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Petty Quotes on Toxic People, Drama, and More

No one likes dealing with petty people. The petty quotes below will help you deal with the negative people present within your life. 

When’s the last time you dealt with a petty person? 

Petty people take every opportunity, big or small, to lash out. They are often seen as childish, rude, unreasonable, or stubborn. You may deal with these people within your friend group, family, or work environment.

Defusing their behavior can be difficult, especially since petty people are often seeking attention. Today’s collection of quotes has the advice you need to deal with these toxic people accordingly. 

Learn from the thought-provoking quotes listed below!

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Petty quotes about toxic people

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

2. “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

3. “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

4. “Toxic people will pollute everything around them. Don’t hesitate. Fumigate.” – Mandy Hale

5. “Weeding out the harmful influences should become the norm not the exception.” – Carlos Wallace

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

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

10. “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

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

12. “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

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

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

15. “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

Petty quotes on rudeness

16.“Frankness is usually a euphemism for rudeness.” – Muriel Spark

17.“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” – Eric Hoffer

18. “A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.” – Dave Barry

19. “Most of the time, people don’t mean to be rude; it’s just their sadness showing through.” – Sarah Jio

20. “Do not be threatened by rude people, because rudeness is a sign of insecurity.” – Gift Gugu Mona

21. “Being nice to those who treat you badly isn’t being fake. Your spiritual maturity has risen above the desire for vengeance.” – Michael Binot

22. “If there is a situation, I try to take a step back, cool down, and solve the problem. Flipping out, freaking out, and being very rude about it is not going to help.” – Maneet Chauhan

23. “’Honesty’ in social life is often used as a cover for rudeness. But there is quite a difference between being candid in what you’re talking about, and people voicing their insulting opinions under the name of honesty.” – Judith Martin

24. “There is a big difference you see between privately letting someone know that you’re displeased, whether they’ve done something they may not be aware of, and just rudeness – and you do not have to tolerate rudeness, by any means.” – Ysabella Brave

Petty quotes from celebrities

25. “I’ve found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them.” – Marilyn Monroe

26. “Please hug your parents while you have them, tell your children how much you love them every second of the day, and don’t let the petty things in life separate you.” – Teresa Giudice

27. “People want to create something bigger for themselves, and making up drama that isn’t there gives people the impression that they have haters. It’s all for attention so it looks like they are important.” – Alessia Cara

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

29. “It’s easy to just be rude or just be nasty. I think it’s actually harder for people to say something positive; it’s interesting.” – Karrueche Tran

30. “If anyone is ever rude to you, then there’s no need to hang out with them! Just find the people that make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat

31. “I believe there should be no more drama, but it’s everywhere you go. It’s just about how you get out. You’ve gotta bob and weave because it’s everywhere. How do I keep the drama low? It’s about using your head.” – Mary J. Blige

Petty quotes about drama

32. “Conflict is drama, and how people deal with conflict shows you the kind of people they are.” – Stephen Moyer

33. “Never let somebody’s drama determine the outcome of your day.” – Terry Mark

34. “The people who trigger us to feel negative emotions are messengers. They are messengers for the unhealed parts of ourselves.” – Teal Swan

35. “Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” – Lori Deschene

36. “You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that.” – Daniell Koepke

37. “Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.” – Dream Hampton

Petty quotes about speaking your mind

38. “If you are fearful of confronting others, try approaching instead. What’s the difference? When you confront, there is usually some expectation that conflict will follow. Approaching is not like this. Approaching is loving and calm, spares others from feeling judged, shares information in a gentle way, and invites conversation.” – Jason B. Fischer 

39. “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn

40. “You can’t change what you refuse to confront.” – Unknown

41. “Have the courage to speak your mind and tell the truth from a position of love rather than anger or fear, being open to accept the views of others without feeling threatened or defeated, relinquishing the ego’s need to be in control by demonstrating the willingness to do whatever it takes to establish peace.” – Iyanla Vanzant

42. “Failure to confront, when confrontation is needed, permits the continuation of self-defeating or unreasonable behavior and inadvertently implies support for such behavior.” – A.W. Tamminen & M.H. Smaby

43. “When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.” – Shannon L. Alder

44. “Speaking up is important. Yet to speak up without listening is like banging pots and pans together: Even if it gets you attention, it’s not going to get you respect.” – Gina Barreca

45. “Give yourself permission to say no without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say yes all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say no without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions.” – Stephanie Lahart

46. “To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not.” – Germany Kent

More petty quotes and sayings

47. “Change comes from confrontation. You have to be confronted or confront yourself.” – Bryant Mcgill

48. “If there’s something wrong, speak up!” – Pete Seeger

49. “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

50. “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

51. “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” – George Carlin

52. “My life is full of drama, and I don’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.” – Adele

53. “Don’t be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success.” – Maude Adams

54. “Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.” – Zhuangzi

55. “We should not have petty regard for God’s gifts, though we may and should despise our own imperfections.” – Saint Ignatius

When’s the last time you confronted someone? 

One of the pettiest people I’ve ever met was a friend from high school. They took every opportunity to stir up drama. Amidst yet another situation she orchestrated, I confronted her privately about her behavior. This forced her to take a hard look at her past and ask herself if she wanted to bring her habits into the future.

Confronting petty people can help them look at their behavior from a new perspective. If they don’t want to change, don’t be afraid to end your relationship with them. That negativity can eat away at your life in many ways, just through the association.

Did you enjoy this collection of quotes? Which of these petty quotes and sayings was your favorite? Let us know below!

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