inspired by moments of vulnerability, moments of confession and compassion, moments where someone makes it clear that they are a person in need of other people and someone else makes it clear that the first person is not alone.” ― Jamie Tworkowski
- “Such reciprocity is the very structure of perception. We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.” ― David Abram
- “Lost, so small amid that dark, hands grown cold, body image fading down corridors of television sky.” ― William Gibson
- “I have so much respect for the emotionally brave. The ones who put in the emotional work and take the real risks of being vulnerable and removing masks. It’s easy to make chitchat, but it’s hard to speak about what’s really under the surface. It’s easy to joke, but difficult to cry. It’s easy to numb, but hard to feel.
Ironically the real victims of emotional laziness are the people themselves. They end up choosing their emotional comfort zones over happiness. So in the end, they may not be ‘uncomfortable’ anymore; but they are also miserable.” ― Yasmin Mogahed
- “Listen, Harriet. I do understand. I know you don’t want either to give or to take … You don’t want ever again to have to depend for happiness on another person.”
“That’s true. That’s the truest thing you ever said.”
“All right. I can respect that. Only you’ve got to play the game. Don’t force an emotional situation and then blame me for it.”
“But I don’t want any situation. I want to be left in peace.” ― Dorothy L. Sayers
- “(A)at least simulated vulnerability is bearable/for those/who cannot/withstand unreasonable tenderness.” ― Chelsey Minnis
- “I honestly do not know if love vanquishes death as our traditional faiths teach but I do know that our vulnerabilities trump our ideologies and that love leavens the purity and logic of our beliefs propelling us to connect as the fiercely gracious human beings we are.” ― Irwin Kula
- “Unknowingly, he prepared me to survive the rest of my days with the way he shielded himself from emotional vulnerabilities that slowly destroy the rest of us.” ― Crystal Woods
- “The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance, our choice is to inhabit vulnerability as generous citizens of loss, robustly and fully, or conversely, as misers and complainers, reluctant and fearful, always at the gates of existence, but never bravely and completely attempting to enter, never wanting to risk ourselves, never walking fully through the door.” ― David Whyte
- “Obviously, a rigid, blinkered, absolutist world view is the easiest to keep hold of, whereas the fluid, uncertain, metamorphic picture I’ve always carried about is rather more vulnerable. Yet I must cling with all my might to … my own soul; must hold on to its mischievous, iconoclastic, out-of-step clown-instincts, no matter how great the storm. And if that plunges me into contradiction and paradox, so be it; I’ve lived in that messy ocean all my life. I’ve fished in it for my art. This turbulent sea was the sea outside my bedroom window in Bombay. It is the sea by which I was born, and which I carry within me wherever I go.” ― Salman Rushdie
- “You can’t find intimacy—you can’t find home—when you’re always hiding behind masks. Intimacy requires a certain level of vulnerability. It requires a certain level of you exposing your fragmented, contradictory self to someone else. You run the risk of having your core self rejected and hurt and misunderstood.” ― Junot Díaz
- “The journey of reinvention is one of raw emotions
Emerging from dormancy
Surprising as a paper cut
Overwhelming as a hailstorm
One part vulnerability
One part rage
One part surrender
And finding a new Self
― Dave Rudbarg
- “The sky’s gray and there’s mizzle. It’s so soft on my skin–it’s nothing like rain. It’s even softer than the lightest drizzle! Lift my face up, so it can kiss my skin.” The Panopticon” ― Jenn Fagan
- “There can be few situations more fearful than breaking down in darkness on the highway leading to Casablanca. I have rarely felt quite so vulnerable or alone.” ― Tahir Shah
- “We stood there for a full half hour, like so many scarecrows, while they jeered at us from a distance, and one or two of us were shot down.” ― George MacDonald Fraser
- “Vulnerable, like all men, to the temptations of arrogance, of which intellectual pride is the worst, he [the scientist] must nevertheless remain sincere and modest, if only because his studies constantly bring home to him that, compared with the gigantic aims of science, his own contribution, no matter how important, is only a drop in the ocean of truth.” ― Louis de Broglie
- “No jewels, save my eyes, do I own, but I have a rose which is even softer than my rosy lips. And a quiet youth said: ‘There is nothing softer than your heart.’ And I lowered my gaze…” ― Vladimir Nabokov
- “Why is female vulnerability still only acceptable when it’s neuroticism and personal; when it feeds back on itself? Why do people still not get it when we handle vulnerability like philosophy, at some remove?” ― Chris Kraus
- “I was always alone, Doc, solitary whether I wished to be or not, ever since I could remember I wished to be lost in another, thought that somehow I could disappear into that heart of yours, take walks within your veins, wander through the bones of you. You had friends, Satan said, you loved and were loved, you must not forget that, at least not that. But did I allow anyone in, I asked Satan, and he said, Did you, does anyone?” ― Rabih Alameddine
- “I never knew I liked to be outside so much. I never knew I liked lochs and views and that, but I could seriously handle living in a cottage by the side of somewhere like this.”
