“You cannot talk about race without talking about privilege. And when people start talking about privilege, they get paralyzed by shame.”
Brene Brown
Brené Brown

Brene Brown Quotes on Love & Compassion:

It’s hard to practice compassion when we’re struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance.
A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.
Normally, when someone we love is turning away from a struggle, we self-protect by also turning away. That’s definitely my first response. I think change is more likely to happen if both partners have common language and a shared lens to see problems.
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.
When we’re looking for compassion, we need someone who is deeply rooted, is able to bend and, most of all, embraces us for our strengths and struggles.
I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.
When the people we love stop paying attention, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in.
When you get to a place where you understand that love and belonging, your worthiness, is a birthright and not something you have to earn, anything is possible.
Many people think of perfectionism as striving to be your best, but it is not about self-improvement; it’s about earning approval and acceptance.
You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

Brene Brown Quotes On Vulnerability:

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.

The moment someone asks you to do something you don’t have the time or inclination to do is fraught with vulnerability.

I think our capacity for wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be broken-hearted. It means engaging with the world from a place of vulnerability and worthiness.

When you stop caring what people think, you lose your capacity for connection. When you’re defined by it, you lose our capacity for vulnerability.

Through my research, I found that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It’s the magic sauce.

Live-tweeting your bikini wax is not vulnerability. Nor is posting a blow-by-blow of your divorce . That’s an attempt to hot-wire connection. But you can’t cheat real connection. It’s built up slowly. It’s about trust and time.

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.

What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?

Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith’.

Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.



Brené Brown is an author, professor, lecturer, and podcast host. With over 40 million views, Brown’s TED Talk ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ is one of the top five most viewed TED talks.

Brown completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 1995, and Master of Social Work in 1996, both from the University of Texas in Austin. She received her PhD from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston in 2002.

Brown is author of multiple books including five New York Times best-sellers: Dare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Also, she is the host of a podcast titled Unlocking Us.  

In March 2013, Brown appeared on Super Soul Sunday to discuss her book Daring Greatly with the host Oprah Winfrey. In 2019, Netflix released her filmed lecture Brown: The Call To Courage.

Brown was listed in Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women for 2009 by Houston Woman Magazine. In 2016, the Huffington Foundation pledged $2 million over four years to fund the Brené Brown Endowed Chair in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. This pledge will provide resources to further Brown’s research.