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Are you too shy to talk to people? Are you too shy to give a public speech? Does shyness get the best of you when you want to approach someone to ask them out? Studies show that 80% of all people have experienced shyness at one point or another in their lives. Very shy people can miss out on a lot of fun, friendships, dating and intimate relationships. Take comfort in the fact that many famous people have suffered from shyness, including Johnny Deep, Jim Carrey, Steven Spielberg, Lucille Ball, Dorothy Hamill and others. The following are inspirational thoughts and quotes by these famous people and many others on the subject of shyness:
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Do not be shy but rather be daring and be bold – if there is something that you can do, then do it. Dick Gautier

 

There is something beautiful about shyness, even though in our culture shyness is not considered a virtue. On the contrary, we are encouraged to be direct, look people straight in the eyes, tell them what is on our minds, and share our stories without a blush. But this unflinching soul-baring, confessional attitude quickly becomes boring. It is like trees without shadows. Shy people have long shadows, where they keep much of their beauty hidden from intruders’ eyes. Shy people remind us of the mystery of life that cannot be simply explained or expressed. They invite us to reverent and respectful friendships and to a wordless being together in love. Henri Nouwen

Even when a girl is as shy as a mouse, you still have to beware of the tiger within. Chinese Proverb

Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep. Madonna

You’re lucky enough to be different from everyone else…don’t change to be the same. Taylor Swift

Mother nature made me the way I am and I should be happy. Karolina Kurkova

The bashful are always aggressive at heart. Charles Horton Cooley

The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a woman, it’s boldness. Victor Hugo

I take things in a very happy, amused way. Julia Roberts

I’m not perfect at all. Liv Tyler

When I feel like saying something, I say it. Madonna

Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising outcome of letting go. James Arthur Ray

Life is full of risks anyway, why not take them? Linsay Lohan

The only failure is not to try. George Clooney

I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all it’s shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. James Douglas

I’ve never been afraid to fail. Michael Jordan

Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with. J.K. Rowling

Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself. J. B. Priestley

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

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching. Tennessee Williams

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

Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart’s tears can dry at their own pace. Vernon Baker

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. TRUE NOBILITY lies in being superior to your former self. Elijah Wood

 Quotes by Famous People Who Were Shy:

I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn’t have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world. Dorothy Hamill

I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it. Johnny Depp

Heaven, no. I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness. Lucille Ball

I used to hang out by the food table at parties because you don’t have to talk to anybody. If you do then you can talk about the food. Jennifer Jason Leigh

I’m shy and can’t for the life of me barge around and slap people on the back. I sit in a corner by myself and am tickled to death when someone comes over to talk to me. Alan Ladd

I’m shy. I can go on a trip for days and not go because I won’t sit on a toilet seat on a plane. I’m certainly not going to go on somebody’s lawn. Could you imagine, in a cocktail dress? Farrah Fawcett

I know this sounds strange, but as a kid, I was really shy. Painfully shy. The turning point was freshman year, when I was the biggest geek alive. No one, I mean no one, even talked to me. Jim Carrey

I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends’ lives. Steven Spielberg

In talking, shyness and timidity distort the very meaning of my words. I don’t pretend to know anybody well. People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow. John Gwen

I was a shy kid with a broom handle that I pretended was a microphone. Patti LaBelle

“Ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it!” Ronnie Coleman

 

“Everything is practice.” Pele

 

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