Need the inspiration to fight back against bullying? Here are some inspirational bullying quotes to empower you to continue fighting for peace.
Getting teased or mocked mercilessly for simply existing used to be confined to schoolyards and real life — something we could often escape at the end of the day. But the internet and social media have made bullying even more insidious and pervasive. Famous women especially have been targeted by trolls who seem to delight in sending threats; too often, attacked women have received little to no support from social-media sites. Last summer, the internet dragged Olympian Gabby Douglas through the mud for not smiling in Rio. To her rescue was none other than Leslie Jones, after she faced a scathing cyberbullying assault by disgraced alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos, which finally led to his permanent ban from Twitter.
Below, 25 women share their experiences of being the bully or being the victim of bullies. Read on for advice from Viola Davis, Hillary Clinton, Laverne Cox, and more on how they learned to rise above their haters, stand up for others, and be resilient.
After Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal: “You guys are giving him to [sic] much energy. I was done the day I blocked him & got his ass banned. Been done and moved on. He has no space here!” – her Twitter, February 2017
“Whenever I knew school was coming, I had to prepare ‘cuz you know, I had to run from the bullies! … I had bullies … There’s some of them on Facebook and I look at them. They’re taller now, though. They all want to be my friend. You know, I just become their Facebook friends and then I stalk their pages to see if they’ve become just complete failures in life.” – Jimmy Kimmel Live, September 2016
“People bully because they want their power back. People bully because they feel powerless, and to get that power, you have to take it from somebody else. And you have to take it from the easy target. I started as a bully at … 7 to 10 years old I was a bully. And the reason why I was a bully is because my brother used to say I was stupid — it was like that sibling rivalry at home — you’re stupid, you’re dumb, you’re this, you’re that. So here I am at home getting bullied, so what do I at school? I got my power back. That flipped on me between 10 and 11 years old when I grew three inches and lost 30 pounds. And then I was bullied. I was the weirdo, I was the freak with the big, huge eyes and the huge forehead that weighed 90 pounds and was five-nine. There’s nothing I could do to gain weight, I’d go home every day crying … The whole thing flipped for me. I think being on both sides made me sensitive to young girls and the issues they have with bullying.” – CNN, October 2010
“It’s sort of unfortunate but it’s a part of being a public figure. People will make fun of you, and I get made fun of a lot. Sometimes I sort of cringe while watching TV and hope I’m not made fun of. I am a sensitive girl, and that is one form of bullying. I grew up in tougher neighborhoods, and I was bullied, but there have been times when I was a bully in order to defend myself. I might have been a little overzealous sometimes, and I’ve been a bully. I think those two people — the bullied and the bully — live in all of us.” – Essence, December 2012
“I was bullied by this one girl who said, ‘I just want to punch you in the mouth because you’re happy.’ Now of course I can laugh at that, but back then I was so hurt. I think a lot of people understand having been bullied. I don’t care who you are, someone has given you a hard time in your life. But I wouldn’t have traded it for anything because all of us have been bullied at one time and hopefully if we can overcome it, it makes us stronger.” – Parade, March 2012
“The biggest moment when I’m watching [Moonlight] was the middle section where Chiron is being bullied at school because I was bullied at school as well. And I find that really difficult to watch because it brings back so many memories and it was such an incredibly traumatic, really, really sad and very lonely time as well in my childhood. But I think that was one of the most formative times for me because it meant that I had to escape to somewhere else, and I escaped to my imagination, to fantasy world, and to pretending I was someone else, and pretending I was living in an imaginary world, and that’s how I got through it. And that’s, I think, where my real passion and my skill as an actress really developed.” – The Toronto Star, December 2016
On forgiving her high-school bully: “I think it was just — girls are mean in school. Everyone has had that one girl who makes your life miserable when you’re in high school, especially. Maybe middle school, too. So, I think she just found what would affect me and what would hurt me to wind me up and just said what would hurt me. And when you’re 15, it breaks your spirit. But looking back right now, I don’t think that it came from maliciousness, I think it came from envy, jealousy, whatever it might have been … So I look back at it right now, and I’m like, thank you for doing that to me because my life became what it did. I’m quite forgiving about it, and I really don’t see this as payback because that was that one girl. I can’t hold a nation responsible for that.” – The Wrap, July 2016
“I have definitely been bullied and I’ve also stood up for myself, too. I used to fight a lot growing up but I don’t think that’s the way to do it because you can have an accident, get hurt or someone can shoot or stab you, then you’re dead in hospital. When I was young, I was a real firecracker. Now I just stand up for others through art.” – Toronto Metro, June 2014
