105 Best Distancing Yourself Quotes

There’s no harm in distancing yourself from people who bring you down. It’ll make your life easier in the end. Some of the most common ways are by not talking to them, avoiding them, or staying away from them. The best way to distance yourself is to come up with your own plan and stick to it. Here is some distancing yourself quotes to help you get started.

Best Distancing Yourself Quotes

1. “All I had done for five years was work 18 hours a day all over the world. I needed to step back and distance myself from it.” — David Cassidy

2. “Employing women as my primary protagonists has allowed me to step outside of myself, to distance myself from my own personality, far more easily than were I to look at events from a masculine perspective.” — Tom Robbins

3. “I wanted to distance myself from those pasty faced corpses in suits I saw in airline magazine ads. If I was going to become a businessman, I was going to do it on my own terms.” — Yvon Chouinard

4. “Always thought of myself as a loving person. But she was right. I had been a fair-weather friend. As long as she was happy and nice, I loved back. But if she was unhappy or upset, I would feel blamed and then argue or distance myself.” — John Gray

5. “We meet. We always meet, somehow we’re always thrown together, no matter where I go, no matter how I try to distance myself from you. It never matters. You always find me.” — Lauren Kate

6. “Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.” — John Spence

7. “When you practice reporting for as long as I have, you keep yourself at a distance from True Believers. Either conservatives or liberals or Democrats or Republicans.” — Bob Woodward

8. “Paris is like a whore. From a distance she seems ravishing, you can’t wait until you have her in your arms. And five minutes later you feel empty, disgusted with yourself. You feel tricked.” — Henry Miller

9. “Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand.” — Ziad K. Abdelnour

10. “Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.” — Marwa Rakha

11. “The scariest thing about distance is that you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget you.” — Nicholas Sparks

12. “Don’t be afraid to distance yourself from the people who always hurt you… So you can find people who makes you happy.” — Unknown

13. “It’s better to be yourself and have no friends than to be your friends and have no self.” — Unknown

14. “I don’t want to be creating new foreign policy for – for my country or in any way to distance myself in the foreign policy of – of our nation, but we respect the right of a nation to defend itself.” — Mitt Romney

15. “It’s important to keep up with technology, to constantly move with it. Striving to do so keeps me alert and creates a sense of fluidity but at the same time I like to distance myself from it. It’s key for my process to try and remain outside the bubble.” — Marc Forster

16. “sad things are beautiful only from a distance therefore you just want to get away from them from a distance of one hundred and thirty years ….i’m going to distance myself until the world is beautiful.” — Tao Lin

17. “As much as I love and respect my brother, Im doing my best to distance myself from him and kind of show people that, even though we do look similar and have similar mannerisms, we are completely different.” — Dave Franco

18. “During long, slow distance training, you should think of yourself as a thoroughbred disguised as a plow horse. No need to give yourself away by running fast.” — Marty Liquori

19. “I think transitions are never that noticeable, but they are always on their way. It has to do with distance and accessibility. People call it mellowing, but I think it’s how available you are toward other people, or how much you distance yourself.” — Paul Newman

20. “Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.” — Margaret Atwood

21. “Distance yourself from negative people who try to lower your motivation and decrease your ambition. Create space for positive people to come into your life. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.” — Roy Bennett

22. “To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment.” — Sam Snead

23. “Distance never seperates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad cuz I miss you I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss.” — Henri Nouwen

24. “I have come to realize that without silence words lose their meaning, without listening speaking doesn’t heal anymore, and without distance, closeness cannot cure.” — Unknown

25. “Distance yourself from the personal attacks and all the dramas designed to cause trouble. Your level will drop and there’ll be more time to spend with real friends.” — Unknown

26. “Unfortunately, Trump has showed hateful inclinations toward many, many groups. Many groups. The most obvious: undocumented immigrants and Muslims. His comments that I’ve seen that he’s made about Jewish people, about black people – they’re all very troubling to me – even though he sort of said, “Oh, I distance myself from hate and don’t do any of this hating stuff.” — Barbara Boxer

27. “Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own.” — Oprah Winfrey

28. “If you tell yourself there is a path you need to travel, that it will take time to get where you want to go-that there is a distance between you and the fully realized state-then the path can become a way of holding liberation at arm’s length.” — Jan Frazier

