Toxic People Quotes to Fuel Your Mindset

We all know the saying, “toxic people drain you.” But how do we handle toxic people in our lives? Meaningful toxic people quotes will help you identify toxic people and recognize when it’s time to escape a toxic relationship.

Say goodbye to negative vibes and hello to self-love. Powerful toxic people quotes will help you find the strength to move forward, liberate yourself from negativity and embrace positivity. Ready to break free from the negative energy of toxic people and reclaim your peace and personal power.

Best Toxic People Quotes

I will not allow anyone to walk in my mind with dirty feet. Mahatma Gandhi

Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you. Israelmore Ayivor

Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else. Cheryl Strayed

Someone who smiles too much with you can sometime frown too much with you at your back. Michael Bassey Johnson

Toxic people attach themselves like cinder blocks tied to your ankles, and then invite you for a swim in their poisoned waters. John Mark Green

Protect your good image from the eyes of negative viewers, who may look at your good appearance with an ugly fiendish eye, and ruin your positive qualities with their chemical infested tongues. Michael Bassey Johnson

People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely. Hans F. Hasen

Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally. Kamand Kojouri

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Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself. Oprah Winfrey

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

If they do it often, it isn’t a mistake; it’s just their behavior. Dr. Steve Maraboli

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions. Will Smith

Toxic relationships are dangerous to your health; they will literally kill you. Stress shortens your lifespan. Even a broken heart can kill you. There is an undeniable mind body connection. Your arguments and hateful talk can land you in the emergency room or in the morgue. You were not meant to live in a fever of anxiety; screaming yourself hoarse in a frenzy of dreadful, panicked fight or flight that leaves you exhausted and numb with grief. You were not meant to live like animals tearing one another to shreds. Don’t turn your hair gray. Don’t carve a roadmap of pain into the sweet wrinkles on your face. Don’t lay in the quiet with your heart pounding like a trapped, frightened creature. For your own precious and beautiful life, and for those around you seek help or get out before it is too late. This is your wake up call! Bryant McGill

Letting go of toxic people in your life is a big step in loving yourself. Hussein Nishah

People appear like angels until you hear them speak. You must not rush to judge people by the colour of their cloaks, but by the content of their words! Israelmore Ayivor

If you walked away from a toxic, negative, abusive, one sided, dead end low vibrational relationship or friendship you won. Lalah Delia

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There’s folks you just don’t need. You’re better off without em. Your life is just a little better because they ain’t in it. William Gay

Not all friends know they have lost you. Joyce Rachelle

Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out. Robert Tew

No matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools. Michael Bassey Johnson

Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. Lucille Ball

Negative people can only infest you with discouragements when they find you around. Just get lost and get saved! Israelmore Ayivor

A lot of people who have experienced trauma at the hands of people they’ve trusted take responsibility, and that is what’s toxic. Hannah Gadsby

We do not have to be mental health professionals to identify the traits of the possible sociopaths among us. P.A. Speers

When you notice someone does something toxic the first time, don’t wait for the second time before you address it or cut them off. Many survivors are used to the wait and see tactic which only leaves them vulnerable to a second attack. As your boundaries get stronger, the wait time gets shorter. You never have justify your intuition. Shahida Arabi

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Fire False Friends as early as possible. Do it before they dig out the dream seeds you’ve planted! The earlier, the better; the quicker, the safer! Israelmore Ayivor

Relationships end, but they don’t end your life. Steve Martin

The toxic behaviors were there before you decided to enter into relationships with them. The signs were there. You may have chosen to look the other way, but the signs were there. P.A. Speers

You create more space in your life when you turn your excess baggage to garbage. Chinonye J. Chidolue

As you remove toxic people from your life, you free up space and emotional energy for positive, healthy relationships. John Mark Green

I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term? Nicholas Sparks

If someone thinks you’re being dramatic or selfish, then they obviously haven’t walked a mile in your shoes. It’s not important for you to explain yourself. You get a pass here. Don’t let anyone else try to saddle you with guilt or shame. If you need your space, take it. Sarah Newman

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Losing will not always amount to a loss, sometimes you have to lose those toxic relationships and bad habits to create a space for better things. Gift Gugu Mona

