69 Narcissism Quotes To Understand Narcissistic Behaviours

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Narcissism is a term that has garnered much attention in both psychological circles and everyday conversation. While it often carries a negative connotation, it is a complex trait that can manifest in many different ways. Quotes about narcissism can shed light on the experiences of those who have encountered it and offer insights into the minds of those who possess narcissistic traits. Here are Narcissism quotes to help you survive and deal with a Narcissist. 

Famous Quotes About Narcissism

01. “Narcissism is the art of looking in the mirror and beholding a masterpiece.” – Unknown

02. “The narcissist devours people, consumes their output, and casts the empty, writhing shells aside.” – Sam Vaknin

03. “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them.” – T.S. Eliot

04. “Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life on his terms.” – Elizabeth Bowen

05. “Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders, one of a group that includes antisocial, dependent, and borderline personalities.” – Jeffrey Kluger

06. “Underneath the so-called narcissistic personality is definitely shame and the paralyzing fear of being ordinary.” – Brené Brown

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

08. “Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.” – Todd Solondz

09. “The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.” – Douglas Engelbart

10. “The ‘I’ is the ego. The ego is one big fat narcissist.” – Ram Dass

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Funny Quotes About Narcissism

01. “I don’t care what you think unless it is about me.” – Kurt Cobain

02. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – Sigmund Freud (attributed)

03. “Narcissist: someone better looking than you are.” – Gore Vidal

04. “A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.” – Gore Vidal

05. “I am so modest I can admit my own faults and my only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.” – Muhammad Ali

06. “Narcissism is the art of seeing in mirrors the absence of flaws.” – Mason Cooley

07. “My dear, narcissism is just the highfalutin word for self-esteem.” – Martha Stout

08. “The only thing I’ll ever ask of you: You gotta promise not to stop when I say when.” – Foo Fighters

09. “The selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, ‘Hello, this is me.'” – James Franco

10. “Narcissus wept to find that his Image did not return his love.” – Mason Cooley

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Quotes About Conversational Narcissism

01. “Conversational narcissism is the key manifestation of the dominant attention-getting psychology in America.” – Charles Derber

02. “The conversational narcissist will often respond to your stories with one-upping stories of their own, not to connect, but to dominate.” – Unknown

03. “In the land of ‘I talk, therefore I am,’ conversational narcissists reign supreme.” – Unknown

04. “The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

05. “The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.” – Fran Lebowitz

06. “Every good conversation starts with good listening.” – Unknown

07. “The narcissist enjoys talking about himself, but also enjoys being listened to and admired.” – Sam Vaknin

08. “Conversational narcissism often leads to a shift-response pattern in discussions, where the focus is constantly shifted back to the narcissist.” – Unknown

09. “Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.” – Dean Jackson

10. “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” – David Augsburger

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Quotes on the Impact of Narcissism

01. “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.” – Rumi

02. “Narcissism is a grave condition of insecurity and desperately feeling unloved and unacceptable.” – Robin S. Rosenberg

03. “Narcissism isn’t about love at all, but an extreme fear of personal inadequacy.” – Rebecca Webber

04. “Narcissism is voluntary blindness, an agreement not to look beneath the surface.” – Sam Keen

05. “The paradox about narcissism is that we all have this streak of egotism. Eighty percent of people think they’re better than average.” – Mark R. Leary

06. “Narcissistic people are always struggling with the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around them.” – Unknown

07. “Unlike self-confidence, which leads to competence, narcissism is when self-regard ends up harming oneself or others.” – Jeffrey Kluger

08. “The higher the building, the lower the morals.” – Noel Coward

09. “When you starve the beast, the beast usually dies.” – John Bradshaw

10. “Narcissists try to destroy your life with lies because theirs can be destroyed with the truth.” – Unknown

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Quotes About Narcissism in Relationships

01. “In a relationship with a narcissist? Get out of it as soon as you can. Your future self will thank you.” – Unknown

02. “Relationships with narcissists are held in place by the hope of a ‘someday better,’ with little evidence to support it will ever arrive.” – Dr. Ramani Durvasula

03. “Narcissists are great con artists. After all, they succeed in deluding themselves!” – Unknown

04. “Love doesn’t die a natural death. It is killed by ego and narcissism.” – Unknown

05. “Toxic relationships are like good pasta that’s been overcooked.” – Asa Don Brown

06. “Each time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

07. “Narcissists are like leeches, sucking the life out of relationships for their own ends.” – Unknown

08. “Never forget that walking away from something unhealthy is brave, even if you stumble a little on your way out the door.” – Unknown

09. “Staying in a hopeless relationship does not make you ‘loyal.’ It just makes you ‘loyal’ to your need for punishment.” – Unknown

10. “The only way to win with a toxic person is not to play.” – Unknown

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Quotes About Overcoming Narcissism

01. “Overcoming narcissism is usually an exercise in developing empathy for others.” – Unknown

02. “Self-awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering your life. Where you focus your attention, your emotions, reactions, personality and behavior determine where you go in life.” – Unknown

03. “To escape the grip of a narcissist, you must be willing to give up the desire to wield power over them.” – Unknown

04. “The journey of self-discovery does not follow a straight line; it is a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper and deeper truths.” – Unknown

05. “Overcoming narcissism can be seen as a journey of healing one’s soul and discovering the empathy that was always buried within.” – Unknown

06. “True self-improvement is not the silencing of the ego, but the educating of it to align with one’s true values.” – Unknown

07. “The road to overcoming narcissism is paved with the bricks of humility, self-reflection, and the desire to change.” – Unknown

08. “Overcoming narcissism is a battle that is fought on the battleground of one’s own heart and mind.” – Unknown

09. “Healing from narcissism involves recognizing the wounds that drive the behavior, not just the behavior itself.” – Unknown

10. “Overcoming narcissism requires the strength to face one’s shadows and the wisdom to nurture one’s light.” – Unknown

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Quotes About Surviving Narcissism

01. “Surviving narcissism involves taking back the pen and rewriting your own story.” – Anonymous

02. “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lamott

03. “The moment you start questioning their behavior is the moment you start to see the cracks in their perfect facade.” – Anonymous

Quotes on the Dangers of Narcissism

01. “Narcissism is a grave condition of insecurity and desperately feeling unloved and unacceptable.” – Dr. Phil

02. “Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference.” – Mason Cooley

03. “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.” – Rumi

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Empowering Quotes for Those Dealing with Narcissists

01. “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” – Anonymous

02. “Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.” – Anonymous

03. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung


The journey through and beyond the realm of narcissism is fraught with challenges, but it is also paved with wisdom and empowerment. Let the above narcissistic quotes inspire you and help you survive a Narcissistic partner.

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