Last Updated on August 16, 2023
There are some writers who have a way of putting words together that touch something deep inside us, illuminating the human experience in ways that are both beautiful and profound.
For me, one of those writers is Glennon Doyle. Her writing is raw, honest, and deeply authentic, and her words have a way of cutting right to the heart of the matter.
Glennon Doyle is a best-selling author, speaker, and activist, known for her books “Untamed,” “Love Warrior,” and “Carry On, Warrior.” Her writing explores themes of self-discovery, spirituality, and social justice, and has resonated with readers around the world.
But it’s not just Doyle’s books that have captured my heart. Her quotes, too, have a way of sticking with me long after I’ve read them.
Whether I’m feeling lost, overwhelmed, or just in need of a little inspiration, there’s a Glennon Doyle quote that seems to speak directly to my soul.
One of my favorite Glennon Doyle quotes is, “You are here to decide if your life, relationships, and world are true and beautiful enough for you. And if they are not and you dare to see that clearly, then you will have to leave them.”
This quote has served as a powerful reminder to me that I am in control of my own life, and that I have the power to choose what I will and will not accept in my relationships, my work, and my world.
Another quote that has stayed with me is, “It’s not about becoming something. It’s about becoming who you were meant to be.”
This quote speaks to the idea that our true selves are already within us, and that our job is not to create ourselves, but to uncover and embrace the person we were always meant to be.
Whether you’re a long-time fan of Doyle’s work or are just discovering her writing for the first time, I hope you’ll find something here that resonates with you and helps you on your journey towards self-discovery and fulfillment.
Best Glennon Doyle Quotes of All-Time
1. “She is trying to be brave, but no one knows what brave looks like inside this particular moment.”
2. “I notice we are envious of people who are already doing what we are made to do. If we use our envy as a sort of an arrow pointing us toward our destiny, that is a beautiful thing.”
3. “That’s how you can tell that you’re filling yourself with the wrong things. You use a lot of energy, and in the end, you feel emptier and less comfortable than ever.”
4. “Reading is my inhale and writing is my exhale.”
5. “These things will be hard to do, but you can do hard things.”
6. “What if pain – like love – is just a place where brave people visit?”
7. “The journey is learning that pain, like love, is simply something to surrender to. It’s a holy space we can enter with people only if we promise not to tidy up.”
8. “Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyway.”
9. “I have met myself and I am going to care for her fiercely.”
10. “People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help.”
11. “If no pain, then no love. If no darkness, no light. If no risk, then no reward. It’s all or nothing. In this damn world, it’s all or nothing.
12. The only meaningful thing we can offer one another is love. Not advice, not questions about our choices, not suggestions for the future, just love.”
13. “Sister each other, because sistering is the best part of life.”
14. “If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.”
15. “We can either control our selves or love our selves, but we can’t do both.”
16. “But the paradox of pain is that it is only universal in retrospect. In the present, it is fiercely personal.”
17. “What if in skipping the pain, I was missing my lessons?”
18. “You can never get enough of what you don’t need.”
19. “We have to get back into our own bodies and figure out what the hell we want to do. And then the next step is doing it without explaining ourselves.”
20. “Treat yourself like someone you love.”
21. “I understand now that I’m not a mess, but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often: ‘For the same reason I laugh so often – because I’m paying attention.”
22. “Nobody is more ready to show up than anybody else. It’s just that some people show up before they’re perfect and before they’re ready.”
23. “Life is brutal, but it’s also beautiful. Life is Beautiful.”
24. “Loves, listen to me: The wounded become the healers. Your pain will not be wasted. Trust it. Be brave enough to be still in it and you’ll learn that your pain will NOT consume you. It will become the fire you burn to light and warm the world.”
25. “Sister, who needs an umbrella when you are the whole sky?” All.”
26. “There is beauty to be found in the pain. Life is brutal, but it’s also beautiful. Life is Brutiful.”
27. “Our culture was built upon and benefits from the control of women. The way power justifies controlling a group is by conditioning the masses to believe that the group cannot be trusted. So the campaign to convince us to mistrust women begins early and comes from everywhere.”
28. “I’m nothing if not a tangled, colorful ball of contradictions.”
29. “Your river is strong. Let it flow.”
30. “Grace makes no disclaimer. It’s true for all or none.”
