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30 Inspirational Brene Brown Quotes for Authentic Women

These are the Most Inspirational Brene Brown Quotes from her Ted Talks, Audibles, Books, and Talks! Find out who Brené Brown and where she's speaking next.

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I’m one of those women. Oh, you know the kind.

I read all the self-help books, listen to the podcasts, and feed into all the “universal vibes” mumbo jumbo. 

I joke about these things but I find them to be very valuable. In fact, I think we need this kind of motivation and inspiration in our lives.

With all that said, I’m picky.

I don’t take every piece of advice to heart and I don’t resonate with every belief. I don’t understand the planets and how those affect my daily life. Honestly, I still don’t have the law of attraction quite figured out.

I’m a work in progress. But, aren’t we all?

What I do know a lot about is feelings. Expressing, identifying, and controlling my feelings are my strengths. My parents didn’t teach me this. Honestly, I learned a lot the hard way.

Had you met me 6 years ago, you would have been talking to a guarded woman. Vulnerability wasn’t in my vocabulary. However, shame, fear, despair, and trauma were. I said things I didn’t mean and accepted things I didn’t deserve.

I didn’t love myself. In turn, I blocked anyone from truly loving me.

Then, I let it happen.

I learned to be alone and then, learned that I deserve love.

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From the moment I met my husband, I made it a point to work on me. I’ve delved deep into life coaches with podcasts, self-love Ted Talks, and motivational Instagram accounts.

Then, I discovered Brené Brown and my life officially changed.

What I haven’t told you yet is how much I hated some of these podcasters and motivational speeches. Some were too preachy and religious, others were a snooze fest.

Apparently, the sound of someone’s voice can be a dealbreaker for me. Who knew? The tone of a voice, a genuine presence, and enthusiasm mean a lot to me. If those don’t align, the person feels like a fraud.

A friend who I trust very much recommend a Brené Brown video to me. Being the procrastinator I am, I watched it a month later.

This video was the start of something life changing for me. I was inspired to use my platform to help other women. I started taking notes of my favorite inspirational Brené Brown quotes.

Then, I began writing about all the things I felt others needed help with: positive thinking, empathy, breakups, friendships, etc.. 

Brene Brown encouraged me to not only be vulnerable, but to be BOLD.

And I haven’t stopped yet.

Brene Brown encouraged me to not only be vulnerable, but to be BOLD. Did I have a personal conversation with her? No, but it sure felt as if she was speaking directly to me. 

Brene Brown - Photo By Maile Wilson
Brene Brown – Photo By Maile Wilson

Because of her inspirational quotes and authentic storytelling, she inspired me to tell my truth. To tell it without shame or expectation, at that.

Inspirational Brene Brown Quotes for Authentic Women

I hope these Brené Brown quotes not only inspire you but change your life, as they did for me. These are my favorite inspirational Brene Brown Quotes:

Brené Brown talks criticism, self-care, Wholeheartedness, and more in these 30 Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes for Authentic Women! #BreneBrown #QuotesForWomen

1.“At the end of the day, at the end of the month, at the end of my life – I want to know that I contributed more than I criticized.”

This is my new favorite inspirational quote of all time. I heard it in the Amazon Audible book, The Power of Vulnerability, and I had to rewind.

Don't we want to feel good about ourselves? Isn't life more about giving than receiving? I'm pretty sure Brené Brown needs to be the next POTUS.

2. “Authenticity embraces whole-hearted living and loving. Even if we are struggling with the shame and fear of not being good enough and especially when the joy is so intense that we are afraid to feel it.”

Personally, I know many individuals who are afraid to be happy. Why are they afraid? Because being fully happy makes you vulnerable enough to be fully heartbroken.

While that may be true, it's a risk we should all be willing to take. You can be happy and be yourself without the fear of rejection or embarrassment. In fact, those things can only make you more powerful.

Brené Brown talks vulnerabitlity, self-care, Wholeheartedness, and more in these 30 Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes for Authentic Women! #BreneBrown #QuotesForWomen

3. “We've got to feel what we are feeling but we’ve also got to move forward and through it.”

I think it's safe to say that we've all had our fair share of dwelling on something bad that happened to us. This typically happens after a bad breakup or even after a friendship ends.

Rather than holding onto those negative thoughts and feelings, we need to feel it then let it go. Likewise, we need to forgive even when someone hasn't offered an apology.

4. “One thing that resilient people have in common is that they understand who they are and they don’t trying to be like other people.”

Wouldn't it be lovely if we were all resilient enough to understand that we have only one life to live? One life means you've got one chance to be authentic and beautiful YOU!

This quote is a simple reminder to be ourselves. More importantly, it's a reminder to love ourself fully.