The Panopticon” ― Jenn Fagan
- “As soon as you remove the sense of finitude and vulnerability, you remove the vitality of any possible love relationship.” ― Martin Hägglund
- “To keep faith in mortal life, then, is to remain vulnerable to a pain that no strength can finally master. Mortality is not only intrinsic to what makes life meaningful, but also makes life susceptible to lose meaning and become unbearable. The point is not to overcome this vulnerability but to recognize that it is an essential part of why our lives matter and why we care. (49)” ― Martin Hägglund
- “I’d like to say that I was here and left tired, sore, and splintered.
That I fell in love every New Years and cried before the winter.
If earth is mostly water, life isn’t about the rocks you save.
I have tears on my stop sign, my neighbor has diamonds on his grave.” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “You don’t have to stay strong all the time. Let it come up. Feel the sorrow, and then, let it go.
You won’t break, I promise.” ― Sama Akbar
- “No one else will ever know exactly what you are going through,
It is your sacred responsibility to accept and honor what you are feeling, and why. Your feelings will honor you back. They will leave you with a gift, of healing, of new and unknown strengths.” ― Sama Akbar
- “I felt like a man who awakens in his own house and finds all the furniture rearranged, so that every familiar nook and cranny looks foreign now. Disoriented, he has to reevaluate his surroundings, reorient himself.” ― Khaled Hosseini
- “She wore her vulnerability like red lipstick, with nothing else.” ― Jacqueline Simon Gunn
- “Through vulnerability, I realize life’s immense beauty.” ― Efrat Cybulkiewicz
40 Vulnerability Quotes
- “A journey away from yourself does not exist. Embrace your strength and vulnerabilities, this could be the greatest lesson you can ever learn.” ― J.R. Incer
- “We often think that vulnerability is a kind of weakness, but there’s a kind of vulnerability that is actually strength and presence.” ― Ram Dass
- “Aiden felt so safe he didn’t even go to his room to wheel, just covered his eyes and let the fire’s warmth and the warmth of tears mingle on his fingers.
- “When you see the extent to which people try, like the tremors of a ballet dancer, or the intensity of a pianist, or a mural containing the details of tiny little people making up the background– you see the vulnerable extension of our private selves. There is an element inside us and it wavers between beauty and madness. You know it when you see it, like a hyperactive atom bouncing in a tube. It is like trying, really trying, and when we do, we are in our most honest forms. When we reach, we expose the contents of the human spirit. And we can go further than others, in joyous competition. After all, it is called the human race, no?” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “When you see the extent to which people try, like the tremors of a ballet dancer, or the intensity of a pianist, or a mural containing the details of tiny little people making up the background– you see the vulnerable extension of our private selves. There is an element inside us and it wavers between beauty and madness. You know it when you see it, like a hyperactive atom bouncing in a tube. It is like trying, really trying, and when we do, we are in our most honest forms. When we reach, we expose the contents of the human spirit. The more often we see it spill, the more encouraged we are to go further. And we can go further than others, in joyous competition. After all, it is called the human race, no?” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “Dried leaves that stomp on other dried leaves–
This is man.
