80 Boundaries Quotes to Help You Live the Life You Actually Want

Establishing limits is often challenging but it's also vital to have a healthy, happy and self-loving existence.

Because saying no a little more frequently can lessen your stress and free up time for what means the most to you.

And letting others know where your limits are can assist you to develop healthy relationships and not allow them become imbalanced or a place where resentment or other bad sentiments start to sneak in.

Additionally, creating limits for yourself and for what you accept of yourself at work, in your relationships and in how you treat yourself can make a tremendous difference for your self-esteem and your quality of life.

Therefore in today’s article I’d like to assist you with all of that by providing 80 of the most beneficial limits quotes.

And if you want even more self-loving and uplifting inspiration then check out this article with quotations about being proud of yourself and also this one loaded with you are deserving quotes.

Inspiring Boundaries Quotes

“Your personal limits preserve the deep core of your identity and your right to choices.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Healthy boundaries are not barriers. These are gates and fences that enable you to appreciate the beauty of your own garden.”

Lydia Hall

“No is a whole sentence.”

Anne Lamont

“You may be a nice person with a compassionate heart and yet say no to people.”

Tracy A. Malone

“Honoring your own limits is the clearest message to others to respect them, too.”

Gina Greenlee

“If your boundary training consists just of words, you are wasting your breath. But if you ‘do' limits with your kids, they absorb the experiences, remember them, process them, and make them part of how they view reality.”

Henry Cloud

“Do not defend, apologize for, or rationalize the healthy boundary you are placing. Do not argue. Just establish the limit quietly, firmly, clearly, and respectfully.”

Crystal Andrus

“Boundaries are, in plain words, the acknowledgement of personal space.”

Asa Don Brown

“Love yourself enough to establish limits. Your time and efforts are valuable. You get to pick how to utilize it. You educate others how to treat you by determining what you will and won't accept.”

Anna Taylor

“I swear to God, the second I learned how to say ‘no,' I thought it was the finest anti-aging I could do for myself.”

Gabrielle Union

“Let today represent a fresh beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say no without feeling guilty, cruel, or selfish. Someone who gets irritated and/or expects you to say yes all of the time certainly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say no without having to justify yourself. Be at ease with your decisions.”

Stephanie Lahart

“Whenever you feel forced to put others first at the cost of yourself, you are ignoring your own truth, your own identity.”

David Stafford

“In order to flourish and be successful, you have to be able to establish boundaries.”

Oprah Winfrey

“To develop self-respect, you need to put yourself first.”

Lorii Myers

“Boundary setting lets you prioritize your needs above other people's wants.”

Lauren Kenson

Insightful Limits Quotes

“We alter our behavior when the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the anguish of changing. Consequences offer us the suffering that inspires us to change.”

Henry Cloud

“You best educate people about appropriate boundaries by enforcing yours.”

Bryant McGill

“Healthy boundaries are vital, but you may be erecting a brick wall when a picket fence would do.”

Amy Dickinson

“Walls keep people out. Limits educate children where the door is.”

Mark Groves

“The toughest thing of creating boundaries with individuals, no matter who they are, is not feeling confidence in our power to do so. As long as you know that creating boundaries is vital for good relationships, you will feel comfortable defining and maintaining them.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley

“Boundaries safeguard the things that are of worth to you. They keep you in harmony with what you have determined you want in life. It implies the secret to good boundaries is understanding what you want.”

Adelyn Birch

“If you do not respect your own desires, no one else will. You will just attract individuals who insult you as much as you do.”

Vironika Tugaleva

“If you spend your life protecting people's emotions and feeding their vanity, you get so you can't identify what should be valued in them.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Poisonous interactions impair your eyesight. I spent a lot of time setting my own limits and justifying disrespect when it would have been so much simpler (and a lot less painful) to just modify my life to their absence.”

Steve Maraboli

“People who transgress your boundaries are thieves. They take time that doesn’t belong to them.”

Elizabeth Grace Saunders

“The difference between successful people and truly successful people is that really successful people say ‘No' to practically everything.”

Warren Buffett

“Boundaries are simpler to maintain when your values are well-defined.”

Joe Jordan

“The only people who get unhappy about you establishing limits are the ones who were profiting from you having none.”


“Know what matters most to you and be reluctant to sacrifice those objectives at nearly any price.”

Frank Sonnenberg

“Much of the time, the things we feel terrible about are not our concerns. Another individual acts badly or in some manner breaches our limits. We confront the conduct, and the individual becomes furious and defensive. Then we feel guilty.”

Melody Beattie

“The more serious the dysfunction you had growing up, the more challenging limits are for you.”

David W. Earle

“Don't sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there's nothing more you can offer, and nobody will care about you.”

Karl Lagerfeld

“Having healthy boundaries not only demands being able to say “no”, but also being ready and able to enforce that “no” when necessary.”

Jessica Moore

“If you want to live an honest, meaningful life, you need to master the skill of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting sentiments, and coping with the truth that some people simply won't like you. It may not be simple, but it's vital if you want your life to represent your innermost ambitions, beliefs, and needs.”

Cheryl Richardson

Self-Loving Limits Quotes

“Daring to create boundaries is about having the strength to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.”

