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260 Insecurity Quotes To Help You Get Through It

Feeling insecure is a natural human emotion. Feeling insecure in yourself, life, or other areas can be draining. Everyone has moments of insecurity from time to time. Sometimes we need a reminder that while feeling insecure can be expected, we must find self-confidence, build our self-esteem, and work through our insecurities.

No matter the reason for your insecurities, whether it’s childhood trauma, a failed relationship, career setbacks, or the rat race to meet an endlessly impossible list of social milestones, it’s key to know you are not alone in feeling this way. Talk to a therapist or a counselor to work through your self-doubts, practice mindfulness, and take baby steps in the right direction with self-esteem activities to build your confidence back up.

Consider this list of quotes about insecurity — and overcoming them — as self-care for your soul. Like good wine, they pair best with our massive lists of confidence quotes, words of encouragement, and positive affirmations. Breathe in, breathe out, and let self-criticism melt away.

260 Insecurity Quotes

Top 10 Insecurity Quotes

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

“Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see what you are great at doing, and if you are truly great, success will come chasing after you.” – Suzy Kassem

“We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs.” – Robert Breault

“Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism.” – Taylor Swift

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” – John Allen Paulos

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” – Carrie Fisher

“True confidence is not about what you take from someone to restore yourself, but what you give back to your critics because they need it more than you do.” – Shannon Alder

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” – Diane Arbus

“This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You’ve earned the right to grow.” – Cheryl Strayed

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“Insecurity’s best cover is perfectionism. That’s where it becomes an art form.” – Beth Moore

“Insecurity, however, is a luxury on which I never economize.” – Judith Thurman

“Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of the actor’s trade.” – Miranda Richardson

“Insecurity refers to a profound sense of self-doubt-a deep feeling of uncertainty about our basic worth and our place in the world. Insecurity is associated with chronic self-consciousness, along with a chronic lack of confidence in ourselves and anxiety about our relationships. The insecure man or woman lives in constant fear of rejection and a deep uncertainty about whether his or her own feelings and desires are legitimate.” – Beth Moore

“Insecurity prevents young artists from ‘flying’ and older artists from being ‘down to earth.’ Young artists should work on their confidence and the older ones on their humility.” – Igor Babailov

“Insecurity kills all that is beautiful.”

“Insecurity is your intuition telling you that something’s not right.. either with them or with you.” – Charles J. Orlando

“Insecurity is the worst sense that lovers feel: sometimes the most humdrum desireless marriage seems better. Insecurity twists meanings and poisons trust.”

“Insecurity is self-sabotage. If you want to fly you have to first see you wings.”

“Insecurity is love dressed in a child’s clothing.” – Kofi Annan

“Insecurity is at the heart of every rivalry.” – Beth Moore

“Insecurity is an ugly thing. It makes you hate people you don’t even know.” – Drake

“Insecurity is a toxin and confidence is a tonic, so make the choice not to dwell on the worst possible case.” – Emily Yoffe

“Insecurity is a side effect of loving too much but receiving too little in return.”

“Insecurity is a lack of self-love. When your fountain of self-love is alive, you will be one with people.” – Vishwas Chavan

“Insecurity and possessiveness are the best sign of commitments in a relationship.” – Shankha Shubhra Guha

Jealousy And Insecurity Quotes

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“Things that will kill your relationship – Insecurity, Trust Issues, Jealousy, Lack of Communication, Assumptions.”

“Jealousy takes root in the soil of insecurity.” – Beth Moore

“Envy is the desire to have what someone else has. Jealousy is the fear of losing what you have. The more insecure you are about yourself or your relationship, the more jealous you are, because you are afraid to lose your significant other to someone else.” – Celebrate Yoga

“Don’t let jealousy fool you. It’s just another name for insecurity.””

