Glennon Doyle Quotes

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Glennon Doyle is a speaker, activist and best-selling author of books like Untamed, Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior. She was previously known as Glennon Doyle Melton by virtue of her marriage to Tish Melton. Right now, Glennon is married to Abby Wambach and the couple have been together since 2017.

Here are some of the best Glennon Doyle quotes on love, motherhood, parenting, friendship, Abby, writing, disappointment and so much more:

Glennon Doyle Cheetah Quote

1. I knew what she’d tell me. She’d say, “Something’s off about my life. I feel restless and frustrated. I have this hunch that everything was supposed to be more beautiful than this. I imagine fenceless, wide-open savannas. I want to run and hunt and kill. I want to sleep under an ink-black, silent sky filled with stars. It’s all so real I can taste it.” Then she’d look back at the cage, the only home she’s ever known. She’d look at the smiling zookeepers, the bored spectators, and her panting, bouncing, begging best friend, the Lab. She’d sigh and say, “I should be grateful. I have a good enough life here. It’s crazy to long for what doesn’t even exist.” I’d say: Tabitha. You are not crazy. You are a goddamn cheetah.

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Glennon Doyle Hard Things Quote

2. These things will be hard to do, but you can do hard things.

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Best Glennon Doyle Quotes

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3. The braver I am, the luckier I get. Glennon Doyle

4. I need to sit with the quiet. I know that much. Glennon Doyle

5. Be careful with the stories you tell about yourself. Glennon Doyle

6. What if in skipping the pain, I was missing my lessons? Glennon Doyle

7. Faith is not a club to belong to, but a current to surrender to.

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8. Just do the next right thing, one thing at a time. Glennon Doyle

9. I have met my self and I am going to care for her fiercely. Glennon Doyle

10. His forgetfulness feels like carelessness, and his carelessness feels like rejection. Glennon Doyle

11. 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. Glennon Doyle

12. Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was ever supposed to be easy. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes On Love

Glennon Doyle quotes on love

13. What if pain – like love – is just a place brave people visit? Glennon Doyle

14. They look because she’s lovely but they stare because she is love. Glennon Doyle

15. It’s not the cruel criticism from folks who hate us that scares us away from our Knowing; it’s the quiet concern of those who love us. Glennon Doyle

16. I am loved and have always been loved and will always, always be loved. I have never been separated from this love, I have only convinced myself I was. Glennon Doyle

17. Grief is love’s souvenir. It’s our proof that we once loved. Grief is the receipt we wave in the air that says to the world: Look! Love was once mine. I love well. Here is my proof that I paid the price.

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18. Every girl must decide whether to be true to herself or true to the world. Every girl must decide whether to settle for adoration or fight for love. Glennon Doyle

19. 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. Glennon Doyle

20. My courage will come from knowing I can handle whatever I encounter there — because I was designed by my creator to not only survive pain and love but also to become whole inside it. I was born to do this. I am a Warrior. Glennon Doyle

21. We think our job as humans is to avoid pain, our job as parents is to protect our children from pain, and our job as friends is to fix each other’s pain. Maybe that’s why we all feel like failures so often – because we all have the wrong job description for love. Glennon Doyle

22. I think I love my people more than normal people love their people. My love is so overwhelming and terrifying and uncomfortable and complicated that I need to hide from it. Life and love simply ask too much of me. Everything hurts. I don’t know how people can just let it all hurt so much. I am just not up for all this hurting. I have to do whatever it takes not to feel the hurt. But what I have to do to avoid the hurt for myself hurts everyone else. My survival means I have to keep harming my people. But it is not because I don’t love them, it is because I love them too much. All I can say is “I do love you,” but it sounds weak, like a like, and their faces don’t soften when they hear it. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes On Motherhood

Glennon Doyle quotes on motherhood

23. We don’t have to have answers for our children; we just have to be brave enough to trek into the woods and ask tough questions with them. Glennon Doyle

24. We’re just trying to raise human beings. Right? And the definition of a human being is someone who just shows up and screws up and apologizes and starts over. So in order to do that, we have to show them all of ourselves. We have to allow ourselves to make mistakes in front of them and be what we would call imperfect in front of them and lose our temper. And. Show up and apologize and try again and forgive ourselves relentlessly because that’s the only graceful way to be human. Glennon Doyle

25. Mothers have martyred themselves in their children’s names since the beginning of time. We have lived as if she who disappears the most, loves the most. We have been conditioned to prove our love by slowly ceasing to exist.