What is evil neither can nor should be loved; for it is not one’s duty to be a lover of evil or to become like what is bad; and we have said that like is dear to like. Must the friendship, then, be forthwith broken off? Or is this not so in all cases, but only when one’s friends are incurable in their wickedness? If they are capable of being reformed one should rather come to the assistance of their character or their property, inasmuch as this is better and more characteristic of friendship. But a man who breaks off such a friendship would seem to be doing nothing strange; for it was not to a man of this sort that he was a friend; when his friend changed, therefore, and he is unable to save him, he gives him up. Aristotle

I think most people know when they’re in a toxic relationship it requires an enormous amount of effort to keep it going, and you don’t get what you want from it. Joanna Coles

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Speak with caution. Even if someone forgives harsh words you’ve spoken, they may be too hurt to ever forget them. Don’t leave a legacy of pain and regret of things you never should have said. Germany Kent

If people keep stepping on you, wear a pointy hat. Joyce Rachelle

It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go. Daniell Koepke

Don’t confuse familiar with acceptable. Toxic relationships can fool you like that. Steve Maraboli

The hardest part of being in an emotionally abusive relationship, it’s actually admitting you’re in one. Anna Akana

If you’ve been through trauma you don’t need more drama, so surround yourself with those who bring you peace. Christy Ann Martine

Academia needs leaders who inspire, empower, and nurture the next generation of scholars, not toxic individuals who instill fear and discourage innovation. Abhysheq Shukla

My father once said, If you’re in the desert and you’re dying of thirst, are you going to drink a glass of blood or are you going to drink a glass of water? I think what he was trying to say, interesting coming from my blood father, is sometimes there are people in your family that can be toxic. Nicolas Cage

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Academia should be a safe haven for intellectual exploration, not a breeding ground for toxic leadership that erodes confidence and stifles creativity. Abhysheq Shukla

We teach people how to treat us. Dr. Phil

We must be cautious of those who perceive their lies as the truth. Angel Moreira

What’s broken is broken and I’d rather remember it as it was than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived. Margaret Mitchell

The presence of the person you hate is far more agonizing than absence of the person you love. Shon Mehta

An oppressive nature is like inclement weather, surrounding others and crushing them down with its infectious gloom. Stewart Stafford

Our emotions are indicators, not dictators, which means we do not let our emotions govern our behavior. Andrea Anderson Polk

Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself. Deborah Reber

The ability to say no allows us to feel safe to surrender even further into the experience of play and be taken over by the experience of play, yes and being creative. Anita Bentata

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Good meditation calms you. It is far apart from negativity, toxic people, low energy and every that factor which burns you. When you’ll reach that level of peace from inside, you always become to live free and compassionately in this world. Sonal Takalkar

Sometimes there are things in life that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes change may not be what we want. Sometimes change is what we need. Don Bolena Jr.

Sometimes people act like the weather in life. They change overnight. Angel Moreira

My encouragement: delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity. Because that’s where genius lives. Robin S. Sharma

Trauma survivors who can remove themselves from a toxic environment may have a higher chance of making progress towards recovery. On the other hand, those who stuck in such an environment may find it more difficult to improve their mental health conditions. Hong Wang Fung

It is really exhausting to live in a dictatorship of Me, which is basically a tyranny of others. Stefan Molyneux

Not to fear for love is a growth for the soul, to know that there are no limitations or taboos to develop feelings for someone, regardless of genitalia, only to feel and not condemn oneself. Enjoy life as a nest of opportunities. Winnie Nantongo

Toxic people will pollute everything around them. Don’t hesitate. Fumigate. Mandy Hale

Careful! Shit can happen as you bend down to tie your shoe. Efrat Cybulkiewicz

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The people in your life will either help you shake hands with yourself or they’ll teach you what you don’t want. Everyone, eventually, does one or the other. All pain transforms to learning. All love transforms to self awareness. Vironika Tugaleva

We must be cautious of those who attempt to shame us for our blessings. Angel Moreira

If it comes, let it come. If it goes, it’s ok, let it go. Let things come and go. Stay calm, don’t let anything disturb your peace, and carry on. Germany Kent

Choose people wisely. Meghna Sodha

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan

Treat loyal people right; else you will be surrounded by sycophants. John Joclebs Bassey