Snails pretending to have tortoise shells–
This is man.
We’re so good, aren’t we, at saying we’re not cold–
Assuring others even as we shiver and turn blue.
But I know you’re lying, you might as well fold,
Because I’m pretending to be pink while shivering, too.”
― Karl Kristian Flores
- “A kiss is more than a kiss.
If you have my lips, you have my thoughts,
My presence, questions, lessons I was taught.
That in my closed-eyed kisses with you,
Contained all my art, my lonely, my childhood too.
A kiss, I fear, is more than a kiss.” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “I think a lot of comedy comes from hypersensitivity, from being too vulnerable to deal with life and needing to preemptively protect yourself.” ― Marc Maron
- “I’m tired of “come and go,” but that’s got to come and go.” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “If all you have seen is the best of me,
I’m scared you won’t like the rest of me.
I’m scared you’ll love me only ten questions later.
Or worse, walk away disgusted after a thousand greater.” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “Please don’t ask me again what I think about.
Unmask me, my friend: “What do you drink about?” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “If I ask you to dance, you’ll know I’ve been waiting
So instead, I will whistle in the cold under my umbrella,
Carrying a tune that I know you’d be hating,
Killing what I want the most in case it won’t want me.” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “I wish I hadn’t met you in the rain: it comes every winter.
I wish you hadn’t told me your favorite wine: I’ve become a drinker.
I wish I never showed you my hidden birthmark:
It looks back at me at night asking where you are.
I wish I hadn’t read you my journal, all the pages praising you,
It’s corrupted now that I can’t tell if I write for me or you.
I wish I hadn’t told you my daily routine: it’s not mine anymore.
I can’t enjoy 11:11, my favorite song, a birthday cake, or a concert tour.
I’m not afraid of the future, it’s the past that takes a while.” ― Karl Kristian Flores
- “Feeling personally vulnerable and seeing the vulnerability of everyone else, peoples normal sense of difference and privilege is melted away, and an uncommon generalized empathy emerges. This could be a natural state of mind, if we could only envision the vulnerability and mortality of others as not separate from our own.
The more we can create this visceral connection to people through our common mortality, the better we are able to handle human nature in all its varieties with tolerance and grace. This does not mean we lose our alertness to those who are dangerous and difficult. In fact, seeing the mortality and vulnerability and even the nastiest individual can help us cut them down to size and deal with them from a more neutral and strategic space, not taking their nastiness personally.” ― Robert Greene
- “The goal is not to show how great you are to others, but how vulnerable you are to yourself.” ― Maxime Lagacé
- “Vulnerability should enhance our relationships, not take advantage of them.” ― Caity Alice
- “Living in a city shouldn’t make you cynical and living in a village shouldn’t make you vulnerable.” ― Amit Kalantri
- “Vulnerability is for the brave.” ― Lidia Longorio
- “In essence we are pure desire. That desire is an expression of a moment and that moment becomes a series of moments we call life.
Suspended on the hands of an evanescent ticking. Pending on the beat of a vein woven drum. Fragile and fleeting. Ever mysterious and expanding.
My outer life was full. My inner life was like rampant Boston ivy and aspects of my soul were more akin to cities than archetypes.
Deluged with words and pulses, in poetry I am but the result of all those who came before me. I represent more than I am able to comprehend.
My expression is the result of all those who slain me and all those who heal me. Thank you differently and the same, for the hues of my emotional palette only deepened and multiplied like the cells of some thousand galaxies.
