Top 122 Vulnerability Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Vulnerability Quotes from famous people such as Diane Lane, Claire Fox, Teri Hatcher, Meghan O’Rourke, Roxane Gay, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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I remember ‘vulnerability’ being an unattractive word for most of my life, and I resented it as a direction coming from a director just because it implied weakness so I get the job. But it is that humbling place that creates compassion.
Diane Lane
We tell children their wellbeing is paramount, but we are also guilty of mollycoddling them. There’s a constant emphasis on their vulnerability, which is proving toxic.
Claire Fox
I’m a woman who carries around all these layers of fear and vulnerability.
Teri Hatcher
What’s endlessly complicated in thinking about women’s gymnastics is the way that vulnerability and power are threaded through the sport.
Meghan O’Rourke
If I were ever to grace the pages of ‘Vogue,’ I would want my image retouched because the audience is so vast. There is great vulnerability in being exposed to that many judging eyes. I feel no small amount of guilt over this willingness to surrender my ideals.
Roxane Gay
Vulnerability is huge. I love to see that in characters. It’s something I feel like a lot of my comedic heroes have always done.
Ed Helms
A lot of people would probably get quite bored watching a series about a king who is powerful and never showed any vulnerability.
George Blagden
What I want to do with my music is to just encourage vulnerability, and to talk about things even if they’re uncomfortable. Everyone has mental health – everyone has a mind that works in different ways and goes through highs and lows.
Arlo Parks
Perhaps writers should never be allowed to get together in a workplace context. It’s not like studying computer science, after all. The emotions are at large, and are shared and are questioned. There is a vulnerability.
Graham Joyce
Vulnerability is important in life, I feel. That’s what allows you to experience intense emotions, whether it’s joy or pain or sadness.
Kalki Koechlin
Security is always going to be a cat and mouse game because there’ll be people out there that are hunting for the zero day award, you have people that don’t have configuration management, don’t have vulnerability management, don’t have patch management.
Kevin Mitnick
Let a woman have her place, because as you provide foundation for her, she provides a foundation for you. And through that vulnerability comes strength.
Shemar Moore
I hope that the vulnerability I share in my songs and my story is a vessel to people, showing them they are not alone, and that anything is possible.
Carly Pearce
I do feel that softness for the vulnerability and the innocence in our world, including my own.
Jane Lynch
Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.
Brene Brown
One of the things I did when I discovered this huge importance of being vulnerable is very happily moved away from the shame research, because that’s such a downer, and people hate that topic. It’s not that vulnerability is the upside, but it’s better than shame, I guess.
Brene Brown
There is great strength in vulnerability, as it takes courage to push through the fear and share one’s true self with others. In music, that vulnerability really speaks to listeners as it connects with their own hearts.
Anoushka Shankar
I’d always tried to resist playing the supervirility thing. I liked showing the vulnerability of age.
Clint Eastwood
When a woman forsakes her vulnerability because she’s been hurt or because she lives in a dangerous world or doesn’t want to be used, she loses something essential about being a woman.
John Eldredge
People are fascinated with eternal life and physical power – the idea of having no vulnerability. We all feel small and powerless in the world at times, so the temptation to be a vampire is compelling.
Alexandra Cassavetes
I found literary idols in Adrienne Kennedy, Nella Larsen, and Ntozake Shange, writers who’d dared to locate a sanctioned, forbidden space between white vulnerability and black invincibility.
Margo Jefferson
Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.
Brene Brown
Terrorists can utilize any vulnerability in the system and that would include outbound shipments.
Asa Hutchinson
It takes a lot of confidence for people to be expressive, but it also takes confidence to show vulnerability and open up right away. I think that tells a lot about someone.
Nick Viall
Pakistan’s political instability is its greatest vulnerability, and a decline in U.S. power would reduce America’s ability to aid Pakistan’s consolidation and development.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness.
Brene Brown
When you stop caring what people think, you lose your capacity for connection. When you’re defined by it, you lose our capacity for vulnerability.
Brene Brown
For me, the best way to be as an artist is to be completely yourself, letting that vulnerability come through.
Gretchen Parlato
It’s wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return.
Alex Lowe
I feel a really strong sense of responsibility to encourage young women in my industry to embrace strength and vulnerability alike, and to develop their own ideas as courageously as possible.
Asher Keddie
Youth is such a fascinating and volatile concoction of vulnerability, dependence, restlessness, relentlessness. You’re still learning the terms of the world and of the self, in a very immediate way.
