Negative People Quotes That Will Change Your Life
Did you ever feel the need to read what figures of authority have to say about positivity and negativity? I did, which is why I decided to write and gather in one big article all the best quotes about negative people that I found on the subject.
The most common mistake people make when it comes to growing as human beings is to let other people around them dictate their future. What actions you are going to take, as well as whether or not you are going to succeed doing it, is determined by one and one thing only: your belief regarding the outcome.
As long as you trust the process and believe that you are going to make it, you’ll eventually get to where you want to go.
However, whether it be out of love or out of hate, some people like to bring other people down to get them to their level: these are negative people, always complaining and finding reasons about why you can’t do something.
Do you know the story of the bucket of crabs? Well, it tells that if you put crabs in a bucket, no crabs will ever be able to get out of it unless all the crabs find a way to escape together. If a crab somehow finds a way to get out of the bucket alone, the other crabs will bring him down to stay with them.
In short, this story depicts how selfish they are: ”if we can’t, then neither can you”. Isn’t that a wonderful representation of negative people’s behaviors?
Being constantly around negative people will always influence you in one way or another, that’s why you will have to make a choice: you either have to live and go where these people aren’t, or you will have to toughen yourself up not to be affected that much by them.
If you’re reading this article, then I’m assuming getting rid of them is not part of your solution. In that case, toughening yourself up would be the best and wisest thing you could do not to let them influence you that much.
Below are the 60 best life-changing quotes about negative people that helps me preserve my positivity on a daily-basis.
At the end of this article, I’ll talk about other ways to deal with negative people.
Negative People Quotes n°1:
”When someone tells me ”no”, it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” – Karen E. Quinones Miller
Negative People Quotes n°2:
”People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.” – Steve Maraboli
Your mind is like a car: if you fill it with garbage, then it won’t work. On the other hand, fill it with high-quality fuel and it will unleash all its potential.
Be cautious of what you feed your mind with: whether it is a clean, healthy and shiny place or a gloomy and dusty place is up to you.
Negative People Quotes n°3:
”Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.” – Gina Lake
What you constantly put into your mind, you believe. No matter what you say to yourself, whether you are right or wrong becomes your truth. In that sense, don’t put negative stuff that will only hinder your positive life.
Negative People Quotes n°4:
”It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it.” – Erin Gruwell
Don’t try to beat negative people at their own games: they’ll always beat you. After all, they’re experts at that game.
Negative People Quotes n°5:
”No matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools.” – Michael Bassey Johnson
You’ll be treated like a fool by fools, so why hang out with them? Even the best, revolutionnary of ideas will be looked down upon.
Negative People Quotes n°6:
”It is better to dwell on the beautiful things in life than the negative.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
What you focus on, you feel. Therefore, why would you focus on the negative when you could focus in all the beautiful things in life?
Negative People Quotes n°7:
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” – Albert Einstein
Negative people are oftentimes the people who believes in what everybody else believes. If you’re trying to go down a route more difficult, they will criticize you.
Negative People Quotes n°8:
”Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution” – Albert Einstein
Each time something good happens to them, they find a way to mess it up and transform it into a problem. You surely don’t want to be part of their lives, do you?
Negative People Quotes n°9:
”People will throw stones at you. Don’t throw them back. Collect them all and build an empire.”
Use their criticisms as fuel to create your own path. They think you can’t do it? Show them you can.
The results speak for itself, and this is usually the only way to prove them wrong.
Negative People Quotes n°10:
“I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life, they have shown me exactly who I do not want to be.”
As the great Thomas Edison once said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”In order to live positively, view their presence as a gift and a way for you to learn who not to become – this will be the first step towards becoming who you want to be.
Negative People Quotes n°11:
”There can be no positive result through negative attitude. Think positive. Live positive.” – Albert Einstein
Your results and who you attracts are a direct reflexion of what you are: if you are positive, you’ll attract more this in your life. On the other hand, if you’re being negative all the time, that’s what you’ll get. It’s not magic, it’s just the power of the human mind.