Pent, it was time for my expression to vent.” ― Nicole Bonomi
- “Everyone’s (own) nature can be questionable… Nature can heal. Nature can destroy. Nature…can Catalyze” ― Selin Senol-Akin
- “I don’t know how to love too many different guys. My heart’s not made for that.” ― Miss Rainbow Moonfire
- “There is something in you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in other people. And if you can’t hear it, then you are reduced by that much. If I were to ask you what is the thing that you desire most in life this afternoon, you would say a lot of things off the top of your head, most of which you wouldn’t believe but you would think that you were saying the things that I thought you ought to think that you should say.
But I think that if you were stripped to whatever there is in you that is literal and irreducible, and you tried to answer that question, the answer may be something like this: I want to feel that I am thoroughly and completely understood so that now and then I can take my guard down and look out around me and not feel that I will be destroyed with my defenses down. I want to feel completely vulnerable, completely naked, completely exposed and absolutely secure.” ― Howard Thurman
- “There is a Quichua riddle: El que me nombra, me rompe. Whatever names me, breaks me. The solution, your course, is “silence.” But the truth is, anyone who knows your name can break you in two.” ― Carmen Maria Machado
- “Mystics seem to have no shame about contradicting themselves left and right. They blithely proclaim that the cure for pain is in the pain itself and that the cry of longing is the sigh of merging. That’s because the path of the mystic reconciles contradictory propositions (such as harrowing sorrow and radical amazement) and blesses us with an extended capacity to sit with ambiguity, to treasure vulnerability, to celebrate paradox as the highest truth.” ― Mirabai Starr
- “I love you so much and I don’t understand why you don’t love me.” I said, “I love you as much as I’m willing to love anybody.” Which was true. I wasn’t really willing to be vulnerable with anybody at that point. I had felt too much vulnerability too young. I didn’t want to do it anymore.” ― Taylor Jenkins Reid
- “Cruelty is cheap, easy, and chicken.” That’s also a touchstone of my spiritual beliefs.” ― Brené Brown
- “There is no excuse for bullying. Not even in schools. The parents should be arrested. But the most worrying thing is that authorities do it: politicians and journalists. They consider it part of their job. This world is wrong. It’s a crime: Causes traumas to vulnerable people.”― Maria Karvouni
- “Within the vulnerability I feared, I found the strength I needed. By dismantling my story, I bared my truth and released my soul. Though my scars of wisdom reveal a self-inflicted unchangeable past, there is a forgiving grace that has placed the pen back in my hand to write a better future.” ― Steve Maraboli
- “What I should have told him that day: love makes you an open wound, susceptible to infection. But he was young then and so was I, and I wanted their happiness more than my own. So I swallowed my pain and let myself pretend love could flourish if I didn’t stand in its way.” ― Kristen Arnett
- “We do not qualify as humans going by our acts, but we surely prove through our vulnerability and sufferings!” ” ― Ramana Pemmaraju
- “How many times I’ve sat with people, even as an adult, wishing I could hold their hand, or lie in their lap, or cry in front of them, or tell them how I really felt about them, or ask them how they really felt about me, and how many hours I wasted thinking of how I would do it, when I should do it, begging myself to “just do it now! Who cares!” Then once I did it, I’d wish I’d done it much sooner because it was fine, it was safe, I was safe.” ― Lane Moore
- “Watching my clients, I have come to a much better understanding of creative people. El Greco, for example, must have realized as he looked at some of his early work, that ‘good painters do not paint like that.’ But somehow he trusted his own experiencing of life, the process of himself, sufficiently that he could go on expressing his own unique perceptions.
It was as though he could say, ‘Good artists do not paint like this, but I paint like this.’ Or to move to another field, Ernest Hemingway was surely aware that ‘good writers do not write like this.’
But fortunately he moved toward being Hemingway, being himself, rather than toward someone else’s conception of a good writer.
Einstein seems to have been unusually oblivious to the fact that good physicists did not think his kind of thoughts.
