Top 80 Discomfort Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Discomfort Quotes from famous people such as Alan Dershowitz, Steve Coogan, Fanny Kemble, Lisa Hanawalt, Marian Keyes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I tell my students, if you ever become comfortable with

I tell my students, if you ever become comfortable with your role as criminal defense lawyer, it’s time to quit. It should be a constant source of discomfort, because you’re dealing with incredible moral ambiguity, and you’ve been cast into a role which is not enviable.
Alan Dershowitz
I’ve always been drawn to discomfort and that limbo of unease you get between comedy and tragedy.
Steve Coogan
In the north we could not hope to keep the worst and poorest servant for a single day in the wretched discomfort in which our negro servants are forced habitually to live.
Fanny Kemble
I never thought, ‘I’m going to learn how to be funny now!,’ and I’m still surprised when other people think I’m funny. I just learned to make jokes as a way of moving through the world. It helps me deal with all sorts of discomfort and boredom.
Lisa Hanawalt
I’ve kind of realised life is meant to be tough and everybody is in psychic and spiritual discomfort of some sort and has a burden to carry. I’ve realised I’m not special.
Marian Keyes
I was literally the black sheep of the family, and there were definitely moments of discomfort while my grandmother was working through her racism.
Lisa Bonet
I try hard to convince them it’s important – but there’s a history of discomfort with minorities voting in some parts of this country, so most especially the older people have to get accustomed to it.
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Comedy is to force us to observe ourselves in ways that are humorous and yet, at the end of the day, that cause us enough discomfort with the status quo to make a change.
Michael Eric Dyson
Growth is uncomfortable; you have to embrace the discomfort if you want to expand.
Jonathan Majors
We’re so preoccupied with protecting children from disappointment and discomfort that we’re inadvertently excusing them from growing up.
LZ Granderson
All discomfort comes from suppressing your true identity.
Bryant H. McGill
Of all the planets apart from Earth in our solar system, Mars is the most hospitable. Yeah. Right. Better keep my visit short. And yet, despite the discomfort, the danger, I love it here. I love coming back for these imaginary vacations. The sights are amazing.
Greg Bear
Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy
Every time I do a project, it always comes with a level of discomfort and not knowing how to do it.
Alison Mosshart
Without hurting anybody, we all tend to laugh at others’ discomfort. When someone slips on a banana skin and falls it’s funny.
Shah Rukh Khan
One marvels why the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.
E. M. Forster
Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school.
Jacques Derrida
I want to go home at night and feel discomfort.
Nicole Kidman
Throughout every presidency since the heist of our country from indigenous peoples, the black American experience has been exceptional in its discomfort. And no chief executive of this great nation has, in earnest, developed a unique plan to remedy that discomfort.
Patrisse Cullors
As artists, we thrive when we can express our comfort and our discomfort. If a certain scene is really challenging for us, if we’re in an environment where we feel safe, we’re able to do our work.
Aja Naomi King
After every single take, I laugh. It’s my own awkwardness and discomfort about being an actor.
Seth Rogen
I like to do things that are publicly embarrassing, to feel the embarrassment touch me and sink into me and then be gone. I like getting on elevators and singing too loudly in that small space. The feeling you feel is almost like a vapor. The discomfort and the wishing that it would end that comes around you.
Stephen Colbert
The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.
Michael Moore
I’ve always sort of admired and respected one’s ability to be comfortable with other people’s discomfort or, you know, their being comfortable making other people uncomfortable.
Timothy Olyphant
I often feel a discomfort, a kind of embarrassment, when I explain elementary-particle physics to laypeople. It all seems so arbitrary – the ridiculous collection of fundamental particles, the lack of pattern to their masses.
Leonard Susskind
In general, Barack Hussein Obama brings us face to face with the discomfort our society feels with this idea of difference.
Uzodinma Iweala
Any type of discomfort is going to alter the way I throw the ball. If I alter the way I throw the ball, I run the risk of major injury to my arm.
Max Scherzer
Buddhist practices offer a way of saying, ‘Hey, come back over here, reconnect.’ The only way that you’ll actually wake up and have some freedom is if you have the capacity and courage to stay with the vulnerability and the discomfort.
Tara Brach
If you’re never able to tolerate a little bit of pain and discomfort, you’ll never get better.
Angela Duckworth
In football, I learned about trust, handling failure, embracing discomfort, and rejection, which has helped with the auditions.
