67 Cutting People Off Quotes to Help You Live a Drama-Free and Happy Life

In this post I’d like to share the best cutting people off quotes to help you live a happier life.

Because the daily and weekly environment that you spend your life in will have a big effect on how you think, feel and – as an extension of that – the actions you take or do not take.

The books you read, podcasts you listen to, videos you watch and the people you spend your days with do have a big influence on you and the direction you’re heading.

So consciously create the environment that you want to live in that will lift you up and support you.

To do that you may – from time to time – have to find ways to spend less time with some people or to not spend any time with one or a few negative people that drag you down or hold you back.

I hope this post will inspire you and help you with that sometimes tough process.

And if you want even more self-loving inspiration then check out this post with you are enough quotes and this one filled with quotes from Brené Brown.

Cutting People Off Quotes to Help Avoid Drama and Toxic People

Cutting People Off Quotes to Help You Live a Drama-Free and Happy Life

“It’s amazing how quickly things can turn around when you remove toxic people from your life.”
Robert Tew

“It’s okay to cut ties with toxic friends and family you’ve got to prioritize your own well-being.”
Brenden Dilley

“It’s very possible and very okay to forgive someone and still not want to spend time with them.”
Karen Salmansohn

“You’ll never really see how toxic someone is until you breathe fresher air.”

“As you remove toxic people from your life, you free up space and emotional energy for positive, healthy relationships.”
John Mark Green

“You don’t have to feel guilty for cutting them off. It was the right thing to do. And believe me, if it were the other way around. They would have done the same thing too. Choose you, always you.”
R.M Drake

“Even a family member can be a negative person in your life and that is not always easy to accept or to do something about if for your own sake. But it can become necessary to at least limit the time you spend with someone to be able to grow as a person and improve your self-worth.”

The point of view of a man on a beach in Hawaii.

“Cutting someone completely off from your life is sometimes necessary for your peace. Don’t feel guilty about it.”
Trent Shelton

“Cutting people from your life does not mean you hate them. It simply means you respect yourself.”

“Make sure everybody in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.”
Steve Maraboli

“I will not allow anyone to walk in my mind with dirty feet.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.”
Roy Bennett

“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.”
Dan Pearce

“Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.”
Cheryl Strayed

Wise Quotes About Cutting People Off


A woman meditating on a mountain.“Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.”
Robert Tew

“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.”

“As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic people will never be worth your time and energy – and they take a lot of each. Toxic people create unnecessary complexity, strife, and, worst of all, stress.”
Travis Bradberry

“Some people create their own storms and then get mad when it rains.”

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Cutting people out of your life doesn’t mean you hate them, it simply means you respect yourself. Not everyone is meant to stay.”

“I think most people know when they’re in a toxic relationship – it requires an enormous amount of effort to keep it going, and you don’t get what you want from it.”
Joanna Coles

“Cut off fake people for real reasons, not real people for fake reasons.”

A woman walking away into the sunset.

“Because at some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.”
Sandi Lynn

“I’m slowly cutting people off. Because I have some people in my life who should’ve been cut off a long time a ago. But it’s not been easy to do that.”

“What’s more toxic than what they have done, think, or have said about you is how you let your mind receive it. In a world as ours filled with so much noise and hate, what suffers the most is our minds. Know when to keep your mind shut!”
Chinonye J. Chidolue

“I don’t have time to make people understand my worth. Either you recognize it and treat me right or be cut off.”

“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

“People inspire you or they drain you. Pick them wisely.”
Hans F. Hansen

“Sometimes you have to make tough decisions for your own good, to not allow more harm to come to yourself and to finally be able to grow from your potential self to your best self.”

“Everyone wants to know why customer service has gone to hell in a handbasket. I want to know why customer behavior has gone to hell in a handbasket.”
Brené Brown

A confident woman with colors swirling around in the background.

“Don’t be afraid of losing someone who doesn’t feel lucky to have you.”

“We all have those 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

“Cutting people off doesn’t have limits. Family can get cut off too, if they are causing you stress. Eliminate any negativity from your circle.”

