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Toxic Relationships Quotes That Will Encourage You to Love Yourself

Do you feel like you’re in a bad relationship?

If any of this sounds familiar, these toxic relationships quotes will remind you it’s time to make some big changes.

If you’re reading this, you might be wondering “What is a toxic relationship?”.

Maybe you already recognize that you are involved in one and are questioning how you end a toxic relationship.

Maybe, you have recently gotten out of a bad relationship and are feeling shattered and need a reminder that you a wonderfully unique human being deserving of love and kindness. 

What should you do if you’re involved in a toxic relationship?

The toxic relationship quotes below will help you spot a disastrous relationship, embolden you to do what seems impossible, and inspire you to find the love you were meant to have.

Take a deep breath, wipe your eyes, lift your head and carry on.

Reach out to someone if you need help leaving someone that is detrimental to your safety and sanity.

Also check out these misery loves company quotes to help you move forward.

Check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily inspiration. 

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Toxic relationship quotes that will encourage you to love yourself

1. “Toxic relationships are like a good pasta that has been overcooked.” ― Asa Don Brown

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2. “Don’t light yourself on fire trying to brighten someone else’s existence.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

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3. “Thinking of you is a poison I drink often.” ― Atticus

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4. “You make me feel like a firefly. Trapped in a bell jar; starved for love.” ― Ayushee Ghoshal

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5. “Stop setting yourself on fire to keep someone else warm.” ― Unknown

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6. “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

7. “A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself.” ― Dionne Warwick

8. “When he’s the last thing you need, he’ll drain you. He’ll exhaust you. He’ll destroy you. And you won’t see it that way. In fact, you won’t notice it at all. But everyone else will.” ― Kirsten Corley

9. “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

Toxic relationship quotes that will inspire to make some big changes

10. “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

11. “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

12. “If you’re in a relationship and all you do is cry, you need to stop and ask yourself, are you dating a human or an onion?” ― Karen Salmansohn

13. “A bad relationship is like standing on broken glass, if you stay you will keep hurting. If you walk away, you will hurt but eventually, you will heal.” ― Autumn Kohler

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14. “No partner in a love relationship… should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.” ― May Sarton

15. “A good relationship is when someone accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future.” ― Karen Salmansohn

16. “We can deeply love our poison. We can love the taste of it, the scent of it, the comforting weight of it in our belly and find ourselves woken in the night with stabbing cramps, arms around porcelain toilet bowls, hurling every last bit until collapsing on bathroom tile, limp from dehydration. Sometimes parting with love is essential for survival. 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

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17. “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

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

19. “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

20. “May you reach that level within, where you no longer allow your past or people with toxic intentions to negatively affect or condition you.” ― Lalah Delia

21. “Life is too short to hang around people who are causing you to compromise. Pulling you down. Your time is too valuable to waste it with people who don’t have a dream. People that aren’t going anywhere. You don’t need to make some big announcement, but little by little, you should spend less time with them. ― Joel Osteen

22. “Dear Self: Stop re-opening your doors for toxic people, then calling it ‘seeking closure.’ Certain things don’t work out in life . . . and that’s ok.” — Reyna Biddy

23. “Don’t allow someone not worth it to have the power to occupy your thoughts.” ― Donna Lynn Hope

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

25. “When it comes to abuse, you believe there’s no way out. There is always help. There is always a way out.” ― Rev. Donna Mulvey

26. “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

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Leaving a toxic relationship quotes

27. “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

28. “I burned my bridges so the devil couldn’t follow me.” ― L.M. Browning

29. “We all have that toxic people around us that make our lives miserable… The day we take them out from our lives, we will all become better people; including them…” ― Rodolfo Peon

30. “You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life.” ― Unknown

31. “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

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

33. There must come a time when your love for yourself becomes more important than your need to hold onto the pain of your past. ― Karen Salmansohn

34. “I seem to be torn between ‘I wish we’d met earlier’ and ‘I wish we’d never met’.” ― Ahmed Mostafa

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Meaningful toxic relationship quotes

35. “The wise do not consider the chains and shackles of jail to be the toughest restraints. The chains of attachment are the strongest of the ties that bind.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

36. “Oh what an ill fate it was that has made me love that man.” ― Iris Murdoch

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

38. “I know people can be awful dooms for each other.” ― Iris Murdoch

39. “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.

40. “We teach people how to treat us.” — Dr. Phil

41. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

42. “It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.” ― Dr. Phil 

43. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ― Ernest Hemingway

44. “It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces.” ― Ella Harper

45. “It was strange, really. A couple of months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” ― Gabrielle Zevin

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46. “Some people live in cages with bars built from their own fears and doubts. Some people live in cages with bars built from other people’s fears and doubts; their parents, their friends, their brothers and sisters, their families. Some people live in cages with bars built from the choices others made for them, the circumstances other people imposed upon them. And some people break free.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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47. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”  ― C.G. Jung

48. One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ― Michael J. Fox

49. “Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.” ― C. Kennedy

50. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” ― Robert Brault

51. “When you get out of it, you realize how toxic it actually was.” – Steve Maraboli

52. “Love cannot live where there is no trust.” – Edith Hamilton

53. “Don’t stay in an unhealthy relationship because you think it’ll get better eventually. Know your worth and move on.” – Unknown

54. “It is better for someone to break your heart once by leaving your life, than for them to stay in your life and break your heart continually.” –Terry Mark