Cleanliness is a habit that keeps the body, mind, and environment neat, clean, and delightful and free from dirt and toxic things. Amit Ray

Let me give some morons out there a lesson on jealousy people who get jealous are the ones who’ll typically harbor an attachment and fixation in the absence of which, there can never be any jealous reaction if you’re looking for one. So, good luck with the unsavory mind games and mixed signals. Word of Truth Ministry

I found peace of mind when I walked away from small fights not worth fighting. I stopped fighting for people who gossiped about me. I stopped fighting for those who didn’t respect me. I quit worrying about those who wouldn’t value me for being me. Dana Arcuri

Avoidance of toxic people in the workplace is always a good strategy. Steven Magee

Let go of negative people. They only show up to share complaints, problems, disastrous stories, fear, and judgment on others. If somebody is looking for a bin to throw all their trash into, make sure it’s not in your mind. Dalai Lama

Yes, it can be quite agonizing to walk away from what looks like a great offer. But what you must grasp is that if you proceed you could end up working in a culture that is totally out of whack with your values and that can wreck you mentally and physically. No offer is worth that price. Binod Shankar

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too can become great. Mark Twain

A brilliant jerk is one who is highly competent but whose attitude doesn’t align with company culture. If you end up hiring one by mistake, don’t keep them around for too long because they represent a living and breathing violation of the company culture, and you look like a hypocrite. Binod Shankar

Because at some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life. Sandi Lynn

Toxic leadership is a silent destroyer, poisoning the very essence of organizational health and stifling individual growth and potential. Abhysheq Shukla

There is no in between, we all have to touch our own bottom. Liz Thebart

I got tired of feeling like I was walking on eggshells. I finally learned that if you have to tiptoe around them, they aren’t your people. Steve Maraboli

Like arsenic, toxic people will slowly kill you. They kill your positive spirit and play with your mind and emotions. The only cure is to let them go. Dennisse Lisseth

Perception is everything. If you see everything through the lens of the naysayers or through a victim perspective, then it’s hard to get what you really want in life. Keisha Blair

Everybody has bad relationships, and, at the end of the day, they are just a great way to set yourself up for a good relationship. Anne Hathaway

Let go of the naysayers who only serve to bog you down with negative messages, and find positive people who are excited about your future prospects. Some people were only meant to be a part of one aspect of your journey. If you can’t take them with you into the next phase of your life, then that’s okay; they have served their purpose. Don’t look back, and don’t overthink it. Keisha Blair

As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic people will never be worth your time and energy and they take a lot of each. Toxic people create unnecessary complexity, strife, and, worst of all, stress. Travis Bradberry

The idea is quite simple, stay a light year away from people who make you feel less about yourself. Mohith Agadi

There are people who break you down by just being them. They need not do anything. Dissociate. Malebo Sephodi

Keeping bad company is like being in a germ infested area. You never know what you’ll catch. Frank Sonnenberg

No matter how much you love the person, you cannot change them. You may influence them; but at the end of the day, they must decide for themselves. Robert E. Baines Jr.

You’ll notice that I’ll never make a quote about assholes and or dicks in life. End of story. Dead end. Avoid like the plague. They always multiply. They’re truly the most insecure people on this planet. That pretty much says it all. In conclusion, ignore them with all your might. Never give them your energy. Major Mike Russell

Controllers, abusers, and manipulative people don’t question themselves. They don’t ask themselves if the problem is them. They always say the problem is someone else. Darlene Quimet

Just because someone is your family doesn’t mean you have to keep them around if they are toxic or abusive. Don’t let people guilt you. Winnie Nantongo

How you choose to feel today should not be dependent on others. Anthon St. Maarten

When dealing with toxic people always choose distance over disrespect. Germany Kent

You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people. Joel Osteen

Notice how the ones that fuck up the love always cry the hardest. Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Toxic relationships are like a good pasta that has been overcooked. Asa Don Brown

If you have trouble withholding personal information from nosy questioners, you need to get over this. This is how abusers take advantage of you in relationships and in life. Christy Piper

An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you. Goi Nasu

Toxicity at work, relationship or in life works as a slow poison which often ends its survivors as disillusioned or embittered. Abhysheq Shukla

