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Narcissist quotes

Narcissist quotes

Narcissist quotes are an excellent way to understand narcissism. With the help of narcissist quotes, you can know whether you are a narcissist or not. If you are how you can deal with it and how is it affecting people around you. Moreover, if you have to deal with a narcissist how you can do this. In this article, I am going to share some of the most inspirational narcissist quotes. Let’s get started with some of my favourite narcissist quotes.

  • “When narcissism is viewed as good; good is viewed as narcissism.” Fathom
  • “Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit.” Marianne Williamson
  • “Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared. It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence.” Sam Vaknin
  • “Some narcissistic people end up believing their own lies.” unknown.
  • “Narcissistic people are always struggling with the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around them” unknown.
  • “Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens . . . to stumble upon it.” George Gordon Noel Byron
  • “It is not loved that should be depicted as blind but self-love.” Voltaire
  • “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Oscar Wilde

The following is one of the best narcissist quotes that explain the difference between self-love and narcissism:

“The difference between narcissism and self-love is a matter of depth. Narcissus falls in love not with the self, but with an image or reflection of the self with the persona, the mask. The narcissist sees himself through the eyes of another, changes his lifestyle to conform with what is admired by others, tailors his behaviour and expression of feelings to what will please others. Narcissism is voluntary blindness, an agreement not to look beneath the surface.” Sam Keen

Quotes on surviving a narcissist

Surviving a narcissist is really a tough task, it is not easy to live under the influence of a toxic person who does nothing but manipulate you to get their own way. Here are some of the best quotes on surviving a narcissist:

  • When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth just like you did. – Jill Blakeway
  • When someone treats you like crap, just remember it’s because there’s something wrong with them, not you. Normal people don’t go around destroying other people’s lives.
  • View your life as a toxic-free zone! If someone treats you badly, don’t lower yourself to their level. Stay toxicity free. Simply do what you can to move on. – Karen Salmansohn
  • “Don’t set yourself on fire to keep someone else warm.” — Anonymous.
  • “Narcissistic abuse is not just that someone dumped you or who you had a little tiff with them. NA is psychological abuse and brainwashing using intermittent reward and punishment, coercive control and withholding normal empathetic, emotional reactions to lower your self-esteem.” ― Alice Little, author of Narcissistic Abuse Truths.
  • “There may be no ‘I’ in ‘team’, but there are three in ‘narcissist!'” — Anonymous
  • “Narcissistic personality disorder is the only mental condition where the patient is left alone, but everyone else needs treatment.” — Anonymous.

The following are some of the healing quotes on surviving a narcissist:

  • “A narcissist can be your husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbour, boss, church member, or anyone you come in contact with. There are endless possibilities of ‘who’ they can be. The important thing to remember is the actions; behaviours are all very similar.” ― Tracy Malone, author.
  • “Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.” ― Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom.
  • “Toxic people make you think you’re holding a grudge when you’re really holding a boundary.” — Mel Robbins, motivational speaker.
  • “To be your own god is to be the biggest participant in creating your own hell.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough, author.
  • “Nobody should be in a position where they are suffering abuse at the hands of another, and if this is the case for you, stopping the abuse by leaving the situation is the only course of action to take.” – Theresa Jackson.

Female narcissist quotes

Some may think that females are more likely to be prone narcissism as they are very conscious about their appearance. But in my opinion, it has nothing to do with that. Male or female anyone can be a narcissist .Here are some female narcissist quotes for you to understand:

“The mother gazes at the baby in her arms, and the baby gazes at his mother’s face and finds himself therein…provided that the mother is really looking at the unique, small, helpless being and not projecting her own expectations, fears, and plans for the child. In that case, the child would find not himself in his mother’s face, but rather the mother’s own projections. This child would remain without a mirror, and for the rest of his life would be seeking this mirror in vain.” ― Donald Woods Winnicott.

“I am a recovering narcissist. I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it. It is actually drearier than self-love; it is unrequited self-love.” — Emily Levine.

“Yes, Eleanor loathed herself and yet required praise, which she then never believed.”― Hanif Kureishi.

The following female narcissist quotes will make everything clearer:

  • “Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband’s. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn’t have bothered anyone, but as is so often the case with such women, she suffered from an incurable case of pretentiousness. Lacking any internalized values of her own, such people can arrive at a standpoint only by adopting other people’s standards or views. The only principle that governs their minds is the question “How do I look?”― Haruki Murakami
  • “White feminist narcissism has no truck with the idea that we are anything but victims.” ― Alison Phipps.
  • “Don’t confuse between self-love and narcissism. Self- love is making yourself your number one priority, but narcissism is started enforcing that priority over others. First one is healthy; the second one is not. First one is for your mental healthiness and well-being while the second one is to mess up with other peoples’ peace of mind to serve your own needs.” ― Gracia Hunter.

