Boundaries are necessary. They’re the back bone of all healthy relationships. That doesn’t mean they come easily, though. For many of us, setting boundaries feels uncomfortable. We feel guilty and scared when we assert our needs.
I put together these inspirational quotes about boundaries to help you when you’re struggling. I hope they remind you of why you’re working so hard to take care of yourself and your relationships and that setting boundaries is a good thing for everyone.
We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming or cruel when we speak our truths. ― Melody Beattie
When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. – Brene Brown
You get what you tolerate. – Henry Cloud
Much of the time, the things we feel guilty about are not our issues. Another person behaves inappropriately or in some way violates our boundaries. We challenge the behavior, and the person gets angry and defensive. Then we feel guilty. – Melody Beattie
Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do. – Rachel Wolchin
Boundaries are a part of self-care. They are healthy, normal, and necessary.”
The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say ‘No’ to almost everything. ― Warren Buffett
Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment. ― Brené Brown
Setting boundaries is a way of caring for myself. It doesn’t make me mean, selfish, or uncaring (just) because I don’t do things your way. I care about me, too. ― Christine Morgan
No is a complete sentence. – Anne Lamont
Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility for gives me freedom. – Henry Cloud
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others. – Brené Brown
Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress. – Melody Beattie
Your personal boundaries protect the inner core of your identity and your right to choices.
― Gerard Manley Hopkins
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