“Chances are that when someone is hating on you, it’s not about you at all. It’s about them. It’s their fear, their jealousy, their boredom, their insecurity.” – Ben Arrants

“A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Jealousy doesn’t show how much you love someone, it shows how insecure you are.” – Celebrateyoga

“Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” – Bernard Baruch

“Many teenagers are tormented by terrors they deem private and personal. They do not know that their anxieties and doubts are universal.” – Haim Ginott

“Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.” – Michel de Montaigne

“No one is perfect. Even the most confident people have insecurities. At some point in of our lives, we may feel we lack something. That is reality. We must try to live as per our capability.” – Anil Sinha

“My only real insecurities in high school were having such long legs and thick hair — things I’m so very grateful for now.” – Shailene Woodley

“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.” – Robert Greene

“Insecure people get caught up in the acceptance of others and lose sight of how cool being themselves actually is.”

“In life, there is always someone out there, who won’t like you, for whatever reason, don’t let the insecurities in their lives affect yours.” – Rashida Rowe

“The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.” – Les Brown

“In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn’t threaten us.” – David Mamet

“If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it.” – Criss Jami

“I’m actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what. If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn’t that firmly established in the first place. It’s an inside job. You’re beautiful and worthy and totally unique. People insult each other based on their own insecurities – even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously.” – Emma Stone

“Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t give up because you are paralyzed by insecurity or overwhelmed by the odds, because in giving up, you give up hope. Understand that failure is a process in life, that only in trying can you enrich yourself and have the possibility of moving forward. The greatest obstacle in life is fear and giving up because of it.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“I want you to forget all your insecurities. I want you to reject anyone of anything that’s ever made you feel like you don’t belong or don’t fit in or made you feel like you’re not good enough or pretty enough or thin enough or can’t sing well enough or dance well enough or write a song well enough or like you’ll never win a Grammy or you’ll never sell out Madison Square Garden, you just remember that you’re a goddamn superstar and you were born this way!” – Lady Gaga

“Distance doesn’t ruin a relationship, doubts and insecurities does.”

“Dear insecure girls everywhere, you’re not ugly, society is. Sincerely, The Truth.”

“Im a combination between extreme insecurity and extreme confidence.” – Alexandra Daddario

“I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.” – Kate Winslet

“Insecurities have the ability to shape and mold our minds to live with everything that’s bad; like crying on the inside, while smiling on the outside… thus creating pain… but, alas, I have the answer; forget about what you thought and enjoy (embrace) what you feel.” – Jeremy Aldana

“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant

Body Insecurity Quotes

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“Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be happy with myself. I worry that if I can’t be happy with myself, then nobody will ever be happy with me, and that just makes me even more paranoid. It’s a cycle, insecurity, unconfidence, and diffidence, it’s all a cycle and it’s destroying me.”

“She said: ‘We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth—nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.‘” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“I think I have a degree of confidence, but I also have terrible insecurity, like anybody does.” – Ben Whishaw

“Everybody sees me as this sullen and insecure little thing. Those are just the sides of me that I feel necessary to show because no one else seems to be showing them.” – Fiona Apple

“Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks.” – Shannon L. Alder

“Stop allowing people to capitalize off your insecurities.” – Deborah J. Monroe

“Sometimes what we see in our judgement to other individuals are the things that we are trying to hide.” – Jestoni Sacay

“My need to show what I can do is keeping me from finding out what other people can do and what we can do together.” – Kate Murphy

“I had body insecurities when I was younger. I still do.” – Ariel Winter

“You’re always you, with your own insecurities.” – Michelle Chamuel

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” – Robert Hughes

“As far as humor goes, I’ve always been a very insecure person and I’ve always wanted to be liked.” – Peter Steele

“Arrogance really comes from insecurity, and in the end, our feeling that we are bigger than others is really the flip side of our feeling that we are smaller than others.” – Desmond Tutu

“Arrogance is the camouflage insecurity.” – Tim Fargo

“The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.” – Timothy Ferriss

“When you stop living your life based on what others think of, your real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self-acceptance opened.” – Shannon Alder

“It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“The result? A sense of inner fragility and overriding vulnerability. She discovers she’s not immune to unfortunate events, and the fear of subsequent similar losses may become a defining characteristic of her personality.” – Hope Edelman

“Insecurities are about as useful as trying to put the pin back in the grenade.” – Brandon Boyd

