People pleasing can be such an exhausting experience! While you can get a momentary high while receiving validation from others, it can be challenging to feel good about yourself without it. That’s why I found 25 inspiring quotes – to help you break free from people pleasing habits!

Do you spend a lot of time trying to please others, go out of your own way to ensure everyone is taken care of, often at the expense of yourself?

Do you feel worried getting a negative response when you say no or contradicts, so you agree to everything to avoid rocking the boat at all cost?

There’s a reason why flight attendants tell you to put an oxygen mask first before helping others. While serving others is great, you won’t be able to do it well if your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing are not looked after.

Quotes for People Pleasers

Here are 25 quotes related to people pleasing that I find inspiring.

“When you say yes, make sure you’re not saying no to yourself.” – Paul Coelho

“There’s something very addictive about people pleasing. It is a thought pattern and a habit that feels really, really good until it becomes desperate.” – Anne Hathaway

“Our yes has no meaning if we never say no.” – Henry Cloud

“Care about what other people think, and you’ll always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu

“The greatest gift you can give yourself is letting go of other people’s expectations for your life.” – Rachel Hollis

“Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do.” – Irma Kurtz

“Boundaries are your responsibility. You decide what is and isn’t allowed in your life.” – Brittney Moses

“If you don’t take control over your time and your life, other people will gobble it up. If you don’t prioritize yourself, you constantly start falling lower and lower on your list.” – Michelle Obama

You are enough

“Self care is giving the world the best of you, not the rest of you.” – Katie Reed

“Don’t be afraid of losing people. Be afraid of losing yourself by trying to please everyone around you.” – Unknown

“I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” – Ed Sheeran

“No matter how hard you try, you can never please everyone. Follow your heart, make the most of every day, and be proud of who you are.” – John Cena

“It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” – Byron Katie

“If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?” – Boonnaa Mohammed

“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” – Paul Coelho

“Don’t be a people pleaser, be a self pleaser, it’s not ego. It’s called self respect.” – Preeta Gupta

“If you want to live a life full of purpose, you need to start saying no. It might not make people happy, but it will be freeing to know you are not responsible for everyone’s happiness.” – Unknown

“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.” – Abraham Hicks

No is a complete sentence. It does not require justification or explanation.” – Unknown

“Do what you feel in your heart will be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s Safe to Be Yourself

No might make them angry, but it will make you free. If no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger.” – Nayyirah Waheed

“Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” – Unknown

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

“Sometimes you don’t realize you are actually drowning when you are trying to be everyone else’s anchor.” – Unknown

“The surest way to lose your self-worth is by trying to find it through the eyes of others.” – Becca Lee

Which was your favorite quote for people pleasing?

It is beautiful to be a giving, caring person, but it is also important to honour and tend to your own needs. It doesn’t make you selfish, it only makes you realize your own worth.

Tell me, what is your story? How do you set up a healthy personal boundaries?