Rather than drawing back because of his inadequate academic preparation in physics, he simply moved toward being Einstein, toward thinking his own thoughts, toward being as truly and deeply himself as he could.
This is not a phenomenon which occurs only in the artist or the genius. Time and again in my clients, I have seen simple people become significant and creative in their own spheres, as they have developed more trust of the processes going on within themselves, and have dared to feel their own feelings, live by values which they discover within, and express themselves in their own unique ways.” ― Carl R. Rogers
- “Beautifully Human
We are all beautifully human.
Sometimes we break,
Sometimes we get angry,
Sometimes we lose hope,
But most importantly,
We are still beautifully human.
We are no less a person for our hurt.” ― Christine Evangelou
- “As historian Albert L. Hurtado wrote, “War, pestilence, and famine blow books around the planet like so many hostages to uncertain fortune. Thieves steal, vandals deface, pious clergy burn, and worms eat books. Whether threatened by worms or war, there is nothing permanent about books and libraries.” ― Margaret Leslie Davis
- “Love was a vulnerability.” ― Zoraida Córdova
- “To love, we must remove our armor, exposing our heart. For love cannot be had without the risk of being wounded.” ― John Mark Green
- “Car s’il y a une vérité, ce serait d’être nu, constamment, nu sans même la peau, avec juste les nerfs et le sang, les muscles et les boyaux pour exprimer le vif de l’humanité : une sorte de philosophie de l’écorchure destinée à se réapproprier les sensations de la première aube.” ― Charles Bolduc
- “Threat is a mirror of security gaps. Cyber-threat is mainly a reflection of our weaknesses. An accurate vision of digital and behavioral gaps is crucial for a consistent cyber-resilience.” ― Stephane Nappo
- “The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” ― Brené Brown
50 Vulnerability Quotes
- “Don’t think for a minute that the person next to you is not as wounded as you are. For if you can’t see their wounds, it’s likely that you have not made it safe enough for them to show them to you because you don’t feel safe enough to risk them seeing yours.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “You know as well as I do that choosing to love another person is choosing to be hurt. However, is choosing ‘not to love’ actually choosing to be hurt simply because we will have chosen to keep a part of ourselves to ourselves that will die a most horrific death in the keeping?” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “Don’t let them mishandle your vulnerability twice.” ― Darnell Lamont Walker
- “If one focuses on foundational religious texts and core teachings from any of the world’s major religions, it is much easier to defend animal liberation than it is to defend animal exploitation. Moreover, it is easier to champion animal liberation than to defend other oft-claimed religious ideals, such as human rights or equality between the sexes.
This is understandable when we realize that animals tend to be extremely vulnerable when compared with human beings. Children, women, and minorities are vulnerable, but even children can (and might) destroy a healthy chicken, while it is rather preposterous to imagine a chicken destroying a healthy child.” ― Lisa Kemmerer
- “When we are vulnerable, I believe we are our truest selves. Emotion is all about vulnerability, and that is why, in the cheesiest sense, it is so beautiful.” ― Keah Brown
- “Most events people referred to as tragedies happened suddenly and spectacularly: earthquakes shaking entire cities to the ground, spacecraft breaking up in the heat of reentry, nuclear reactors melting down during routine tests.
These were the things we worried about, guarded against, spent countless hours training for.
But Arik was realizing now that disaster could be disassembled into small unidentifiable components and smuggled past even our best defences.
It could be allowed to accumulate right in front of us without tripping an alarm or registering on a sensor.
