80+ Best Narcissists Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. Inspirational narcissist quotes will inspire growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Narcissist Quotes

There’s nothing more narcissistic than being sure that you are built in the image of an all-powerful Creator-God, and that same God answers your prayers, knows your name, and has a personal relationship with you. – David G. McAfee

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

The greater our own level of narcissism, the more we detest it in others. – Steve Maraboli

A narcissist paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark will come to light. Time has a way of showing people’s true colors. – Karla Grimes

Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that ent hralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading. – W.H. Auden

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life on his terms. – Elizabeth Bowen

Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference. – Mason Cooley

The lion is most handsome when looking for food. – Rumi

The paradox about narcissism is that we all have this streak of egotism. Eighty percent of people think they’re better than average. – Mark Leary

How starved you must have been that my heart became a meal for your ego. – Amanda Torroni

“ – Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love to have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. – Sigmund Freud

Narcissistic love is riding on the rollercoaster of disaster filled with a heart full of tears. – Sheree Griffin

Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge. – Todd Solondz

I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it… It is unrequited self-love. – Emily Levine

There was nothing more unattractive than narcissism, she thought: nothing could transform beauty into a cloying, unattractive quality than that self-conscious appreciation of self. – Alexander McCall Smith

Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love. – Mason Cooley

Love doesn’t die a natural death. Love has to be killed, either by neglect or narcissism. – Frank Salvato

It is especially painful when narcissists suffer memory loss because they are losing parts of the person they love most. – David Brooks

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

For the most part people are not curious except about themselves. – John Steinbeck

Narcissists have poor self-esteem, but they are typically very successful. They feel entitled; they’re self-important; they crave admiration and lack empathy. They are also exploitative and envious. The malignant types never forget a slight. They may kill you ten years later for cutting them off in traffic. But they act perfectly normal while plotting their revenge. – Janet M. Tavakoli

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

Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference. – Mason Cooley

No one has probably helped me more with my narcissism than my dog. – Tucker Max

Relationships with narcissists are held in place by hope of a ‘someday better,’ with little evidence to support it will ever arrive. – Ramani Durvasula

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. – Gore Vidal

Sadly, when many individuals realize that the narcissist is insecure and isn’t reassured, they try harder to love this person. Additionally, the narcissist blames her behavior on something that you are or aren’t doing, and a hooked person we may try to ‘do it better’ or ‘get it right.’ Your increased efforts to love and fix the narcissist only lines you up for more abuse. – Melanie Tonia Evans

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. – Benjamin Franklin

Relationship with a narcissist in a nutshell: You will go from being the perfect love of their life, to nothing you do is ever good enough. You will give your everything and they will take it all and give you less and less in return. You will end up depleted, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and probably financially, and then get blamed for it. – Bree Bonchay

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms. – Elizabeth Bowen

When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose. – Brené Brown

It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one’s own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care. – George Eliot

I don’t care what you think unless it is about me. – Kurt Cobain

I believe that Narcissists deserve our compassion, but compassion does not involve giving them permission to hurt other people or overlooking any damage that they do. – Elinor Greenberg

There is a difference between supporting someone and feeding someone’s narcissism. One is support and the other is not. – Fathom

I am a recovering narcissist. I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it. It is actually drearier than self-love; it is unrequited self-love. – Emily Levine

Loving yourself and being in love with yourself are two entirely different things. Differentiate. – Fathom

When narcissism is viewed as good; good is viewed as narcissism. – Fathom

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. – Voltaire

Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit. – Marianne Williamson

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – Oscar Wilde

Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared. It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence. – Sam Vaknin

Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders, one of a group that includes antisocial, dependent, histrionic, avoidant and borderline personalities. But by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst, if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless. – Jeffrey Kluger

The difference between narcissism and self-love is a matter of depth. Narcissus falls in love not with the self, but with an image or reflection of the self with the persona, the mask. The narcissist sees himself through the eyes of another, changes his lifestyle to conform with what is admired by others, tailors his behavior and expression of feelings to what will please others. Narcissism is – voluntary blindness, an agreement – not to look beneath the surface. – Sam Keen

