“Introverts are offered keys to private gardens full of riches. To possess such a key is to tumble like Alice down her rabbit hole. She didn’t choose to go to Wonderland — but she made of it an adventure that was fresh and fantastic and very much her own.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“The next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.” – Susan Cain, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“If you’re a teacher, enjoy your gregarious and participatory students. But don’t forget to cultivate the shy, the gentle, the autonomous, and the ones with single-minded enthusiasms. They are the artists, engineers, and thinkers of tomorrow.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, insight, and sensitivity — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems, make art, think deeply.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“Love is essential; gregariousness is optional. Cherish your nearest and dearest. Work with colleagues you like and respect. And don’t worry about socializing with everyone else. Relationships make everyone happier, introverts included, but think quality over quantity.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity and efficiency is the highest priority.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“One can never be alone enough when one writes, there can never be enough silence around when one writes…even night is not night enough.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking