100+ Best Toxic Family Quotes

As much as we wish to be born into a caring and understanding family, this is not always the case. Sadly, for a few of us, home is a detention center rather than a safe house. They can be harmful if we don’t take care of our interactions with family, mates, and relationships.

This can be a traumatic experience. You probably assumed they would be the ones to endorse and lift you, but they can also be the individuals to drag you down.

Consider that no matter how much you adore and value them, YOU are the most essential person in the world. Nobody should ever be capable of making you feel less of a person because you own your joy and affection.

Toxic relationships can be extremely hazardous. They deplete your power and can result in intense stress and sadness. You experience many negative emotions, including frustration, bitterness, and even sorrow.

This is why you must release such toxicity. Don’t waste your time and energy on anything that drains you. Allow no one to dominate or influence you or your choices. 

It is not always easy to let go and cut off ties. However, it is often the best option. It takes time to recover and proceed on, but if you don’t let go, you may be locked in a world of hopelessness for the rest of your life.

100+ Best Toxic Family Quotes

  1. “The best revenge against toxic family members is not fighting back.”
  2. “Cutting people out of my life doesn’t mean I hate them. It means I respect myself.”
  3. “I was born into this family and all I got was a bad attitude.”
  4. “If your family doesn’t treat you the right way, make sure you do.”
  5. “It’s sad how I can trust teachers more than my parents.” – Dawn Andrews
  6. “It’s sad how I can trust teachers more than my parents.” – Dawn Andrews
  7. “Tragically, your worst enemies will always come from your household.”
  8. “You may be my family but I won’t let you get away with your toxic behavior.”
  9. “Ask yourself, “will you do this to your family?” If not, why let them do this to you?”
  10. “Blood relations cease to have their use if people related by it behave otherwise.”
  11. “Some of the most poisonous people come disguised as friends and family.”
  12. “When you say “No” to a toxic family, you say “Yes” to loving yourself.”
  13. “A family that treats you like an enemy is no family to be proud of at all.”
  14. “A toxic family is even worst than a toxic relationship.” – Rohan Chouhan
  15. “The people I looked up to for comfort are the ones who make me depressed.”
  16. “It’s so sad that even people closely related by blood can betray each other.”
  17. “Not everyone deserves full access to you that including toxic family members.”
  18. “Fake family is like shadows they follow you in the sun but leave you in the dark.”
  19. “Toxic parents care more about how you make them look than how you feel.”
  20. “Just because someone gives you life doesn’t mean they will love you the right way.”
  21. “They say they love you but they treat you like the worst criminal on earth. Shame.”
  22. “Calling this a family doesn’t make it a loving home, it just makes it a hateful lie.”
  23. “Just because they are your family doesn’t mean that they are your friends.” – Beverly Miller
  24. “When people treat you like they don’t care, believe them.”
  25. “Love yourself enough to walk away from lies and dramas.”
  26. “I do not hate my toxic family members. I also do not need them.” – Sherrie Campbell
  27. “Learn to cut your losses fast if you realize you are just being used for their selfish motives.”
  28. “It’s okay to cut toxic family members out of your life. Blood ain’t thicker than peace of mind.”
  29. “When you walk away from a toxic family, you begin the journey of finding your true people.”
  30. “And a person’s enemies will be those of his household.” – Mathew 10:36 (Bible Verse)
  31. “If all they bring into your life is pain and misery, you need to start cutting your losses fast.”
  32. “A child should never feel as if they need to earn a mother’s love.” – Sherrie Campbell
  33. “Families get dysfunctional if they are built on a faulty foundation of hate and resentment.”
  34. “All I wanted from you was love and acceptance but all I was given was hate and rejection.”
  35. “Too much fighting and drama in a place where love, peace, and harmony must be the norm.”
  36. “Even those we love the most can be a poison to our souls.”
  37. “The only way to win with a toxic person is not to play.”
  38. “A dysfunctional family is not a family at all, it’s a toxic relationship parading as a requirement.”
  39. “I may be the black sheep of the family but at least I am me and not a fictitious white sheep I am not.”
  40. “A toxic mother talks but never listens, and she gives advice but never takes any.” – Sherrie Campbell
  41. “You don’t get to choose your family, but you do get to choose how they’re allowed to treat you.”
  42. “You may feel guilty for leaving your family behind, but you’ll never regret moving forward.”
  43. “Just because they are your family doesn’t mean that they know what’s best for you or your life.”
  44. “Toxic family relationships spoil all other relationships unless you remove the poison before it’s too late.”
  45. “It’s so disheartening to see people who are supposed to love you use you for their selfish purposes.”
  46. “I wonder why I feel I am treated like an enemy in a place where I am supposed to be welcome.”
  47. “When you don’t come from a healthy family, you do your best to ensure a healthy one comes from you.”
  48. “Leave when you need to. In 10 years, you will look back and realize it’s the best decision ever.”