Sometimes it’s better to end something and try to start something new than imprison yourself in hoping for the impossible. Karen Salmansohn

Toxic and abusive people love sending you emotional bills for debts you’ve already paid. I call them Plungers because they love to bring up old shit. Steve Maraboli

The best emotional relief is not venting our problems, that only fuels the pain. It is focusing on something else, taking control of our lives and staying away from people that keep reminding us about our problems. Rodolfo Peon

It’s awfully hard to be happy when you feel you’re not worthy enough for those feelings. You’ve been knocked down so many times happiness to you is an unnatural state of mind. Lose the fake smile, get up and get rid of the toxic reasons you’re unhappy, no matter, who, or what’s standing in your way. Time to get real! Ron Baratono

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein

Toxic people will attempt to iron out their wrinkled past with smooth talking. Christine E. Szymanski

Yes, the people around us can be insensitive, narcissistic, toxic, and sometimes even abusive, but it is up to us to take that energy on or let it flow through us. No one is responsible for taking away our happiness but us. Aletheia Luna

Chronic excusers never take responsibility for their actions or accountability for the consequences either. They are under cover narcissists. Janna Cachola

I burned by bridges so the devil couldn’t follow me. L.M. Browning

You are in control of your life. Set new boundaries by removing all of the toxic people from your inner circle. Germany Kent

You don’t have to live happily ever after with every single person in your life in order to live happily ever after. Some unfortunate endings are necessary. Joyce Rachelle

Stop complaining toxic people. You have the chance now to be better and do something new. Don’t settle where you and harbor feelings of lost and guilt. New doors can open for you if you are willing to move forward and drop the negative attitude. Germany Kent

I am worth more than these excuses. I am worth more than this inconsistent, unhealthy, disappointing dynamic. I am worthy of finding someone that is never going to allow us to settle into this toxic, distorted version of love. Liz Newman

Beware those who sacrifice your happiness on the altar of their beliefs. John Mark Green

If a person finds negative people in his life, then he needs to mend his own nature than that of others, for his own basic grounding decides the level of acidic or toxicity surrounding him. Anuj Somany

The sooner we realize the fact that people outside there are toxic who envy you for your style, your attitude, your heights; humans would have stopped living just to gain attention. Saksham Minocha

I know people can be awful dooms for each other. Iris Murdoch

The minute she rid herself from toxic people. She started glowing like a beautiful sunset in Barbados. Charmaine J. Forde

Never rely on another person to make you feel whole. Karen Salmansohn

I found peace of mind when I walked away from small fights not worth fighting. I stopped fighting for people who gossiped about me. I stopped fighting for those who didn’t respect me. I quit worrying about those who wouldn’t value me for being me. Dana Arcuri

You lift your spirits by moving away from what upsets you. If the stove is hot, you can’t ask how to touch it but be happy about it. Queen Tourmaline

Pay no attention to toxic words. What people say is often a reflection of themselves, not you. Christian Baloga

It’s rare for a toxic person to change their behavior. More often, the only thing that varies is their target and the blame they place. Because some toxic people are difficult to identify, keep in mind that a victim mindset is sometimes a red flag. So, listen when someone talks about their life and circumstances. If the list of people they blame is long it’s probably only a matter of time before you’re on that list. Steve Maraboli

Weeding out the harmful influences should become the norm not the exception. Carlos Wallace

Forgiveness is a personal process that doesn’t depend on us having direct contact with the people who have hurt us. Sharon Salzberg

Narcissistic abuse is a form of psycho emotional abuse that takes place when a pathological narcissist targets another individual and exposes them to trauma. It can also manifest as physical, financial, spiritual and sexual abuse. M. Wakefield

The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. Anthony Robbins

They like you more when you don’t challenge them. They prefer to have an upper hand over you. Mitta Xinindlu

Many people get into a relationship as a way to compensate for something they lack or hate within themselves. This is a one way ticket to a toxic relationship because it makes your love conditional  you will love your partner as long as they help you feel better about yourself. Mark Manson

We don’t get to choose our family, but we can choose our friends. With courage, we can weed out narcissistic people. We can focus on those who do appreciate us, love us, and treat us with respect. Dana Arcuri

I’ve found the most tragic aspect of losing loved ones wasn’t the big boom of the fallout, but realizing later how much healthier I was without them. Maggie Young

