60 Best Vulnerability Quotes To Open Your Heart

Read the best collection of vulnerability quotes, sayings, captions, one-liners, (with images and pictures) to motivate and encourage you to open your heart.

Vulnerability means the state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

In her new book, Daring Greatly, Brené Brown describes vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” It’s that unstable feeling we get when we step out of our comfort zone or do something that forces us to loosen control.

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When we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

These inspirational quotes on vulnerability will help you come out of your comfort zone and help you embrace your vulnerability as strength.

Top 10 Vulnerability Quotes

  1. “What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” – Brené Brown

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    vulnerability quotes

  2. “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

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    quotes about vulnerability

  3. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” – Brené Brown

  4. “What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” – Haruki Murakami                                                                                                                                                                 

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    quotes on being vulnerable

  5. “Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel the true pleasure.” – Bob Marley

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    vulnerability quotes images

  6. “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Crissi Jami

  7. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” – Brené Brown                                                                           

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    vulnerable brene brown quotes

  8. “We need to feel trust to be vulnerable and we need to be vulnerable in order to trust.” – Brené Brown, ‘Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent, And Lead.’

  9. “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. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” – Brené Brown, Rising Strong

  10. “Vulnerability is being willing to express the truth no matter what, the truth of who you are, the essence at your core of what you’re feeling at any given moment. It’s being able to open up your soul so that others can see their soul in yours.” – Oprah Winfrey

Best Quotes About Vulnerability 

These deep vulnerability quotes by famous personalities and authors like Brené Brown, C.S. Lewis and more will help you find courage and strength to make you brave.

  1. “To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis                                                                                                                         

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    quotes on vulnerability

  2. “Vulnerability is the only bridge to build connection.” – Brené Brown                                                       

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    being vulnerable quotes

  3. “You don’t protect your heart by acting like you don’t have one.” – Unknown

  4. “The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” – Paulo Coelho

  5. “Do not be ashamed of the wars your soul has fought to save itself.” – Isra Al-Thibeh

  6. “Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – George R. R. Martin

  7. “Vulnerability is the care, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.” – Brené Brown

  8. “Maybe I’ll get burne and not meet the right people, but I won’t knoe until I do it.” – Selena Gomez

  9. “When we feel safe enough to expose our shadows, that’s when we become free.” – Gabby Bernstein

  10. “People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.” – Johnny Depp

  11. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity.” – Brené Brown

  12. “We are at our most powerful moment when we no longer need to be powerful.” – Eric Michael Leventhal

  13. “The things we do to avoid vulnerability end up causing us more pain than vulnerability itself.” – Unknown

  14. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

  15. “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.” – Unknown

  16. “We are vulnerable, not fragile, but our desire to go through life without feeling pain makes us feel fragile.” – Luigina Sgarro

  17. “Everybody is equally weak on the inside, just that some present their ruins as new castles and become kings.” – Simona Panova

  18. “We need to rebrand vulnerability and emotion. A vulnerable man is not some weird anomaly. He is open to being hurt, but also open to love.” – Grayson Perry

  19. “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

  20. “Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous…. 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.” – Brené Brown

Quotes On Being Vulnerable

In relationships it’s not easy to drop our defenses and open ourselves up to another person.

Being vulnerable and open with someone can be one of the most important and hardest parts of an intimate relationship.

When you open yourself to love there is risk of being hurt, but there is also joy of romance and unconditional love.

  1. “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” – Brené Brown                                                     
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    inspirational vulnerability quotes

  2. “Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.” – Marty Rubin

  3. “Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” – Jeremiah Say

  4. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” – Charles Bukowski

  5. “Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.” – Amy Poehler

  6. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

  7. “You can’t fully live your life without experiencing the joy, the beauty, and the fear, the sadness.” – Emma Xu

  8. “I found that the more truthful and vulnerable I was, the more empowering it was for me.” – Alanis Morissette

  9. “You can’t fully live your life without experiencing the joy, the beauty, and the fear, the sadness.” – Jeremiah Say

  10. “Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.” – Kathy Magliato

  11. “Let your heart crumble into an infinite amount of tiny, precious seeds. Then plant love everywhere you go.” – Anita Krizzan

  12. “Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” – Vironika Tugaleva

  13. “We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” – Walter Anderson

  14. “True belonging is not passive…It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are.” – Brené Brown

  15. “Being our messy, imperfect, authentic selves helps create a space where others feel safe to be themselves too. Your vulnerability can be a gift to others. How badass is that?” – Brittin Oakman

  16. “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

Inspirational Quotes On Vulnerability

  1. “Imperfection is a form of freedom.” – Unknown

  2. “Your weirdness will make you stronger.” – Andrea Balt

  3. “Shame always shrivels when you share it out loud.” – Marie Forleo

  4. “A heart that can break is better than no heart at all.” – Mary Rubin

  5. “Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” – Unknown

  6. “When you shut down vulnerability, you shut down opportunity.” – Brené Brown

  7. “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest.” – Zig Ziglar

  8. “Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” – Brené Brown

  9. “We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.” – Eric Michael Leventhal

  10. “You don’t need to be unbreakable 24/7. Sometimes you have to drop your guard so your heart can breathe.” – Emma Xu

  11. “The world has enough women who live a masked insecurity. It needs more women who live a brave vulnerability.” – Ann Voskamp

  12. “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.” – Ernest Hemingway

  13. “In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” – Vincent Van Gogh

  14. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

  15. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller


We often find people fear vulnerability. Past experiences, betryal or cheating can often make it difficult for you to trust people again in life and relationships.

Being vulnerable allows you to accept and embrace different aspects of yourself. This can foster great confidence and authenticity.

Brené Brown studies human connection –our ability to empathize, belong, love.

In her Ted Talk Power of Vulnerability, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

These beautiful quotes on vulnerability will help you to break the walls you’ve built to protect yourself from being hurt and be more open to connections.

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