  49. “Family is supposed to be our safe place. Very often, it’s the place where we find the deepest heartache.”
  50. “Things only get better when you cut off the worst.”
  51. “You are not part of a toxic family if you walk away.”
  52. “The only way to win in a toxic relationship is to leave.”
  53. “How can you say you are my family when all you did is malign me as if I am your worst enemy.”
  54. “The black sheep blazes the trail for other family members to follow when they finally see the wolf.”
  55. “The term Brother (or Sister) means nothing more than what you define it as.”
  56. “You didn’t choose your family, but you can choose how to define family.”
  57. “Without communication, there is no relationship. Without respect, there is no love. Without trust, there is no reason to continue.”
  58. “Some people play victims of crimes they committed.”
  59. “You’ve lied to so many times that you know who not to trust. That’s not trusted issues; that’s lessons learned.”
  60. “Your heart knows when you have given too many chances.”
  61. “Words don’t cover up actions.”
  62. “If I have to endure one more holiday with my family, I might have to become a Jehovah’s Witness.”
  63. “You went through a “No” phase as a toddler as practice for when you needed to say it as an adult.”
  64. “Brother or sister has no meaning if they treat each other like worst enemies.”
  65. “Saying “No” to a toxic family member shows that you understand what family truly means.”
  66. “If you do not come from a healthy family, you should do your best to ensure that a healthy family emerges from you.”
  67. “You have the right to put up a fence between you and your family, and the choice whether to include a gate.”
  68. “The more dysfunctional, the more some family members seek to control the behavior of others.” – David W. Earle
  69. “In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past but you will find yourself.” – Deepak Chopra
  70. “Refuse to inherit dysfunction. Learn new ways of living instead of repeating what you lived through.” – Thema Davis
  71. “I was born into this family but all I got was hate in a place where I was supposed to get love and acceptance.”
  72. “You can not change the people around you, but you can change the people that you choose to be around.”
  73. “Toxic people condition you to believe that the family problem isn’t the abuse itself, but instead your reactions to the abuse.”
  74. “Dysfunctional families can’t give you love because love can’t come from people who don’t love themselves in the first place.”
  75. “Some of the hardest people to cut off are family members. But sometimes they are the main ones that need to go.”
  76. “Sometimes, Satan uses the people closest to you to hinder you from getting the best God has in store for your life.”
  77. “Just because someone is “family” doesn’t mean you have to tolerate lies, chaos, drama, manipulation, and disrespect.”
  78. “Love them from a distance. Pray for them, wish them well, but don’t allow them to abuse you.” – Kimber Waul
  79. “You don’t heal in a place where you get hurt.”
  80. “You don’t have to leave your whole family in the past, just those who don’t deserve a place in your future.”
  81. “A good family will see your boundaries and move around them, a toxic family won’t even realize they’re there.”
  82. “Biology shouldn’t be destiny.”
  83. “Many toxic parents compare one sibling unfavorably with another to make the target child feel that he’s not doing enough to gain parental affection. This motivates the child to do whatever the parents want to regain their favor. This divide-and-conquer technique is often unleashed against children who become a little too independent, threatening the balance of the family system.” – Susan Forward
  84. “Every person is built like a computer, and the delete key is there for a reason.”
  85. “If you can stand up to your family, you can stand up to anyone.”
  86. “Giving birth doesn’t make you a parent, me choosing to call you Mom (or Dad) does.”
  87. “Saying “No” to family doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you an honest person.”
  88. “These people were meant to raise me, instead I’ve had to raise them right out of my life.”
  89. “Parent-child relationships aren’t created at birth, they’re created in life.”
  90. “Sometimes you need to give up on people, not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.”
  91. “Because I love you” is not the reason for manipulation or abuse.”
  92. “It’s not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” – Jonathan Schiller
  93. “You can’t change someone who can’t see an issue in their actions.”
  94. “You can miss a person every day and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.” – Tara Westover
  95. “Family is supposed to be our haven. Very often, it’s the place we find the deepest heartache.” – Lyanla Vansant
  96. “I don’t wish I was born in a different family; I wish I was born in a real family.”
  97. “How to tell if someone is not good for you? You being yourself feels like a betrayal.”
  98. “Family is where you’re meant to be most free. Don’t let blood chain you down.”
  99. “Unhealthy families discourage individual expression. Everyone must confront the thoughts and actions of the toxic parents.” – Susan Forward
  100. “Humans can be so ugly sometimes that the ones you love the most would only love to see you fall. It’s a cruel world.” – Sidney Albury