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

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56. “You don’t let go of a bad relationship because you stop caring about them. You let go because you start caring about yourself.” – Charles Orlando

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57. “A broken heart bleeds tears.” — Steve Maraboli

58. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” — Socrates

59. “Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.” — Wayne Dyer

60. “A toxic lover is someone damaged beyond repair.” — Unknown

61. “The only way to win with a toxic partner is not to play.” — Unknown

62. “Sometimes, we just fall in love with the wrong people.” — Unknown

63. “We’ve all loved someone way too freaking much.” — Karen Salmonsohn

64. “The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.” — Robert Anthony

65. “Break free of toxic people and relationships, they erode your quality of life.” — Unknown

66. “Just because someone desires you, does not mean that he values you.” — Julianne Cantarella

Toxic relationship quotes when you need a sign to dump him or her

67. “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. ― Shahida Arabi

68. “Removing toxic people (including Naysayers) from your life can repay you in scores of holistic wealth.” ― Keisha Blair

69. “If you keep pretending you’re not hurt, how can you heal? True love doesn’t expect you to deny you’re in pain.” ― Zara Hairston

70. “Make sure you’re not saying ‘It’s complicated’ when it’s actually TOXIC. The more words it takes you to explain your relationship, the less healthy it probably is.” ― Steve Maraboli

71. “When you are finally able to see and understand the toxicity you have been surrounding yourself with, they will do everything in their power to make you out to be the evil one.”
― Christine E. Szymanski

72. “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

73. “In order to reach your highest potential, it is imperative that you remove all negative people from your life.” ― Germany Kent

74. “He would hurt me and make the hurt my fault. So no matter who got hurt, I was to be blamed, always.” ― Namrata Gupta

75. “Consistency is genuinely improving yourself to become a good match for those with whom you are in relationships while distancing yourself from people when their actions become too toxic.” ― Dexter A. Daniels

76. “Keeping bad company is like being in a germ-infested area. You never know what you’ll catch.” ― Frank Sonnenberg,

Toxic relationships quotes on why being alone can sometimes be a better alternative

77. “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them…but still move on without them.” – Mandy Hale

78. “If there is a particular person in your life that is repeatedly choosing not to honor you and is causing you more sadness or pain than they are joy – it might be time to release that friendship back to God and trust that it is not where you belong.” – Mandy Hale

79. “Even if toxic people are right about what is “good,” they are wrong if the approach is not healthy.” – John Lewis Lund

80. “Do not hold your breath for anyone, do not wish your lungs to be still, it may delay the cracks from spreading, but eventually they will. Sometimes to keep yourself together, you must allow yourself to leave, even if breaking your own heart is what it takes to let you breathe.” – Erin Hanson

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81. “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

82. “Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.” – Travis Bradberry

83. “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

84. “Who has time for toxic relationships? If someone isn’t honoring your feelings, it’s not a real relationship. If you feel drained after spending time with someone, that’s a red flag!” – Doreen Virtue

85. “Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” – Eleanor Brown

86. “Know your worth and please don’t invest in toxic people or relationships, because any bond that requires servicing is not worth your time.” – Masaba Gupta

Toxic relationships quotes on how to identify and correct them

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

88. “Release the toxic and infectious spreaders of misery, souls destroying souls and poisonous liars. Awaken from the hallucinations and take back your heart. Reclaim your self-esteem and leave the toxic be.” – Giorge Leedy

89. “Ego is probably one of the biggest poisons we can have – it’s toxic to any environment.” – Jonny Kim

90. “Don’t let Negative and Toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” – Zig Ziglar

91. “It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.” – Anthony Storr

92. “Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established.” – William P. Young

93. “A real relationship is two-way.” – Sophie Kinsella

94. “Couples often live out years of falsehood trying to protect and save a relationship, all the while destroying any chance of real relationship.” – Henry Cloud

95. “Real relationships – the kind that were supposed to last but never did – were more trouble than they were worth.” – Lauren Conrad

96. “A good friend will help you to discover the potentials you haven’t uncovered. A bad friend will help you to cover up the potentials you have already recovered. Make your choice!” – Israelmore Ayivor

Toxic Relationship Quotes To Let Go of Negativity

97. “Just say NO to complicated, dead-end, unhealthy, and toxic relationships.” ― Stephanie Lahart

98. “As you begin to walk away from negativity and toxic people, it will inspire you to embrace positivity and your life will become more rewarding and fulfilling.” ― Germany Kent

99. “You take your power back by letting people go.” ― Emma Xu

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

101. “Cut the toxic ties that force you to mask your true feelings.” ― Linda Greyman

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

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

104. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” ― Steve Maraboli

105. “At some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.” ― Tara Westover

106. “When dealing with toxic people, they always choose distance over disrespect.” ― Germany Kent

What did you learn from these toxic relationship quotes?

Toxic relationships are not always romantic relationships, sometimes, they are present in our friendships and even familial dynamics.

One of the most difficult aspects of these relationships is that, as humans, we want someone else to admit that they hurt us.

This doesn’t always happen, and there is a resilience in moving on and knowing that is ok.

It is more than acceptable for you to demand respect in these relationships.

So many of these quotes refer to loving who you are and knowing the joy you bring to the world around you.

I hope you felt that.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these toxic relationships quotes and sayings?

Leave a comment below with your favorite quote, or any advice for someone who might need to find themselves again. 

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