Brené Brown talks vulnerabitlity, self-care, Wholeheartedness, and more in these 30 Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes for Authentic Women! #BreneBrown #QuotesForWomen

5. “You didn’t have an attitude of gratitude but what does that mean if you are not practicing it?”

Basically, you can be grateful and feel gratitude but that doesn’t mean a thing if you aren’t expressing it!

For example, are you expressing gratitude to the people you love? Are you calling, texting, or writing to them? Are you writing in a gratitude journal?

Brené Brown Arena Quotes

6. “For me, if you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”

Brené Brown talks vulnerabitlity, self-care, Wholeheartedness, and more in these 30 Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes for Authentic Women! #BreneBrown #QuotesForWomen

7. “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.”

8. “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”

9. “The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.”

Inspirational Brene Brown Quotes on Risk Taking

10. “What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”

"To the brave and brokenhearted who have taught us how to rise after we fall – your courage is contagious." - Brene Brown Quotes

11. “To the brave and brokenhearted who have taught us how to rise after we fall – your courage is contagious.”

12. “Loving ourselves through the process of vulnerability is the bravest thing we'll ever do.”

Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes - Shame Empathy

13. “Shame cannot survive being spoken. It cannot survive empathy.”

RELATED: 10 Signs You're an Empath

14. “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued – when they can give and receive without judgement.”

15. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

Brené Brown Quotes about Being Alone

16. “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

17. “Living into our values means that we do more than profess our values, we practice them. We walk our talk—we are clear about what we believe and hold important, and we take care that our intentions, words, thoughts, and behaviors align with those beliefs.”

Brene Brown Quotes - Your Story

18. “Share with people who have earned the right to hear your story.”

19. “Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.”

20. “When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, ‘Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again’—my gut reaction is, ‘What a badass.’”

21. “Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.”

Brene Brown Quotes on Self Love

22. “In a society that says ‘Put Yourself Last' self-love and self-acceptance are almost revolutionary.”

23. “Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

24. “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

Talk To Yourself Like You'd Talk To Someone You Love - Brene Brown Quotes

25. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

RELATED: 45 Positive Affirmations for Women

26. “The most powerful teaching moments are the ones where you screw up.”

27. “Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else. If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.”

28. “When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.”

29. “Being ourselves means having to find the courage to stand alone.”

29. "Being ourselves means having to find the courage to stand alone." - Brene Brown Quotes

30. “You either walk inside your story and own it; or your stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

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Who is Brene Brown?

Brené Brown is an expert on shame, vulnerability, and self-help. However, she didn't begin that way. Brené is a research professor. Meaning, her career was once based on facts and facts alone. That was until she started to study shame. Then, she realized there's no physical evidence of shame.

Who is Brene Brown? A Shame and Vulnerability Researcher.
Brene Brown – Photo By Danny Clark

She proceeded to get to the bottom of what shame really is by studying the feelings and emotions that come along with shame. This lead her to vulnerability and Wholeheartedness.

Now, you can find Brené Brown all over the internet laying it all on the table. Her thought-provoking talks and books will have you questioning all of those touchy topics: courage, compassion, empathy, belonging, joy, and positivity.

Brené Brown Books

If you haven’t already, I recommend investing in her books and binging her show on Netflix. You can never have enough Brené Brown in your life.

Also, in case you’re wondering: her voice doesn’t annoy me. In fact, the way she curses and says embarrassing things makes me appreciate her even more.

Here are all of the Brené Brown Books available for purchase now. I really recommend enrolling in Audible for her narrated audio books. By using my link you can get 2 free audiobooks to start you out!

Brene Brown Ted Talks

Brené Brown Ted Talks are the most inspirational videos you'll find. These are her two Ted Talks and I promise, they do not disappoint. This is where a lot of the inspirational Brené Brown quotes can be found.

Brene Brown Podcasts

Currently, Brené Brown doesn't have her own podcast but she is a guest on many great podcasts. I've linked a few of my favorite Brené Brown guest podcasts below:

If you just can't get enough of Brené Brown, I highly recommend her Netflix Special, The Call to Courage.

Where is Brene Brown speaking

Brené Brown is speaking at many events in the USA and internationally. You can find her speaking events here (for a current list) but as of now, these are her scheduled events:

These are the Most Inspirational Brené Brown Quotes from her Ted Talks, Audibles, Books, and Talks! Find out who Brené Brown and where she's speaking next. #BreneBrown

Where does Brene Brown teach?

I tried to find if and where Brené Brown teaches, but it appears that she isn't teaching in a physical classroom at this time. This totally makes sense considering how much she's traveling to speak at events.

However, she does have a pretty interesting section on her website called “Daring Classrooms” that you might want to take a look at.

So, where does Brené Brown teach? At traveling events and online would be the most accurate answer.

Do you have any favorite life-changing or inspirational Brené Brown quotes? Share them with me below!

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