“Marlene is my best girlfriend. She was Prom Queen at high school, based on the fact that she is so incredibly likeable — very pretty, but never the Mean Girl. I was [the Mean Girl], I admit it openly. That was a disease that had to be conquered. It’s another coping mechanism — it’s a bad coping mechanism — but when you feel less than (in high school, everyone feels less than everyone else for different reasons), in your mind it’s a way of leveling the playing field. Though of course it’s not. Saying something terrible about someone else does not actually level the playing field. If I meet a girl of 14 or 15 today who is that kind of girl, I am secretly, in my body, afraid. Even though I’m 45.” – The Edit, December 2015
“I was called really horrible, profane names very loudly in front of huge crowds of people, and my schoolwork suffered at one point. I didn’t want to go to class. And I was a straight-A student, so there was a certain point in my high-school years where I just couldn’t even focus on class because I was so embarrassed all the time. I was so ashamed of who I was … To this day, some of my closest friends say, ‘Gaga, you know, everything’s great. You’re a singer; your dreams have come true.’ But, still, when certain things are said to you over and over again as you’re growing up, it stays with you and you wonder if they’re true.” – The New York Times, March 2012
“In dealing with trolls, or any form of cyberbullying or online harassment, the only rule I abide by is that there is no rule of thumb. (Except, I only allow myself to yell ‘you a-hole!’ at the computer and not send it on the computer as a response.) Not every tactic works for every target or perpetrator of this behavior. Some people like to say, ‘You must stand up to a bully.’ That’s not true for every target. Nor is that always what will work best. Clever humor that isn’t shaming the other person seems to work best for me. But then again, my brother likes to remind me I’m not as funny or clever as I think I am. I also sometimes ask people if they want to reconsider the comment they posted — it works over 50 percent of the time.” – Refinery29, March 2017
“It’s amazing how cruel kids can be and super judgmental and really just downright mean. I searched for ways to make things more beautiful and surrounded myself with beautiful things because I didn’t feel that in myself … I felt a huge drive to make clothes that everybody could have because I felt ostracized by that world of beauty and fashion. I never thought I would have a part in it. Never in a million years.” – Fast Company, May 2013
“It’s sort of embarrassing to say, but as a bullied kid, [I said], ‘Well, you’re bullying me, but I’m making all As and I’m better than you!’ It’s a childish thing to say, and I was a child, but that was my mentality. ‘You’re bullying me, but I’m going to be rich and famous some day.’ [Laughs] I’m not rich yet.” – The Advocate, July 2014
“I think a really important thing to remember is that whatever side you’re on, you can never be a bystander. You should always speak up for someone who is being bullied. I also think that it’s a part of growing up — kids can be super mean. Girls can be especially mean and pick on each other for things we can’t really help, like our looks, which is so silly. We should learn to be buddies, and … hold your sister up! I have girlfriends who I would literally do anything for no matter what. I remember in high school, people weren’t always nice to me — both boys and girls, especially the boys I liked. They would always be so mean to me! Now they’re like, ‘Oh, remember when we were friends in high school?’ And I’m thinking, No … I don’t remember it that way at all! I think it’s immaturity, and you have to just go against the grain, go above what they all say.” – Teen Vogue, March 2011
“The reality is that bullies are me and you and everyone we know. Not in an X-Files way — I’m not saying we should all live in fear of the 7-Eleven guy insulting us at random while we’re paying for our Slurpees. But humans can be really stupid and cruel, and pretty much everyone has bullied another person at some point. Out of insecurity, out of pressure, for so many reasons. I have. You have. If you deny it, you are either lying or an infant. Of course, just because I think bullying is human doesn’t mean that I don’t also think humans can control their actions, or that when they know they’re being a bully, they should let themselves off with, ‘I’m JUST a human being!’ But I don’t really see this reality I’m talking about represented in pop music or in the most news coverage on the gay teen suicides of last year. And I’d like to.” – Rookie, September 2011
On discovering an article titled “Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?”: “Well, I listened [to the bullies] at first. I couldn’t help it. You try to shut it off, and I couldn’t, and then I realized why I couldn’t. I hadn’t learned to love myself yet. I hadn’t gotten there. And if you don’t love yourself, when someone else says horrible things to you, a part of you is always going to believe them. So then I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t want to believe these people. I don’t want to agree with them on any level. I’m going to figure out who I am. I’m going to learn who I am and I don’t want to feel like I’m fragile every time I leave the house because I’m so dependent on what other people think about me.’ So I just took a step back, and as Matthew [McConaughey] would say, I just kept living. And it’s been a really cool journey. I feel like I’ve arrived in a place where, you know, maybe not every minute of every day, but way more than I used to, I have a tremendous amount of love and compassion for everyone else, and best of all, I have it for myself, which I never enjoyed before. ” – The Ellen DeGeneres Show, November 2014