29. “The long-distance run of an early morning makes me think that every run like this is a life- a little life, I know- but a life as full of misery and happiness and things happening as you can ever get really around yourself.” — Alan Sillitoe

30. “Be sure to find a way every day to rock your own world and to pat yourself on the back, the front, or whatever distance you can reach. In all probability ‘nobody does it better’ and self-appreciation is a serious key to self-success.” — Kathy Golden

31. “I’ve had to realize I need to distance myself a bit from relying on the feedback. I think it’s wonderful but can also be poison. You don’t want to buy into it too much.” — Matt McGorry

32. “Memories seem to surface in no particular order, with no time attached. Yesterday can seem as distant as last year. My life now consists of fragments where some are so blinding in their intensity that they make everything else indistinguishable. It feels as if my existence was extinguished in a flash, and afterwards my universe became incomprehensible. I want to remember everything. But perhaps I need to give it more time. Allow myself some rest. Distance myself a little, to see if I can make out a pattern. And face the truth about what is really there.” — Linda Olsson

33. “I maintain my sanity by simply keeping my distance.” — Unknown

34. “Sometimes it’s best to love people from a distance and give them time and space to get their minds right before allowing them back into your life.” — Unknown

35. “Please stop assuming I’m mad at you or that we’re not cool. I just got tired of all the vibes you were giving off and decided to distance myself.” — Unknown

36. “I am the drying meadow; you the unspoken apology; he is the fluctuating distance between mother and son; she is the first gesture that creates a quiet that is full enough to make the baby sleep.

My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope; make yourself a structure you can live inside.

Amen.” — Aimee Bender

37. “You never give such relationships a thought, To give a thought, to take a thought is a function of dissociation, distance. You can’t exercise memory until you’ve removed yourself from memory’s source.” — Joyce Carol Oates

38. “Become simple and live simply, not only within yourself but also in your everyday dealings. Don’t make ripples all around you, don’t try to be interesting, keep your distance, be honest, fight the desire to be thought fascinating by the outside world.” — Etty Hillesum

39. “The distance between yourself and another person is the same as the distance between yourself and yourself.” — Richard Moss

40. “The devil is like a rabid dog tied to a chain; beyond the length of the chain he cannot seize anyone. And you: keep at a distance. If you approach too near, you let yourself be caught. Remember that the devil has only one door by which to enter the soul: the will.” —  Pio Of Pietrelcina

41. “I don’t think the world of football is so serious. It’s important to have distance about things and about yourself. If we believe we are kings or gods, we become crazy. We all know it’s a game and we all enjoy it together.” — Eric Cantona

42. “There is no need to slander the nimit (one who is instrumental), it is only necessary to distance yourself from that nimit.” — Dada Bhagwan

43. “When you serve your mother and father it is okay to try to correct them once in a while. But if you see that they are not going to listen to you, keep your respect for them and don’t distance yourself from them. Work without complaining.” — Confucius

44. “Try listening to yourself sometime, alone in a transient room in a strange town. The worst is when you draw a blank, and the ash-blonde ghosts of the past carry on long twittering long-distance calls with your inner ear, and there’s no way to hang up.” — Ross Macdonald

45. “Beautiful things happen in your life when you distance yourself from the negative things.” — Zig Ziglar

46. “You can run away from your life and your past, but there’s no way to distance yourself from your own heart.” — Kristin Hannah

47. “12:16 Esteem everyone with the same respect; no one is more important than the other. Associate yourself rather with the lowly than with the lofty. Do not distance yourself from others in your own mind.” — Francois Du Toit

48. “Racing a marathon is a true and simple way to test the human spirit. Whether it goes perfectly or poorly you will certainly learn something about yourself and be a better person for having tackled the distance.” — Blake Russell

49. “But it does no good–solves nothing–to distance myself from the front lines of human need by using the mail as a safe shelter. I believe that serving the best ends of humanity means getting out in the middle of it just as it is, not staying home writing checks and thinking hopeful thoughts. The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are. And you’re damned right that’s idealistic. No apology. When idealism goes into the trash as junk mail, we’re finished.” — Robert Fulghum

