A narcissistic personality is one of the many personality disorders someone can have. Narcissists demand attention and feel no empathy toward others. In fact, my mother has self-diagnosed my brother’s wife with the disorder. Of course, my mom is not a mental health professional so who knows.

If you know someone who might be a narcissist and are fed up with the behavior, here are more than 175 quotes about this disorder. I also included clever comebacks you can use whenever narcissistic people try to ruin your day. You’ll be prepared to stand up for yourself.

Narcissist Quotes

  • “Narcissism is, indeed, the new world order.” – Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • “Don’t confuse between self-love and narcissism. Self-love is making yourself your number one priority but narcissism is start enforcing that priority over others. First one is health; second one is not. First one is for your mental healthiness and well-being while the second one is to mess up with other peoples’ peace of mind to serve your own needs.” – Gracia Hunter
  • “I was trapped in an awful spiral of insecure narcissism.” – Amy Poehier
  • “But the line between moral behavior and narcissistic self-righteousness is thin and difficult to discern.” – Dean Koontz
  • “Many victims of narcissist abuse are hypersensitive. They don’t want to be told by others that they wrong when they fight with their narcissist. They see it as standing up for themselves, when in reality it is perpetuating what the narcissist wants – drama and a reaction.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “In the narcissist’s world being accepted or cared for (not to mention loved) is a foreign language. It is meaningless or even repellent. One might recite the most delicate haiku in Japanese and it would still remain utterly meaningless to a non-speaker of Japanese. This does not diminish the value of the haiku or of the Japanese language, needless to say. But it means nothing to the non-speaker. Narcissists damage and hurt but they do so offhandedly and naturally, as an afterthought … They are aware of what they are doing to others – but they do not care.” – Sam Vaknin
  • “Individuality should not translate to narcissism. Realizing the strength of individuality is an accomplishment while being narcissistic is a failure.” – Amitav Chowdhury

“The main priority of everyone surrounding a highly narcissistic person is to ensure that they are looking after themselves, maintaining their own physical and mental health and wellbeing, before looking after the narcissist.” – Theresa Jackson

  • “Adults raised in narcissistic homes cling to the fantasy that they can somehow manipulate or control their parent/family of origin system to get the recognition and approval they require (that is, to get their needs met.) They had this fantasy as children, and they maintain it as adults. The reality, though, is that they had little control over their parent system as children and have little control over it now.” – Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman
  • “Self love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens … to stumble upon it.” – George Gordon Noel Byron
  • “A culture of narcissism is not a place where love can flourish. The emergence of “me” culture is a direct response to our nation’s failure to truly actualize the vision of democracy. While emotional needs are difficult, and often impossible to satisfy, material desires are easier to fulfill.” – Bell Hooks
  • “Anybody who wishes to go beyond the free-will of another person is already practicing narcissistic characteristics.” – Mwanandeke Kindembo
  • “But that’s the thing about narcissists. They can try to fool you, with all their heart, but in the end, they’re just fooling themselves.” – Ellie Fox
  • “Being a control freak is a weakness, not a strength. If you can’t allow others to shine, you’re exhibiting signs of narcissism and showing a lack of self-confidence. It is isolation through ego.” – Stewart Stafford

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

  • “The only crime is pride.” – Sophocles
  • “Ego is borne of the need to ‘prove’ oneself instead of making the choice to be ‘be’ oneself.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  • “You can teach a narcissist to show up on time, but you can’t train them to listen once they get there.” – Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.” – Rumi
  • “For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.” – John Steinbeck
  • “Children of narcissists learn that love is abuse. The narcissist teaches them that if someone displeases you, it is okay to harm them and call it love.” – M. Wakefield
  • “Americans are experiencing an epidemic in narcissistic behavior in culture that is intrinsically self-conscious and selfish, and citizens are encouraged to pursue happiness and instant gratification of their personal desires.” – Kilroy J. Oldster
  • “The sadistic narcissist perceives himself as Godlike, ruthless and devoid of scruples, capricious and unfathomable, emotion-less and non-sexual, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, a plaque, a devastation, an inescapable verdict.” – Sam Vaknin
  • “When narcissists behave in an exhibitionistic manner, they are seeking the same sort of admiration as toddlers, and for the same reason. They want attention. Some examples include inappropriate dress, talking too loudly, or gesturing in expansive and space-intruding ways.” – Mark Ettensohn
  • “No matter how socially skilled an extreme narcissist is, he has a major attachment dysfunction. The extreme narcissist is frozen in childhood.” – Samuel Lopez de Victoria
  • “Narcissists alone are blatant in their self-inflation and braggadocio – leavened with a necessary dose of self-deception.” – Daniel Goleman

“A narcissist is someone who has a grandiose sense of self-importance, harbors obsessive fantasies of unbounded glory, feels rage or intense shame when criticized, expects special favors, and lacks empathy.” – Daniel Goleman

  • “Narcissism is eye trouble, voluntary blindness, an agreement to keep up appearances (hence the importance of “style”) and not to look beneath the surface.” – Sam Keen
  • “Being a narcissist isn’t easy when the question is not of loving your own image, but of recreating the self deliberate acts of alienation.” – Orlan
  • “For me narcissism is not about money. For me, narcissism is something so romantic and something so human. Everybody is a narcissist. Some people admit it and some people don’t. As an artist, it’s important to be a narcissist. Look at Picasso, look at Warhol … As an artist, you can get away with a lot of things that normal people cannot.” – Nir Hod
  • “The main condition of the achievement of love is the overcoming of one’s narcissism.” – Eric Fromm
  • “I’m totally a narcissist, so I was doing all this performance and having lots of weird ego time, and learning to set aside my love for the ego and find a deeper love for myself and through that seeing myself as one with all beings. And through loving myself, loving all people in the world, that was my cure for narcissism, the only cure.” – Larkin Grimm
  • “Since narcissists deep down feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault.” – M. Scott Peck

Dealing with a narcissist on a daily basis can make you crazy.

Narcissist Quotes for Him

  • “A man who love others based solely on how they make him feel, or what they do for him, is really not loving others at all – but only loving himself.” – Criss Jami
  • “Underneath the so-called narcissistic personality is d