31. “In response to the world’s problems, it is easy to choose silence. Anger. I get it, but it’s not the right way. The third way is to create, to create a better invitation.”
32. “I am confident because I believe that I am a child of God. I am humble because I believe that everyone else is too.”
33. “Service and art are the two things that have saved me.”
34. “Kind people are brave people. Brave is not something you should wait to feel. Brave is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd.”
35. “I understand myself differently now. I was just a caged girl made for wide-open skies.”
36. “Love is the opposite of control. Love demands trust.”
37. “You have to be known to be loved, and none of these waving people knows me.”
38. “Recovery is an unbecoming. My healing has been a peeling away of costume after costume until here I am, still and naked before God, stripped down to my real identity.”
39. “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.”
40. “My purpose is clearer today than it has been in years: Love, Courage, Truth.”
41. “My courage comes from knowing I can handle whatever I encounter. I was born to do this.”
42. “Keep your head down and keep Love Working. Love without ‘feeling it’ or ‘meaning it.’”
43. “Education is like Christmas. We’re all just opening our gifts, one at a time. And it is a fact that each and every child has a bright shiny present with her name on it, waiting there underneath the tree. God wrapped it up, and he’ll let us know when it’s time to unwrap it.”
44. “Learning how to gracefully accept criticism and compliments is hard, but I’m trying.”
45. “I hated writing ‘Love Warrior.’ It’s the hardest thing I’ve every written. I cried so much.”
46. “There isn’t anyone who isn’t recovering from something. Alcohol, drugs, over-eating, perfectionism, anxiety, unkindness, something.”
47. “Each day, we’re making sandcastles I know will be washed away. I long for something solid, lasting, strong between us.”
Glennon Doyle Quotes On Living Bravely & Beautifully
48. “Life is hard — not because we’re doing it wrong, just because it’s hard.”
49. “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
50. “I will not stay, not ever again — in a room or conversation or relationship or institution that requires me to abandon myself.”
51. “If you ask a woman who she is, she’ll tell you who she serves and sometimes what she does. But that isn’t the whole story.”
52. “Because love is not something for which to search or wait or hope or dream. It’s simply something to do.”
53. “Despair says, ‘The heartbreak is too overwhelming. I am too sad and too small, and the world is too big. I cannot do it all, so I will do nothing.”
54. “If you are uncomfortable — in deep pain, angry, yearning, confused — you don’t have a problem, you have a life. Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right.”
55. “Life is a conversation. Make it a good one.”
56. “There is no greater burden on a child than the unlived life of a parent.”
57. “Maybe we do not need all the answers today. Maybe today, we need only reach deeply within ourselves, see and affirm our undeniable dignity, and reaffirm a resolute commitment: We will never give up, We will never go away.”
58. “If you sit with what pisses you off and breaks your heart, that will be a big red arrow pointing you towards purpose.”
59. “I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often — because I’m paying attention.’ I tell them that we can choose to be perfect and admired or to be real and loved. We must decide.”
60. “Trusting people is terrifying. Maybe if love is not a little scary and out of our control, then it is not love at all. It is wild to let others be wild.”
61. “It is a blessing to know a free woman. Sometimes she will stop by and hold up a mirror for you. She will help you remember who you are.”
62. “We can do hard things.”
63. “This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.”
64. “The building of the true and beautiful means the destruction of the good enough.”
65. “The amazing thing about love and attention and encouragement and grace and success and joy is that these things are infinite. We get a new supply every single morning, and so we can give it away all day. We never, ever have to monitor the supply of others or grab or hoard.”
66. “The braver I am, the luckier I get.”
67. “Life is not safe, and so our task is not to promise our kids there will be no turbulence. It’s to assure them that when the turbulence comes, we will all hold hands and get through it together.
68. “I stopped being a quiet peacekeeper and started being a loud peacemaker. My anger was good.”
Glennon Doyle Quotes About Love, Life, and Growth
69. “Feminism has to be defined as freedom.”
70. “I’m willing to lose anything that requires me to hide any part of myself.”
71. “I see your pain and it is difficult and it is hard, but it was made just for you and I also see that your courage is greater than your fear.”
72. “I had been deceived. The only thing that was ever wrong with me was my belief that there was something wrong with me.”
73. “We can choose to be perfect and admired or to be real and loved. We must decide.”
74. “Wherever you go, there you are.”