  101. “Tip for cutting ties with a toxic family member: 1. Acknowledge that it’s abusive. You need to stop minimizing and denying the harm that your family member has caused. 2. Give up the fantasy that they will change. 3. Grieve the loss of having the kind of relationship you wanted with this person. Get support from a therapist, support group or 12 – step group, or friend who’s experienced similar issues with their family.”
  102. “No matter what you’ve suffered, the abuse was not your fault. Not as an innocent child, teenager, nor as an adult.” – Dana Arcuri
  103. “It’s very sad when family members stop speaking to each other. The day will come when you regret it. That day is called “the funeral”.”
  104. “When someone is rude and toxic, remember it’s not about you. It’s a reflection of their inner strength.” – Bernadette Logue
  105. “Sometimes I regret being nice, apologizing when I didn’t go anything wrong, and for making unworthy people a priority in my life.”
  106. “Families must be built on love, trust, and acceptance but dysfunctional families have no such traits, which is why they are what they are.”
  107. “To the people that say “you should respect your family”: 1. Stop assuming that everyone has been treated well by that family. 2. Respect is not freely given, it is earned. You don’t owe anyone respect. You do not owe anyone anything. 3. This line is used repeatedly in abusive situations. It is frequently used in emotional abuse in the form of gaslighting to make the survivor doubt their perceptions of events. It also is frequently used to control, manipulate and coerce behavior.”
  108. “Family or not I will cut you off. That saying “but that’s family” means nothing if a family is toxic and means you no good.” – Morgan Sharee
  109. “Cutting a family out of your world does not make you a bad person. It makes you self-aware. It makes you strong enough to do the right thing.”
  110. “Family does not mean keeping secrets, walking on eggshells, lying about who I am to keep the peace, pretending others are healthy when they are not, tiptoeing around the truth, attending holidays that derail my healing process, defending poor choices, engaging in toxic behavior, remaining loyal to old patterns that no longer align with my growth, assuming caretaking responsibilities that are not mine to carry.”
  111. “Cutting people off doesn’t have limits. Family can get cut off too if they are causing you stress. Eliminate any negativity in your circle.”
  112. “Blood doesn’t make you family. Some of the most demonic and demeaning people in your life share your DNA.” – Temi Ade
  113. “Families are homes built on a foundation of trust and love. A toxic family can never be home because the foundation doesn’t exist.”
  114. “The Narcissistic Family Tree: In healthy families, we encourage our children to be loving and close to each other. In narcissistic families, children are pitted against each other and taught competition. There is a constant comparison of who is doing better and who is not. Some children are favored or seen as the golden child and others become the scapegoat for the parents projected negative feelings. Siblings in narcissistic families rarely grow up feeling emotionally connected.”
  115. “Let’s get out of the habit of telling people, “that’s still your mom, your dad, or your sister.” Toxic is toxic. You are allowed to walk away from people that constantly hurt you.”
  116. “One of the hallmarks of a dysfunctional family is lack of empathy. Parents do not show unconditional love, instead of becoming judgmental. Rather than attempting to understand a child’s feelings and point of view, a dysfunctional parent might rely on anger or derision, making the child feel guilty or demeaned.” – Tricia Hussung
  117. “I hate it when people say, “they’re still your family”. Just because someone is your family doesn’t mean you have to keep them in your life if they’re toxic. Blood means nothing sometimes. Don’t let people guilt you into being in contact with someone who isn’t good for your mental health.”
  118. “You are allowed to terminate your relationship with toxic family members. You are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you. You are allowed to be angry and selfish and unforgiving and you don’t owe anyone an explanation for taking care of you.”
  119. “Sometimes you have to accept the fact that some people can’t handle you doing well, having the peace they don’t or knowing how to receive kindness. Let them go.” – Lavon Fr.
  120. “Seeing unhealthy patterns in your family and deciding that those patterns end with you and will not be passed down to future generations, is an extremely brave and powerful decision.”
  121. “My father once said, ‘If you’re in the desert and you’re dying of thirst, are you going to drink a glass of blood or are you going to drink a glass of water?’ I think what he was trying to say, interesting coming from my blood father, is sometimes there are people in your family that can be toxic” –. Nicolas Cage
  122. “Sometimes, it’s necessary to temporarily distance yourself physically from toxic family members for the sake of your well-being if they prove to be too toxic to be around them.”
  123. “Sick of the excuses “they’re still your mom/ dad/ sister/ brother/ son/ daughter/ friend… etc”. No, toxic is toxic. You have the right to cut anyone off that’s unhealthy for you.”
  124. “Controllers, abusers, and manipulative people don’t question themselves. They don’t ask themselves if the problem is them… They always say the problem is someone else.”
  125. “One of the saddest things in life is knowing that the only way they will truly come to appreciate you, is if you remove them from your life. Equally sad is knowing that the very moment you let them back in, the same cycle will once again begin.” – Samuel Decker Thompson

