250+ TOXIC RELATIONSHIP QUOTES that will inspire you to love yourself

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Looking for quotes about bad and toxic relationships? We’ve got you covered and rounded up some of the best inspirational toxic relationship quotes, sayings, proverbs, captions, status, (with images and pictures). These relations can be selfish, jealous, very difficult to deal with, and emotional draining as well.


  1. “Don’t let your loyalty become slavery.” ― Unknown
  2. “If they are not making you glow, glow alone.” ― Unknown
  3. “You take your power back by letting people go.” ― Emma Xu
  4. “You are not a rehab. It’s not your job to fix everyone.” ― Unknown
  5. “Stop setting yourself on fire to keep someone else warm.” ― Unknown
  6. “Love should not make you feel like walking on eggshells.” ― Emma Xu
  7. “The moment that you start to wonder if you deserve better, you do.” ― Unknown
  8. “Don’t lose yourself holding on to someone that doesn’t care about you.” ― Unknown
  9. “Toxic relationships are like a good pasta that has been overcooked.” ― Asa Don Brown
  10. “Letting go of toxic people in your life is a big step in loving yourself.” — Hussein Nishah
  11. “A healthy relationship doesn’t drag you down. It inspires you to be better.” ― Unknown
  12. “The person who doesn’t value you is blocking you from the one who will.” ― Robert Tew
  13. “Until a man gets himself heal, he will be toxic to every woman who tries to.” ― Unknown
  14. “You make me feel like a firefly. Trapped in a bell jar; starved for love.” ― Ayushee Ghoshal
  15. “They’ll stab you in the lungs and then ask why you’re having trouble breathing.” ― Unknown
  16. “Don’t light yourself on fire trying to brighten someone else’s existence.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
  17. “Just say no to complicated, dead end, unhealthy, and toxic relationships.” ― Stephanie Lahart
  18. “It’s better to be single with high standards than in a relationship settling for less.” ― Unknown
  19. “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” ― Unknown
  20. “It is better to break your own heart once than having someone breaking it every day.” ― Unknown
  21. “A toxic relationship keeps dragging you down. It never helps you in becoming better.” ― Unknown
  22. “A relationship controlled by ambiguity, jealousy, and control is not a relationship at all.” ― Unknown
  23. “There are people who bring you down by just being them. They need not do anything.” ― Malebo Sephodi
  24. “Sometimes you need to give up on people, not because you don’t care but because they don’t.” ― Unknown
  25. “You create more space in your life when you turn your excess baggage to garbage.” ― Chinonye J. Chidolue
  26. “A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself.” ― Dionne Warwick
  27. “Relationships never die a natural death. They are always murdered by attitude, behavior, ego, or ignorance.” ― Unknown
  28. “At some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.” ― Tara Westover, Educated
  29. “Don’t stay in an unhealthy relationship because you think it’ll get better eventually. Know your worth and move on.” – Unknown
  30. “I know that it really hurts to move on but it hurts more to stay somewhere you aren’t appreciated, respected and loved.” – Unknown
  31. “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
  32. “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
  33. “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
  34. “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
  35. “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
  36. “Remove yourself from people who treat you like your time doesn’t matter, like your feelings are worthless, or like your soul is replaceable.” ― Unknown
  37. “Such a disappointment when you defend someone for so long thinking they are different and they turn out to be just like what everyone said.” ― Unknown
  38. “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
  39. “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
  40. “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
  41. “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
  42. “You are allowed to terminate toxic relationships. You are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for taking care of yourself.” – Unknown
  43. “Staying in an unhealthy relationship that robs you of peace of mind, is not being loyal. It is choosing to hurt yourself mentally, emotionally, and sometimes, physically.” – Kemi Sogunle
  44. “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
  45. “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