John David Washington
But if I’m going to cause somebody else discomfort by my actions, then I should probably modify my actions toward them to make them as comfortable as possible.
Max Cannon
The enormous success of 2009's 'The Blind Side,' in whi

The enormous success of 2009’s ‘The Blind Side,’ in which Sandra Bullock makes a black teenager one of the family, demonstrates that America isn’t post-racial. It is thoroughly mired in race – the myths that surround it, the guilt it inspires, the discomfort it causes, the struggle to transcend it.
Wesley Morris
Should the time come when the county family will be taken away, then the parish will feel for some time like a mouth from which a molar has been drawn – there will be a vacancy that will cause unrest and discomfort.
Sabine Baring-Gould
But there is a discomfort that surrounds grief. It makes even the most well-intentioned people unsure of what to say. And so many of the freshly bereaved end up feeling even more alone.
Meghan O’Rourke
Discomfort isn’t grounds for discrimination. We have a big country with a lot of different kinds of people in it.
Sarah McBride
I’m interested in continuing our conversation about the discomfiture I picked up in the mainstream media with one particular element of this debate. It was this discomfort with a law against adultery.
Mike Pence
The system is very well regulated in L.A. It’s designed to disconnect you from whatever your idea of yourself is. If you’re among devils and they realise you’re not a devil like they are, there’s gonna be some great discomfort.
Terence Trent D’Arby
The British love of queuing and discomfort and being bossed around seems to have found a new outlet in the pop festival.
Craig Brown
I’m very comfortable with uncomfortable situations, and I think that can seem odd to people, that I like the thrill of discomfort.
Stephen Colbert
As a child I was the best tree climber in our neighbourhood, I was like a little monkey. I’ve never been afraid of hurting myself or a little physical discomfort.
Rachel Weisz
I don’t attempt to make people uncomfortable; I think that my standards in terms of art and journalism always have necessitated my discomfort.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of those odd moth-like creatures who seem to combine extreme discomfort with the spotlight with an unstoppable compulsion to leap into it.
Craig Brown
I think once you do the unexpected, and you take the viewers to a position of discomfort about being able to rely on characters surviving, then it does completely affect the way in which the drama is viewed.
Jed Mercurio
I don’t think that when I’m acting I feel like I lose myself to it, but that sense of losing, that sense of discomfort, well, I guess maybe that comes a bit! It’s about redefining what ‘uncomfortable’ means for you.
Rachel Keller
Strength training is a fantastic microcosm for a man’s life: pushing yourself through discomfort, every single day, is the only way to make measurable progress. It’s one of the few ways to grow as a man.
Steven Crowder
We often hear that people mean well: that so many just don’t how to interact with people with disabilities. They’re unsure of the ‘right’ reaction, so they default to condescension that makes them feel better in the face of their discomfort.
Stella Young
Bodily discomfort and emotional fear and attachment make the dying uncomfortable and fearful. So, to help those dying people, I think modern medical science has a lot of facilities to reduce pain, or perhaps not to reduce pain, but not to experience pain.
Lobsang Tenzin
Like everyone else, I can barely take the waves of embarrassment that come with watching someone do something so badly. Roseanne Barr singing the national anthem, Sofia Coppola acting in ‘The Godfather: Part III,’ Sarah Palin talking about Russia – they all create the same level of eyeball-squinching discomfort.
Rebecca Traister
I remember all the writers I started with who I was embarrassed to be around – they were so much better than me. A lot of them are no longer writing. I guess they were better rounded and had other options. Due to social discomfort, I only had the one road.
Daniel Woodrell
Sometimes comfort zones are the best. Sometimes discomfort is just what the doctor ordered.
Aesop Rock
For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility. Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate.
Giles Duley
The tantalizing discomfort of perplexity is what inspires otherwise ordinary men and women to extraordinary feats of ingenuity and creativity; nothing quite focuses the mind like dissonant details awaiting harmonious resolution.
Brian Greene
There is this awkward discomfort when you’re doing comedy on camera because people aren’t allowed to laugh so that they can get a clean take and you’re doing the same thing over and over again.
Patti Harrison
It’s not refreshing where there is confusion or any kind of discomfort in a group that has to work that closely together.
Kate Mulgrew
Discomfort is the way to go if you want to make something you feel is worthwhile.