Misfortune knew how to use our egos and our pride against us to lure us into vulnerable and defenceless positions. The more obstacles you placed in death’s path, the more it was compelled to slip in through the cracks.” ― Christian Cantrell
- “I’m tired of people who don’t know what they want, who have to be coaxed. I want somebody who’ll see a light in my eye and come to me.” ― Ann Wadsworth
- “I’m tired of people who don’t know what they want, who have to be coaxed. I want somebody who’ll see a light in my eye and come to me.” ― Ann Wadsworth
- “I genuinely admire people who can make themselves so vulnerable, the ones who don’t need to work hard at chipping away their protective shields — or who haven’t constructed them in the first place — like the ones I’ve built up so I don’t have to open myself up. But being that honest, laying yourself bare like that is scary as.” ― Brodie Lancaster
- “Boxing breaks many of the binaries that men are conditioned to believe about our bodies, our genders, ourselves. With its cover of ‘realness’ and violence, it provides room for what so many men lack: tenderness, and touch, and vulnerability.” ― Thomas Page McBee
- “I’d insist that we all put out the same canvases and paint together. You might not want to, but I’d assure you that we needn’t be so worried about painting masterpieces. People are the masterpieces, and you are creative because you are God’s best creation and HI fingerprints and brush strokes dance all inside of you. Then I’d hold up my written rules for paint brush holders.
Everyone must try.
Give yourself permission to not be perfect.
Refuse to be intimidated by the process.
The most beauty will emerge from the paintbrushes held by those who are most free from fear.
Smile. I already love what will soon come to life on your canvas.
Then we’d paint. And you’d discover you actually like it. Your piece would turn out amazing, and together we’d think through the perfect place for you to hang it up in your house…
We are slowly coming out of hiding. It feels good to be vulnerable with artwork and with each other.” ― Lysa TerKeurst
- “He wanted to take her in his arms, he wanted to be utterly revealed to her, he wanted her to understand.” ― Iris Murdoch
- “Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future. To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.” ― David Whyte
- “It’s not that love lacks power. Rather, it’s that we’re too frightened to submit to a power that will demand vulnerability when we’ve invested the whole of our lives building walls.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “The strange thing about Janice Joplin is that she could look incredibly vulnerable on stage. That is, until she had a mike in her hand and started to sing. Once she started singing she put her whole life into each and every song. It was a remarkable transformation.
Each song was her life!” ― Karl Wiggins
- “When your body is clear there is control. When your body is clear you can choose whom to let in. There is love everywhere.
Please cradle my rabbit heart. Please navigate yourself around me well. I know too much.
I can recognize darkness because he is my brother, my maker. I can drink lightness because it is the only way to survive.
I can shut off my heart but that leads to evil, so I express her and revel in the nuance of blood currents, and the sacred demons.
I fear and quake with my eyes darting fight or flight love or die.
The lightning comes from below this time and rips out of my throat for the world to see.
They all see my rabbit and I have trained her to hunt. In her perfect glory she is shy and extroverted, chaste and perverted, my sweet near-death more alive than ever. Take her.
Take me while I am ripe and open, rub berries on my lips and bear fat in my hair.
Haunches bared, teeth sharpened, wide-eyed and aware. Hurry. I want to feel safe.” ― Tanya Tagaq
- “The world will make you vulnerable. If you’re acting like you’re not, that’s what you’re doing. Acting” ― Bill Konigsberg
- “Then I realized that I had attacked a living, sensitive creature, not just an entity.” ― Françoise Sagan
- “Don’t be a sapiosexual, be a sapiosensual. This is why I say I consider myself a sapiosensual (a term I just made up) because I DON’T LOOK FOR INTELLIGENCE IN A PERSON, I LOOK FOR SOUL, DEPTH, PASSION, VULNERABILITY AND SENSUALITY. All these equate to AUTHENTICITY to me. So, yes, I’m probably snobbish too, I judge a person on how I feel about their authenticity.” ― Lebo Grand
- “If you cannot handle
The darkest pieces of her
Don’t ever dare to say
That you love her!” ― Jyoti Patel
- “Being known. This, of course, is the goal, the agenda so carefully hidden it may be unknown even to the self. The cutter cuts to make the pain at her center visible. The anorexic starves to make manifest her hunger and vulnerability. The extremes announce, This is who I am, this is what I feel, this is what happens when I don’t get what I need. In quadraphonic sound, they give voice to the most central human hunger, which is the desire to be recognized, to be known and loved because of, and in spite of, who you are; they give voice to the sorrow that takes root when that hunger is unsatisfied.” ― Caroline Knapp
- “Every person will battle with false pride, a sense of loss and aloneness, and feeling defenseless in a world of endless trauma and tragedy.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster
- “The brokenhearted are the bravest among us. They dared to love.”― Brené Brown
- “I’ve made myself vulnerable
I’ve let myself care.