  1. “Words can lie. Actions don’t.” ― Unknown
  2. “He put me through hell, and I called it love.” ― Unknown
  3. “Be brave enough to say “This is not what I want.”” ― Unknown
  4. “Letting go of a toxic boyfriend is an act of self-care.” ― Unknown
  5. “You’ll never be good enough for the wrong person.” ― Steph Social
  6. “Oh what an ill fate it was that has made me love that man.” ― Iris Murdoch
  7. “I gave you my heart, I just didn’t expect to get it back in pieces.” ― Unknown
  8. “Never let someone who contributes to so little control so much.” ― Unknown
  9. “You can’t change someone who doesn’t see an issue in his actions.” ― Unknown
  10. “Why do you think of him when you know he’s not thinking of you?” ― Unknown
  11. “You’ll never see how toxic someone is until you breathe fresher air.” ― Unknown
  12. “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and get yourself together.” ― Unknown
  13. “Just because someone desires you, does not mean that he values you.” ― Unknown
  14. “But he doesn’t love me anymore, and it’s not the end of the world.” – Jennifer Weiner
  15. “I am better than you and better without you. What are you without me?” – Chelsey Grace
  16. “Some people don’t want to be fixed because being broken gets them attention.” ― Unknown
  17. “My mouth says, ‘I’m ok.’ My fingers text, ‘I’m fine.’ My heart says, ‘I’m broken.’” ― Unknown
  18. “Hands that never touch. Lips that never meet. The Almost Lovers, never to be.” – Rae Hachton
  19. “All the lies and pain you put me through, I know now that your love was never true.” – Unknown
  20. “Give your time to let him go! Your heart will hurt at first but eventually it understands.” – Unknown
  21. “Lose him when he treats you like his girlfriend behind closed doors and sees right past you in public.” – Liane White
  22. “It was strange, really. A couple of months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” ― Gabrielle Zevin
  23. “I don’t want a toxic on and off love .I want someone who choose me everyday, even when I’m hard to deal with.” ― Unknown
  24. “There is no safe way to remain in a relationship with a person who has no conscience. The only solution is to escape.” ― Unknown
  25. “If your partner makes you lose your friends, family, self-esteem, happiness, and confidence, then you should lose him.” ― Unknown
  26. “You cannot fix him. He has been the same and won’t change now. Instead, try to save yourself and get out of the toxic relationship.” ― Unknown
  27. “I love when I see women go from such toxic, unhealthy relationships to now being with someone who adores and treats her like a queen!” ― Unknown
  28. “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
  29. “Stop telling yourself you can fix him. He’s been this way for a long, long time and he doesn’t intend to change. Don’t be a sacrificial lamb on the altar of his rage. Don’t play the martyr to his hate. You can never save someone by letting them destroy you. That’s not love, it’s relational suicide. Save yourself instead. Get out while there’s still time” ―. John Mark Green
  30. “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


  1. “Thinking of you is a poison I drink often.” ― Atticus
  2. “I miss how close we were. But I don’t regret it.” ― Unknown
  3. “I burned my bridges so the devil couldn’t follow me.” ― L.M. Browning
  4. “Your love was awesome. It came quickly and left effortlessly.” ― Unknown
  5. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ― C.G. Jung
  6. “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  7. “When you get out of it, you realize how toxic it actually was.” – Steve Maraboli
  8. “I know it’s over and it never really began, but in my heart, it was so real.” ― Unknown
  9. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” ― Robert Brault
  10. “How you choose to feel today should not be dependent on others.” ― Anthon St. Maarten
  11. “You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life.” ― Unknown
  12. “I seem to be torn between ‘I wish we’d met earlier’ and ‘I wish we’d never met’.” ― Ahmed Mostafa
  13. “Don’t allow someone not worth it to have the power to occupy your thoughts.” ― Donna Lynn Hope
  14. “The problem with getting attached to a wrong person is, when they leave, you just feel lost.” ― Unknown
  15. “With all the smiles you brought me, I never thought that you could cause me so many tears.” ― Unknown
  16. “If someone is treating you like you are nothing, you should become nothing in their life by leaving.” Unknown
  17. “If your partner is suspicious of your every act, you should start thinking about your relationship.” ― Unknown
  18. “You broke my heart, I tried living with it. And then you broke my trust. That my dear is not acceptable.” ― Unknown
  19. “Relationships end too soon because people stop putting in the same effort to keep you, as they did to win you.” – Unknown
  20. “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


