Quotes to inspire Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

For many of us, setting boundaries can be difficult. It doesn’t come easily for some but is so good to do. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite quotes on boundaries to help inspire you to have healthier relationships. I’ve also shared what I like about each quote.

When you’re struggling, I hope you use these as reminders of why you’re working so hard to take care of yourself and why boundaries are a good thing for everyone.


“No” is a complete sentence. – Annie Lamott

Sometimes we feel the need to offer an explanation for our decisions but no is an answer and is sometimes enough. No further explanation needed.


When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice. – Brené Brown

This is an awesome quote because it’s so true. In a way, by not setting boundaries you allow yourself to be mistreated and that isn’t fair to you. You deserve better.


Every healthy marriage is composed of walls and windows. The windows are the aspects of your relationship that are open to the world—that is, the necessary gaps through which you interact with family and friends; the walls are the barriers of trust behind which you guard the most intimate secrets of your marriage. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Everyone doesn’t need to know about what goes on inside your marriage. Protect your marriage by establishing necessary boundaries.


Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. – Brené Brown

This author is on my list twice because I have so much respect for her work. Setting boundaries does take some courage but you can show up for yourself in a way that no one else can.


You best teach others about healthy boundaries by enforcing yours. ― Bryant McGill

Lead by example. You’ll be surprised just by how favorably people respond when you try to set boundaries.


We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming or cruel when we speak our truths. ― Melody Beattie

Don’t confuse setting boundaries with being mean and nasty. You can set boundaries with compassion and love.


Kerri-Anne Brown

Kerri-Anne Brown

Hi, I'm Kerri-Anne and I'm a licensed mental health counselor in Orlando, FL. I help individuals and couples who are living with fertility challenges, perinatal loss, birth trauma and difficulties with postpartum adjustments. Please feel free to reach out anytime.


  1. Amber Lewter on December 4, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Two of my favorite things: powerful quotes and boundary awareness! I need to share these with my clients and remind myself. This has inspired me to create some artwork around this topic. Thanks!

  2. Lynn Louise Wonders on December 6, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great collection of inspiring quotes! Definitely sharing these with my readers! Thanks for putting this together… 🙂

  3. Rose LaPiere on December 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    love this, awesome quotes! I am going to print these out for clients and its a good reminder for me too!

  4. Kim Martinez/True North Counseling Services on December 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Quotes and boundaries! Win! I just had a discussion with a client about boundaries.I can’t wait to show them these.

  5. Cary M Hamilton on December 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Relationships need tending like a garden. Love the power of these quotes!

  6. Rachel Full Cup Play Therapy on December 21, 2017 at 2:01 am

    If I had a penny for everytime I said “boundaries!” 😂 This is a great resource for sharing with clients and friends. Thank you!

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