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

Some narcissistic people end up believing their own lies. – unknown

The silent killer of all great men and women of achievement—particularly men, I don’t know why, maybe it’s the testosterone—I think its narcissism. Even more than hubris. And for women, too. Narcissism is the killer. – James Woods

Narcissistic people are always struggling with the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around them – unknown

I am a recovering narcissist. I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it. It is actually drearier than self-love; it is unrequited self-love. – Emily Levine

Self-love forever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens . . . to stumble upon it. – George Gordon Noel Byron

The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one’s narcissism. – Erich Fromm

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. – Oscar Wilde

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm [that they cause] does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. – T. S. Eliot

Self-love forever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens…to stumble upon it. – George Gordon Noel Byron

Narcissists are great con-artists. After all, they succeed in deluding themselves! As a result, very few professionals see through them. – unknown

A sociopath is one who sees others as impersonal objects to be manipulated to fulfill their own narcissistic needs without any regard for the hurtful consequences of their selfish actions. – R. Alan Woods

Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves but persuades us that they escape the notice of others. – Samuel Johnson

A narcissist paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark will come to light. Time has a way of showing people’s true colors. – Karla Grimes

Self-love depressed becomes self-loathing. – Sally Kempton

Self-love seems so often unrequited. – Anthony Powell

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves. – Michel de Montaigne

Since narcissism is fueled by a greater need to be admired than to be liked, psychologists might use that fact as a therapeutic lever – stressing to patients that being known as a narcissist will actually cause them to lose the respect and social status they crave. – Jeffrey Kluger

All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism. – Geoff Mulgan

The silent killer of all great men and women of achievement – particularly men, I don’t know why, maybe it’s the testosterone – I think it’s narcissism. Even more than hubris. And for women, too. Narcissism is the killer. – James Woods

You give up your narcissism, your egotism. That’s how you achieve chemistry. – Nick Nolte

I think a lot of self-importance is a product of fear. And fear, living in sort of an un-self-examined fear-based life, tends to lead to narcissism and self-importance. – Moby

Narcissism is the part of my personality that I am the least proud of, and I certainly don’t like to see it highlighted in everybody else I meet. – Ben Affleck

Narcissistic personality disorder is named for Narcissus, from Greek mythology, who fell in love with his own reflection. Freud used the term to describe persons who were self-absorbed, and psychoanalysts have focused on the narcissist’s need to bolster his or her self-esteem through grandiose fantasy, exaggerated ambition, exhibitionism, and feelings of entitlement. – Donald W. Black

If I had it to do all over again . . . I wouldn’t change a thing.’. . . the final expression of narcissism, the last gesture of self-congratulation. – Steve Erickson

The problem in narcissism is not the high ideals and ambitions, it’s the difficulty one encounters when trying to give them body. – Thomas Moore

A man who loves others based solely on how they make him feel, or what they do for him, is really not loving others at all—but loving only himself. – Criss Jami

I wonder if the course of narcissism through the ages would have been any different had Narcissus first peered into a cesspool. He probably did. – Frank O’Hara

If you’re a nobody, just imagine a lot of celebrities are in love with you. Narcissism is the best cure for attention deficit disorder. – Bauvard

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. – Andre Dubus

Out of all the addictions in the world, attention is slowly but surely becoming one of the most dangerous. – Saahil Prem

Vanity and narcissism – the compulsive need to be admired and praised – undermine one’s courage, for one then fights on someone else’s conviction rather than one’s own. – Rollo May

If people are really narcissistic or have a need to be seen as more than they really are, or to be admired as having it all together, then they cannot be followed and trusted by others. – Henry Cloud

It is not selfish or narcissistic to love yourself. It is your first and foremost responsibility. – Alan Cohen

Relationships with narcissists are held in place by hope of a ‘someday better,’ with little evidence to support it will ever arrive. – Ramani Durvasula

A victim of circumstance is a casualty. A victim of convenience is a narcissist. – Alan Robert Neal

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