Shy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old shy quotes, shy sayings, and shy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.     

Al Pacino

Nothing is as irritating to a shy man as a confident girl.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

There is a certain delightful sort of hope which the introvert can receive only by having company over...the hope that they will leave soon.     

Criss Jami

I have reason to be shy. I've been hurt plenty.     

Ethel Waters

A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.     

Kahlil Gibran

I've gotten better at not making people feel uncomfortable with my shyness.     

Clea Duvall

The shell must break before the bird can fly.     


Humility is so shy. If you begin talking about it, it leaves.     

Timothy Keller

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.     

Andre Dubus

When a shy person smiles, it's like the sun coming out.     

Anita Diament

My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.     

Dejan Stojanovic

There is nothing that makes us feel more lonely than our shyness.     

Maduwa Livhuwani

The introvert's anthem for not wanting to hang out is 'It's not you; it's me.     

Criss Jami

The shy man does have some slight revenge upon society for the torture it inflicts upon him.     

Jerome K. Jerome

Timidity is the silent acceptance of bondage.     

Constance Friday

Everyone is shy it is the inborn modesty that makes us able to live in harmony with other creatures and our fellows. Achievement comes not by denying shyness but, occasionally, by setting it aside and letting pride and perspiration come first.     

Kirkpatrick Sale

Social taboos are shy like virtue; once lost, there is no remedy.     

Gunnar Myrdal

It is only through timidity that states are lost.     


One is always half mad when one is shy of people.     

Robert Walser

Shyness is just egotism out of its depth.     

Penelope Kieth

A shy face is better than a forward heart.     

Miguel de Cervantes

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.     

Jane Austen

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.     

Claudia Lady Bird Johnson

Maybe shy is when you're lonely and you don't think anybody can help you.     

C.K. Williams

I live in a shell, so I can't blame people when they don't want to crack me. But people like you are the reason I left the nest.     

Maria Elena