38 Real Talk Quotes About Life

The following quotes and sayings are all about ‘real talk’.

What is ‘real talk’?

Real talk is the term used for when people tell the truth about something that is usually uncomfortable to discuss.

Real talk can be prefaced by statements such as ‘I’m going to give it to you straight‘ and ‘let’s be honest‘.

Another reason people use ‘real talk’ is because it can help get a point across more effectively than other ways of communication, such as sugar-coating what you are saying or giving someone too much information about something they may not want to know. Sometimes, it’s required when despite a few attempts, someone just does not ‘get it’ and needs you to spell it out to them.

This collection of quotes is about not just talking, – but deep listening, honesty, truth, gratitude and perseverance in life. We hope you find them inspiring, for yourself or someone else in your life.


Real Talk Quotes


“There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way.” Andre Agassi


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“Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.” Friedrich Nietzsche



“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.” James Altucher



“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” Walter Elliot


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“When someone treats you like an option, help them narrow their choices by removing yourself from the equation. It’s that simple.” Robert Tew



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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela



“Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality.” Jen Sincero


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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde



“We are all affected by our pasts, but it is within our power not to let what we have done to dictate what we will do.” P. C. Cast



“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain



“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie



“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Brene Brown



“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” Desmond Tutu



“Things are often spoke and seldom meant.” William Shakespeare



“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” Thomas Carlyle



“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” Michelle Obama



“Talk without effort is nothing.” Maria W. Stewart


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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie



“There is a deep power in words that speak the truth.” P. C. Cast



“Honestly, if everyone likes what you say, something is wrong with your message.” Ashley Ormon


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“We used to say that those amongst us with the most sins are those who spend their time talking about the sins of others.” Ibn Sirin



“I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” Will Arnett



“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer



“It is when you are angry that you must watch how you talk.” Chaim Potok



“You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk.” George Clooney



“Listening is more important than talking.” Jimmy Fallon



“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Arthur Conan Doyle



“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney



“No judgment. Just real talk.” A.D. Aliwat



“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” Ernest Hemingway



“Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.” Plato



“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” Germany Kent



“If you don’t pick your audience, you’re lost because you’re not really talking to anybody.” Julia Child



“I love talking to people and hearing their stories. Everyone’s got their own story to tell, and when you sit down with someone and really talk to them, you can learn so much.” Dan Wells



“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery



“Sometimes it is a great joy just to listen to someone we love talking.” Vincent McNabb



“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” Benjamin Disraeli



“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” James A. Garfield


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