“The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.” – Erich Fromm

“Imitation is the sincerest form of insecurity.” – Polly Bergen

“It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“A guy is only insecure about losing his girl when he knows someone else can treat her better.” – R.M. Drake

I’ve decided to stop running. I decided, instead, to learn how to be who I am and to understand that that itself is more than enough, it’s extraordinary.” – Alexis Jones

“‘Are you feeling okay?’ I try not to sound like the blaming girlfriend. Why won’t you spend time with me? Why won’t you call me back? Don’t you like me anymore?” – Jennifer Niven

“Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless skies.” – Shannon Alder

“A man is only insecure about his companion when he knows they deserve better.”

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” – Timothy Ferriss

“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama

“Barack Obama strikes at the heart of our deepest insecurities. He is a good father while many of us aren’t. He wears suits to his job while we wear overalls, if we’re lucky enough to have a job at all. His wife tells us that we shouldn’t be feeding our children certain foods, and we hate her for it—not because we think she’s wrong but because we know she’s right.” – J. D. Vance

“As your insecurity becomes nourished our relationship becomes poisoned.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

“It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.” – Albert Einstein

“Don’t let insecure thoughts ruin something amazing.”

“Creative people are very insecure people because they don’t know whether people like them or are in awe of them. That insecurity always comes out. It makes them a better actor, I feel.” – Persis Khambatta

“If we’re willing to give up hope that insecurity and pain can be eliminated, then we can have the courage to relax with the groundlessness of our situation. This is the first step on the path.” – Pema Chodron

“Anger is a manifestation of a deeper issue… and that, for me, is based on insecurity, self-esteem, and loneliness.” – Naomi Campbell

“An expectation is a shelter – it gives you a security feeling. So when someone breaks your expectations, he is breaking your shelter, making you insecure, fearful.” – Osho

Love Insecurity Quotes

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“Withholding love is a form of self-sabotage, as what we withhold from others, we are withholding from ourselves.” – Marianne Williamson

“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure remember to whom you belong.” – Ephesians

“When you are really in love, you become vulnerable, and insecurities come out of nowhere.” – Laz Alonso

“Two free souls walking together is called love; It’s an energizing experience. Two people (one insecure and other reckless) tied to each other with a rope is called attachment; It’s a draining experience.” – Shunya

“True love removes all insecurities. If you are insecure in your relationship, that’s a clear sign that some love is missing. Love with everything or let it go.” – Tony Gaskins

“The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.” – Ralph Charell

“People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love.” – Simon Cowell

“Only if you could love the other without insecurity, without possessiveness, without reward, then you could taste the real infinite sweetness of life.” – Abhijit Naskar

“No boundary or barrier surrounds the heart of a person that loves their self and others.” – Shannon L. Alder

“Never underestimate the power of insecurity, a damaged soul will always love you more than life itself.”

“Many new lovers and spouses struggle to reconcile themselves with their partners’ relationship history, but it’s an insecurity I left behind in my 20s.” – Mariella Frostrup

“Love means accepting someone’s fault and insecurities, and loving them anyway and making it through life’s challenges together with your love for each other.”

“Love her harder than her insecurities. Love her deeper than her deepest fears, and prove to her that love conquers all.”

“It’s a withdrawal of love, coupled with rejection. That combination is hard to accept, and often triggers feelings of not good enough, failure at relationship, insecurity, lack of trust and other feelings.” – John Robert Seeley

“I wasn’t mean; I wasn’t evil. I was nice. And let me tell you, a hesitant man is the last thing in the world a woman needs. She needs a lover and a warrior, not a Really Nice Guy.” – John Eldredge

“I was feeling insecure you might not love me anymore.” – John Lennon

“Once you embrace your value, talents, and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.” – Rob Liano

“Parents can be very influential in designing those little creepy-crawlers that jump around in your mind for the rest of your life. It’s the fear of not being good enough.” – Kim Basinger

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” – François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“People are only mean when they’re threatened . . . and that’s what our culture does. That’s what our economy does. Even people who have jobs in our economy are threatened, because they worry about losing them. And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself.” – Mitch Albom

“Passion makes most psychiatrists nervous.” – Joseph Campbell

“Society taught me that no matter what size I am, I will never be good enough. I’ll always be too skinny, too fat, too short, too tall. Too this, too that.”