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26. The old definition of Mother doesn’t ring true enough. I’ve stopped thinking of Mother as a fixed identity–something you are or aren’t–and more of an energy all of us have inside of us, that we’re either unleashing or not. Glennon Doyle

27. What a terrible burden for children to bear—to know that they are the reason their mother stopped living. What a terrible burden for our daughters to bear—to know that if they choose to become mothers, this will be their fate, too. Because if we show them that being a martyr is the highest form of love, that is what they will become. They will feel obligated to love as well as their mothers loved, after all. They will believe they have permission to live only as fully as their mothers allowed themselves to live. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes On Parenting

Glennon Doyle quotes on parenting

29. There is no greater burden on a child than the unlived life of a parent. Glennon Doyle

30. It’s so important to be a bad parent often. This way if our kids become parents, they will be able to forgive themselves for being human- Because they’ve seen us do it. Glennon Doyle

31. A woman becomes a responsible parent when she stops being an obedient daughter.

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32. My most important parenting job is to teach my children how to deal with being human. There is really only one way to deal gracefully with being human, and that is: forgive yourself. Glennon Doyle

33. I spent a lot of time teaching my kids to express their feelings but this morning I’m wishing I’d also mentioned the lost virtue of suffering silently. PENDULUM PARENTING = When parents overcompensate and screw our kids up the opposite way our parents screwed us up. If you’re gonna teach your kids they can express every feeling: ALSO GET THEM A DIARY. So they can TELL THEIR FEELINGS TO THE DIARY. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes About Friendship

Glennon Doyle quotes about friendship
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34. If there’s a silver lining to the emptiness, here it is: the unfillable is what brings people together. I’ve never made a friend by bragging about my strengths, but I’ve made countless by sharing my weakness and my emptiness. Glennon Doyle

35. Eventually, a friendship is built – a solid, sheltering structure that exists in the space between us – a space outside of ourselves that we can climb deep into. There is her, there is me, and then there is our friendship – this bridge we’ve built together. Glennon Doyle

36. I think one of the keys to happiness is accepting that I am never going to be perfectly happy. Life is uncomfortable. So I might as well get busy loving the people around me. I’m going to stop trying so hard to decide whether they are the “right people” for me and just take deep breaths and love my neighbors. I’m going to take care of my friends. I’m going to find peace in the ‘burbs. I’m going to quit chasing happiness long enough to notice it smiling right at me.

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37. We need to make friends with ourselves. We are stuck with our self all day, so let’s be kinder, gentler, more amusing company. Let’s take our own hand and say, ‘There, there, sister. You’re doing a good job. I’m proud of how you’re handling all this craziness down here. Don’t give up. Carry on, warrior. Glennon Doyle

38. In all my close friendships, words are the bricks I use to build bridges. To know someone I need to hear her, and to feel known, I need to be heard by her. The process of knowing and loving another person happens for me through conversation. I reveal something to help my friend understand me, she responds in a way that assures me she values my revelation, and then she adds something to help me understand her. This back-and-forth is repeated again and again as we go deeper into each other’s hearts, minds, pasts, and dreams. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes About Abby

Glennon Doyle quotes about Abby Wambach

39. Still, when I see Abby relaxing, my knee-jerk reaction is annoyance. But then I check myself. I think: Why am I activated here? Oh, yes, that old belief. Oh, wait, never mind. I’ve exchanged that one. And when Abby asks, “What’s wrong?” I can say, “Nothing, honey,” and mean it, mostly. Anger delivers our boundaries to us. Our boundaries deliver our beliefs to us. Our beliefs determine how we experience the world. Glennon Doyle