Laura van den Berg
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I have the most dreadfully appalling eyesight. I’m really shortsighted and have been since I was about five. I was the speccy girl with the pink National Health glasses. That’s my physical vulnerability, and I wish I could put it right, but I can’t – even with surgery.
Sarah Alexander
At United, my United, we had been honed into a ruthless team who played great football but, ultimately, were there to win football matches and league titles. At Newcastle, they could certainly play on their day, and the crowd was formidable, but there was a weakness – a vulnerability that you could seek out.
Paul Scholes
More visibility is more power, but more vulnerability.
Ezra Furman
When we have emotions of fear and pity toward the hero of a tragedy, we explore aspects of our own vulnerability in a safe and pleasing setting.
Martha Nussbaum
We need to have a strong defense focused on areas that are in the greatest vulnerability. I have been very concerned about America’s 361 seaports as a point in which terrorist activities and materials could be brought into the country.
Bob Graham
We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.
Todd Gitlin
I hope people learn the power of vulnerability through my songs. I think vulnerability can save the world. Empathy helps people connect with each other.
Mary Lambert
Well, softness and femininity like yours people don’t expect of me; so when they find me emotional and capable of real vulnerability, they’re surprised.
Faye Dunaway
There’s monsters in all of us, but there’s also vulnerability.
Finn Wittrock
I have a disturbing problem with losing things. My vulnerability to loss-distress could properly be labeled not only inordinate, but neurotic.
Dick Cavett
All leaders, male or female, innately possess feminine qualities like empathy, candor and vulnerability – the difference lies in which leaders choose to suppress those qualities, and which choose to leverage them as strengths.
John Gerzema
It’s interesting when people say, ‘You always play strong women,’ because as far as I’m concerned, women are strong. I think that’s what women are. We have got that vulnerability, but we have got that strength. We are survivors.
Maxine Peake
The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story.
Janet Fitch
Contrary to popular mythology, the best and most durable relationships are based not on vulnerability or passion but on a conjugation of positive attributes, a meeting of mind, body and soul that is all the more powerful as it is not weighed down with neediness and unreasonable expectation.
Mariella Frostrup
We’re getting bolder with our drama and we’re allowing women to be unapologetic about their ambitions in a professional sense, and also about their vulnerability as mothers and lovers.
Asher Keddie
One thing to remember is that human beings connect through vulnerability. That’s our core way of connecting.
Zoe Buckman
It’s interesting to me that I get cast as mothers and really maternal, sweet, nice people… Maybe I have a vulnerability or something; maybe that’s what it is.
Elizabeth Reaser
I think one’s relationship with one’s vulnerability is a very delicate and precious relationship. Most people try to hide, disguise that vulnerability, and in doing that, you, I think, diminish a great source of power.
Philip Schultz
Every good villain has his or her own vulnerability.
Rita Volk
Young women, adolescent girls, are more subject to infection, sometimes at a rate of six times that of boys. That tells you a lot about the vulnerability of women.
Stephen Lewis
I need a combination of attitude, sensuality, and vulnerability. I need a new kind of heroine. After Bipasha Basu and Sunny Leone, India now needs an even more unique fantasy figure.
Pooja Bhatt
The things that churned inside Daredevil were deeply religious, somewhat guilt-driven traces of the messianic, with his powers being a compensation for and driven by the vulnerability of being blind. Green Arrow is not driven by dark forces.
Ann Nocenti
There’s a vulnerability to our music that attracts people.
Justin Chancellor
I think for me, the best comedy comes from when something feels real and genuine, so even though Miranda is this wacky character, there is a real vulnerability to her that we finally get to show in ‘Haters Back Off,’ and I think that’s what makes this comedy rich and more fulfilling, at least for me.
Colleen Ballinger
The Who on record were dynamic. Roger Daltrey’s delivery allowed vulnerability without weakness; doubt and confusion, but no plea for sympathy.
Eddie Vedder
It’s true that robust governance structures, checks and balances, transparency of markets, directionally leads to… less vulnerability to corruption.
Khalid A. Al-Falih
When I started to write ‘Hannah’s Child,’ I realized that this had to be a book of passion, to have a certain kind of vulnerability. I think that people respond to that.
Stanley Hauerwas
Women’s vulnerability around money is hardly exclusive to Africa. Throughout the world, women struggle with financial power. In the West, women’s financial literacy is notably lower than men’s. That lack of knowledge means that many women slide into poverty when they become widows.
Ann Cotton
I guess there’s a vulnerability in seeing a female character trying to get out of something really drastic.