50. “I’ve found in the past that the more closely I identify with the heroine, the less completely she emerges as a person. So from the first novel I’ve been learning techniques to distance myself from the characters so that they are not me and I don’t try to protect them in ways that aren’t good for the story.” — Beth Richardson Gutcheon

51. “Nothing makes the earth so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the longitude as well as latitudes.” — Unknown

52. “Quickly distance yourself from people who lie to you, use you, disrespect you, and put you down.” — Unknown

53. “In my desire to distance myself from sadistic Christians who revel in the idea of wrath and punishment, I may have crossed a line. Refusing to teach a passage of Scripture is just as wrong as abusing it.I really believe it’s time for some of us to stop apologizing for God and start apologizing to Him for being embarrassed by the ways He has chosen to reveal Himself.” — Francis Chan

54. “When your partner feels s/he has a secure base to fall back on (and doesn’t feel the need to work hard to get close), and when you don’t feel the need to distance yourself, you’ll both be better able to look outward and do your own thing.” — Amir Levine

55. “But you didn’t need me, did you? You’d already got yourself to safety.

Sometimes, I sleep better knowing you … and Niall …She faltered.

Love you from a safe distance, he finished.

Yes.” — Melissa Marr

56. “Some pain you can distance yourself from, but a headache sits right where you live.” — Mark Lawrence

57. “I used photography to distance myself from a world that I loathed and was powerless to improve.” — Lewis Baltz

58. “When it seemed like I was going to really have to be there at Todd’s [Willingham] execution, I don’t think I could have done it. I think I began to distance myself. I didn’t visit as often; I didn’t write as often. This was kind of after my conversation with [fire science expert] Gerald Hurst. And the [car] accident made sure that I didn’t have to go up there. But I think he and I both shared that.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

59. “No distance of time can lessen the friendship of those who are really persuaded of each other’s worth.” — Unknown

60. “Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” — Gilbert Parker

61. “I suppose,” continued Nate, “it’s not Bertie’s fault that he lacks the physical stature to carry a delicate young woman such as yourself a good distance. I believe he did not care to see you within the folds of my arms which were reluctant to release you, for I thought I would never see you again…” — Margie Bayer

62. “Always keep a good distance between yourself and lying, quarreling, detracting, insulting and gossip. The person who can do that will some day learn to enjoy the silence.” — Thomas A Kempis

63. “Some people think humility is thinking lowly of yourself. Some people think it’s not thinking about yourself. But, to me, the best definition of humility is radical self-awareness from a distance, seeing themselves from a distance and saying, what’s my problem?” — David Brooks

64. “If you distance yourself from reality and just cling to cliches about democracy find yourself a different job than analyzing politics.” — Hany Ghoraba

65. “The key of life symbolizes the map of existence. Once you free yourself from all resistance, your path will become white for the remainder of the distance.” — Suzy Kassem

66. “I’m able to lead my life as well as make a film. My wife and my friends and people around me know that I do tend to distance myself a little bit during the making of a film, but I have to, it’s a natural part of the process for me because you are indulging in the headspace of somebody else, you are investing in the psychology of somebody else and you are becoming somebody else, and so there isn’t enough room for you and that somebody else.” — Guy Pearcev

67. “Distancing yourself from an argument is sometimes the best for of rebuttal.” — Unknown

68. “You have to keep your sanity as well as know how to distance yourself from it while still holding onto the reins tightly. That is a very difficult thing to do, but I’m learning.” — Diahann Carroll

69. “Fame is a weird one. You need to distance yourself from it. People see a value in you that you don’t see yourself.” — Benedict Cumberbatch

70. “In order to avoid sentimentality and to be able to write the screenplay with the kind of humor and irony necessary to keep the story moving, I needed to distance myself as much as I could from the characters, to try to get to a point where I could view them objectively.” — Hirokazu Koreeda

71. “Laughter happens to be the closest distance between two people.” — Unknown

72. “I’m an actor, in particular, that likes to have a mask or something that can help me distance myself from the character. Like the moustache or an accent.” — Corey Stoll

73. “It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.” — Unknown

74. “Be kind to yourself and congratulate yourself for small success.A small step cover a big distance-enjoy the journey of life.” — Andy Andrews

75. “Four types of psychological distance can separate you from your goals: social (between yourself and other people), temporal (between the present and the future), spatial (between your physical location and faraway places), and experiential (between imagining something and experiencing it).” — Unknown