“Pay no attention to toxic words. What people say is often a reflection of themselves, not you.”
Christian Baloga

“Over time you start noticing that some people are just aren’t worth it anymore.”

“We don’t get to choose our family, but we can choose our friends. With courage, we can weed out narcissistic people. We can focus on those who do appreciate us, love us, and treat us with respect.”
Dana Arcuri

“If they do it often, it isn’t a mistake; it’s just their behavior.”
Steve Maraboli

“The people you allow into your life are contagious, choose wisely and be prepared to cut quickly.”

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
Anna Taylor

A woman moving through the air towards an open door where sunlight is coming in.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

You may also find these you are worthy quotes helpful to maintain healthy boundaries and relationships.

Helpful Cutting People Off Quotes

“Let go of negative people. They only show up to share complaints, problems, disastrous stories, fear, and judgment on others. If somebody is looking for a bin to throw all their trash into, make sure it’s not in your mind.”
Dalai Lama

“It’s so nice when toxic people stop talking to you. It’s like the trash took itself out.”

“If a person finds negative people in his life, then he needs to mend his own nature than that of others, for his own basic grounding decides the level of acidic or toxicity surrounding him.”
Anuj Somany

“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”

“I have found the best way to deal with a toxic person is to not respond in any other way than a monotone voice and a businesslike manner.”
Jen Grice

“Certain people you have to cut off; it’s nothing personal. Their part in your story is over and you have to move on. Not everyone is supposed to be permanent in your life. Some people come in like phases to teach us lessons and then leave or you leave them.”

“It’s rare for a toxic person to change their behavior. More often, the only thing that varies is their target and the blame they place. Because some toxic people are difficult to identify, keep in mind that a victim mindset is sometimes a red flag. So, listen when someone talks about their life and circumstances. If the list of people they blame is long… it’s probably only a matter of time before you’re on that list.”
Steve Maraboli

“It’s not a good sign when you spend time with someone and feel more drained when you leave than when you arrived.”

People with umbrellas walking during a dark and rainy night in a city.

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.”
Will Smith

“Cut people from your life that honestly wouldn’t contribute to anyone’s life. It will be an opportunity for both you and them to grow.”

“Some people take your energy and put you in a negative place. Sometimes you just have to walk away if this is a regular occurrence.”
Rachael Malloy

“I no longer sit at tables where I might be the topic when I get up.”

“Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.”
Brené Brown

“I swear cutting people off is getting easier and easier.”

“Weeding out the harmful influences should become the norm not the exception.”
Carlos Wallace

“Deciding to finally cut ties with the people in your life who consistently hurt you isn’t enough; you must also decide to cut ties with the version of yourself who allowed that shit to continue for as long as it did.”
Cici B

A man letting go of many colored balloons.

“Once you realize you deserve better, letting go will be the best decision ever. Instant inner peace.”

“I’ve had to cut people that I love out of my life or distance myself from ‘friends’ not because I don’t love them but because they were causing unnecessary stress in my life. It’s worked so far, I’m happy me again.”
Nadine Barnes

“It’s not easy to detach from people you’ve had close ties with, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to restore your sanity. Your mind peace.”

“We would do ourselves a tremendous favor by letting go of the people who poison our spirit.”
Steve Maraboli

“I have no problem with cutting people off…less bullshit for me to deal with.”
A$AP Rocky

“Since I cut off certain people there is no hate in my heart.”

“When you learn how much you’re worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts.”
Karen Salmansohn

“Sometimes you just have to remove people without warning. We are getting too old to be explaining what they already know they are doing wrong.”

“Every day you must unlearn the ways that hold you back. You must rid yourself of negativity, so you can learn to fly.”
Leon Brown

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.”
Mark Twain

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Want even more motivation to help you move away from negativity and a toxic environment? Check out this post with quotes about dealing with toxic people and this one with never force someone to talk to you quotes.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehacker, HuffPost and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • I certainly feel better for dropping a few ‘friendships’ that were toxic.