Elisha Cuthbert
I feared vulnerability more than my actual emotional pain itself!
Karen Salmansohn
There is a difference between vulnerability and telling people everything about yourself. Vulnerability is a feeling. Telling everyone about yourself is just facts and details.
Simon Sinek
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I wish everybody in the world liked me, but a lot of them don’t. That’s because my whatever – my weakness, my vulnerability, my ego, whatever it is.
Colin Cowherd
If you’re confident, then you don’t feel weird about showing your vulnerability and opening yourself up to learning from somebody else. Insecure people stay where they are because they’re afraid of admitting their weaknesses.
Jen Sincero
Guys have a level of insecurity and vulnerability that’s exponentially bigger than you think. With the primal urge to be alpha comes extreme heartbreak. The harder we fight, the harder we fall.
John Krasinski
There’s something very frightening about the vulnerability of mothers and babies.
Jed Mercurio
Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us – in their depth, their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion.
Sharon Salzberg
There’s a lot of vulnerability in songs – I’m not talking about pop songs – from people that are in the art of songwriting more than the commercial enterprise of it.
Mary Gauthier
We aren’t always comfortable witnessing real frailty or vulnerability in our heroines, but I like characters who struggle, and doubt, and who don’t always do the wise thing.
Leigh Bardugo
Even criticism is more interesting when the writer’s authority does not only come through this omniscient narrator, but through questions, ambivalence, vulnerability. A mind questioning and on the move, not just settling down and declaring – that’s one of the most interesting possibilities.
Margo Jefferson
I’ve DP’d so many films for first-time directors, and I know the trauma, the heartbreak, the vulnerability, how much you have to believe in the story.
Reed Morano
The intention and outcome of vulnerability is trust, intimacy and connection. The outcome of oversharing is distrust, disconnection – and usually a little judgment.
Brene Brown
I have a million career weaknesses, and although it’s uncomfortable, I believe that authentically acknowledging and working through your vulnerability is more powerful than the delusion of perfection.
Caroline Ghosn
Through my research, I found that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It’s the magic sauce.
Brene Brown
When you approach the world with such vulnerability and openness, people return that energy. It’s draining, but it fills me with a purpose. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Arlo Parks
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
We, as extremely complex creatures, desperately need to know this story of how the universe creates complexity and why complexity means vulnerability and fragility.
David Christian
When I was younger, I used to say, ‘I’m not making music. I am getting catharsis for emotion.’ For me, vulnerability is an act of uncovering. It’s a revealing: the idea of putting aside your armour and allowing pain to enter.
Only out of great vulnerability do you discover what strength you have. Having a daughter who I love with all my being has helped me mine the source of that strength to previously unknown depths.
Emilia Fox
Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow – that’s vulnerability.
Brene Brown
There has to be a balance between power and vulnerability. That’s something I feel I have in my own life, something I struggle with and – on a good day – like about myself.
Idina Menzel
Sometimes if you expose your vulnerability, someone else will feel comforted. It’s like we’re all in this boat together.
Tavi Gevinson
All creative people have to have vulnerability because those nuances are what move people. So I’m deeply insecure – but I’m good at hiding it.
Paloma Faith
I’m a big emotional mess. I try to talk about things that people don’t like to talk about, especially in music. Hopefully it reaches someone and lets them access their vulnerability. That’s what I want it to accomplish.
Mary Lambert
Vulnerability, humility, relatability – those three are very close and very similar to keep you going.
Jim Breuer
When we fall short of meeting community needs – for stable housing, safe streets, open space, reliable transportation, food access, a healthy environment – everyone faces greater vulnerability.
Michelle Wu
The thing I really love about my fans is the vulnerability and openness, the crying and the hugs. They are so kind.
Mary Lambert
There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.
M. Scott Peck
Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.
Brene Brown
To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.
Susan Sontag
The anorexic is out to prove how little she needs, how little she can survive on; she is out, in a sense, to discredit her nurturers, while at the same time making a public crisis out of her need for nurture. Such vulnerability and such power: it brings the whole female machinery to a halt.
Rachel Cusk
Vulnerability is the strongest state to be in. How boring would it be if we were constantly dominant or constantly submissive?
FKA twigs
If you’re not vulnerable, and you’re too headstrong and clear about the path you want to take, it won’t help you grow. Vulnerability doesn’t have to be a negative thing. If you take the right spin on it, it can be extremely positive.
Kriti Kharbanda
Our consciousness wants to connect through struggle and

Our consciousness wants to connect through struggle and even pain. So in a funny sort of way, vulnerability is attractive.
