80 Social Anxiety Quotes to Tackle Difficult Situations

Social anxiety manifests as intense fear or unease in social settings, often hindering one’s ability to engage socially and build relationships.

This condition can also trigger feelings of insecurity and self-awareness. The resulting discomfort might even permeate routine activities such as grocery shopping.

The social anxiety quotes included in this article are intended to lessen such apprehensions and encourage self-assurance.


Social anxiety is a reality for many people, even successful individuals who have learned to navigate it effectively.

If you find yourself shying away from social situations due to anxiety then these quotes may offer a measure of comfort and hope for the future.

Best Social Anxiety Quotes

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. ~ Ruth E. Renkel.

Anxiety and depression are the price you pay for a well-lived life. ~ George Vaillant.

Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder. ~ Edvard Munch.


Fear results in fight or flight. Anxiety creates doom and gloom. ~ Max Lucado.

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence. ~ Angela Carter.

Release all the anxiety that keeps you from moving ahead. Keep breathing it out and letting it go. ~ Judith Orloff.

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard.

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Now that I have conquered social anxiety disorder, I find pleasure in fans approaching me. ~ Ricky Williams.

At any moment, there is always something that will take you down, you just have to wait for it, and most importantly watch for it. ~ Jason Edward Shiffman.


The practice of patience can reduce agitation and anxiety. ~ Ralph M. Steele.

I wanted to just sink into my media downloads for a while and pretend I didn’t exist. ~ Martha Wells.

I’m scared of any fighter I’ve ever fought because they are some dangerous people to be dealing with. That’s also where the anxiety comes from. ~ Nate Diaz.

We laugh from relief, from grief, from fear and from anxiety. ~ Ama Ata Aidoo.

Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer. ~ Charles R. Swindoll.

Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that’s not true. ~ Robert Orben.


Paranoia is a hunch that is not yet proven. ~ Jason Edward Shiffman.

The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. ~ Wayne Dyer.

I have packed myself into silence so deeply and for so long that I can never unpack myself using words. When I speak, I only pack myself a little differently. ~ Herta Müller.

My anxiety level of my own work and what I’m doing and focusing on my art and all of that stuff? That’s fundamental. ~ Sufjan Stevens.

Famous Social Anxiety Quotes

Each moment of worry, anxiety or stress represents lack of faith in miracles, for they never cease. ~ T. F. Hodge.


Anxiety is a deep conscious breath away from dissolving. ~ Michael Dolan.

Anxiety is the fear that one of a pair of opposites might cancel the other. Forever. ~ Alan Watts.

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~ Albert Camus.

Stress is something that is sort of out of your control. You get stressed out over looking at the finish line. Stress is something that is an outside thing. Stress is an anxiety. ~ Joe Torre.


Anxiety is good for nothing if we can’t turn it into a defense. ~ Samuel Rush Meyrick.

We truly live in anxious times. We’re reacting instead of acting, leading and calming down. ~ Kathleen Smith.

Your power comes when you let go of your need to have all the answers, when you relinquish your need to control the future, and when you lose your anxiety about the outcome. ~ Keith Boykin.

In the anxiety to get beautiful color harmony do not exhaust all combinations on one canvas. ~ John F. Carlson.

In being prepared to accept any and all truths, just as it comes, without trying to change it to suit our needs, we become free of the anxiety that comes from the urge to control. ~ Angel Kyodo Williams.


I’m not anti-social. I’m just not social. ~ Woody Allen.

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It creates the failures. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. ~ Anais Nin.

Social anxiety results from being around people who are resolutely opposed to who you are. ~ Stefan Molyneux.

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. ~ Charles Spurgeon.

It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should in this age. ~ Amanda Seyfried.


At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety. ~ Nigella Lawson.

He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear. ~ Michel de Montaigne.

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Shyness is invariably a suppression of something. It’s almost a fear of what you’re capable of. ~ Rhys Ifans.