I’ve opened my firmly closed heart.
My safety is gone
It’s no longer there
My protection is falling apart.
Our hearts would be safe
Or our bodies protected from harm.
A moment can change
All we think that we have,
Hope will endure through the storm.
Troubling a Star
Madeleine L’Engle” ― Madeleine L’Engle
- “I thought about how often this was needed in everyday life. How we feel lonely, sometimes to the point of tears, but we don’t let those tears come because we are not supposed to cry. Or how we feel a surge of love for a partner but we don’t say anything because we’re frozen with the fear of what those words might do to the relationship.
Morrie’s approach was exactly the opposite. Turn on the faucet. Wash yourself with the emotion. It won’t hurt you. It will only help. If you let the fear inside, if you pull it on like a familiar shirt, then you can say to yourself, “All right, it’s just fear, I don’t have to let it control me. I see it for what it is.”
Same for loneliness: you let go, let the tears flow, feel it completely—but eventually be able to say, “All right, that was my moment with loneliness. I’m not afraid of feeling lonely, but now I’m going to put that loneliness aside and know that there are other emotions in the world, and I’m going to experience them as well.” ― Mitch Albom
- “Love makes it all ‘not about me.’ And after having spent the whole of my existence making it ‘about me,’ that’s an ‘about-face’ that’s about as difficult as it can get.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “…she has somehow heard your deepest, darkest secrets without even asking. She is blessed with an innate ability to make people feel seen, heard, and safe, meanwhile keeping her own vulnerability tucked just beneath the surface of her own skin. She shares it with only a very select and privileged few.” ― Sara Bareilles
- “To grow in love-ability is to accept the boundaries of oneself and others, while remaining vulnerable, woundable, around the bounds. Acknowledgement of conditionality is the only unconditionality of human love.” ― Gillian Rose
- “We need to be willing to mess up, to look silly, to be imperfect. The uber wealthy or network-driven can find short term successes by hiding flaws or hiring a team of image makers, but it’s all temporary. True art, true connectivity, true love is about being authentic and vulnerable. These are the messages that carry weight and survive time.” ― Jen Knox
- “It was a relationship between a young, inexperienced girl and an older man used to getting what he wanted. He’d come to her when she was vulnerable and convinced her that he was the only one who cared about her, and she’d believed him. And he did care about her, but he cared about himself a whole lot more.”― Emily Poirier
- “A culture of shame and secrets is bound to hide its dirty laundry and continue the same offences for generations.
You can’t healthfully and successfully sweep your dysfunctions under the carpet and pretend nothing has happened.
Whether it’s your family culture, or your religious culture, or both, this is a great way to grow deep roots of poison and toxic dysfunction in all of your close relationships.
It’s a great way to destroy yourself and your loved ones.
End the culture of secrecy. End the follied pride that seeks to cover up its shame rather than admit it.