75. “When her pain is fresh and new, let her have it. Don’t try to take it away. Forgive yourself for not having that power. Grief and pain are like joy and peace; they are not things we should try to snatch from each other. They’re sacred. They are part of each person’s journey. All we can do is offer relief from this fear: I am all alone. That’s the one fear you can alleviate.”
76. “We don’t understand why we hurt those we love.”
77. “Since brokenness is the way of folks, the only way to live peacefully is to forgive everyone constantly, including yourself.”
78. “Bring all of yourself to life. And if you’re told you’re ‘too much’ – smile and think: Maybe. Or maybe their capacity is too small?”
79. “I just think there are as many different versions of feminism as there are women.”
80. “Because love is not something for which to search or wait or hope or dream. Its simply something to do.”
81. “Maybe the yes comes before the readiness. Maybe you say yes and then you become equipped to handle whatever is about to happen.”
82. “All the devil has to do to win is convince you he’s God.”
83. “We weren’t born distrusting and fearing ourselves. That was part of our taming. We were taught to believe that who we are in our natural state is bad and dangerous.”
84. “Grief and pain are like joy and peace; they are not things we should try to snatch from each other. They’re sacred.”
85. “Every time you’re given a choice between disappointing someone else and disappointing yourself, your duty is to disappoint that someone else.”
86. “People who are hurting don’t need Avoiders, Protectors, or Fixers. What we need are patient, loving witness. People to sit quietly and hold space for us. People to stand in helpful vigil to our pain.”
87. “There is always more on its way – more opportunities, more ideas, more love. Know that there is enough. Know that you are enough. Know that you have enough.”
88. “Every beautiful thing in life comes out of the mess.”
89. “Loving fiercely and grieving deeply are often two halves of the same whole.”
Glennon Doyle Quotes to Empower and Inspire You
90. “You are not crazy. You are goddamn cheetah.”
91. “Grief is a cocoon from which we emerge new.”
92. “These things will be hard, but you can do hard things.”
93. “Be careful with the stories you tell about yourself.”
94. “When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself.”
95. “Judgment is self-abandonment.”
96. “My children do not need me to save them. My children need to watch me save myself.”
97. “I decided that if I kept doing the ‘right’ thing, I would spend my life following someone else’s directions instead of my own.”
98. “The truest, most beautiful life never promises to be an easy one. We need to let go of the lie that it’s supposed to be.”
99. “Healing is not the reward for those who lose the most or best.”
100. “There is no one way to live, love, raise children, arrange a family, run a school, a community, a nation.”
101. “I will not stay — not ever again — in a room or conversation or relationship or institution that requires me to abandon myself.”
102. “The most revolutionary thing a woman can do is not explain herself.”
103. “Life is a quest to find an unfindable thing. We are put here needing something that doesn’t exist here.”
104. “I am a human being, meant to be in perpetual becoming. If I am living bravely, my entire life will become a million deaths and rebirths.”
105. “It’s nearly impossible to blaze one’s own path while following in someone else’s footsteps.”
106. “Blessed are those brave enough to make things awkward, for they wake us up and move us forward.”
107. “A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must be done. She lets the rest burn.”
108. “Hard work is important. So are play and non productivity. My worth is tied not to my productivity but to my existence. I am worthy of rest.”
109. “Stop making parenthood harder by pretending it’s not hard.”
110. “It’s OK to feel too much and know too little.”
111. “The epitome of womanhood is to lose one’s self completely. That is the end goal of every patriarchal culture. Because a very effective way to control women is to convince women to control themselves.”
112. “Brave means living from the inside out. Brave means, in every uncertain moment, turning inward, feeling for the Knowing, and speaking it out loud.”
113. “Every life is an unprecedented experiment. This life is mine alone.”
114. “No woman on earth doesn’t give a f*ck — no woman is that cool —she’s just hidden her fire. Likely, it’s burning her up.”
115. “You can’t lose people who never even found you.”
116. “The warrior knows that her heartbreak is her map.”
117. “People aren’t changing, after all. It’s just that for the first time, there’s enough freedom for people to stop changing who they are.”
118. “We are so afraid of dying. Also of living.”
119. “I did not know that I was supposed to feel everything. I thought I was supposed to feel happy.”
120. “Our judgment is self-protection; it’s a cage we put around ourselves. We hope it will keep danger out, but it only keeps tenderness and empathy from coming in.”