I’ve spent most of my life and most of my friendships holding my breath and hoping that when people get close enough they won’t leave, and fearing that it’s a matter of time before they figure me out and go. ~ Shauna Niequist.


Depression is a devastating illness, causing great suffering in the afflicted and anxiety to their nearest and dearest: it can hit at any age. ~ John Cornwell.

The shy and the extroverted have this in common – that they both fancy they are the center of attention. ~ Robert Breault.

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ~ Ann Brashares.

Anxiety is life’s inescapable accompaniment, its constant undertow. Every step we take offers it an opportunity; to avoid anxiety we would have to lock ourselves away. ~ Soren Kierkegaard.

Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will. ~ Billy Graham.


Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~ Les Brown.

Whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal – and soon they’ll forgot my number. ~ Edith Armstrong.

If you feel anxiety or depression, you are not in the present. You are either anxiously projecting the future or depressed and stuck in the past. ~ I. C. Robledo.

The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. ~ Max Lucado.

I’m shy, but I’m not clinically shy. I don’t have social anxiety disorder or anything like that. I more have a gentle shyness. Like, I have a little trouble mingling at parties. ~ Samantha Be.


Anxiety comes into existence only when we become identified with small things. And they all pass. ~ Osho.

Being paranoid is accepting that you can see a very small window of a much larger reality. ~ Jason Edward Shiffman.

In other people’s company I felt I was dull, gloomy, unwelcome, at once bored and boring. ~ Andre Gide.

Top Social Anxiety Quotes

Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one. ~ Max Lucado.

Even though loneliness affects so many of us, it has gotten scant research attention compared to related conditions like depression or anxiety. ~ Robin Marantz Henig.


The virtue of finding an ambition that carried with it lack of anxiety. ~ James Earl Jones.

The moment I started treating my social anxiety disorder, I started feeling better. ~ Ricky Williams.

You are not weak. People like us, we’re brave. We’re the ones who get up and face our worst fears every day. We keep fighting. ~ Jen Wilde.

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

Anxiety can be replaced only by the freedom whose harsh requirements are its cause. ~ Soren Kierkegaard.

When you get over the anxiety, you discover you should have been mad a long time ago. ~ Amy Clampitt.


The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all. ~ Mignon McLaughlin.

Anxiety is not to be managed, it is a sin that needs to be repented of. ~ Mark Driscoll.

For me, most of the anxiety and difficulty of writing takes place in the act of not writing. It’s the procrastination, the thinking about writing that’s difficult. ~ Adam Mansbach.

You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes. ~ Jonathan Katz.

A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained. ~ Millicent Fawcett.


To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. ~ Boyd K. Packer.

I have social anxiety. It’s easier up on stage because there’s security in being there. When I’m off stage I’m trying not to be a manic freak. I’m quite shy. ~ Sia Furler.

Thought-Provoking Social Anxiety Quotes

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence. ~ Angela Carter.

Everything is connected, that makes the world as dangerous as it is beautiful. ~ Jason Edward Shiffman.


Anxiety is a meteor shower of what-ifs. ~ Max Lucado.

It was impossible to sleep. Anxiety stopped me from falling asleep; depression woke me up. ~ David Walliams.

Our anxiety serves a very important purpose, because the central goal of being a human is simple: to not die for as long as you can. ~ Kathleen Smith.

Anxiety is not a sin; it is an emotion. Anxiety can, however, lead to sinful behavior. ~ Max Lucado.

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility. ~ Giosue Borsi.

All I feel are the assaults of apprehension and terror at the thought that I am the only one who is entirely unlike the rest. ~ Osamu Dazai.


Fear, anxiety and neurosis: that’s just in the suitcase when you’re an actor. ~ Laura Linney.

We are always doing something to cover up our basic existential anxiety. Some people live that way until the day they die. ~ Joko Beck.

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. ~ Ray Bradbury.

I think one thing that does cause unhappiness is protracted anxiety and worry. ~ Derek Bok.

So these were the 80 quotes about social anxiety.

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