If you ever feel down about being sensitive, these 11 HSP quotes are going to boost your self esteem, guaranteed! 

Here’s an unfortunate set of circumstances that leaves many – way TOO many – highly sensitive people (HSPs) with crap self esteem:

  • HSPs constitute a minority – an estimated 15 to 20 percent – of the population.
  • Our society is mostly set up to suit the preferences of the less-sensitive majority.
  • Nobody tells the HSPs that they have different needs from the majority.
  • When HSPs don’t meet their needs and simply try to copy the lifestyles of the less-sensitive majority, they often struggle and end up feeling like there’s something terribly horribly wrong with them.

But here’s what I want you to know: there’s nothing – absolutely nothing – inherently wrong with you. You are just different. You have a more finely tuned nervous system. And it actually comes with some benefits.

If you don’t quite believe me, then read what all these smart people quoted below have to say. 

11 HSP Quotes You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

High sensitivity is not a disease or a disorder. It’s not something that needs to be overcome or fixed.


Becoming aware of the sensitive trait helps us expand our perception of normality. There is no longer just one ideal way of being – robust, outgoing, energetic and happily thriving under pressure in open-plan offices. Realizing that there are two types within the same species – ideal in their own different ways – helps those of us who struggle to keep up with the rat race to find an identity. Not just as the fragile ones but also as people who have talents that the rest of the world needs. We are not just the ones who are unable; we have resources that are essential for the survival of the species.

The thesaurus on my Microsoft Word program gives the following synonyms for sensitivity: compassion, sympathy, understanding, and kindliness.

Many emotionally sensitive and intense people have an extraordinary capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people, as well as the ability to reflect on their own feelings, fears and motivations. Their intensity is often paired with other forms of exceptional ability in the areas of music, visual art, logical thinking, body-awareness and sports… Emotional sensitivity is not only closely related to giftedness, it is a gift in itself.

Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.

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The highly sensitive person has an important mission, which is to serve as a balance to the more aggressive behavior of some of the non-HSPs who advocate a less than nurturing policy toward humans, animals, and Mother Nature. Although you may have been told that you are too sensitive, the truth is that the proliferation of insensitive values has created a world on the brink of disaster, and our only hope for saving the planet is by being sensitive and kind toward all sentient beings.

The real warriors in this world are the ones that see the details of another’s soul. They see the transparency behind walls people put up. They stand on the battlefield of life and expose their heart’s transparency, so others can finish the day with hope. They are the sensitive souls that understand that before they could be a light they first had to feel the burn.

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There is a common misunderstanding that emotions cause us to think illogically. But recent scientific thinking, reviewed by psychologist Roy Baumeister and his colleagues, has placed emotion at the center of wisdom. One reason is that most emotion is felt after an event, which apparently serves to help us remember what happened and learn from it. The more upset we are by a mistake, the more we think about it and will be able to avoid it the next time. The more delighted we are by a success, the more we think and talk about it and how we did it, causing us to be more likely to be able to repeat it.

HSPs tend to fill that advisor role. We are the writers, historians, philosophers, judges, artists, researchers, theologians, therapists, teachers, parents, and plain conscientious citizens. What we bring to any of these roles is a tendency to think about all the possible effects of an idea. Often we have to make ourselves unpopular by stopping the majority from rushing ahead. Thus, to perform our role well, we have to feel very good about ourselves. We have to ignore all the messages from the warriors that we are not as good as they are. The warriors have their bold style, which has its value. But we, too, have our style and our own important contribution to make.

As humans, we’re all emotional creatures. So the more equipped we are to understand people’s emotions, the better we can lead them. That’s why I believe HSPs are born to lead — because understanding people’s emotions is natural to them. When we understand people’s emotions well, we know what to say to get the best out of them. And getting the best out of people is what being a good leader is all about.

eric owens why highly sensitive people make the best leaders

Highly sensitive beings suffer more but they also love harder, dream wider, and experience deeper horizons and bliss. When you’re sensitive, you’re alive in every sense of the word in this wildly beautiful world. Sensitivity is your strength. Keep soaking in the light, and spreading it to others.

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Anni! I'm a life and career coach for stressed out highly sensitive people. My mission is to help you discover your true self and create a life you ACTUALLY like.

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