“I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me. I was even told that I might be lucky with my acting, if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. I felt that I wasn’t enough, I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t look right … and all because I didn’t fit into someone else’s idea of ‘perfect.’ I didn’t have the perfect body … You can be from anywhere, and you can do anything. Believe it.” – WE Day, March 2017
“[In] my teens, I tried to be quite feminine. My mum was pushing me to do some modeling — everyone said I was a very pretty girl. And then one day it just got too much. I shaved my head and just went ‘Fuck you’ to everyone who thought I need to look a certain way. And I got bullied after that. I found myself in really dangerous situations, where, if a guy said something to me like, ‘What are you? You’re a girl but you’re trying to be a boy,’ or ‘Look at you, you’re disgusting’ … if I talked back, a few times I got hit by guys. They’d say, ‘I would never hit a girl, but you’re not a girl.’ Eventually I went, ‘That’s it! I’ll grow my hair again, and try and be a girl.’ Because I was pretty determined to get into entertainment, because I was bullied so much. I always said, ‘You watch! One day, I will do something, it will be great!’ So I kind of did the more feminine thing again, did MTV, and after a little bit chopped everything off and am kind of back where it started.” – The Guardian, July 2014
“I got teased my entire school life. What they were picking on I don’t even understand. It was my skin color. Then when I got older, it was about my breasts. But I’m not victimized — I’m grateful. I think those experiences were strategically put together by God for the preparation of being in the music industry. It’s so easy for me to deal with the bulls—t now.” – Glamour, November 2013
On how to deal with a bully: “My advice to you is this: I think just pull her aside after she does it and in a very kind of nondramatic way, you can just say, ‘Hey, I don’t know if you know this, but when you do that it really hurts my feelings and I wish you would stop.’ Just that simple. Sometimes telling someone that what they do hurts your feelings is a good way to communicate to them without blaming them or getting defensive, you know. See if that works, just the simple thing of like, ‘Can you not do that anymore? It hurts my feelings.’ She’ll do a couple things. She’ll either stop and apologize and she won’t quite have known what she was doing or she’ll make you feel like you’re acting a little crazy and overreacting and she may do that because she feels nervous and you can just kind of shrug that off because that’s not what you’re doing. It’s never overreacting to ask what you want or need. Or she may keep doing it and if that’s the case, then you can go to someone like a teacher … someone who can kind of help you out navigating. A little bit of third-party can sometimes put a stop to that.” – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, May 2013
“I was bullied pretty badly when I was a kid, the worst period falling between the ages of 10 and 14, I think. People tell me to get over it, and that I am an adult now, privileged and famous and constantly applauded not only in my primary field, stand-up comedy, but also in practically every endeavor I have chosen to devote myself to, from acting to burlesque bump-and-grind to songwriting. I am told I have no right to complain, and that may be true to some extent, the good in my life flowing in from all directions, satisfaction pulsing through me every second of the day, but I will never stop complaining until I am dead in the ground or even afterward, probably, if I can find a way back out of the light to complain about the afterlife. I will never stop complaining. It’s kind of fun to me now, and looking back, I was treated so terribly that I don’t feel I have the capacity to forgive. F*ck forgiveness and all that. I think that even Jesus would say, ‘Yeah I guess you do have a point …’” – The Huffington Post, February 2012
“I teach my girls not to give all their power to the thing hurting them. I also want to raise kind girls. You don’t want your kid hating the other person. I remind my girls that mean kids at school might have a hard home life. I’ll say, ‘Maybe they’re not being treated well by their mom.’ That makes kids think.” – Hollywood Life, November 2010
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Bullying is a major problem that affects both kids and adults. Many of us have had to deal with bullies at some point in life, perhaps as children or maybe in adulthood.
But although bullying is common, no one needs to put up with a bully’s behavior. Taking power from a bully is not always easy, but there are wise ways to deal with them.
Remember: a bully is only as powerful as you allow him or her to be. So instead of surrendering to their power play, stop playing their victim and each of their attempts will become embarrassing for them.
When a bully bombards you, make them lose their power by being strong, firm, and courteous. Because bullies will try to make you feel alone and powerless, always make an effort to stay connected with faithful and supportive people.
Instead of challenging a bully and giving him or her the attention and sense of power they seek, give them an assertive but unemotional response that will make them know you do not intend to be victimized.
The perceived strength of a bully can also be his or her weakness. If they don’t get the reaction they’re looking from you, they’ll often lose interest and they cannot take away your power.
