75 Passive Aggressive Quotes For Family And Friends

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Passive-aggressive behavior is a pattern of indirectly expressing negative feelings instead of openly addressing them. There’s a disconnect between what a person who exhibits passive-aggressive behavior says and what he or she does.

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People may act in a passive-aggresive behaviour because they fear losing control, are insecure, or lack self-esteem . They might do it to cope with stress, anxiety , depression, or insecurity, or to deal with rejection or conflict.

Sometimes, they might do it because they have a grudge against a colleague, or feel underappreciated. Posting indirect comments and posts on social media, Facebook and writing negative status messages are signs of passive aggresive behaviour.

We have divided these passive aggression quotes into these sections;

  • Passive Aggressive Quotes
  • Passive Aggressive Quotes For Work
  • Funny Passive Aggressive Quotes

Also, don’t forget to check out our collection of haters quotes and two faced people for all who have experienced betrayal, lie and back-stabbing from people in your life.

Passive Aggressive Quotes

  1. “Passive Aggression – Being covertly spiteful with the intent of inflicting mental pain.” – Ashta-Deb

  2. “Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” – Robert Tew

  3. “You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your decisions.” – Ezra Taft Benson

  4. “I’m not passive-aggressive. If something bothers me, I think about it, then I act on it. I express it.” – Anton Yelchin

  5. “When in doubt write a passive-aggressive cryptic Facebook status. Because that’s what grownups do!” – Unknown

  6. “Fine! He is passive-aggressive with me, and it’s gonna backfire; I’m gonna be active friendly.” – Natalya Vorobyova

  7. “Anger’s like a battery that leaks acid right out of me. And it starts from the heart until it reaches my outer me.” – Criss Jami

  8. “I’d rather have an enemy who admits that they hate me than a friend who secretly puts me down.” – Karen Salmansohn

  9. “Dealing with passive-aggressive people will make you feel like your on a dangerous and emotional ride.” – Izey Victoria Odiase

  10. “Passive-aggressive personality unable to express aggression directly, these people express hostility indirectly.” – David Walter Rousch

  11. “Your passive-aggressive behavior confirmed my suspicions that you are an insecure, toxic individual who must be avoided.” – Unknown

  12. “Passive-aggressive persons are known for verbally complying with a request, but behaviorally delaying its completion.” – Unknown

  13. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch

  14. “It is very sad to me that some people are so intent on leaving their mark on the world that they don’t care if that mark is a scar.” – Unknown

  15. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, don’t bother building a door. They have lots of doors at Home Depot and they’re not that expensive.” – Unknown

  16. “Don’t put passive-aggressive song lyrics on your status aimed at people you know. If you have something to say, say it to their face.” – Unknown

  17. “Passive-aggressive behavior is counterproductive. Communication is key to a healthy personal and work relationship.” – Izey Victoria Odiase

  18. “Passive-aggressive behavior is often seen in the people who have not learned how to express their feelings, needs, and desires to others.” – Unknown                                                                     

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    passive aggressive quotes

  19. “I have to say passive aggression gets a bad rap these days. It may not be appropriate in all occasions, but it’s a lot better than aggressive aggression.” – A.J. Jacobs

  20. “Passive-aggressive behavior is often seen in the people who have not learned how to express their feelings, needs, and desires to others.” – David Walter Rousch

  21. “That’s passive-aggressively meant for a specific person but I don’t have the balls to actually tell them or anyone else how I feel to their face.” – Albert Einstein

  22. “In the hands of a passive-aggressive person who wants to abdicate responsibility for things, texting is a great tool. You can really go nuts.” – Daniel Mallory Ortberg

  23. “Passive-aggressive behavior seems to be one step ahead of his or her supervisor, the youth can cause tremendous headaches for authority figures.” – David Walter Rousch

  24. “When introverts are in conflict with each other…it may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues and passive-aggressive behaviors!” – Adam S. McHugh

  25. “You guys are so caught up in your polished images and your passive-aggressive comments that no one ever comes right out and says anything. Well, I’m going to.” – Richelle Mead

  26. “An inhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything someone does. A healed person understands that the actions of others has absolutely nothing to do with them.” – Unknown

  27. “I choose to spend my time with people who have no hidden agenda, who don’t use passive-aggressive behaviors, and who don’t look for a reason to get offended.” – Barrie Davenport

  28. “You cannot become a peacemaker without communication. Silence is a passive-aggressive grenade thrown by insecure people that want war, but they don’t want the accountability of starting it.” – Shannon L. Alder

  29. “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino

  30. “Passive-aggressive behavior creates distance in a relationship because issues and problems of an increasingly bothering nature are not discussed. Always communicate. Your relationship will thank you for it.” – Unknown

  31. “Your life was meant for more than being a life-long doormat for deadbeats, losers, gossipers, naysayers, dream-crushers, energy vampires, users, abusers, ragers, and passive-aggressive backstabbers.” – Bryant McGill

  32. “Stopping mid-sentence is the worst thing people can do. It’s, like, totally passive-aggressive, because you can’t take issue with anything they’ve said. You have to take issue with what you think they were going to say.” – Sophie Kinsella

  33. “Fruit of passive-aggressive people. These people resist demands by indirect tactics. They will not take responsibility for their own choices; instead, they turn around and blame someone else for making them do it.” – Henry Cloud

  34. “Sign of a passive-aggressive person: Appearing upset, but refusing to admit it. Verbal attacks not related to the current situation. Being moody for no reason, often. Bringing up issues that were allegedly resolved. Ignoring the success of others.”

