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Toxic Relationship Quotes: 100 Quotes to Help You Move On

Toxic relationships are dangerous, unsafe and life-threatening for your physical and mental health. But, even though you know that they aren’t good for you, it can be hard to let go of the relationship when you still have feelings for your partner.

These toxic relationship quotes will help you to understand the signs of a toxic relationship and its real consequences. It’s not a funny decision to make at all and I understand that quite alright. But you also know that the relationship won’t do you any good if you are the only one that keeps working to make the whole thing work while the other person wants to shatter it down. So, what can you actually do helplessly? One person cannot successfully paddle a relationship.

As hard as it is to be in it, leaving can be even harder. You must do it, though, because there is something better for you out there. You deserve so much more than toxic love.

That’s why I just want you to move on desperately. You deserve someone who see you for you and not like some kinds of douche bag. Here are some carefully selected popular quotes to help you move on and to help you to make the right decision in your life.

100 Popular quotes about toxic relationships

1. “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 road map 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

2. “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

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

 4. “You create more space in your life when you turn your excess baggage to garbage.” ― Chinonye J. Chidolue

5. “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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

7. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ― Eckhart Tolle

8.  “Passivity means death, activity is living. If you are passive, you allow negative things to come into your life.”

9. “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” – Walter Anderson

10. “It’s much more interesting to try and understand what binds two people together. Why we stay with each other is much more of a mystery than why we don’t.” – Jane Stanton Hitchcock

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

12. “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

13. “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

14. “You create more space in your life when you turn your excess baggage to garbage.” ― Chinonye J. Chidolue

15. “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus, or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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

17. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ― Eckhart Tolle

18. “Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.” – Marcia Wieder

19. “Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.” – Genevieve Rhode

20. “Watching you walk out of my life does not make me bitter or cynical about love. But rather makes me realize that if I wanted so much to be with the wrong person how beautiful it will be when the right one comes along.”  – Anonymous

21. “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sagan

22. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Anthony Robbins

23. “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” – Jack Kerouac

24. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us” – Alexander Graham Bell

25. “Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” – Dave Mustaine

26. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

27. “In order to grow and to experience, one must leave his comfort zone. Very often this means that you have to do what you are afraid of in order to find what you didn’t know you were looking for. This takes a lot of courage.”

28. “Ask yourself, who would Columbus be today if he hadn’t had the courage to lose sight of the shore back then?”

29. “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” – Washington Irving

30. “I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best, than mend it and see the broken pieces as long as I lived.” – Margaret Mitchell

31. “What is broken is broken.”

32. “The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.” – Anonymous

33. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – E.M. Forster

34. “Letting go has never been easy, but holding on can be as difficult. Yet strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go.” – Len Santos

35. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

36. “The dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.” – Nora Ephron

37. “Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heartbreak at rejection? You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.” – Jennifer Salaiz

38. “Only time can heal his heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy

39. “It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to getaway. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it’s so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn’t come back. You’re left so alone that you can’t explain. Damn, there’s nothing like that, is there? I’ve been there and you have, too. You’re nodding your head.” – Henry Rollins

40. “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” – Candace Bushnell

41. “Don’t allow someone not worth it to have the power to occupy your thoughts. If they don’t find you worth the effort or the time, why should you waste yours?” – Donna Lynn Hope

42. “I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.” – Carl Sandburg

43. “One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.” – Romain Rolland

44. “Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that it doesn’t get a day off.” – Demi Lovato

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45. “Some think that holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it’s letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

46. “I’m pretty horrible at relationships and haven’t been in many long-term ones. Leaving and moving on – returning to a familiar sense of self-reliance and autonomy – is what I know; that feeling is as comfortable and comforting as it might be for a different kind of person to stay.” – Carrie Brownstein

47. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” – Denis Waitley

48. “Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.” – Jean Kerr

49. “I love to shop after a bad relationship. I don’t know. I buy a new outfit and it makes me feel better. It just does. Sometimes I see a really great outfit, I’ll break up with someone on purpose.” – Rita Rudner

50. “Bad days call for foods that are bad for your butt.” – H.M Ward

51. “I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.” – Billy Corgan

52. “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Khalil Gibran

53. “Hearts live by being wounded.” – Oscar Wilde

54. “When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on — series polygamy — until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.” – Tom Robbins

55. “Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart do not know how to laugh either.” – Golda Meir

56. “It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.” – Nick Hornby

57. “The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” ― Anthony Robbins

58. “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

59. “Everybody has bad relationships and, at the end of the day, they are just a great way to set yourself up for a good relationship.” ― Anne Hathaway

60. “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

61. The moving finger writes and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.” – Omar Khayyam

62. “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

63. “Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono

64. “For a long time, the fact that I was divorced was the most important thing about me. And now it’s not. Now the most important thing about me is that I’m old.” – Nora Ephron

65. “To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose is the next best.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

66. “Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves, in order to discover two truths: that we are not who we thought we were; and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well-being.” – Jean-Yves Leloup

