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7 Quotes to Help You Cope With Toxic People

Updated on June 8, 2019
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As a product of a dysfunctional family, I find fulfillment in sharing my personal heartache to help others going through difficult times.

Sometimes toxic people are easy to spot, but most often they're not. They can be our brothers, sister, friends, coworkers, or even our own parents. Sometimes we can remove ourselves from a situation, and other times, we cannot. That leaves us having to find ways to deal with certain people and that can feel so unfair.

Here are 5 quotes to help you navigate or cut-off a toxic relationship in your life.


1. "It's not easy to detach from people you've had close ties with but sometimes it's necessary in order to restore you sanity, you mind, and your peace." - unk

Sometimes toxic people come in the form of people we love. It is so unfortunate because if the relationship can be salvaged, it will have to be different. If it can continue, you will learn that you have to change the way you respond and interact with the person. Other times, it is not possible to maintain a relationship with a toxic person. There are times that you have to cut ties and it's heartbreaking even if they hurt you. But the most important thing is your sanity and peace. Putting yourself first is essential in being able to love and care for others. Sometimes we need to love people from a distance.

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

Sometimes we don't trust our gut instinct to tell us who is toxic in our life. Other times, isn't hard to tell. Recognize how you feel around them. People who drain you are most likely toxic to you. It may not be as much about cutting the people that drain you from your life, but spending more time with the people that inspire and energize you.

3. "It's so nice when toxic people stop talking to you. It's like the trash took itself out." - unknown

In my life, this has never happened, although it would have been nice. Sometimes even though someone isn't good for you, you may still find you're sad if they don't talk to you anymore. Don't be. Just know that you will be okay. If you were able to live with the toxic person, you can certainly live without them.

4. "Pay attention when people react with anger and hostility to your boundaries. You have found the edge of where their respect for you ends." - unknown

It makes perfect sense that people who respect your boundaries, would never react to them in a bad way. Only people that want something from you that you do not want to give or someone who doesn't respect you would do that. That is a good sign that someone is toxic to your life. I feel that if someone doesn't respect my boundaries, they don't need to be a part of my life.

5. "There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away; The battle they are fighting isn't with you, it is with themselve

Often, toxic people will blame others for their problems and will always see to be in turmoil. Don't fall for it. Most of what everyone, whether toxic or not, is about themselves. It is usually never about us no matter what.

6. "When you can't change the people you're around, change the people you're around." - unknown

It is an impossible task to change anyone other than yourself. You simply cannot change others. The only things you can do is plant seeds, love them despite their short comings, and limit of cut your time around them. You decide what you need to do to protect your heart and peace of mind.

7. "Don't let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out!" - Robert Tew

Being around negative and toxic people can be consuming and we are often "afraid" to let them go. We are hesitant to hurt their feelings despite them hurting ours. Sometimes this is due to low self-esteem or just trying to be a good person. Life is too short. If a relationship can be fixed by both people trying to do better, then someone has to pull the plug and it will probably be you. Consider yourself just as precious and valuable as a beautiful apartment and you want people who will treat the space with love and respect.

Don't let a bad apple spoil the bunch.
Don't let a bad apple spoil the bunch. | Source

I'd love to hear from you!

Do you have any favorite quotes to help you deal with the toxic people in your life?

I would love to hear them! Share in the comments below <3

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jess B


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