Negative People Quotes n°12:
”I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Gustav Jung
No matter what happens to you, a situation only has the meaning you give it. Whether you use it as fuel to grow or as a way to act like a victim is up to you.
Negative People Quotes n°13:
“The world we live in is the world we choose to live in, whether consciously or unconsciously. If we choose bliss, that’s what we get. If we choose misery. we get that too.” – Tony Robbins
Once again, your feelings will be determined by what you focus on: if you focus on all the good in the world, that’s what you’ll find ; if you focus on all the bad, that’s what you’ll find.
Negative People Quotes n°14:
”I’m not interested in why it won’t work.” – Steve Harvey
From the moment they start explaining why what you don’t to do won’t work, shut your ears. All that’s going to follow are excuses and stories they’ve created for themselves not to achieve that goal.
Negative People Quotes n°15:
”Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey
When you get to a certain level of success, people will try to take advantage of you. The subtle art is to differenciate the fakes that the ones that are true to you.
Negative People Quotes n°16:
”One if the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” – Oprah Winfrey
Sometimes, you’ll have to get rid of abuse relationships to move forward.
Negative People Quotes n°17:
”There is one irrefutable law of the universe: we are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.” – Oprah Winfrey
Negative people tend to view themselves as the victim and blame everybody else not to feel bad about themselves. However, what they don’t know is that it’s the surest route to get to misery.
Negative People Quotes n°18:
”The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein
If you act like everybody else, you’ll get the same results as everybody else.
Negative People Quotes n°19:
”You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” – Albert Einstein
You can either be in a positive mindset or a negative, there is no in-between. Embrace positivity to live life to the fullest.
Negative People Quotes n°20:
”Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you!”
People around you can either bring out the best in you, or the worst in you. An environment that brings out the best is obviously more sustainable long-term.
Negative People Quotes n°21:
”Life is short, don’t waste it with negative people who don’t appreciate you. Keep them in your heart, but keep them out of your life.”
You can love an unsupportive negative family or negative friends, but only from a distance.
Negative People Quotes n°22:
”Don’t expect to see positive changes in your life if you surround yourself with negative people.’‘ – Zahid Abas
Who you spend time with is who you become. You can’t expect to live a positive life around negative people.
Negative People Quotes n°23:
”Don’t allow negative people to trap you in with their negative useless thoughts, be strong and break free.”
Negativity can quickly become a destructive cycle. Don’t fall into the same trap they fell into, and live a better life.
Negative People Quotes n°24:
”Avoid negative people, for they are the greatest destroyers of self confidence and self-esteem.”
Negative and pessimistic people always try to explain you why you can’t succeed: how are you supposed to build confidence in yourself without achieving anything? Don’t listen to them, don’t believe to a word they say and do what you got to do.
Negative People Quotes n°25:
”Once you cut negative people out of your life, and you start doing positive things with your life, you’ll be a lot happier, and stress free.” – Sonya Parker
There’s no way you can possibly be happy if you’re always being negative, let alone stress free.
Negative People Quotes n°26:
”Once you let go of all the negative people in your life… positive ones appear.”
You attract what you are. If you’re negative, then that’s the kind of people you are going to attract. On the other hand, if you’re being positive all the time, guess what kind of person you will attract?
Negative People Quotes n°27:
”Never let anyone steal your joy. Life is too precious to waste time on negative people.”
You only have so much time on this earth. Why waste it with people who aren’t going to make the best use of it?
Negative People Quotes n°28:
”Positive things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.”
Negative people will always find a way to bring you down and criticize you. When they’re not around, everything seems suddenly more colorful.
Negative People Quotes n°29:
”Some people are helping you get to where you want to go in life and others are draining your time & energy. AVOID negative people like the plague.”