“The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks.”

“Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think I am very much impressed by that as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn. He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly to counteract the feeling of inferiority and shyness he had felt on being treated as a Jew at Princeton.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Sometimes is not even about being insecure, sometimes is about being overprotected with our heart.”

“Perhaps we just need little reminders from time to time that we are already dignified, deserving, worthy. Sometimes we don’t feel that way because of the wounds and the scars we carry from the past or because of the uncertainty of the future. It is doubtful that we came to feel undeserving on our own. We were helped to feel unworthy. We were taught it in a thousand ways when we were little, and we learned our lessons well.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Pretending to be someone that you are not is hurting yourself. It’s telling yourself that the real you is worthless.” – Ritu Ghatourey

“Men are not our problem; it’s what we are trying to get from them that messes us up. We use guys like mirrors to see if we’re valuable.” – Beth Moore

“Only the insecure strive for security.” – Wayne Dyer

“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” – M. Scott Peck

“When insecurity starts to rub off on you, you begin to lose a sense of belonging.” – Chinonye J. Chidolue

“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steven Furtick

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

“Life is a dangerous thing. Insecurity is the price of living.” – Alija Izetbegovic

“Happiness is only available with total acceptance of who you are, including all your fears, worries, and anxiety. It will be there for you when you can see your own inner beauty. You cannot achieve happiness without using your past, your flaws, insecurities, and imperfections in a positive way. It is about letting go and detaching from unhealthy people, ideas, and lifestyle choices, and replacing them with interdependent, pro-active ways of thinking and responding.” – Lucinda Bassett

“I couldn’t help feeling people thought I was a moron, and my self-imposed insecurity constantly bedeviled me.” – Nicholas Brendon

“Being insecure doesn’t mean he/she is over possessive. Sometimes it means they really feel so scared to lose you.” – Niharika Singh

“I can’t tell my conscience from my insecurities.” – Cathy Guisewite

“Chasing a person doesn’t give you value or build values in you. You earn your value by chasing morality and practicing dignity.” – Shannon Alder

“Build someone up. Put their insecurities to sleep. Remind them they’re worthy. Tell them they’re incredible. Be a light in a too often dim world.”

“I don’t know a ton about dating or guys, but I do know that jealous insecurity is a real turnoff.” – Jenny Han

“Being insecure alone is better than being insecure with someone who makes you miserable.”

Overcoming Insecurity Quotes

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“One of the worst things you can ever do to a woman is make them feel insecure about themselves.”

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

“We hold on to worry because we don’t trust God. We hold on to anger because we don’t trust God. We feel threatened because we’re insecure, and we’re insecure because – surprise! – we don’t trust God. When you start practicing it, you realize: choosing to be unoffendable means actually, for real, trusting God.” – Brant Hansen

“The first thing that has to be broken down is your relationship to authority. Your insecurity could possibly be the wedge that opens up your perspective on what you think is possible for you to do.” – Ross Bleckner

“The enemy uses those things you’re insecure about. Free yourself and take your power back by being secure in who you are—flaws and all.” – Yvonne Pierre

“We live in a culture where we’re bombarded with so much noise and so much insecurity.” – Lisa Ling

“The deepest of a woman’s insecurities often come from the men who have hurt them.”

“The crews walked the blocks of the neighborhood, loud and rude, because it was only through their loud rudeness that they might feel any sense of security and power.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates

“There is no external solution to the problem of insecurity.” – Stefan Molyneux

“The creditors are proving impossible to deal with and short of a sudden appearance on the scene of wealthy art patrons, we are going to be turned out of this dear little house where I led a simple life and was able to work so well. I do not know what will become of us.” – Claude Monet

“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna — or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.” – Barbara Walters

“The greatest feeling of being with you was the fact that I was no longer left alone with me.” – Anan

“My biggest insecurity is that my personality is too much, and as I get older, it’s just getting bigger.” – Angie Harmon

