The 21 Most Inspirational Quotes by Famous INFJs

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The INFJ may be the rarest of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types, making up only 1-2 percent of the population, but many famous INFJ people have made a huge impact on the world. Through their gentle leadership and passion, INFJs are making the world a better place. Want proof? Here are 21 amazing quotes from famous INFJs*.

*Note: It’s impossible to determine with 100% certainty the personality type of people who are no longer with us, and some websites offer conflicting information. However, all of these individuals have been typed as INFJ by multiple sources; J.K. Rowling is self-confirmed.

Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes by Famous INFJs

1. Carl Jung

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

2. J. K. Rowling

Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.

3. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

4. Eleanor Roosevelt

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.

5. Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.


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6. Plato

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

7. Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

8. J.K. Rowling

Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

9. Carl Jung

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

10. Florence Nightingale

Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.

11. Jane Goodall

The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.

12. Nelson Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

13. Jimmy Carter

It’s not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail.

14. Eleanor Roosevelt

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.

15. Shirley MacLaine

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.

16. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

17. Jane Goodall

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

18. Carl Jung

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

19. Nelson Mandela

People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.

20. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

21. Mahatma Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

Are You an INFJ?

Some of these quotes touch on themes that will resonate with a lot of people, and every INFJ is going to be a little different. However, if these quotes speak to you, you might be an INFJ. Want to find out? There’s an easy way: Take this free personality assessment from Personality Hacker and see your personality type in minutes.

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Megan is a freelance writer whose mission is to help people improve their relationships, careers, and quality of life using personality psychology. She is the founder of INFJBlog.com, a blog with articles and resources for INFJ personality types. Megan lives quietly in Dallas, Texas. You can chat with her on Twitter @meganmmalone and follow INFJ Blog @Im_INFJ.