Inspirational Anti-Bullying Quotes And Sayings

Updated December 26, 2022by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Bullying is behavior directed toward one or more individuals that is meant to insult, demean, or intimidate. Research shows that bullying can have a significant impact on the mental health of the survivor, potentially affecting their self-esteem, academic achievement, and overall mindset regarding the future. Being the target of bullying or knowing someone who is being bullied can lead to complex emotions that might be difficult to process. Below are a few inspirational bullying quotes that may inspire you to help stop this behavior or bring you comfort if you’re being bullied, along with some tips for proactively dealing with bullying if it’s present in your life.

Experiencing Bullying Can Lead To Complicated Emotions

Quotes About Bullying

“I realized that bullying never has to do with you. It’s the bully who’s insecure.” – Shay Mitchell, actress, model, entrepreneur, author

“I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: ‘The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.’ In these words, he epitomized the history of the human race.” – Bertrand Russell, author

“In a way, bullying is an ordinary evil. It’s hugely prevalent, all too often ignored — and being ignored, it is therefore condoned.” – Trudie Styler, actress, producer, and director

“No one heals himself by wounding another.” – St. Ambrose

“I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn’t know how to defend myself. I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself.” Jackie Chan, martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer

“Cyberbullying is poised to turn into the biggest online concern, already affecting up to 35 percent of all children.” – Dr. Martyn Wild, cyberbullying expert

“Cyber bullies can hide behind a mask of anonymity online and do not need direct physical access to their victims to do unimaginable harm.” – Anna Maria Chávez, attorney, inspirational speaker, writer, and community leader

Anti-Bully Quotes

“Bullying is the systematic abuse of power and is defined as aggressive behavior or intentional harm-doing by peers that are carried out repeatedly and involves an imbalance of power. Being bullied is still often wrongly considered as a ‘normal rite of passage’ … Bullying by peers has been mostly ignored by health professionals but should be considered as a significant risk factor and safeguarding issue.” – Dieter Wolke and Suzet Tanya Lereya, bullying researchers

“Kids who bully use their power — such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity — to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people. … Bullying can affect everyone — those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide.” –

“Unless and until our society recognizes cyberbullying for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue.” – Anna Maria Chávez, attorney, inspirational speaker, writer and community leader.

“People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true. Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten.” -Demi Lovato, singer, songwriter, actor.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, help is available. The 988 Suicide And Crisis Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 by calling or texting 988 or chatting with a representative. 

Quotes About Bullies

“Educational psychologists describe a new kind of bullying. The perpetrators are attractive, athletic, and academically accomplished — and comfortable enough around adults to know what they can and can’t get away with, in school and online. These bullies are so subtle and cunning it’s hard for school staff to know if what looks like bullying really is, and what to do about it.” – Rick Hampson, reporter

“Bullies are cruel and possibly irretrievable, but their anger and bullying behavior is often a displacement of their own lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. Mostly they are lost souls who do not know how to feel comfortable in the world. Their experience has been of failure, rejection, and lack of ability to function well.” – Keith Sullivan, Mark Cleary, and Ginny Sullivan, bullying researchers

“See bullies for who they really are. Anger and aggression come from unexpressed hurt and pain. … Think about what could be going on behind the scenes. Perhaps their parents divorced recently, they have a bully of their own, or they’ve been abused. Understanding this will help you rise above it.” – Jerry Weichman, psychologist

“If bullies actually believe that somebody loves them and believes in them, they will love themselves, they will become better people, and many will even become saviors to the bullied.” – Dan Pearce, author

Quotes For Inspiration Against Bullying

“Courage is the most important of virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou, author, motivational speaker.

“He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.” – Thomas Hughes, author

“Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.” – Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the U.K. 

“I would rather be a little nobody than to be an evil somebody.” – Abraham Lincoln, former president of the U.S. 

“Often the right path is the one that may be hardest for you to follow. But the hard path is also the one that will make you grow as a human being.” – Karen Mueller Coombs, author

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You cannot change your situation overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker

How To Respond To Bullying As A Survivor Or Bystander

It can be hard to know what to do when you’re being bullied. Additionally, one of the biggest unresolved issues regarding bullying is that there are many bystanders who are unsure of what to do. According to, when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time. As a survivor, there are many steps you can take to remedy your situation. And as a bystander, you hold the power to help a survivor. Using the below tips, you can help facilitate changes, advocate for survivors, and prevent bullying from occurring in the future. 

Notify The Authorities

Survivors of bullying are often too afraid to let anyone know what’s happening, and bystanders frequently do not report behavior they witness. If you or someone you know is experiencing a bully, consider notifying someone who is in a position to take action. Often, you’ll be able to report the behavior.  

Raise Awareness 

Approximately 20% of students aged 12-18 have reported experiencing bullying. If you or someone you know is a survivor of bullying, you can help by advocating for more awareness. Consider creating an initiative in your area or getting involved in an existing anti-bullying organization in your community that can provide guidance and support to authorities.

Talk With Someone 

Sometimes, telling your thoughts, fears, and emotions with someone you trust is the healthiest solution to bullying. For one thing, it can help to know you’re not alone in experiencing bullying. Consulting with a friend or a relative can help alleviate a lot of the stress and pressure that you may feel when you experience bullying. They may also be able to give you the care from bullying that you deserve if you’ve been unable to defend yourself.

How Online Therapy Can Help

Research shows that online therapy can effectively treat symptoms of mental health conditions that may be related to bullying. In one study, researchers found that online therapy could not only decrease symptoms of depression in participants, but also enhance overall quality of life and improve self-esteem. The study also noted that online therapy can be a solid option for those who aren’t comfortable with in-person treatment. 

If you’re looking for guidance and support as you navigate emotions that may be related to bullying or similar concerns, consider utilizing an online therapy platform like BetterHelp. With BetterHelp, you can participate in therapy from the comfort of home, which may make it easier for you to discuss potentially sensitive topics like bullying. You can also message your therapist outside of sessions. If you have a question about your treatment or you want to clarify a specific point made during therapy, you can send your therapist a message and they will respond as soon as they’re able. A qualified mental health professional can give you the tools to navigate difficult challenges in life. Read below for reviews of therapists from those who have sought help for similar concerns in the past. 

Experiencing Bullying Can Lead To Complicated Emotions

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Bullying continues to affect both children and adults on a daily basis. With the above quotes about bullying to offer inspiration and suggestions to give you some tools to better deal with bullying, you may now be better equipped to deal with the effects of bullying. For further support, consider connecting with a therapist through an online therapy platform. You deserve care and guidance as you work through serious life challenges and improve your mental and emotional well-being. 

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