Brené Brown

“When you create personal boundaries you do it to safeguard your time, your emotions and yourself and free up more room for what genuinely supports you.”


“Power for me is ‘no.’ That’s when you know your worth, when you recognize your value. And that’s power for me.”

Taraji P. Henson

“Setting limits in a relationship suggests your effort to maintain the connection in a healthy manner. It's not an effort to injure the other person.”


“Setting limits is a method of caring for myself. That doesn't make me cruel, selfish, or uncaring simply because I don't do things your way. I care for myself, too.”

Christine Morgan

“Saying NO might be the most powerful word if you deal with codependency, violent relationships or poor self-esteem.”


“If you have to beg to be treated correctly, you are among the wrong people. On the other hand, if you allow this conduct to get into the relationship from the start, it may and will persist, and will be extremely tough to alter up afterwards. Establish your limits sooner than later.”

Christine E. Szymanski

“It is important, and even crucial, to establish standards for your life and the people you let in it.”

Mandy Hale

“Boundaries define us. They determine what is me and what is not me. A border tells me where I finish and someone else starts, leading me to a feeling of ownership. Understanding what I am to own and accept responsible for offers me freedom.”

Henry Cloud

“As you get older, you will learn that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

Maya Angelou

“One of the biggest regrets in life is becoming what others would like you to be, rather than being yourself.”

Shannon L. Alder

“When I liked myself enough, I started abandoning whatever wasn't healthy. This included people, occupations, my own ideas and habits — everything that kept me tiny. My judgement labeled it disloyal. Today I view it as self-loving.”

Kim McMillen

“No border or barrier surrounds the heart of a person that loves their self and others.”

Shannon L. Alder

Quotes About Boundaries for Self-Care

“Families living in dysfunction rarely have healthy boundaries. Dysfunctional families have problems identifying where they end and others begin.”

David W. Earle

“If you sense “burnout” creeping in, if you feel disheartened and fatigued, it is advisable, for the benefit of everyone, to retreat and replenish yourself.”

Dalai Lama

“People that breach or cross your limits by being harsh, inconsiderate, thoughtless, abusive, impolite or disrespectful should not be a part of your life. You deserve love, decency and respect. Individuals who voluntarily and consciously breach boundaries have mental disorders that need to be dealt with.”


“Boundaries were important for a good partnership. Most partnerships aborted at the boundary setting period. Not because people demanded what they needed. But since they didn't, they felt bitter about it.”

Karen Marie Moning

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, be sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”

Paulo Coelho

“I realize it is sometimes tricky to establish limits. But you need to do it because a lack of boundaries promotes lack of respect and it will set you up for bad relationships and job settings. And it may have a tremendous influence on your mental health.”


“Every time I have to create a limit, it worries me out. But I do it for the same reason I've been making blanket forts since I was a tiny child. To establish a secure environment for myself.”

Nanea Hoffman

“Boundaries are an aspect of self-care. They are healthy, natural, and necessary.”

Doreen Virtue

“When you regain or find something that feeds your spirit and offers pleasure, care enough about yourself to create place for it in your life.”

Jean Shinoda Bolen

“I’m pretty clear about my boundaries…

I hope I do encourage other women to create healthier limits for themselves.”

Amy Schumer

“Every woman who ultimately discovered out her value has picked up her luggage of pride and boarded a trip to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”

Shannon L. Alder

Short Limits Quotes

“When we fail to create boundaries and keep individuals responsible, we feel exploited and mistreated.”

Brené Brown

“Boundaries signify awareness, understanding what the limitations are and then honoring those boundaries.”

David W. Earle

“Whatever you are ready to put up with is precisely what you will get.”


“Givers need to establish limitations since takers seldom do.”

Rachel Wolchin

“No one will listen to us unless we listen to ourselves.”

Marianne Williamson

“You are not too kind. You are simply too terrified to say no and respect your boundaries.”

Xavier Dagba

“You’re not responsible for people's emotions and constantly making them feel good. Sometimes you have say no for your own sake.”


“Set and enforce your own boundaries.”

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“To me, self-care does not mean going to the spa. It's learning to say no.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

“Speak in your own voice about the things that matter to you.”

Marty Rubin

“Setting emotional boundaries stops individuals from manipulating you, exploiting you, and toying with your feelings.”

Remez Sasson

“Individuals create boundaries to feel protected, respected, and heard.”

Pamela Cummins

“Being able to say “No” is a crucial part in a healthy lifestyle.”

David W. Earle

“If someone throws a fuss because you establish limits, it's only more indication the barrier is needed.”


“If you’re insulted by my limits, then you’re probably one of the reasons I need them.”

Steve Maraboli

“There are reasons to create limits for yourself, but there are also reasons to leave doors open.”

Ashley Graham

“Do what you believe in your heart to be right - because you’ll be ridiculed anyway.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“You receive what you tolerate.”

Henry Cloud

“Boundaries exist to defend life, not to restrict pleasures.”

Edwin Louis Cole

“It’s only through saying no that you can focus on the things that are actually important.”

Steve Jobs

“Each time you create a healthy limit, you say ‘yes' to additional freedom.”

Nancy Levin

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