67. “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” ― George Washington

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

69. “Relationships are supposed to make you feel good. Relationships are not supposed to make you feel bad.” ― Laura Bowers

70. “We are responsible for our own relationships, their success, their failures, the good times, the bad times. Take responsibility for creating the relationships that you desire.” ― Sam Owen

71. “The wrong person will give you less than what you’re worth but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it.” ― Sonya Parker

72. “Sometimes you have to accept the truth and stop wasting time on the wrong people.” ― Unknown

73. “You can’t fight for a place in someone’s life because no matter how hard you try to keep your place, they’ll put you where they want to even if it’s not where you should be.” ― Unknown

74. “I am a strong believer that a bad relationship must be brought to an end, no matter how.” ― Unknown

75. “When you get into a bad relationship the best thing you can do is get out of it as soon you can.” ― Unknown

76. “The death of one relationship always starts with small arguments and then suspicions.” ― Unknown

77. “Relationships end, but they don’t end your life. But people do often spend more time finding out about failed relationships than finding successful ones.” ― Unknown

78. “Staying clear of damaging toxic relationships is an act of self-love.” ― Unknown

79. “Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.” ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

80. “Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.” ― C. JoyBell C.

81. “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger” ― Sara Evans

82. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” ― Shannon L. Alder

82. “Two words. Three vowels. Four consonants. Seven letters. It can either cut you open to the core and leave you in ungodly pain or it can free your soul and lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders. The phrase is: It’s over.” ― Maggi Richard

83. “We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams.” ― Kate Chisman

84. “One of the best times for figuring out who you are and what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” ― Mandy Hale

85. “I wore your promise on my finger for one year, I’ll wear your name on my heart ‘till I die. Because you were my boy, you were my only boy forever.”  ― Coco J. Ginger

86. “You go to work the next day pretending nothing happened. Your co-workers ask if everything’s okay and you tell them you’re just tired. And you’re trying to smile. And they’re trying to smile.” ― Richard Siken

87. “The quickest way to rectify that mistake (choosing the wrong person) is by learning from that, moving on, and choosing much more wisely in the future.” ― Greg Behrendt

88. “You don’t make me feel like you used to. That’s why I’m leaving. That’s why people leave each other. They come to their senses and get selfish again.” ― Henry Rollins

89. “I cannot compromise my respect for your love. You can keep your love, I will keep my respect.” ― Amit Kalantri

90. “He looks like a runway model. How in the world am I going to be able to reject that? The world is so unfair. Seriously, it’s like turning Brad Pitt down for a date. The girl who could actually do it should win an award for idiot of the century.” ― Colleen Houck

91. “If you have to speculate if someone loves you and wants to be with you, chances are they don’t. It’s not that complicated. Love, in most cases, betrays the one feeling it. Don’t waste moments waiting and wondering. Don’t throw away your time dreaming of someone that doesn’t want you. No one is that amazing, certainly not the one who would pass you up.” ― Donna Lynn Hope

92. “To love someone enough to let them go, you had to let them go forever or you did not love them that much.” ― Diana Wynne Jones

93. “You put me through hell. On purpose. It made me suffer. And there’s no end in sight. I don’t know what the fuck you’re doing, ace, but this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde shit ain’t cutting it with me.” ― Sylvia Day

94. “It can be difficult to leave a long-term relationship, even when our inner-wisdom tells us it’s time to let go. At this point, we can choose to let go and endure the intense pain of leaving behind the familiar to make way for a new chapter in our life. Or we can stay and suffer a low-grade pain that slowly eats away at our heart and soul, like emotional cancer. Until we wake up, one day and realize, we are buried so deep in the dysfunction of the relationship that we scarcely remember who we were and what we wanted and needed to be.” ― Jaeda DeWalt

95. “I remember one desolate Sunday night, wondering: is this how I´m going to spend the rest of my life? Married to someone who is perpetually distracted and somewhat wistful, as though a marvelous party is going on in the next room, which but for me he could be attending?” ― Suzanne Finnamore

96. “It’s easy to fall in love, Ben. The hard part comes when you want out.” ― Colleen Hoover

97. “Bittersweet? No, just bitter, the taste of your tongue. Words you can’t have back, so they linger.” ― Coco J. Ginger

98. “Either give me your hand, or end it now, and put us both out of our misery” ― Judith McNaught

99. “I used to loathe ambivalence; now I adore it. Ambivalence is my new best friend.” ― Suzanne Finnamore

100. “If you have ever, sir, been through a breakup of a romantic relationship that involved great love, you will perhaps understand what I experienced. There is in such situations usually a moment of passion during which the unthinkable is said; this is followed by a sense of euphoria at finally being liberated; the world seems fresh as if seen for the first time then comes the inevitable period of doubt, the desperate and doomed backpedaling of regret; and only later, once emotions have receded, is one able to view with equanimity the journey through which one has passed.” ― Mohsin Hamid.

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