Types of Toxic Family Quotes

Expression of Pain and Hurt

These quotes capture the profound emotional trauma often experienced by those enduring toxic family relationships:

  1. Thomas Fuller once remarked, “The deepest wounds often are inflicted by those we love the most.” This quote reflects the sad truth that sometimes, the greatest harm can come from those we expect to be our protectors and caregivers.
  2. Sophocles professed, “There is no greater betrayal than when a family member becomes your enemy.” This statement underscores the intense anguish resulting from betrayal by one’s own kin.

Validation and Recognition

For those grappling with family dysfunction, these quotes acknowledge the pain and guarantee they are not alone:

  1. Karen White said, “Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is letting go of someone you thought would be with you forever.” This empathetic quote captures the essence of severing ties with toxic family members.
  2. Nishan Panwar pointed out, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who love you, respect you, and would do anything for you.” This assertion validates that one’s ‘chosen family,’ or those who provide genuine support, can be as meaningful as biological ties.

Empowerment and Setting Boundaries

These quotes inspire listeners to prioritize their well-being and craft a healthier life:

  1. As Mahatma Gandhi wisely advised, “You can’t control how other people respond, but you can control your own reactions.” This quote highlights the essence of setting emotional boundaries and taking charge of one’s own reactions.
  2. An unknown author once said, “Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you forget what they did. It means you choose not to let it hurt you anymore.” This quote reaffirms the empowerment in forgiving, not for the perpetrator’s sake, but for one’s own peace.

Quotes from Famous Figures

The following impactful quotes are from renowned personalities who have spoken candidly about their experiences with toxic families:

  1. Maya Angelou, the iconic American poet, stated, “My family is my foundation. They are the reason I laugh, smile, and cry. They are my anchor in the storm.” Angelou reminds us of the potential supportive role family can play during challenges.
  2. Vidal Sassoon, the British-American hairstylist, believed, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” This quote encourages resilience and endurance despite familial obstacles.

III. Finding Help and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Constitutes a Toxic Family? 

A toxic family includes scenarios where family members engage in consistent patterns of manipulation, neglect, emotional, psychological, or physical abuse. Toxicity could be from a single family member or permeate the entire family dynamic.

2. How Can a Toxic Family Impact an Individual’s Mental Health? 

Toxic families often result in chronic stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, issues with forming healthy relationships, or even post-traumatic stress disorders in the individuals exposed to such environments.

3. How to Deal With a Toxic Family? 

Dealing with a toxic family involves recognizing the signs of toxicity, creating emotional and sometimes physical boundaries, seeking therapeutic support, and building supportive networks outside the family.

4. How to Cut Ties With a Toxic Family? 

Cutting ties from a toxic family involves establishing firm boundaries, ceasing communication if necessary, taking care of mental health through therapy or counseling, and finding solace in a new supportive network often referred to as a chosen family.

5. Is It Okay Not to Love Your Family? 

While social norms and cultural expectations emphasize familial love, it’s essential to understand that it’s okay not to love or keep close ties with family members who are abusive, neglectful, or not supportive of your well-being.

6. Where Can I Find Help if I’m Living in a Toxic Family Environment?

Suppose you are dealing with a toxic family environment. In that case, several resources can help, including mental health professionals like psychologists or licensed therapists, online and offline support groups, and helplines such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

7. Can You Forgive a Toxic Family? 

Forgiveness is a personal decision and depends on the individual’s capacity and willingness. Some people might find forgiveness a part of their healing process, while others may choose not to forgive. It’s crucial to remember forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting or letting the toxic behavior continue.


It can be incredibly hard to depart from family members. Home is where your soul is, but if that same home is causing you so much suffering, you may have to identify another.

Whatever your current situation is, we hope the quotations we got to share above could assist you get over this.

Adore yourself more, even if it means allowing go of some people who have performed important roles in your life.

If you liked the quotes then share it to them who are suffering from a toxic family thing to motivate them and get through it.

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