Zoe Buckman
Honesty, vulnerability, pain – these are things that always supersede the trends of the day.
No I.D.
Generosity is as much showing your vulnerability as it is your passion for something.
David Droga
Dick Van Dyke was my first idol. He’s an amazing physical comedian, like a classic clown, but also very smart and not afraid to show vulnerability.
Douglas Wood
Fragile economies and weak infrastructures tend to worsen the results of climate disruptions, a problem exemplified by Bangladesh’s vulnerability to monsoons, accelerating desertification in northern China, and, most visibly, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in New Orleans.
Jamais Cascio
I like to bring a level of vulnerability and real humanity to the characters I play when appropriate, and I feel like Dr. Culber lives pretty comfortably in that vulnerable world, but he’s a professional first.
Wilson Cruz
It’s all too easy when talking about female gymnasts to fall into the trap of infantilizing them, spending more time worrying more about female vulnerability than we do celebrating female strength.
Meghan O’Rourke
Daesh thought it could exploit the vulnerability of the Iraqi state, but it underestimated the overwhelming desire of the Iraqi people for unity.
Haider al-Abadi
The best marriages are the ones where we can go out in the world and really put ourselves out there. A lot of times we’ll fail, and sometimes we’ll pull it off. But good marriages are when you can go home and know that your vulnerability will be honored as courage, and that you’ll find support.
Brene Brown
Bankruptcy exposes the economic vulnerability and insecurity of middle class women.
Elizabeth Warren
America’s vulnerability comes precisely from its strength, its wealth, its power and its modernity. It’s the usual story of the dog chasing its own tail.
Oriana Fallaci
Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.
Brene Brown
In the past, I have assumed the word ‘vulnerability’ equates with the word ‘weakness’ and ‘This Is Us’ shows us that it is in fact the opposite.
Chris Sullivan
If you think dealing with issues like worthiness and authenticity and vulnerability are not worthwhile because there are more pressing issues, like the bottom line or attendance or standardized test scores, you are sadly, sadly mistaken. It underpins everything.
Brene Brown
I have ventured to write more intimately about my personal life than is customary for a member of the Supreme Court, and with that candor comes a measure of vulnerability.
Sonia Sotomayor
With Tourette’s, there’s this element of vulnerability and compassion and empathy that you innately possess because of the affliction.
Dash Mihok
Conservatism’s vulnerability is simply that it has no way to extract power from the evils America owned up to in the ’60s – no way to use the sins of the past to coerce Americans into doing what it wants.
Shelby Steele
I think Freddie Mercury is probably the best of all time in terms of a rock voice. There was a vulnerability to it, his technical ability was amazing, and so much of his personality would come out through his voice. I’m not even a guy to buy Queen records, really, and I still think he’s one of the best.
Chris Cornell
Putting out a book is absolutely a lesson in vulnerability because it doesn’t matter how much of an audience you have. Some people who have giant audiences can’t sell books because those audiences don’t feel like they need to give them their money.
Luvvie Ajayi
Putting women’s traditional needs at the center of social planning is not reverse sexism. It’s the best way to reverse the increasing economic vulnerability of men and women alike.
Stephanie Coontz
We’ve been a country that’s been fortunate to be protected by two oceans, to not have serious attacks on our territory for most of our history. And we were unfortunately reminded in a very devastating way of our vulnerability.
Condoleezza Rice
Our vulnerability is that both blacks and whites can use our impossible racial authenticity against us. Both races can throw up our mixed background to challenge our authority to speak.
Shelby Steele
I understand now that the vulnerability I’ve always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. You can’t experience life without feeling life. What I’ve learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a weakness, it’s a strength.
Elisabeth Shue
Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.’
Ashton Kutcher
Being a father taught me patience. And it taught me vulnerability. You don’t realize how vulnerable you are when you love something else more far more than yourself.
Dean Cain
I loved the challenge of being able to take a character who could be thrown away as ‘crazy’ and making her identifiable to the audience – also, to give her a vulnerability that people would cheer for.
Katee Sackhoff
You don’t hear no artists from Compton showing vulnerability.
Kendrick Lamar
There is this film called ‘La Femme Nikita.’ I want to play something like that. This woman with a gun in her hand but with tears in her eyes. I would love to play that kind of vulnerability on screen.
Sarita Choudhury
As someone who is both an ethnic minority and openly gay, I often talk about how simply being who I am has given me a double awareness of the vulnerability that some Americans may be facing.
Mark Takano