76. “I’ve rarely kept my distance from kind of – I don’t know if we can call it politics, but kind of, civic engagement and that kind of thing, except I tended to think, ‘Well, do it yourself before you start telling other people what they should be doing.” — David Byrne

77. “You can spare yourself discomfort by keeping your distance, by remaining safely aloof, by maintaining what are largely superficial friendships. But if you do, you will deprive yourselves, and others, of one of the greatest opportunities for learning and for personal growth.” — Peter Slevin

78. “Customers must be delicately angled for at a safe distance – show yourself too much, and, like trout, they flashed away.” — Mary Augusta Ward

79. “It’s a treat, being a long-distance runner, out in the world by yourself . . . – Alan Sillitoe, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.”  — John L. Parker Jr

80. “True friends never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.” — Helen Keller

81. “It’s about how you’re like a lighthouse, always searching far into the distance. But the thing you’re looking for is usually close to you and always has been. That’s why you have to look within yourself to find answers instead of searching beyond.” — Susane Colasanti

82. “Get some distance on yourself and undertand the multilevel structure that’s operating. There’s a power structure within you. You’re a very political creature.” — Frederick Lenz

83. “Nowadays the host does not admit you to his hearth, but has got the mason to build one for yourself somewhere in his alley, and hospitality is the art of keeping you at the greatest distance.” — Henry David Thoreau

84. “Sometimes the only way you can get through the deepest pain is to distance yourself.” — Dan Skinner

85. “Even though you distance yourself, you always look out for me,it makes me want to get into more trouble.” — Dahlia L. Summers

86. “No birthday, concert, hangout session, or party can be enjoyed without taking the time to distance yourself from what you are doing to make sure that those in your digital world know instantly how much fun you are having.” — Daniel Goleman

87. “When you reflect, you are able to put an experience into perspective … reflective thinking enables you to distance yourself from the intense emotions of particularly good or bad experiences and see them with fresh eyes.” — John C. Maxwell

88. “The less you obey the Word of God, the more you distance yourself from God in the spiritual realm.” — Sunday Adelaja

89. “To be successful, you have to distance yourself from your fears.” — Abdulazeez Henry Musa

90. “The distance between yourself and others should not be greater than your arm’s length.” — Christophe Agou

91. “You can increase or decrease the distance between yourself and an obvious danger, but the tragicomic thing here is that when you increase this distance, you approach to another danger simply because everywhere is full of dangers, clear or hidden!” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

92. “Don’t go the distance trying to fit in the crowd and be accepted by others. Accept and respect yourself first. Loving thyself also goes with this.” — Elizabeth E. Castillo

93. “I thought it would be interesting to write a song about a lonely person who is scared to see the truth that is right in from of him. I thought it would be interesting if you could watch yourself from a distance.” — Matthew Shultz

94. “When you hear about what someone else is going through, and you are unable to distance yourself from it or in any way muzzle your empathy and are inspired to actually do something, these are moments to learn from.” — Henry Rollins

95. “If you don’t go to every level of your company, you distance yourself from the marketplace and from your people.” — Aaron Levie

96. “Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.” — Roy Bennett

97. “Q: Do you really distance yourself from your subject? I mean, what would you do if you were presented with a young girl burning to death?

A: About 1/60 at f5.6.” — Robert Capa

98. “You can only drive yourself crazy if you have no distance from the world.” — Suki Kim

99. “With the case of running, it really is a case of get out, set yourself a distance, run it, and then do it again the next day. It’s tremendously simple.” — Richard Hammond

100. “A wise beautiful lake never desires to be famous, because fame dirty it! To remain pure, distance yourself from the reputation!” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

101. “A career in showbiz is like a distance run. You have to have patience and pace yourself.” — Tate Donovan

102. “Positive things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.” — Boonaa Mohammed

103. “When you are nearer, you will understand how much your eyesight is deceived by distance. Therefore, push yourself a little harder.” — Dante Alighieri

104. Distancing yourself from people sometimes helps you to know those that are really worth keeping and those you should let go. — Unknown

105. Sometimes all you need is to distance yourself in order to create alone time for yourself, so you can be able to connect with who you truly are and what you need out of life. — Unknown





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