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38 Private Life Quotes for Growth and Maturity

Dayna Remus
Jan 06, 2023
03:55 P.M.
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When you open Instagram or Facebook, you are overwhelmed by pictures of pets, weddings, festivals, workplace achievements, and more. No one appears to have a private life anymore; if they do, it looks nothing like what they advertise online. Read the 38 quotes below to ponder deeper on this topic.

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In the age of social media, many of us love to put our private lives online, at least the most attractive version. From our relationships to our pets to emotional statuses, the personal aspects of our lives have become public.

Sometimes, sharing your story online authentically isn't always a negative thing. Authenticity creates connection and is healing, but where is the line? Read the following 38 quotes about the importance of keeping some privacy within our lives.

Jamie Weise’s quote: "It's all mine; it's all sacred." | Image: AmoDays

Jamie Weise’s quote: "It's all mine; it's all sacred." | Image: AmoDays

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The Sacredness of Privacy

"I think everybody has the right to a private life." ― Keira Knightley

"Private lives are more important than public reputations." ― G.K. Chesterton

"I struggle with deciding when to answer or ignore the constant speculation about my private life because I feel like that doesn't belong to anybody but me." — Lauren London

"It's all mine; it's all sacred." ― Jamie Weise

"It's called a private life for a reason—it's mine, and it's special and sacred." — Lili Reinhart

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Relationships and Privacy

Criss Jami’s quote: "Good friends will allow you to be as innocent and free as a child when in private, and as wise and mature as an adult when in public."  | Image: AmoDays

Criss Jami’s quote: "Good friends will allow you to be as innocent and free as a child when in private, and as wise and mature as an adult when in public." | Image: AmoDays

"Tact by its nature entails staying mum, prudently electing to forgo urging other people to pursue an alternative course of action. Creation of silent spaces in our own life and equitable distribution of periods of respite that allow for periods of equable inner reflection is necessary to spur personal growth. It is equally important to honor other people's intrinsic need for periods of introspection, uninterrupted by unsolicited advice." ― Kilroy J. Oldster

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"Always be lenient with people and keep their privacy, as they can share their problems with you. These steps can help you in making your relationship strong." ― Faisal Nawaz Mailto

"Good friends will allow you to be as innocent and free as a child when in private, and as wise and mature as an adult when in public." — Criss Jami

Privacy, Power, and Succes

"I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower." — Banksy

"Plants and flowers taught me how to grow, by growing in secret and in silence." ― Michael Bassey Johnson

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Banksy’s quote: "I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower."  | Image: AmoDays

Banksy’s quote: "I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower." | Image: AmoDays

"You create silent enemies by revealing how much God had blessed you. There are people who are unhappy about your success, and your big dreams are just too heavy for them to bear, so they will try to break you into pieces. Extinguishers of dreams are everywhere, and you can decode them by their nosy attitude towards your affairs. That is why it's pertinent to keep few friends, talk less about yourself, and focus on other things pretending as if you don't exist. It doesn't make you faded or out of life, but the chances of getting your prospects destroyed will be very slim." ― Michael Bassey Johnson

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The Public vs. A Private Life Quotes

"The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes." — Kevin McCloud

"Celebrity damages private life." — Tim Berners-Lee

"To be honest, I'm a little upset these days. My family has been exposed to the media. Some people break into our house. My ex-girlfriend's photos are circulating online. To say that these are things I need to endure for the sake of celebrity... that's sad. I want to respectfully request that my private life remain private." — Song Joong-ki

Judgment and Gossip Quotes

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"At any case, you shall not judge my privacy and my private life." ― P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Ron Baratono’s quote: "When we keep private matters to our self, then we never have to worry about unwanted voices discussing these matters when we're not listening." | Image: AmoDays

Ron Baratono’s quote: "When we keep private matters to our self, then we never have to worry about unwanted voices discussing these matters when we're not listening." | Image: AmoDays

"No one's personal life is in the public interest. It's gossip, bottom line. End of story." ― Kevin Spacey