121. “We only control what we don’t trust.”
122. “You are not a mess. You are a feeling person in a messy world.”
123. “I wondered if joy had as much to teach me as pain did. If so, I wanted to know.”
124. “I think one of the keys to happiness is accepting that I am never going to be perfectly happy.”
125. “I did not know that I was supposed to feel everything. I thought I was supposed to feel happy.”
126. “Perhaps imagination is not where we go to escape reality but where we go to remember it.”
127. “That’s the thing about parenting: anxious if you do, anxious if you don’t.”
128. “So what is it in a human life that creates bravery, kindness, wisdom, and resilience? What if it’s pain? What if it’s the struggle?”
129. “We forget how to know when we learned how to please.”
130. “When we free our wild, that frees other people to free themselves too.”
131. “I guess women have to almost die before we give ourselves permission to live how we want.”
132. “You do not have to agree with me to love me.”
How can reading Glennon Doyle quotes be beneficial?
Reading Glennon Doyle quotes can be incredibly beneficial in a number of ways.
For one thing, Doyle has a gift for distilling complex ideas and emotions into simple, powerful statements that can help us make sense of our own lives.
Her words can offer a sense of clarity and perspective, helping us to see our struggles and triumphs in a new light.
In addition, many of Doyle’s quotes are deeply inspiring, reminding us of our own strength, resilience, and potential.
For example, her quote, “You can do hard things,” has become something of a mantra for many people, offering a sense of encouragement and motivation in difficult times.
Doyle’s quotes can also help us to feel less alone in our struggles.
She has a way of speaking directly to the heart of the human experience, and her words can be incredibly validating and comforting for those who are going through tough times.
Finally, Doyle’s quotes can be a powerful source of motivation for personal growth and self-discovery.
Her writing encourages us to embrace our true selves, to question societal norms and expectations, and to live our lives with courage and authenticity.
Implementing Glennon Doyle quotes into daily life can be a powerful way to tap into their wisdom and inspiration.
Here are a few ideas for how to do so:
- Write down your favorite quotes: Keep a notebook or journal where you write down your favorite Glennon Doyle quotes. Refer back to these quotes regularly, and use them as a source of inspiration and motivation.
- Use quotes as affirmations: Choose a Glennon Doyle quote that speaks to you, and use it as an affirmation that you repeat to yourself throughout the day. For example, if you’re struggling with self-doubt, you might repeat the quote, “You can do hard things,” to remind yourself of your own strength and resilience.
- Share quotes with others: When you come across a Glennon Doyle quote that resonates with you, share it with others. You might send it to a friend who is going through a tough time, or post it on social media as a source of inspiration for others.
- Reflect on quotes during meditation or prayer: If you have a regular meditation or prayer practice, consider incorporating Glennon Doyle quotes into your practice. Choose a quote that speaks to you, and spend a few minutes reflecting on its meaning and how it applies to your life.
- Use quotes as a guide for decision-making: When faced with a difficult decision or situation, refer back to your favorite Glennon Doyle quotes as a guide. Ask yourself how you can apply the wisdom of these quotes to your current situation, and use them as a source of clarity and insight.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Glennon Doyle’s background and how did she become famous?
Glennon Doyle is an author, speaker, and activist who rose to prominence through her writing and speaking on issues related to women, parenting, and mental health.
She is the author of several bestselling books, including “Untamed” and “Love Warrior,” and has been featured on numerous media outlets and in speaking engagements around the world.
Prior to becoming an author and speaker, Doyle was a blogger and teacher.
What are some of Glennon Doyle’s most famous quotes?
Glennon Doyle is known for her powerful and inspiring quotes that offer wisdom, comfort, and motivation for those seeking to live more authentic and fulfilling lives.
Some of her most famous quotes include “You can do hard things,” “We can do hard things with love,” and “We belong to each other.”
She is also known for her poignant reflections on parenting, such as “The braver we are, the luckier our children will be.”
How can Glennon Doyle’s quotes help me in my personal life?
Glennon Doyle’s quotes can be a powerful source of inspiration, guidance, and motivation for anyone seeking to live a more authentic and meaningful life.
Her words can offer a sense of clarity and perspective, help you feel less alone in your struggles, and encourage you to embrace your true self.
By incorporating Doyle’s quotes into your daily life, you can tap into their wisdom and use them as a guide for personal growth and self-discovery.
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