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  • Writer's picture Zalman Nelson - Therapist

People Pleasing Quotes

Updated: Dec 24, 2023

people pleasing quotes

A people pleaser is someone whose extremely low self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth make them desperate for the validation and acceptance of others. It's one of the symptoms that a person needs to heal emotionally.

By using emotional triggers, they can connect more with their Inner Child, and as they notice, contemplate, and work with those very feelings, they begin to build up their own sense of worth, value, and esteem. They become a source of validation, making them less codependent on others for validation – the very cause of their people-pleasing.

People Pleasing Quotes

Very often, a good quote can become a powerful mantra that we remember and keep in mind. And think about it throughout the day as we need inspiration. Here are some people pleasing quotes to help and support you as you work on your emotional validation.

  • Note to self: "You cannot be everything to everyone."

  • Someone else's thoughts and desires do not require a change in your own beliefs or another item on your to-do list.

  • Stop asking why they keep doing it and start asking why you keep allowing it.

  • You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.

  • "No" is a complete sentence. It does not require justification or explanation.

  • I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. (Ed Sheeran)

  • If you live for people's acceptance, you will die from their rejection. (Lecrae Moore)

  • Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. (Lao Tzu)

  • When you say yes to others, make sure you aren’t saying no to yourself. (Paulo Coehlo)

  • The deepest pain I ever felt was denying my own feelings to make everyone else comfortable.” (Nicole Lyons)

  • You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

  • As you learn to emotionally validate yourself, and connect to and support your Inner Child, you take your desperate emotional validation seeking off the table. It's then that you're freed of emotional over-reactivity, and for the first time, truly able to tune into others. (Zalman Nelson)

Which quote is your favorite? Why?

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