To remind you of the strength you have, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and helpful bullying quotes, bullying sayings, and bullying proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
1.) “People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” ― Dan Pearce
2.) “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey S. Firestone
3.) “We explain when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you do not stoop to their level. Our motto is when they go low, you go high.” ― Michelle Obama
4.) “Children should be able to live a life free from bullying and harassment and it is time that we all took a stand against this.” – Katherine Jenkins
5.) “Bullying is a horrible thing. It sticks with you forever. It poisons you. But only if you let it.” ― Heather Brewer
6.) “Bullying happens because weak people need to prop up their ego by beating up or humiliating others.” ― Bruce Dickinson
7.) “Freedom of Speech doesn’t justify online bullying. Words have power, be careful how you use them.” ― Germany Kent
8.) “It’s very important to choose kindness and stop bullying.” – Jacob Tremblay
9.) “You should never make fun of something that a person can’t change about themselves.” ― Phil Lester
10.) “Bullying is never fun, it’s a cruel and terrible thing to do to someone. If you are being bullied, it is not your fault. No one deserves to be bullied, ever.” – Raini Rodriguez
11.) “We need to get rid of bullying. We need to get rid of abuse. We need to get rid of harassment. We need to get rid of the casting couch. Instead, we need to build the bench.” – Nancy Dubuc
12.) “You will never reach higher ground if you are always pushing others down.” – Jeffrey Benjamin
13.) “The meanest people are the weakest people, for they do not even have the strength to believe in goodness. Do not let this be your life’s curse.” ― Sean Patrick Brennan
14.) “Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?” – Sean Covey
15.) “It’s important to stand up to all forms of bullying, and it’s even more important for those who are around you to be just as courageous and stand with you!” – Normani Kordei
16.) “Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” ― Zack W. Van
17.) “When people see you’re happy doing what you’re doing, it sort of takes the power away from them to tease you about it.” ― Wendy Mass
18.) “We all have a responsibility with the words we post on the internet. If you wouldn’t want your mother, daughter, sister or friend to read it, don’t post it.” ― Germany Kent
19.) “I woke up one day and thought, ‘Enough is enough with bullying myself.’ The war is within you, and that’s also where it’s won. You just have to tackle your insecurities and then let them go.” – Keala Settle
20.) “It is against the principles of human rights to bully another human being.” ― Shenita Etwaroo
21.) “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
22.) “People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman
23.) “Cyberbullying is Bullying. Hiding behind a pretty screen, doesn’t make it less hateful, written words have power.” – Anon
24.) “Life is a fight, but not everyone’s a fighter. Otherwise, bullies would be an endangered species.”- Andrew Vachss
25.) “Go empower yourself. You need confidence because the one thing that bullying does is it belittles you, and it takes away your confidence, and nobody deserves that.” – Bill Goldberg
26.) “I think the sooner that all of us in society stop accepting any type of bullying or harassment from other people – in spite of people’s social standing or net worth or whatever it is – the sooner it will stop.” – Jason Priestley
27.) “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.” ― Abraham Lincoln
28.) “A bully hides his fears with fake bravado. That is the opposite of self-assertiveness.” ― Nathaniel Branden
29.) “Never do a wrong thing to make a friend–or to keep one.” ― Robert E. Lee
30.) “You can’t be against bullying without actually doing something about it.” – Randi Weingarten
31.) “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
32.) “I realized that bullying never has to do with you. It’s the bully who’s insecure.” – Shay Mitchell
33.) “Getting bullied in school taught me how to be strong, getting judged taught me to be better, failure taught me to be resilient and being made fun of taught me humility.” ― Mehak Bhalla
34.) “If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” ― Taylor Swift
35.) “Confident and proficient people are virtually impossible for a bully to intimidate in any environment.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster
36.) “No one heals himself by wounding another.” ― St. Ambrose
37.) “Bullies don’t like to fight, son. They like to win. Being afraid is normal. The only fight you really have to win is the one against the fear.” – Kwame Alexander
38.) “When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper; They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.” – Chris Colfer
39.) “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” – Benjamin Disraeli
40.) “What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?” ― Lynette Mather
41.) “I think bullying in general is for cowards.” – Eddie Alvarez
42.) “If you poke a bear just to hear it to roar, why keep poking it if it doesn’t have the energy to roar.” ― Dean Mackin
43.) “If you’re insulting people on the internet, you must be ugly on the inside.” ― Phil Lester
44.) “If we are to stop bullying in schools, we have to start with teachers and administrators. If we want to stop it, we have to stop it.” – Chris Crutcher
45.) “People try to say suicide is the most cowardly act a man could ever commit. I don’t think that’s true at all. What’s cowardly is treating a man so badly that he wants to commit suicide.” ― Tommy Tran
46.) “Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain.” – Cat Cora
47.) “Your perfect the way you are, you got to believe in yourself.” ― RedWolf
48.) “All the whispering, glaring, pointing and judging makes them no better than whoever or whatever it is they’re gossiping about.” ― Tiffany King
49.) “If you’re having a down time at school and people are bullying you, they don’t know you. They don’t have the right to have an opinion on you.” – Maisie Williams
50.) “Usually people don’t see beyond the surface of things and cannot understand more other than the obvious; they are used to judging a book by its cover, and that is why they don’t hesitate to bully.” ― Maria Karvouni
Bullying is a common problem in today’s society, and it’s only becoming worse. Whether in school or in the workplace, becoming a victim of any kind of bullying makes you feel awful inside . If you’re being bullied, know that you’re not alone and it’s never, ever your fault.
