Passive Aggressive Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old passive aggressive quotes, passive aggressive sayings, and passive aggressive proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

When introverts are in conflict with each may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues and passive-aggressive behaviors!     

Adam S. McHugh

Their anxiety and distrust of the connection of others will manifest in anxious monitoring, over-giving, passive aggressive approaches to anger and chronic worry. For them, failure to anticipate and meet the needs of others equals abandonment.     

Mary Crocker Cook

Fine! He is being passive aggressive with me, and it's gonna backfire; I'm gonna be active friendly.     

Natalya Vorobyova

A passive aggressive behavior would never lead to real solutions.     

Signe Whitson

Passive aggressive people consistently makes you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster.      

Izey Victoria Odiase

Passive aggressive persons may express their anger covertly by choosing not to share information when it could prevent a problem.      

Psychology Today

Passive aggressive persons are known for verbally complying with a request, but behaviorally delaying its completion.      

Psychology Today

Passive aggressive behavior is counter productive. Communication is key to a healthy personal and work relationship.     

Izey Victoria Odiase

Since passive aggression is motivated by a person’s belief that expressing anger directly will only make his life worse, the passive aggressive person uses phrases like “Fine” and “Whatever” to express anger indirectly and to shut down direct, emotionally honest communication.      

Psychology Today

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

Izey Victoria Odiase

Never judge someone until you've walked a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do judge him, you're a mile away and you have his shoes.     

Emo Philips

Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care.     


Whatever you do always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood.     


You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your decisions.     

Ezra Taft Benson

Some people are like clouds ... When they're gone it's a beautiful day.     


Never judge anyone until you walk a mile in their shoes. Unless they're bad shoes. Then you should totally say something.     


Love without sacrifice is like theft.     

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Some people just need a high-five. In the face. With a chair.     


Passive pleasure is no pleasure at all.     

Arthur Adamov

We met for a reason, either you're a blessing or a lesson.     

Frank Ocean

Sometimes it's not the people who change, it's the mask that falls off.     

Haruki Murakami

Believe you can and you're halfway there to convincing yourself to do something stupid.     


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

I'm not passive aggressive. If something bothers me, I think about it, then I act on it. I express it.     

Anton Yelchin

Passive aggressive behavior creates distance in a relationship because issues and problems of an increasingly bothering nature are not discussed.     

Preston Ni

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.     

Richelle Mead

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

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

Passive aggressive personality unable to express aggression directly, these people express hostility indirectly.     

David Walter Rousch

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