You can either take the road that’s going to take you further in life, and eventually where you to go, or you could take the road full of pitfalls.
Negative People Quotes n°30:
”Some people are like dark clouds, when they disappear, it’s a brigther day. Know when it’s time to let go. Removing negative people from your life doesn’t mean you hate them, it just means that you love yourself more.”
Love yourself enough so that you value your time and energy, and realize that you could make a much bigger impact doing what you love with whom you love.
Negative People Quotes n°31:
”You can’t live a positive life around negative people.”
The more negative people are present in your life, the more they will suck (positive) energy out of you.
Negative People Quotes n°32:
”Negative people need drama like oxygen. Stay positive, it will take their breath away.”
The only weapon you should use against negative people is not that which they’re already using (negativity), but positivty.
Negative People Quotes n°33:
”Be wise and do the right thing. Don’t let irrelevant people waste your time. Your time is valuable and should be spent with valuable people.”
Your time is your most valuable asset in the world, it’s the only thing you can’t make more of. Spend it with people who deserve it and who will make the best use of it.
Negative People Quotes n°34:
”Beware of negative people, they are more eager to seek your failure than your success, the less you associate yourself with them, the more successful you will be.”
If you were to succeed, they would have to question themselves about why they didn’t ; to prevent that from happening, they do their very best, whether consciously or unconsciously, to setting you up for failure.
Negative People Quotes n°35:
”Life is too short to spend time with the people who suck the happiness out of you.”
Don’t waste your time with negative people, the only thing they’ll do is to make you unhappy.
Negative People Quotes n°36:
”With some people, the only way to win is to refuse to play.”
Don’t try to beat negative people at their own games: they know their rules better than you. Instead, play it in your way: don’t play with them.
Negative People Quotes n°37:
”What you allow is what will continue. It’s always better to spend more time alone than allow negative people and their opinions to derail you from your destiny.’‘
The only reason negative people are part of your life is because you allowed them to.
Negative People Quotes n°38:
”Positive people know Beauty. Negative people know Ugliness.”
Unfortunately, a lot of (negative) people aren’t aware of that. Once you do realize it, it’s up to you to make that choice: do you want to be perceived as beautifil, or ugly? The answer will determine the way your live your life.
Negative People Quotes n°39:
”The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.”
Negatively reacting to negative people might soon become stressing and overwhelming for you. Instead, choose to ignore them and you will see how easier life will become.
Negative People Quotes n°40:
”Negative people will always try to drag you down to their level. Love them but rise above them.”
The only thing negative people want is for you to live the same hell as them, nothing else. In response to that, you don’t necessarily have to choose hate: you can just love them from a distance, and achieve more than them.
Negative People Quotes n°41:
”Life becomes easier when you delete the negative people from it.”
Of all the ways you could use to get rid of negativity in your life, deleting the negative people from it is by far the best and most efficient method.
Negative People Quotes n°42:
”The negative people view merely the problem in a person’s anger, but a positive person makes the correct review of all people embroiled in this situation to unearth the root cause of it to offer a right solution.”
Positive people offer a better, lasting solution since they are always looking for the root cause without judging people unnecessarily.
Negative People Quotes n°43:
”Your career and life will change for the better when you learn to surround yourself with positive people and keep the negative ones away.”
In a sense, we could say that hanging out with positive people is a learnable skill: you should be able to judge someone in an instant and decide whether or not they’re positive.
Negative People Quotes n°44:
”Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity of others.”
Negative people have the insane power of being able to dishearten you in a moment. Protect your positivity and values as much as possible.
Negative People Quotes n°45:
” If we give something positive to others, it will return to us. If we give negative, that negativity will be returned.”
Did you notice that oftentimes, negative people are surrounded by nothing but people like them? As I said earlier: in life, you attract people like you.
Negative People Quotes n°46:
”I have no room in my life for any form of negativity or nonacceptance.”