“When in a relationship, a real man doesn’t make his woman jealous of others, he makes others jealous of his woman.” – Steve Maraboli

“There is nothing more secure in a relationship than a sense of insecurity.” – Amit Abraham

“We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.” – Beth Moore

“There can be no security where there is fear.” – Felix Fankfurter

“One of the greatest journeys in life is overcoming insecurity and learning to truly not give a sh*t.” – J.A. Konrath

“The only person you should ever fear losing in a relationship is you yourself.” – Miya Yamanouchi

“It has always seemed that a fear of judgement is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.” – Criss Jami

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“I had a great deal of arrogance and a great deal of bravado, but I think the bravado was brought on by a huge insecurity.” – Brian Molko

“I’m not insecure. I’ve been through way too much f**king sh*t to be insecure. I’ve got huge balls. But I’ve been humbled. That makes you grateful for every day you have.” – Drew Barrymore

“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” – Clint Eastwood

“Behind closed doors, we’re all the fat uncool kid.” – Su-Mari Diedericks

“A person who is confident and capable will never feel insecure.” – Abhishek Ratna

“I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious wherever you stand.” – Shannon Alder

“If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.” – Albert Einstein

“I’m so loud as if I know what I’m on about, but deep inside, I’m so insecure. Just a little girl.” – Katie Price

“I hate the thought that I’m just some kind of Russian nesting doll with the big outside and inevitably, rattling around under all the layers, a crude little peg with a face is the truth of me.” – Wendy McClure

“If anyone tries to pull us down, it goes to show that we’re on top of them, so cheer up! Hilarious but true, insecurity reigns in an ugly heart of an empty brain.” – Nini

“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” – Roy T. Bennett

“I’ve had so many insecurities, and am still getting over a lot.” – Melanie Martinez

“The older you get, the more you understand how your conscience works. The biggest and only critic lives in your perception of people’s perception of you rather than people’s perception of you.” – Criss Jami

“I looked at myself in the mirror of the big armoire beside the bed . . . Of all the ways to be wounded. I suppose it was funny.” – Ernest Hemingway

“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.” – Alex Karras

“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

“Go with the one who trusts your insecurities and not your strength. That way they would stick along a little longer.” – AbhiN

“A man’s spirit is free, but his pride binds him with chains of suffocation in a prison of his own insecurities.” – Jeremy Aldana

“He was naturally shy, and being only made of velveteen, some of the more expensive toys quite snubbed him. The mechanical toys were very superior, and looked down upon every one else; they were full of modern ideas, and pretended they were real […] Between them all the poor little Rabbit was made to feel himself very insignificant and commonplace, and the only person who was kind to him at all was the Skin Horse.” – Margery Williams

Insecurity Quotes For Her

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“For he himself had experienced to the full the gnawing fear at the bottom of each woman’s heart that she is a drag on the man she loves.” – John Galsworthy

“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.” – Stacy London

“Don’t do things to give your partner reasons to feel insecure. Help create an environment that they can feel loved and at peace with.” – Stephan Speaks

“The dreadful insecurity of those who need everyone to think like them, feel like them, be like them.” – Marty Rubin

“Even the prettiest woman could feel insecure if she loves a wrong man. What makes her beautiful is a man who can treat her right.”

“Become your own soulmate. Then you’ll always have someone watching your back, and you’ll always have someone who loves you.” – Rebecca O’Donnell

“The hallmark of insecurity is bravado.” – Brandon Sanderson

“A good relationship is with someone who knows all your insecurities and imperfections but still loves you for who you are.”

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.” – Oscar Wilde

“Inside it drives me crazy, my insecurities could eat me alive.” – Eminem

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Insecurities in a relationship comes from a deep-seeded belief that you are not lovable.”

“He who is humble is confident and wise. He who brags is insecure and lacking.” – Lisa Edmondson

“Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!” – C. JoyBell C.

