Quotes / Shrinking Violet

Carol: My leadership style is based mostly on intimidation. That won't work for you because nothing about you is intimidating.
Mike: Joe seems intimidated by me.
Carol: Those results can't be trusted. She's intimidated by small dogs & sharp bits of paper.

"The dignitary is one of your superiors who makes you nervous. The list of superiors who make you nervous in fact includes all of your superiors. It includes many of your inferiors as well."

The daemon doesn't speak; she doesn't do it much, not like Karkat at all. She looks so uneasy in her own skin, like she's wary of reminding Karkat she exists.
— Crossover fic Crash Standing

Reginald "Reg" Barclay: You don't know what a struggle it is for me, Commander.
Geordi La Forge: I'd like to help if I can.
Barclay: Being afraid all of the time, of forgetting somebody's name, not, not knowing... what to do with your hands. I mean, I, I am the guy who writes down things to remember to say when there's a party. And then, when he finally gets there, he winds up alone, in the corner, trying to look comfortable examining a potted plant.
Geordi: You're just shy, Barclay.
Barclay: "Just shy." Sounds like nothing serious, doesn't it? You can't know.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Hollow Pursuits"