It’s up to you to shape your life the way you want it to be: do you want to live in a scarce and ugly world, or in an abundant and beautiful world?
Negative People Quotes n°47:
”To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them.”
People spend way too much time looking back on the past and what they’ve done wrong, instead of focusing their mind on how not to reproduce them.
Negative People Quotes n°48:
”Those not chasing their dreams should stay out of the way of those who are.”
People who failed to achieve anything in life often look for consolation in destroying other people’s dreams.
Negative People Quotes n°49:
”Negativity is cannibalistic. The more you feed it, the bigger and stronger it grows.”
Negative people often become worse over time, don’t surround yourself with them!
Negative People Quotes n°50:
”You will be surrounded by negativity but you shall overcome it with positivty.”
Fight negativity with positivity, it’s the best way to keep shaping the life you’ve always dreamt of.
Negative People Quotes n°51:
”Toxic people will pollute everything around them. Don’t hesitate. Fumigate.”
Being toxic and negative is similar to a virus, when you don’t get rid of it in the beginning, it contaminates everyone.
Negative People Quotes n°52:
”There are many good seeds in you. Therefore you must avoid every bad soil in the world.”
Usually, environment decides for most people how their seeds are going to sprout. Unfortunately, people often have their seeds sprout on bad soils.
Negative People Quotes n°53:
”There is too much negativity in the world. Do your best to make sure you aren’t contributing to it.”
Negativity is in fact the easy path: it takes little to no effort to be negative. Hence, the astounding number of negative people in the world.
Negative People Quotes n°54:
”The best defense is to keep off the radar of negative people.”
Instead of trying to fight negative people, just avoid them as much as you can.
Negative People Quotes n°55:
”Good things happen when you stay away from negative people.”
Surround yourself with the people who are going to make a positive impact on your life.
Negative People Quotes n°56:
”A negative attitude drains, a positive attitude energizes.”
Spending time with negative people will only make you run out of energy sooner. On the other hand, spending time with positive people will allow you to achieve more in less time.
Negative People Quotes n°57:
”Don’t accept any negative criticism and negative thoughts.”
It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t accept criticism as a whole: it might actually help you improve. What it really means is that any attempt to hurt you and your goals should not be taken into account.
Negative People Quotes n°58:
”Stay away from people who talk bad daily, these kinds of people carry a negative spirit. The problem is they are not happy with themselves!”
Have you ever seen a happy person criticizing someone? I’ve never seen any, and the reason is simply that the only people who badmouth others on a daily basis are negative and unhappy people.
Negative People Quotes n°59:
”Negative people are only happy when they’re bringing you down.”
Although negative people are never truly happy, the only times they feel any sense of satisfaction is when they’re trying to prove you wrong.
Negative People Quotes n°60:
”Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great, make you feel that you too can become great.”
When some people are trying to belittle your ambitions, what they’re really trying to do is to feel better than you, out of insecurity. On the other hand, the best and happiest people in the world always set the exemple and try to inspire you to become like them.
That’s it! Those are the 60 negative people quotes that have changed my life and forged my way of seeing things. Some of these quotes have been uttered by the most successful, smart and happiest person in the world, which is why I believe we should all learn from them.
Now that you have the proper mindset, it’s time to talk about actionable steps on how to deal with those negative people on a daily basis.
1/ Condition The Right Mindset
In this article, I’ve shared many powerful quotes that have the power to change your way of operating forever.
However, unless these quotes are consistently repeated and acted upon, it won’t benefit your life in any way as the first step towards building an effective barrier against negative people is to condition the right mindset.
When it comes to negative people and negativity, a lot of us are being reactive instead of being proactive.
They start feeling hurt, get angry and frustrated.. which is why we must be proactive by uploading the correct mindset into our brains on a consistent basis.
If you understand negative people better, it will help you in two ways: first, you will not be as much reactive as you’ll recognize the patterns. Essentially, people operate in certain ways to escape pain and gain pleasure. Secondly, it will give you the ability not to turn like them and instead engage in positive behavior every single day.