Although bullies come in all shapes and sizes, you don’t have to put up with their behavior any longer. You can show them that you are not sad and scared. The courage to stand up can be hard at first, but once you see that it works you’ll never back down again. Hopefully, the quotes above have reminded you how tough you really are.
Did you enjoy these bullying quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Feel free to share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.
22. “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
24. “My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.”
26. “Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.”
28. “You will never reach higher ground if you are always pushing others down.”
30. “Never do a wrong thing to make a friend – or keep one.”
33. “People try to say suicide is the most cowardly act a man could ever commit. I don’t think that’s true at all. What’s cowardly is treating a man so badly that he wants to commit suicide.”
37. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland
38. “I got made fun of constantly in high school. That’s what built my character. That’s what makes you who you are. When you get made fun of, when people point out your weakness, that’s just another opportunity for you to rise above.” –Zac Efron
39. “When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.” –Chris Colfer
41. “Go ahead, bully me; but in 30 years, the only thing people will remember is that I am your boss.”
42. “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.”
43. “[One who picks on you because he’s bigger than you] is like most big bullies: if you can stay away and make him miss for a few rounds he’ll get frustrated. Once you strip away that feeling of invincibility, he can be had.” – Rocky Marciano
44. “Life is a fight, but not everyone’s a fighter. Otherwise, bullies would be an endangered species.”
45. “With ignorance comes fear – from fear comes bigotry. Education is the key to acceptance.”
47. “The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person.”
49. “When you hold people up for ridicule, you have to take responsibility when other people act on it.”
50. “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”
52. “He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.”
53. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
55. “People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think.”
56. “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.”
58. “People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.”
59. ”We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
61. “A young outcast will often feel there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.”
63. “People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not.”
65. “The coconut is a symbol of resilience. Even in the conditions where there’s very little nourishment and even less nurturance, it flourishes, growing taller than most of the plants around it. (Be a coconut).”
66. “If bullies actually believe that somebody loves them and believes in them, they will love themselves, they will become better people, and many will then become saviors to the bullied.”
67. “Bullying is a horrible thing. It sticks with you forever. It poisons you. But only if you let it.”
69. “My self-worth is not linked to your cruel words and action. My self-esteem is not affected by your deliberate attempts to destroy my character. You have no power over me. You will not silence me.”
71. “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
73. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
75. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
77. “A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That’s where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It’s having backbone.”
79. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.”
80. “Remember always that you not only have the right be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
81. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.”
82. “If there are no heroes to save you, then you be the hero.”
84. “The bullying stopped when I claimed myself and proved that I wasn’t afraid. A lot of it was when I was hiding when I was younger.”
85. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create that fact.”
87. “If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” – Taylor Swift
Need the inspiration to fight back against bullying? Here are some inspirational bullying quotes to empower you to continue fighting for peace.
TELEVISION personality Jo Palmer knows a thing or two about bullies.
Ms Palmer told Kings Meadows High School students that when she was at school, her appearance, the pronunciation of her name and her dad’s illness had put her firmly in the crosshairs of schoolyard bullies.
She said she had thought the world of her dad, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who often accompanied her to school in his wheelchair despite being the target of other children's insults. “I often went home crying,’’ she said.
The Southern Cross newsreader said sadly some people still felt an urge to bully.
“Often it is because these people have been bullied themselves ... it is teaching mean behaviour. Until we stand up to bullies, it is going to keep going.’’
The former Miss Tasmania and Miss Australia said even today the bullying had not completely gone away. Now it comes in the form of social media attacks by people who decide that they did not like her on screen appearance/performance.
“I’ve had to learn to have a little bit of belief in myself. You just have to know that, inside, you are a good person.’’
Tomorrow is Australia’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
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