“I don’t let anyone’s insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that if I am happy, that’s all that matters to me.” – Demi Lovato

“I want to say, I never cared about your past. But that isn’t true. It’s only then that I realize: Peter wasn’t the one who needed to get over Genevieve. It was me. All this time with Peter, I’ve been comparing myself to her, all the ways I don’t measure up. All the ways our relationship pales next to theirs. I’m the one who couldn’t let her go. I’m the one who didn’t give us a chance.” – Jenny Han

“I still have pretty much the same fears I had as a kid. I’m not sure I’d want to give them up; a lot of these insecurities fuel the movies I make.” – Steven Spielberg

“Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit.” – Shannon L. Alder

“An exciting and inspiring future awaits you beyond the noise in your mind, beyond the guilt, doubt, fear, shame, insecurity and heaviness of the past you carry around.” – Debbie Ford

“He seemed to be talking about my fears, my insecurity, and my unwillingness to see what was wonderful because tomorrow it might disappear and I might suffer. The gods throw the dice, and they don’t ask whether we want to be in the game or not.” – Paulo Coelho

“I always think the insecurity is going to go away, but it’s always there. Only bad writers think they’re good.” – Harlan Coben

“Humans are strange things. They are the most proud on the outside during the times they are the most insecure on the inside, and they would rather die manipulating others than be brave enough to be honest.” – Unknown

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss”

“I am One. I value my uniqueness. If there were more like me I would hope they were small and easy to destroy.” – Ben Hatke

“Being insecure is a sign of not being completely satisfied with yourself. You feel as if someone can easily take your spot.” – Celebrateyoga

“All a woman really wants is for her man to never give her a reason to feel insecure.”

“A woman will always be insecure if she attaches her identity and sense of worth to the amount of male attention she gets.” – Anupama Garg

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Bigotry and judgment are the height of insecurity.” – Jasmine Guy

“I’m always described as ‘cocksure’ or ‘with a swagger,’ and that bears no resemblance to who I feel like inside. I feel plagued by insecurity.” – Ben Affleck

“People want to project their own insecurities on others, but I refuse to allow them to put that on me. Just because you don’t think that you could be the best in the world doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have the confidence to believe I can do anything.” – Ronda Rousey

“Only insecure boys will belittle a woman. The greatest way to “man up” is to empower women.” – Steve Maraboli

“My confidence is easy to shake. I am very well aware of all of my flaws. I am aware of all the insecurities that I have.” – Taylor Swift

“Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: you don’t know anything.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Judging people’s flaws will not help justify your own.”

“The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.” – Erich Fromm

“Its nothing wrong with being insecure, but work on YOU before you try and get involved with someone.”

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance, and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie

“It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame, and self-loathing — they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them, I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter, and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.” – Stephen Fry

“Life is very short. Insecurity is a waste of time.” – Diane Von Furstenburg

Insecurity Quotes For Relationships

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“We all have scars from previous relationships. Be understanding of your partner’s insecurities, be there for them as they heal.”

“Relationships fail when people take their own insecurities and project them as their partner’s flaws.” – Steve Maraboli

“Relationships are about trust. If you have to play detective, then it’s time to move on.”

“Insecurities can destroy a perfect friendship and relationships.”

“If there is trust in relationships then what is the need of insecurity and when insecurity is in the heart then what is the meaning of being in relationships.” – Phudal

“I think what ruins relationships and causes most fights is insecurity.” – Olivia Wilde“Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity

“Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson

“These days, insecure in our relationship and anxious about intimacy, we look to technology for ways to be in relationships and protect ourselves from them at the same time.” – Sherry Turkle

“Stop allowing your own insecurities to color the way you interpret someones else’s intention.”

“Your tears are never invisible—there is always an insecure woman that lights up when you point them out.” – Shannon L. Alder

“Sometimes the hardest battle is against yourself. But believe in yourself, you can win.”