Manipulative narcissist quotes

One thing which is very common in narcissists is that they are manipulative. They will make you feel bad about yourself by saying things that are not even true but are tactical in exploiting your weak points. That’s who they are. Here are some manipulative narcissist quotes for you:

  • Narcissists don’t change because they don’t want to change. They want to keep on using and abusing because it gets them the attention they so desperately crave. ~Anne McCrea
  • Narcissists are masters of pathologizing your emotions. They convince you that your emotional reactions to the abuse are the problem, rather than the abuse itself. ~Shahida Arabi
  • “Since narcissists deep down feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world, they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault.” – M. Scott Peck.
  • “Relationship with a narcissist in a nutshell: You will go from being the perfect love of their life to nothing you do is ever good enough. You will give everything, and they will take it all and give you less and less in return. You will end up depleted, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and probably financially, and then get blamed for it.” – Bree Bonchay.
  • “Realize that narcissists have an addiction disorder. They are strongly addicted to feeling significant. Like any addict, they will do whatever it takes to get this feeling often. That is why they are manipulative and future fakers. They promise change, but can’t deliver if it interferes with their addiction. That is why they secure back up supply.” – Shannon L. Alder.

The following manipulative narcissist quotes will make you understand their real nature:

  • “There is simply no winning with a narcissist. He will treat you so horribly that you will become withdrawn and depressed and then he will turn around and say, ‘You’re no fun anymore, you’re always so depressed. I need to be with someone more positive.’” — Susan Williams
  • “The narcissist is like a bucket with a hole in the bottom: No matter how much you put in, you can never fill it up. The phrase “I never feel like I am enough” is the mantra of the person in the narcissistic relationship. That’s because of your narcissistic partner; you are not. No one is. Nothing is.” ― Dr Ramani Durvasula
  • “Playing the victim role: Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behaviour in order to gain pity, sympathy or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering, and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation.” ― George K. Simon Jr.
  • “A healthy relationship will never require you to sacrifice your friends, your dream, or your dignity.”

Lying narcissist quotes

Lying is unacceptable, no matter what. But  it is in  the nature of narcissism, they will exaggerate everything just to get your attention. They will try to pretend to be a person who they actually are not. Moreover, they will tell you false information  about what people think of you just to make you feel bad. Here are some Lying narcissist quotes for you to understand:

  • “Even though friends say they are interested in your life, they never really want to talk about you as much as you want them to.” ― Charise Mericle Harper.
  • “Narcissists would rather lie and humiliate you than to admit that they were in the wrong.” ― Mitta Xinindlu.
  • “A false image is, of course, a work of art, an idol. And a lie. A narcissist identifies with this image, not his true inner self. So, all he cares about is his image, not what kind of person he really is. Indeed, the latter has no real existence in his world. In identifying with his image, he’s identifying with an ephemeral figment that has but virtual reality, a purely immanent existence as a reflection in the attention shone on him by others. No attention, no image. No image, no self!” ― Kathy Krajco

The following are my most favourite Lying narcissist quotes:

  • “The worst lies were the lies I told myself about the lies others told me.” ― Alice Little.
  • “But that’s the thing about narcissists. They can try to fool you, with all their heart, but in the end, they’re just fooling themselves.” ― Ellie Fox.
  • “By aggrandizing one’s own abilities and achievements, the grandiose person remains out of touch with who they truly are and as such, remains prone to crossing the boundaries of others.” ― Steven Franssen.
  • “There’s a reason narcissists don’t learn from mistakes, and that’s because they never get past the first step which is admitting that they made one.” — Jeffrey Kluger.
  • “You might as well bang your head into a brick wall if you expect the narcissist to be reasonable, empathetic or human in any way. If you sense or witness any of these traits, there is an ulterior motive. When the narcissist is being nice, it’s because they have something to gain.” — Tina Swithin

Arguing with a narcissist quotes

Arguing with a narcissist is just like hitting your head against a brick wall. No matter what you try to do, you are not going to win. So the best case is you need to avoid them. Here are some arguing with narcissist quotes  for you:

  • “But both the narcissist and his partner do not really consider each other. Trapped in the moves of an all-consuming dance macabre, they follow the motions morbidly – semiconscious, desensitized, exhausted, and concerned only with survival.”― Sam Vaknin, Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited.
  • “Many victims of narcissistic abuse are hypersensitive. They don’t want to be told by others that they wrong when they fight with their narcissist. They see it as standing up for themselves when in reality, it is perpetuating what the narcissist wants- drama and a reaction.” ― Shannon L. Alder, The Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Bible.
  • “No one wants to depend on people who brag about their help. It is hurtful.” ― Mitta Xinindlu.
  • “Narcissistic abuse is not just that someone dumped you or who you had a little tiff with them. NA is psychological abuse and brainwashing using intermittent reward and punishment, coercive control and withholding normal empathetic, emotional reactions to lower your self-esteem.” ― Alice Little, Narcissistic Abuse Truths.
  • “When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.” — Brené Brown.