  35. “As I get older the more I appreciate straightforward people. Like if you’re mad at me I will respect you if you tell me. I don’t understand adults that would rather stomp their feet and use passive-aggressive behavior to communicate.” – Unknown

  36. “Passive-aggressive people are never responsible for what they do. They blame people for making them do the things they do. They tend to go along with doing things that they aren’t interested in doing and then complain about it behind that person’s back.” – Henry Cloud

  37. “Lingering, bottled-up anger never reveals the ‘true colors’ of an individual. It, on the contrary, becomes all mixed up, rotten, confused, forms a highly combustible, chemical compound then explodes as something foreign, something very different than one’s natural self.” – Criss Jami

  38. “Passive-Aggressive person – Agrees to others’ demands, then avoids by making excuses, forgetting, and being late. Denies personal responsibility for their actions, and uses accusatory statements. Tries to get his/her own way by being manipulative. Fears rejection and confrontation.” – Unknown

  39. “Most people are passive-aggressive in this world. I have the idea that the human being is born with a kind of reservoir of aggression. We are inherently somewhat aggressive creatures and we either channel that in direct ways or we channel it in indirect ways and become passive-aggressive.” – Robert Greene

  40. “A lot of the things that involve power on the highest levels sometimes involve the darker side of human psychology. People can be very passive-aggressive or they can be aggressive and they can conceal their intentions. There’s this world that exists that nobody writes about or describes it’s like a dirty little secret or taboo.” – Robert Greene

Passive Aggressive Quotes For Work

Passive-aggressive behavior involves subtly expressing negative feelings through actions instead of handling them directly.

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In general, passive-aggressive behavior involves some disconnect between what you say and what you do. This can confuse and frustrate others who accept your words at face value.

These passive aggresive quotes for friends, co-workers, family, work, will inspire you to be real and be yourself.

  1. “Passive pleasure is no pleasure at all.” – Arthur Adamov

  2. “Passive aggression is better than aggressive aggression.” 

  3. “Passive-aggressive behavior to communicate is the worst choice.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                                                                     

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    quotes on passive aggressive


  4. “You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.” – Unknown

  5. “The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room.” – Frank Lucas

  6. “A passive-aggressive behavior would never lead to real solutions.” – Signe Whitson

  7. “People opt for passive aggression because they want to fake their polished images.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                                   

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    best passive aggressive quotes

  8. “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  9. “Sometimes it’s not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.” – Haruki Murakami                                                                                                                                                   

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    conflict passive aggressive quotes

  10. “Not doing anything is doing something and choosing to look away is a passive but no less mortal sin.” – Bill Maher

  11. “People will push you to your breaking point, but when you snap they act as if you’re the one in the wrong.” – Unknown

  12. “Passive-aggressive people consistently make you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster.” – Izey Victoria Odiase

  13. “Never judge anyone until you walk a mile in their shoes. Unless they’re bad shoes. Then you should totally say something.” – Unknown

  14. “Passive-aggressive behavior unnecessary time and resources. Say what you mean, let’s resolve the issue, and move on to more productive tasks.” – Unknown

  15. “The best preparation for tomorrow is not doing anything today, because I work better when I have five minutes before company comes over.” – Unknown

Funny Passive Aggressive Quotes

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  1. “Say it to my face, not through your status.” 

  2. “Love difficult people. You’re one of them.” – Bob Goff

  3. “Some people just need a high-five in the face with a chair.” – Unknown

  4. “You’d totally win the Hunger Game if passive-aggressive behavior could kill.” 

  5. “That passive-aggressive friend who likes every post on Facebook except yours…”  – Unknown                                                                                                                                             

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    Passive Aggressive Quotes Funny

  6. “The key to happiness is low expectations. Lower. Nope, even lower. There you go.” 

  7. “If you’re posting stuff to make someone mad, please make sure that they care first.” 

  8. “The first rule of a passive-aggressive club is… You know what? Never mind. It’s fine.” 

  9. “Sharing snarky ecards is my preferred method of passive-aggressive social commentary.” 

  10. “Congratulations on one more year of denial, avoidance, and passive-aggressive behavior.” 

  11. “My favorite passive-aggressive Facebook status is, “If karma doesn’t hit you, trust me, I will”.”                                                                                                                                             

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    Passive aggressive insults

  12. “Not sure who your purposely vague Facebook posts are for, but the rest of us think you’re an attention-seeking idiot.” 

  13. “Ahh, Facebook. Giving people the chance to be passive-aggressive when they don’t have the balls to say it to someone’s face.” 

  14. “It’s funny how people post on social media about letting go while having trouble getting rid of the person they want to read the message.” 

  15. “Ironic how people posts passive-aggressive quotes about letting go, meant to be read by the very person they refuse to delete off Facebook.” 

  16. “I’m going to leave passive-aggressive quotes on FB instead of being direct and honest. I really don’t want resolution anyway.” – Unknown

  17. “I think I have some anger-management issues, and they end up coming out in these passive-aggressive songs that sound happy.” – Sara Bareilles

  18. “Funny thing about passive-aggressive people, they can smile and throw you under the bus, then get you to apologize for getting upset about it.” 

  19. “I know you’re upset. Why don’t you post something passive-aggressive in a Facebook status and not explain the situation to anyone? That usually helps.” 

  20. “My mom is very good at being passive-aggressive, and my dad is a total wiseass, so I think the mixture of the two of them is my comedy. But, I am definitely the first comedian in my family.” – Amy Schumer


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