Every day you must unlearn the ways that hold you back. You must rid yourself of negativity, so you can learn to fly. Leon Brown

Toxic people don’t like it when others see though them, so they’ll do all they can to make everyone else look like a monster. Nitya Prakash

Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you. Roy Bennett

It’s no good to physically distance yourself from someone in your life, if you’re just gonna let them live in your mind. Curtis Tyrone Jones

We don’t get to choose our family, but we can choose our friends. With courage, we can weed out narcissistic people. We can focus on those who do appreciate us, love us, and treat us with respect. Dana Arcuri

Toxic people choose to judge you and treat you bad, based on their assumptions and perceptions they have about you, not based on what you did or said. You will defend yourself to people whom you will never be right. It is not what you did, but it is what they think of you. De philosopher DJ Kyos

Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny. Dr. Steve Maraboli

Domineering types may appear omnipotent but, inevitably, will smother everything they love and lose all. Stewart Stafford

Handling toxic people is not an art, they will be the victim of their own toxicity. P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

It’s very possible and very okay to forgive someone and still not want to spend time with them. Karen Salmansohn

Stack all the rocks you want, but if you don’t let go of the toxic people and behaviors in your life, nothing will change. Steve Maraboli

Let negative people live their negative lives with their negative minds. Moosa Rahat

Have you noticed all the misogynistic teenage Trump trolls online? What does it say about the Trump era that young incels feel nothing but hatred for women and can’t find it in their heart to say one kind thing about a female? What happened to this country? Oliver Markus Malloy

Don’t let toxic people sabotage your happiness, ruin your positive attitude, contaminate your mind or destroy your self confidence. Instead, surround yourself with generous, positive, and nurturing people who will lift you up. Farshad Asl

You know you’re in a toxic environment when. People use the word fairness, when in reality, managing the appearance of fairness becomes the job. Richie Norton

Remember. Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you. Ziad K. Abdelnour

He started goading me, you know the way he does, all insinuation and sly remarks to which you can’t respond.  Sarah Maine

When someone tells me no, it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” Karen E. Quinones Miller

Recognizing that negative people have a difficult time saying something positive about you in life can be beneficial to you. Angel Moreira

Unhappy people can be very dangerous, don’t forget that. S.E. Lynes

When being in a toxic relationship in life at times you may have to step outside yourself, to see yourself, so you can find yourself and love yourself again. Angel Moreira

Temptation knocks on everyone’s door eventually some ignore the scoundrel’s approach, while others willingly admit that great impostor. Stewart Stafford

No one forces a person to be negative, and no one forces anyone to be positive. The choice is up to an individual and that person alone. Byron Pulsifer

Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people and the right attitude helps us create harmony amongst these imperfect people. Itayi Garande

When people pressure you to engage in negative decisions and actions, look at them boldly in the eyes and dare them to do good. Edmond Mbiaka

The wrong person will give you less than what you’re worth but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. Sonya Parker

Most people seem to get bored easily when having an easy life, and need to feed on drama and conflicts to feel alive. They are like vampires and zombies, that feed on the anger of others. The flesh and blood is replaced here by life energy. Now, the main point here is that toxic women and toxic men do make us sick. And life goes nowhere around such decadent souls. Alone, we have choices. With a mentally sick person in our life, you can’t make plans for the future. It’s impossible to make long term plans when teaming with people that are too obsessed with conflicts and selfish needs. And hopefully, there will come a time when such individuals are segregated from society and put in mental hospitals. Until that moment comes, we can only avoid them and label them toxic personalities. Robin Sacredfire

Entitlement is an expression of conditional love. Nobody is ever entitled to your love. You always have a right to protect your mental, emotional, and physical well being by removing yourself from toxic people and circumstances. Dr. Janice Anderson & Kiersten Anderson

As highly sensitive empaths, we are particularly prone to experiencing the Dark Night of the Soul. The less defined our sense of self is and the more toxic energy we take on from others, the more we are prone to losing touch with our Souls. Aletheia Luna

There are only two kinds of people who can drain your energy those you love, and those you fear. In both instances it is you who let them in. They did not force their way into your aura, or pry their way into your reality experience. Anthon St. Maarten