The following are some of my most favourite arguing with narcissist quotes:

  • “There is simply no winning with a narcissist. He will treat you so horribly that you will become withdrawn and depressed and then he will turn around and say, ‘You’re no fun anymore, you’re always so depressed. I need to be with someone more positive.’” — Susan Williams
  • “Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference.” — Mason Cooley.
  • “Narcissists withhold affection to punish you. Withhold attention to get revenge. And withhold an emotional, empathetic response to make you feel insecure.” ― Alice Little.
  • “If you want to go from being adored to devalued in the blink of an eye, simply insult the narcissist.” — Tigress Luv.
  • “Just because someone desires you does not mean that they value you.”

Karma narcissist quote

No matter what you do, you have to face it one day; this is law of nature. If you do good, you will have good; if you have done bad, you will face the bad eventually. So a narcissist will also reap what they sow. Here are some karma narcissist quotes for you:

  • The meaning of karma is in the intention. The intentions behind actions is what matters. Those who are only motivated by the desire for the fruits of actions are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do – Bhagwat Geeta.
  • “The best karma a narcissist can receive is actually the weight of your indifference and success after you leave them.” — Shahida Arabi.
  • “Invalidation is about dismissing your experiences, thoughts and above all your emotions. Indeed the intention is to not even allow you to have those thoughts, experiences and emotions. It’s a way of invading your head and reprogramming it. It’s psychological abuse (messing with your thoughts) and emotional abuse (messing with your feelings).” – Danu Morrigan.
  • “Intuition – once you have had a narcissist in your life, you must develop your intuition and learn to listen to it and act accordingly.” – Tracy Malon.
  • “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.’” – Joel Osteen
  • “When someone treats you like crap, just remember it’s because there’s something wrong with them, not you. Normal people don’t go around destroying other people’s lives.”

The following karma narcissist quotes will make you believe in karma if you are not a believer:

  • “Breakups hurt, but losing someone who doesn’t appreciate you is actually a gain, not a loss.”
  • “I believe in Karma. If the good is sown, the good is collected. When positive things are made, that returns well.”- Yannick Noah.
  • “Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life; I don’t care who you are. What goes around, comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later, the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.”- Jessica Brody.
  • “No one can escape karma. Two events which may, at first, seem disconnected can be karmically connected. After all, karma works on a spiritual level which may manifest itself physically in a myriad of seemingly unrelated ways.”― Charbel Tadros.
  • “Stop blaming others for the pains and sufferings you have. They are because of you, your karma, and your own disposition.”― Girdhar Joshi.
  • “Things don’t just happen in this world of arising and passing away. We don’t live in some kind of crazy, accidental universe. Things happen according to certain laws, laws of nature. Laws such as the law of karma, which teaches us that as a certain seed gets planted, so will that fruit be.” – Sharon Salzberg
  • “A narcissist paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark will come to light. Time has a way of showing people’s true colours.” – Karla Grimes.

Narcissist quotes funny

It is always good to add a pinch of comedy to soften the situation. Here are some narcissist quotes funny for you to enjoy:

  • “There’s nothing more narcissistic than being sure that you are built in the image of an all-powerful Creator-God, and that same God answers your prayers, knows your name, and has a personal relationship with you.” David G. McAfee
  • “Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.” W.H. Auden
  • “Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference.” Mason Cooley
  • “The paradox about narcissism is that we all have this streak of egotism. Eighty per cent of people think they’re better than average.” Mark Leary
  • “Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.” Sigmund Freud
  • “Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.” Todd Solondz
  • “I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it… It is an unrequited self-love.” Emily Levine
  • “Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love.” Mason Cooley
  • “It is especially painful when narcissists suffer memory loss because they are losing parts of the person they love most.” David Brooks

Here are some of my most favourite narcissist quotes funny for you:

  • “For the most part, people are not curious except about themselves.” John Steinbeck
  • “The narcissist devours people, consumes their output, and casts the empty, writhing shells aside.” Sam Vaknin
  • “No one has probably helped me more with my narcissism than my dog.” Tucker Max
  • “A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.” Gore Vidal
  • “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.” Elizabeth Bowen
  • “It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one’s own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.” George Eliot
  • “I don’t care what you think unless it is about me.” Kurt Cobain
  • “There is a difference between supporting someone and feeding someone’s narcissism. One supports, and the other is not.” Fathom
  • “Loving yourself and being in love with yourself are two entirely different things. Differentiate.” Fathom


In this article “Narcissist quotes” I have tried my best to share most inspirational quotes with you. Hope so you will find them helpful. If you are dealing with a narcissist and need support have a free consultation today BOOK A FREE CONSULTATION.

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