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"Many people say the right thing in public because they do not want to be seen as mean. However, it is what we say in private to our best friends, supporters, and colleagues that truly forms us. It makes up our energy field and defines us. Although we think people do not know what we say and do, others do know. They often find out. And even if they don't know the specific details, they can sense our integrity or lack of it." ― F Donna Goddard

"When we keep private matters to ourself, then we never have to worry about unwanted voices discussing these matters when we're not listening." ― Ron Baratono

Thought-Provoking Private Life Quotes

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"Always remember that you were once alone, and the crowd you see in your life today are just as unnecessary as when you were alone." ― Michael Bassey Johnson

"Everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life, and a secret life." ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

George Eliot’s quote: “There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life." | Image: AmoDays

George Eliot’s quote: “There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life." | Image: AmoDays

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"People may be taken in once, who imagine that an author is greater in private life than other men." ― Samuel Johnson

"Personal life becomes paler as the imaginative life becomes richer." ― Willa Cather

"He wondered now if everyone had a private life. He wondered if his wife had one. It was possible that all those years he had been alone, never knowing that a complete world existed and no one spoke of it." ― Ann Patchett

"Wearing a mask can thus be a strange thing: sometimes, more often than we tend to believe, there is more truth in the mask that in what we assume to be our 'real self.'" ― Slavoj Žižek

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"There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life." — George Eliot

Do Not Enter Quotes

Catherine Deneuve’s quote: "People don't know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life." | Image: AmoDays

Catherine Deneuve’s quote: "People don't know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life." | Image: AmoDays

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"It was funny, she thought, that before she had ever had a job, she had always thought of an office as a place where people came to work, but now it seemed as if it was a place where they also brought their private lives for everyone else to look at, paw over, comment on and enjoy." ― Rona Jaffe

"Your private life is your private life, and you keep it to yourself. You get more respect that way." — Jay Kay

"People don't know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life." ― Catherine Deneuve

"People assume that a self-portrait is narcissistic and you're trying to reveal something about yourself: fantasies or autobiographical information. In fact, none of my work is about me or my private life." ― Cindy Sherman

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"The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it." ― Joan Collins

Bode Miller’s quote: "I like to keep my private life private for the most part." | Image: AmoDays

Bode Miller’s quote: "I like to keep my private life private for the most part." | Image: AmoDays

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"In acting, you draw so much on your private life." ― Emmanuelle Riva

"I try not to think about my public life. I focus on my private life, and that's just the best way to live." ― Angelina Jolie

"I don't talk about my private life." ― Marianne Faithfull

"Just because you don't know what someone is doing in their life, doesn't mean they aren't doing something. Perhaps you were the nobody that they thought it wasn't worth sharing with." ― Niedria D. Kenny

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"I've been accused of being cold, snobbish, distant. Those who know me well know that I'm nothing of the sort. If anything, the opposite is true. But is it too much to ask to want to protect your private life, your inner feelings?" ― Grace Kelly

Faisal Nawaz Mailto’s quote: "Always be lenient with people and keep their privacy, as they can share their problems with you. These steps can help you in making your relationship strong." | Image: AmoDays

Faisal Nawaz Mailto’s quote: "Always be lenient with people and keep their privacy, as they can share their problems with you. These steps can help you in making your relationship strong." | Image: AmoDays

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"People don't know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life." — Catherine Deneuve

"I like to keep my private life private for the most part." — Bode Miller

"What people do in their private lives is their business and shouldn't be anybody else's business." — Rob Lowe

Tim Berners-Lee’s quote: "Celebrity damages private life." | Image: AmoDays

Tim Berners-Lee’s quote: "Celebrity damages private life." | Image: AmoDays

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While there is nothing wrong with posting that selfie online for all your friends to see, it can get out of hand if you are sharing every bit of your life online. It can even get to the point where you may not be able to tell the difference between the online version of you and the real version of you.

It's best to take some time alone, decide what you are ready to share, and place some boundaries down not only online but with your day-to-day interactions. Authenticity and vulnerability are beautiful aspects of life, but not everyone deserves to hear your story.

To find some inner affirmation outside the social media space, read these 69 body-positive quotes to finally feel at home in your own skin.

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