40. Abby is a grown woman, and she is the boss of herself. Glennon should stop feeling angry about Abby’s decisions.

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41. That’s when I stopped looking at Abby and thinking: What is my anger telling me about her? And started asking: What is my anger telling me about me? My anger was delivering a package with one of my root beliefs in it—a belief that was programmed into me during childhood: Resting is laziness, and laziness is disrespect. Worthiness and goodness are earned with hustle. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes On Marriage

Glennon Doyle quotes on marriage

42. I think of love and marriage, in the same way, I do plants: We have perennials and annuals. The perennial plant blooms go away and come back. The annual blooms for just a season, and then winter arrives and takes it out for good. But it’s still enriched the soil for the next flower to bloom. In the same way, no love is wasted.

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43. Young people: marry simply, start your life, and party later. Think of how much babysitting for your future colicky baby you could buy with that wedding budget. Think of how much marriage therapy you could buy. Invest in your marriage, not your wedding. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes On Family

Glennon Doyle quotes on family

44. I decide to take the risk on this family. Not because I won’t get hurt, but because they are the right people to get hurt by. Glennon Doyle

45. We must be committed to holding on to nothing but the truth. We must decide that if the truth inside us can burn a belief, a family structure, a business, a religion, an industry—it should have become ashes yesterday. Glennon Doyle

46. A broken family is a family in which any member must break herself into pieces to fit in. A whole family is one in which each member can bring her full self to the table knowing that she will always be both held and free.

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47. Making sensible family rules around cell phones and driving is a way to love yourself, your marriage, your children, and the world well. Glennon Doyle

48. If you feel warm toward me but also believe I’m going to burn in hell, you do not love me. If you wish me well but vote against my family being protected by the law, you do not love me. Thank you for understanding that to love me as yourself means to want for me and for my family every good thing you want for yourself and your family. Anything less than that is less than love. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Disappointment Quotes

Glennon Doyle disappointment quotes

49. Your job, throughout your entire life, is to disappoint as many people as it takes to avoid disappointing yourself. Glennon Doyle

50. I will disappoint every last one of you to avoid disappointing myself.

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51. Every time you’re given a choice between disappointing someone else and disappointing yourself, your duty is to disappoint that someone else. Your job throughout your entire life, is to disappoint as many people as it takes to avoid disappointing yourself. Glennon Doyle

52. I’ll abandon everyone else’s expectations of me before I’ll abandon myself. I’ll disappoint everyone else before I’ll disappoint myself. I’ll forsake all others before I’ll forsake myself. Me and myself: We are till death do us part. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle Quotes On Writing

Glennon Doyle quotes on writing

53. Reading is my inhale and writing is my exhale. Glennon Doyle

54. If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you’re good enough. Just do it. Be generous. Offer a gift to the world that no one else can offer: yourself. Glennon Doyle

55. When you write your truth, it is a love offering to the world because it helps us feel braver and less alone.

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56. I wrote in my first book that I was broken, and now it just makes me mad every time. This is why writing words in books is so precarious. This is why Jesus only wrote in the sand, right? I just – I hate that I wrote that. Glennon Doyle

 57. It strikes me that I need to throw out the dictionary the world gave me about what it means to be a mother, a wife, a person of faith, an artist, and a woman and write my own. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle: Untamed Quotes

Glennon Doyle untamed quotes

58. Perhaps imagination is not where we go to escape reality but where we go to remember it. Glennon Doyle

59. Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right. Glennon Doyle

60. This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been. Glennon Doyle

61. The thing that gets me thinking and questioning most deeply is a leader who warns me not to think or question. Glennon Doyle

62. Hard work is important. So are play and nonproductivity. My worth is tied not to my productivity but to my existence. I am worthy of rest. Glennon Doyle

63. When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself. Glennon Doyle

64. Tish is sensitive, and that is her superpower. The opposite of sensitive is not brave. It’s not brave to refuse to pay attention, to refuse to notice, to refuse to feel and know and imagine. The opposite of sensitive is insensitive, and that’s no badge of honor. Glennon Doyle

65. When women lose themselves, the world loses its way. We do not need more selfless women. What we need right now is more women who have detoxed themselves so completely from the world’s expectations that they are full of nothing but themselves. What we need are women who are full of themselves. 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.

