Top 10 Lines From ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ by Brene Brown

You know how some people are so smart that they are able to communicate in a way that even those of us who are not so smart can understand? Brene Brown is one of those people.

Through her work as a writer, speaker and professor, she has learned a ton about vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy. Her 2010 book The Gifts of Imperfection touches on those topics in a simple, yet effective way. The book is filled with great quotes. Here are my 10 favorite lines:

  1. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

  2. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.”

  3. The better we are at accepting ourselves and others, the more compassionate we become.”

  4. Belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”

  5. I know I can talk to myself in ways that I would never consider talking to another person.”

  6. Staying real is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight.”

  7. It is in the process of embracing our imperfections that we find out truest gifts: courage, compassion, and connection.”

  8. We’re a nation hungry for more joy: Because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.”

  9. The universe is not short on wake-up calls. We’re just quick to hit the snooze button.”

  10. Life-paralysis refers to all of the opportunities we miss because we’re too afraid to put anything out in the world that could be imperfect.”

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