Face your offenses head on with a desire to fix them and heal.” ― Jennifer DeLucy
- “True safety was not in having armor. It was in vulnerability.” ― Jewel
- “How fragile love is. How delicate and small in its first buds, when it’s just an idea, a wish filled with hope. It is so easy to turn away from it entirely and choose to live alone in your own private fear. I had one moment of courage, and it changed my life. I didn’t turn to love out of loneliness. Or out of habit. I let love change me.” ― Adriana Trigiani
- “Work is freighted with difficulty and possibility of visible failure, failure to provide, to succeed, to make a difference, to be seen and to be seen to be seen. Work, therefore, is a robust vulnerability, and a good part of the time, a journey leading us through very unbeautiful private and public humiliations.” ― David Whyte
- “To admit one’s mistakes
is not to burn,
but to thaw.” ― Camilla Nicole Petyn
- “Art evokes the suburb of our experiences, emotions, and longings; it transcends beyond personal preference. Art is vulnerability. Art is intimacy. Art is mystery. Art is indefinite. Art evokes the truth.” ― Efrat Cybulkiewicz
- “If the portrayal of Dylan as a monster left the impression that the tragedy at Columbine had no relevance to average people or their families, then whatever measure of comfort it offered was false. I hope the truth will awake people to a greater sense of vulnerability—more frightening, perhaps, but crucial—that cannot so easily be circumscribed.” ― Sue Klebold
- “[A]nger in its pure state is the measure of the way we are implicated in the world and made vulnerable through love in all its specifics: a daughter, a house, a family, an enterprise, a land or a colleague.” ― David Whyte
- “Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails.
“But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.” ― Mitch Albom,
- “Even as a creative artist, I used to think enduring struggles and hard days in silence and telling people everything was great meant I was strong. And then I learned it just meant I was scared—scared of people not loving me any other way. Scared of sharing the lessons that pain had to teach. I no longer see perpetual claims of “fineness” as strength.
People desperately need to see the full human experience, especially the dark parts.
They need to know that other folks struggle, too, and that it’s all part of a bigger story of triumph.
They need permission to keep going, knowing that hardship is normal for everyone. Give them that gift. Have that courage. Tell the whole story.” ― Jennifer DeLucy
- “I will not say I am naked when I am fully clothed. I will not say I am sorry when I am resentful.” ― Kiese Laymon
- “Then why did he worry daily that his mistress was about to leave him?
The only explanation I can suggest is that for Franz, love was not an extension of public life but its antithesis.
It meant a longing to put himself at the mercy of his partner. He who gives himself up like a prisoner of war must give up his weapons as well.
And deprived in advance of defense against a possible blow, he cannot help wondering when the blow will fall.
That is why I can say that for Franz, love meant the constant expectation of a blow.” ― Milan Kundera
- “Vulnerability starts at birth. We emerge from the womb cold, naked and crying, just hoping to be held in a warm embrace.” ― J. Autherine
- “Nothing leaves you more vulnerable to your past than the illusion that you’ve dealt with it.” ― John Verdon
- “Apologies require vulnerability.” ― Jennifer Thomas
- “I think that because I’m so happy, the easiest, most minute bit of sadness will strike me like it is the hardest blow anyone has ever endured.” ― Michael Whone
- “It may sound paradoxical, but strength comes from vulnerability. You have to ask the question to get the answer, even though asking the question means you didn’t know.” ― Majid Kazmi
- “We create ‘light’ that isn’t light enough to reveal who we are. And that kind of light is in fact the greatest kind of darkness.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “The point was, there’d be nothing to this if you were beautiful and sexy.
The point was, in a world where everybody had to look so pretty all the time, this guy wasn’t. The monkey wasn’t. What they were doing wasn’t.
The point was, it’s not the sex part of adult-content(movies/videos) that hooked the stupid little boy.
It was the confidence. The courage. The complete lack of shame. The comfort and genuine honesty.
The up-front-ness of being able to just stand there and tell the world: Yeah, this is how I chose to spend a free afternoon. Posing here with a monkey putting chestnuts up my ass.
And I really don’t care how I look. Or what you think.
So deal with it.
He was assaulting the world by assaulting himself.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
- “Vulnerability, not music, is the food of love.” ― J.D. McClatchy
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Brene Brown defines vulnerability as “emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty”, “the most accurate tool for measuring courage”, “the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change”, “the way we can find each other”.
Is vulnerability weakness or strength?
I say it’s both in perfect balance. What do you think?