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66. Blessed are those brave enough to make things awkward, for they wake us up and move us forward. Glennon Doyle

67. The only thing that was every wrong with me was my belief that there was something wrong with me. Glennon Doyle

68. I will not stay, not ever again – in a room or conversation or relationship or institution that requires me to abandon myself. Glennon Doyle

69. Here’s to The Untamed: May we know them. May we raise them. May we love them. May we read them. May we elect them. May we be them. Glennon Doyle

70. Privilege is being born on third base. Ignorant privilege is thinking you’re there because you hit a triple. Malicious privilege is complaining that those starving outside the ballpark aren’t waiting patiently enough. Glennon Doyle

71. 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 admit they are not, you must decide if you have the guts, the right – perhaps even the duty – to burn to the ground that which is not true and beautiful enough and get started building what is. Glennon Doyle

72. I am here to keep becoming truer, more beautiful versions of myself again and again forever. To be alive is to be in a perpetual state of revolution. Whether I like it or not, pain is the fuel of revolution. Everything I need to become the woman I’m meant to be next is inside my feelings of now. Life is alchemy, and emotions are the fire that turns me to gold. I will continue to become only if I resist extinguishing myself a million times a day. If I can sit in the fire of my own feelings, I will keep becoming. Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle: Love Warrior Quotes

Glennon Doyle Love Warrior quotes

80. Marketers need us to believe that our pain is a mistake that can be solved with their product. Glennon Doyle

81. No woman on earth doesn’t give a fuck—no woman is that cool—she’s just hidden her fire. Likely, it’s burning her up. Glennon Doyle

82. Pain transforms one woman into two so that she has someone to walk with, someone to sit with her in the dark when everyone else leaves. Glennon Doyle

83. 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. Glennon Doyle

84. Maybe instead of slamming the door on pain, I need to throw open the door wide and say, Come in. Sit down with me. And don’t leave until you have taught me what I need to know. Glennon Doyle

85. 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. Glennon Doyle

86. Any woman who doesn’t give a fuck is simply abandoning her soul to adhere to the rules. No woman on earth doesn’t give a fuck—no woman is that cool—she’s just hidden her fire. Likely, it’s burning her up. Glennon Doyle

87. Women who are concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women who are concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at. They are taking it all in. They are taking in the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give away to others.

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88. But I drink differently than they do. They drink to take the edge off. I drink to disappear. Glennon Doyle

89. 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. Glennon Doyle

90. Grief is nothing but a painful waiting, a horrible patience. Grief cannot be torn down or scaled or overcome or outsmarted. It can only be outlasted. Survival is surrender to the brick wall. Glennon Doyle

91. I’m trying to fix my pain with certainty, as if I’m one right choice away from relief. I’m stuck in anxiety quicksand: The harder I try to climb my way out, the lower I sink. The only way to survive is to make no sudden movements, to get comfortable with discomfort, and to find peace without answers. Glennon Doyle

92. 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. Glennon Doyle

93. We know what the world wants from us. We know we must decide whether to stay small, quiet, and uncomplicated or allow ourselves to grow as big, loud, and complex as we were made to be. Every girl must decide whether to be true to herself or true to the world. Every girl must decide whether to settle for adoration or fight for love. Glennon Doyle

94. I do know what to do, just never more than one moment at a time. I stop explaining myself, because I learn that making decisions is never about doing the right thing or the wrong thing. It’s about doing the precise thing. The precise thing is always incredibly personal and often makes no sense to anyone else. God speaks to folks directly ad one at a time, so I just listen and follow directions. And when I need to work anything out, I turn to the blank page. There, no one can steal my pain or try to poison my knowing, and there I always have the final word in my own story. Glennon Doyle