“You don’t have to knock anyone off their game to win yours. It doesn’t build you up to tear others down.” – Mandy Hale

“Work is life, you know, and without it, there’s nothing but fear and insecurity.” – John Lennon

“Without danger we cannot get beyond danger… each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.” – Dr. Harold W. Dodds

“People outwardly project their innermost insecurities.” – Kilroy J Oldster

“You made me insecure, Told me I wasn’t good enough.” – Selena Gomez

“What could he be thinking of? He seemed to be trying to remember something, perhaps an engagement, perhaps an excuse to leave her. For eventually, they all made some excuse.” – Brian Moore

“We’re quick to think of people as snobs, little realizing that perhaps they suffer from the same insecurities that we do.” – Ken Puddicombe

“We all need to meet that someone who makes us feel like our insecurities don’t exists.” – Michael Bliss

“Too many people confuse loving hard with being insecure.”

“We can learn to feel good about ourselves not because we’re special and above average, but because we’re human beings intrinsically worthy of respect.” – Dr. Kristin Neff

“There’s no room in perfection for insecurity.” – R.K. Lilley

“Think about all that you are instead of all that you are not.”

“With our sense of self out of the way we are liberated from doubt and insecurity.” – Steven Kotler

“The sad problem is that we see ourselves as being quite terribly small. Instead of spending my time being envious, I need to celebrate your and my different gifts, even if mine are perhaps less spectacular than yours.” – Desmond Tutu

“Whenever Insecurity whispers In your ear, telling you how much you suck, tell it to shut the hell up. Then keep going forward anyway.” – Rebecca O’Donnel

“It wasn’t so much that he minded telling Leslie that he was afraid to go; it was that he minded being afraid. It was as though he had been made with a great piece missing… Lord, it would be better to be born without an arm than to go through life with no guts.” – Katherine Paterson

“Insecure people have a special sensitivity for anything that finally confirms their own low opinion of themselves.” – Sue Grafton

“If you lose your integrity, you will also lose your identity, your sensitivity and your dignity. Integrity is honesty, modesty, and security in all kinds of weather. It should be our priority!” – Israelmore Ayivor

“Don’t let where you are in life to cause you to be so insecure about yourself. There is more to you than your flaws and negative conditions. You are a royal child of God.” – Edmond Mbiaka

“Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.” – Harold W. Dodds

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

“Confidence is not, ‘They’ll like me.’ Confidence is, ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’” – Christina Grimmie

“Go ahead, feel insecure sometimes. It’s part of being in a relationship.”

“The steps of insecurity: Comparison, Compensation, Competition, Compulsion, Condemnation, Control.”

“Fear and insecurity are signs of a strong heart.” – Jack Skellington

“Don’t you hate it when people make a joke about you, about something that you are actually incredibly insecure about and they don’t realize it, but every laugh feels like a stab in your chest, because it hurts so much and brings up memories you’d rather forget, but you can’t say anything, because then people would know your weaknesses. They’d know how insecure you really are. So instead you just laugh it off, and hide the pain you feel inside.”

“I’ve learned from personal experience that insecurity and doubting yourself can really hurt you.” – Bridgit Mendler

“Change is always tough. Even for those who see themselves as agents of change, the process of starting a new thing can cause times of disorientation, uncertainty and insecurity.” – Joyce Meyer

“I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” – Adele

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“I never gave you a reason to hate me. You’re just creating your own little drama of pure insecurity.”

“Most bad behavior comes from insecurity.” – Debra Winger

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“My biggest fear is that eventually you will see me the way I see myself.”

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” – Maya Angelou

“The problem with human attraction is not knowing if it will be returned.” – Becca Fitzpatrick

“Sometimes our thoughts are backed with so much insecurity that they create lies we believe.”

In Conclusion

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The insecurity quotes above show that while it’s easy to feel afraid and self-conscious, you are not alone. While it’s a familiar feeling, overcoming and growing through it is possible.

The road to success is often carved out with a healthy amount of confidence and high self-esteem, but if you feel burdened by insecurities, you may have trouble getting anywhere. In reality, everyone has something they are insecure about. But the ones who still move forward, despite their insecurities, are the ones who always shine the brightest.

Overcoming these insecurities can take much work, patience, and soul searching. It takes letting go of your fear of judgment and embracing your authentic self. With acceptance, gratitude, and courage, you will be able to become a more confident you.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these insightful insecurity quotes? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Tell us in the comment section.

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