Fred Armisen
Sometimes, it’s hard for me to communicate my discomfort because I want to be respectful. At the same time, I’ve learned that you have to ask people on your team to help you out.
Mirai Nagasu
I have this horrible sense of humor where I think discomfort is funny – partly because I experience discomfort a lot, and it’s a way of laughing at it and getting a release.
Joaquin Phoenix
I like to challenge the audience. I want people to feel discomfort.
Brett Gelman
I think we have to show respect for the nation and standing up for the anthem should not cause discomfort to citizens.
Rockline Venkatesh
You may find it more relaxing to work with people just like you, but entrepreneurship is about finding new approaches to problems, and discomfort can be an important part of that process.
Sallie Krawcheck
I have long since passed that period when I felt personal discomfort at the sight of an ill-dressed or illiterate Negro. Social awareness has taught me where to lay the blame.
Lorraine Hansberry
In the absence of an answer that is complicated and sort of maybe troubling, we sometimes settle for the easy answer. It’s easier to believe that my discomfort comes from some fact that is being hidden from me.
Kevin Young
The nice thing about movies is that you can sort of ste

The nice thing about movies is that you can sort of steer your audience toward seeing that there’s discomfort, but there’s also this sense of, ‘Well, we’ll tolerate this weirdness because maybe it’ll be interesting.’
Karyn Kusama
From my side, there was no acceptance to this fact that I am any less than anyone around me. So there was a certain discomfort that I felt growing up that I am not seen as I want to be seen as.
Kangana Ran
I think that even though some of the things on ‘Humans of New York’ are kind of very personal and very revealing, I think the discomfort with sharing that tends to be overwritten by the appreciation of being able to distill the experience of your life into a story and share it with other people.
Brandon Stanton
I think that people’s resistance to vaccination isn’t going to disappear until we address some of the nonmedical reasons for that resistance and people’s discomfort and distrust of the government. That’s bigger than what most medical professionals can handle.
Eula Biss
I like playing with that space between laughter and discomfort where your discomfort can also make you laugh, and you’re confused about the mixed feelings. That’s challenging, and I think that’s what makes for some of the best art.
Hari Kondabolu
Often confused with shyness, introversion does not imply social reticence or discomfort. Rather than being averse to social engagement, introverts become overwhelmed by too much of it, which explains why the introvert is ready to leave a party after an hour and the extravert gains steam as the night goes on.
Laurie Helgoe
I think art comes from some sense of discomfort with the world, some sense of not quite fitting with it.
Yann Martel
I don’t seek discomfort. But, very often, you realise that what you fear is actually quite ephemeral; something’s different, something’s unfamiliar; therefore, it must be worse.
Michael Palin
I occasionally experience the discomfort of people assuming my work is autobiographical.
Jonathan Tropper
There’s been such a pushback against political correctness, and I think that’s due to the discomfort people feel talking about other people’s issues that they don’t fully understand.
O. T. Fagbenle
I am constantly on the move, and if I experience foot discomfort, it makes my job really hard to do.
Megan Hilty
It’s hard not to question whether the harsh verdict of Winnie Mandela is a reflection of discomfort with women warriors or, more broadly, with the militant ethos that ultimately became a foil for the popularized representation of Nelson Mandela as the open-armed father of a non-racial nation.
Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
I spend a good deal of time doing, for anxiety what’s known as exposure therapy where basically you’re supposed to confront things that cause you anxiety and learn to tolerate. It’s all about learning to tolerate discomfort rather that avoiding anything that might make you feel uncomfortable.
Porter Robinson
Discomfort is very much part of my master plan.
Jonathan Lethem
I have absolutely no rituals or routines other than I work obsessively and think constantly about my work, to the dismay and discomfort of everyone I employ. And my family.
Nick Hanauer
The intention that naturally exists: ‘My intention is to get done with this commute.’ So I’ve just doomed myself to an hour of discomfort, because my intention will not be met until I get out of the car.
Jeff Kober
Be not afraid of discomfort. If you can’t put yourself in a situation where you are uncomfortable, then you will never grow. You will never change. You’ll never learn.
Jason Reynolds
If I hammer my own thumb while doing some DIY, it’s not nice, but it’s not the end of the world. To care obsessively about similar levels of discomfort in animals seems to be a case of mistaken moral priorities.
Julian Baggini