  1. “You deserve better.” ― Unknown
  2. “If love can fade, so can pain.” ― Unknown
  3. “We teach people how to treat us.” — Dr. Phil
  4. “Let go of those who are already gone.” ― Unknown
  5. “It hurts like hell. And then one day, it doesn’t.” ― Unknown
  6. “Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.” ― C. Kennedy
  7. “Sometimes the best revenge is to smile and move on.” ― Unknown
  8. “Being single is better than being in the wrong relationship.” ― Unknown
  9. “It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.” ― Phil McGraw
  10. “Sometimes bad things fall apart so good things can fall together.” ― Unknown
  11. “You survived the worst part. You’re going to survive the recovery.” ― Unknown
  12. “The best way to move forward is to let go of the people holding you back.” ― Unknown
  13. “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” – Jessica Hatchigan
  14. “Sometimes you need to die a little inside in order to be reborn and thrive.” ― Unknown
  15. “Bravery is leaving a toxic relationship and knowing that you deserve better.” ― Unknown
  16. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” ― Unknown
  17. “The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.” ― Unknown
  18. “There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.” – Tennesse Williams
  19. “When you don’t sleep peacefully in a relationship, you should come out of it and try it.” ― Unknown
  20. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  21. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically.” – Joel Osteen
  22. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli
  23. “Let things come and go. Stay calm, don’t let anything disturb your peace, and carry on.” ― Germany Kent
  24. “Keep in mind that being happily single is way better than being miserable in a relationship.” ― Unknown
  25. “You would not believe this but someday, you will realize that ending it was for the better of us.” – Unknown
  26. “If you’re giving your all and it’s not enough, you’re probably giving it to the wrong relationship.” ― Unknown
  27. “We are born in relationship, we are wounded in relationship, and we can be healed in relationship.” – Harville Hendrix
  28. “Stop wasting your time on people who treat you good one day, then act like you don’t exist the next day.” – Unknown
  29. “Mental abuse is much more painful than physical abuse because you are consumed by your own thoughts.” ― Unknown
  30. “Problems in relationships occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.” – Wayne Dyer
  31. “A deadness occurs in relationships when people are no longer willing to tell each other how they really feel.” – Shakti Gawain
  32. “It was strange, really. A couple of months ago, I had thought I couldn’t live without him. Apparently I could.” – Gabrielle Zevin
  33. “You have to believe that you’re better than the fountain of abuse that’s been spewing hurt and pain at you. You just are.” – Sara Li
  34. “A good relationship is when someone accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future.” ― Karen Salmansohn
  35. “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
  36. “A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in it all you want, but it won’t go anywhere.” – Michael J Herbert
  37. “Forgiveness is a personal process that doesn’t depend on us having direct contact with the people who have hurt us.” ― Sharon Salzberg
  38. “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ― Michael J. Fox
  39. “There are many paths to a fairytale ending… Blocking, unfollowing, muting, and unfriending also lead to “happily ever after”.” – Unknown
  40. “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
  41. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ― Ernest Hemingway
  42. “Until you let go of all the toxic people in your life you will never be able to grow to your fullest potential. Let them go so you can grow.” ― Unknown
  43. “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
  44. “Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” – Criss Jami
  45. “Perhaps someday I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.” — Unknown
  46. “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
  47. “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
  48. “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
  49. “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.
  50. “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
  51. “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
  52. “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
  53. “Stop worrying if you will never be able to find another one as good as them. Start practicing self-love. When you love yourself enough, it will be easier to cut off people that aren’t good enough for you.” ― Unknown
  54. “The damage isn’t caused in just one day. Give yourself plenty of time to heal and move on. Pack your things. Stop blaming yourself. Delete the photos. Change your number. Take small steps one at a time.” ― Unknown
  55. “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
  56. “Toxic people may try to isolate you from the rest of the world, making them “the only one you have”. And that’s why to leave a toxic relationship, we have to rebuild the connection with your support network.” ― Unknown
  57. “Escaping a toxic relationship can feel like breaking a piece of your heart off; like a wolf chews its leg off to escape a steel trap. Leaving is never easy, but sometimes it’s necessary to save yourself and others from dying inside.” – Unknown
  58. “You let go of a toxic and unhealthy relationship not because you are weak, not because you no longer love the other person, but because you are strong enough to understand that there are times when two people will be a lot happier if they go separate ways than if they stay together.” – Unknown
  59. “Relationships are supposed to make you feel good. Relationships are not supposed to make you feel bad. Or guilty, insecure, ashamed, paranoid, or hopeless. So when a relationship makes you feel bad, guilty, insecure, ashamed, paranoid, or hopeless. End it. Get over him. Move on.” – Laura Bowers
  60. “Stop making excuses for toxic partners. If you truly love someone for who they are, will you threaten them to make them stay? Will you keep cheating on them? Will you deliberately try to bring them down? If the answer is no, it’s time to stop justifying their toxic behaviors in the name of love.” ― Unknown


