47 Best Toxic Relationship Quotes for Setting Yourself Free

What do you do when you’ve realized that you’re in a toxic relationship? It can be hard to let go, especially if you’ve invested a lot of time and energy into the relationship. But sometimes it’s necessary for your health and well-being. There are many quotes to remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to living in a toxic relationship.

According to licensed counselor David Bennett, “Toxic relationships are often characterized by a lack of trust, insecurity and controlling and manipulative behavior.” If any of those sound familiar, it might be time to reevaluate things. These 47 quotes about toxic relationships will help you see that you’re not alone and will help set you free.

Toxic relationship quotes…

47 Toxic Relationship Quotes - "A healthy relationship doesn’t drag you down. It inspires you to be better." - Mandy Hale
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1) “A healthy relationship doesn’t drag you down. It inspires you to be better.” – Mandy Hale

2) “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

3) “When you’re around toxicity, it prevents what’s good for you to come to you.” – Unknown

4) “As a result of being propagated into a toxic way of life, the act of breaking from that life has been a rite of passage taken by those who wish to listen deep for their authentic self.” – L.M. Browning, Drive Through the Night

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Drown out the negativity with positivity…

47 Toxic Relationship Quotes - "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
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5) “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

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

7) “Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” – Unknown

8) “Being alone may scare you, but being in a bad relationship may damage you.” – Unknown

9) “You cannot thrive in toxic relationships.” – Unknown

Sometimes to keep yourself together, you must allow yourself to leave…

"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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10) “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

11) “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, Daily Drive 365

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12) “Forgiveness is a personal process that doesn’t depend on us having direct contact with the people who have hurt us.” – Sharon Salzberg, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

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13) “Never stop being a good person because of bad people.” – Unknown

14) “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone” – Robin Williams

15) “If they are not making you glow, glow alone.”

16) “It takes one minute to make someone’s day, and one word to destroy someone’s life.” – Unknown

17) “Don’t light yourself on fire trying to brighten someone else’s existence.” – Charlotte Eriksson

18) “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

19) “Love should not make you feel like walking on eggshells.” – Emma Xu

Letting go of toxic people is hard but necessary…

"You make me feel like a firefly. Trapped in a bell jar; starved for love." - Ayushee Ghoshal
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20) “You make me feel like a firefly. Trapped in a bell jar; starved for love.” – Ayushee Ghoshal

21) “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

22) “The most envious of all people on earth are those who are extremely ambitious but too lazy to take action.” – Geoffrey Ocaya

23) “Sometimes you need to give up on people, not because you don’t care but because they don’t.” – Unknown

24) “Never let someone who contributes so little to a relationship control so much of it.” – Unknown

25) “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

26) “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

27) “The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.” – Robert Anthony

28) “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

29) “You’ll never really see how toxic someone is until you breathe fresh air.” – Unknown

Toxic relationship quotes about unhealthy relationships.

"Toxic relationships are like a good pasta that has been overcooked." - Asa Don Brown
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30) “Toxic relationships are like a good pasta that has been overcooked.” – Asa Don Brown

31) “Remove yourself from people who treat you like your time doesn’t matter, like your feelings are worthless, or like your soul is replaceable.” – s. mcnutt

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

33) “Some people don’t want to be fixed because being broken gets them attention.” – Unknown

34) “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” – Unknown

35) “Stand for what is right even if that means standing alone.” – Unknown

36) “Stop setting yourself on fire to keep someone else warm.” Unknown

37) “It’s terrifying that everything you know about them could be a lie.” – Unknown

38) “The moment that you start to wonder if you deserve better, you do.” – Unknown

39) “There are people who bring you down by just being them. They need not do anything.” – Malebo Sephodi

Prepare to say your final goodbye with inspiration from toxic relationship quotes.

"Thinking of you is a poison I drink often." - Atticus
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40) “Thinking of you is a poison I drink often.” – Atticus

41) “You think you can change a guy, that he’ll be different with you, that you’ll finally be the one to tame him… and before you know it, you’re alone in your underwear at nine o’clock on a Saturday night, crying to Adele songs, eating ice cream straight from the gallon, and wondering what the hell is the matter with you that you fell for such a goddamned man-child, after he explicitly warned you not to.” – Julie Johnson, The Monday Girl

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42) “A toxic relationship keeps dragging you down. It never helps you in becoming better.” – Unknown

43) “We should fight for our relationships, but if fighting means ripping yourself to shreds and piggybacking all his demons, you need to leave.” – Tara Love

44) “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

45) “While it may feel scary to be alone again, it may be even scarier to stay.” – Unknown

46) “You are not a rehab. It’s not your job to fix everyone.” – Unknown

47) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

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