2/ Spend As Little Time As Possible With Them
Who you spend time with is who you become, so be very careful. Many people end up living a certain life based on their surroundings, not the life they proactively designed.
Unfortunately, the reality is that the more time you spend with negative people, the more negative you are going to become.
The fact of the matter is that it is very difficult to stay positive when other people are pulling you down. After all, this is how limiting beliefs are forged: after hearing something a certain number of times, you are inevitably going to start to believe it – no matter how pleasant or unpleasant this belief might be.
Always make sure that you spend most of your days either alone, or surrounded by positive people.
3/ Know Your Value
If you are surrounded by negative people, then chances are they love to put you down. It’s important that you know your own value not to let it be dictated by the wrong people.
Oftentimes, when we don’t have strong beliefs about something, our beliefs naturally become the people around us’ beliefs. This often means giving up on your dreams.
Never forget what you achieve and all the progress you’re making towards your goals. If you lose track of it, you take the risk of being influenced by what other people think of you.
4/ Reinforce Your Positivity
If they try to make your day bad, make theirs better.
The more positive you will become and the stronger your influence over them will be. Be careful not to fall into the pattern of thinking that you can change people, as this often makes us unhappy.
Being in a peak state around them may make them feel better which will in turn not affect you as much. If not, at least it’ll have the benefit of strengthening your positivity to counter their negativity.
A good way to reinforce your positivity that I found is reciting affirmations once again, and repeat the same phrases again and again. Finding people you can look up to could tremendously help you as well.
5/ Learn More About Them
I know this may sound counterintuitive, and might ask a superior level of consciousness of you.. but learning more about them is actually a pretty good strategy too!
All communication is either a loving response, or a cry of help. If the person is not sending you love through their words, then they are crying deep inside. With that kind of mindset, it becomes easier to deal with them.
The truth is that negative people don’t like their lives, and as such react in a very bad way by trying to destroy other people’s.
However, the more you can actually understand what’s wrong with their lives, the less affected you can be by them when they’re being negative to you.
Understanding them will give you the certainty that they don’t do or say things to you because it’s true, but because they’re begging for help deep down.
6/ Take It Easy
The worst way you could ever use to deal with haters is by acting like them. Of course, it’s natural to sometimes feel angry and frustrated, but responding in that way will only make you more negative.
Don’t react, and instead act from a higher level of consciousness (more objective.) Relax.
When we tense up, we automatically start to react and feel certain negative emotions. Detach yourself from the situation and don’t overthink it.
7/ Change Your Environment!
This is the most obvious, yet the most effective, powerful strategy I could ever give you to deal with negative people. In fact, why would you bother ‘deal with’ them.. when you could avoid them… forever?
If your environment is not supportive of what you want your life to be like, then it’s time to change it!
Just like most people in that case, my initial reaction when I learned this was: ”I can’t.”
I believed that this was simply not realistic, and that I had to stick with this environment forever. In reality, that’s all it was: a belief. After all, I did change it, and it did change my life.
The reason why most people believe this – including my past self – is that it allows us to stay in our comfort zone, the area we are familiar with. As unfortunate it is, our brains are naturally wired to keep us at the same place we’re at to keep us safe. It means that each time you’ll want to step out of it, your brain is going to come up with all the excuses it can find to trick you and prevent you from doing it.
Unfortunately, most people listen to that story and believe it.
Henry Ford once said that ”whether you think you can or not, you’re right” because he knew that it was all about our beliefs. If you believe that you can’t, then you are going to make it true.
On the other hand, if you believe that you can, you’ll also make it happen. You have the power to change your life right now by doing what you know you should do. Changing environments is not pleasant at first, because it means losing all of your habits and making new ones.. but you’ll massively benefit from it long-term when you’ll get to live in a happy, positive and supportive environment.