  1. “A broken heart bleeds tears.” — Steve Maraboli
  2. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” — Socrates
  3. “If it is destroying you. It is not love, my dear.” – Unknown
  4. “Love is not what you say. Love is what you do.” – Unknown
  5. “Love cannot live where there is no trust.” – Edith Hamilton
  6. “I hate being broken. I hate that I cannot go back.” Unknown
  7. “Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.” — Wayne Dyer
  8. “A toxic lover is someone damaged beyond repair.” — Unknown
  9. “Broken hearts work, and they will make you strong.” — Unknown
  10. “I know people can be awful dooms for each other.” ― Iris Murdoch
  11. “Sometimes, we just fall in love with the wrong people.” — Unknown
  12. “The only way to win with a toxic partner is not to play.” — Unknown
  13. “I love you. But I hate the way you push me sometimes.” — Unknown
  14. “Never date someone who makes pain a side effect of love.” — Unknown
  15. “We’ve all loved someone way too freaking much.” — Karen Salmonsohn
  16. “One toxic marriage could make you never fall in love again.” — Unknown
  17. “The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.” — Robert Anthony
  18. “You cannot heal in the same place where you got sick.” — William Goldman
  19. “Love sometimes comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare.” – Unknown
  20. “You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless.” – Stelle Atwater
  21. “Stay away from people who make you feel like you are hard to love.” – Unknown
  22. “Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.” – Marian Keyes
  23. “You are not broken. Someone who didn’t love you convinced that you are.” – Unknown
  24. “The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” – Carroll Bryant
  25. “Love that remains the longest in your heart is the one that is not returned.” — Unknown
  26. “Break free of toxic people and relationships, they erode your quality of life.” — Unknown
  27. “A bad relationship will make you feel more alone than when you were single.” — Unknown
  28. “So it’s true when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” — E. A. Bucchianeri
  29. “How starved you must have been that my heart became a meal for your ego.” – Amanda Torroni
  30. “It’s sad when you realize you aren’t as important to someone as you thought you were.” — Unknown
  31. “The death of one relationship always starts with small arguments and then the suspicions.” — Unknown
  32. “It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces.” ― Ella Harper
  33. “A healthy relationship will never require you to sacrifice your friends, your dreams, or your dignity.” ― Unknown
  34. “It hurts the most when the person that made you feel so special yesterday, makes you feel so unwanted the next.” ― Unknown
  35. “Toxic person condition you to believe the problem isn’t the abuse itself, but instead your reactions to their abuse.” ― Unknown
  36. “A broken heart is the worst. It’s like having broken ribs. Nobody can see it, but it hurts every time you breathe.” ― Unknown
  37. “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
  38. “Be careful who you share your weaknesses with. Some people can’t wait for the opportunity to use them against you.” ― Unknown
  39. “Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you’re worthless. But you’re not worthless. You’re underappreciated.” – Steve Maraboli
  40. “If you’re giving love and not receiving it, you’re not in the right relationship. If you’re receiving it and not giving it, then you are taking advantage of the other person.” – Patti Stanger
  41. “When someone constantly puts you down, leaves you feeling like you can’t do anything right, or makes you feel worthless and bad about yourself in general – just know you did nothing wrong and that this isn’t love, it’s emotional abuse.” – Unknown
  42. “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
  43. “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.
  44. “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
  45. “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


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