67 Bitter People Quotes to Overcome Bitterness and Resentment

Bitter people often exhibit pessimism and judgement, fueled by anger, hurt, or resentment from adverse experiences or perceived injustices.

They may come across as perpetually irritated, unhappy, spiteful, jealous, or negative.

This compilation of insightful quotes about bitterness and bitter people aims to shed light on their struggles, offering an understanding of their demeanor.

Understanding the root cause of a person’s bitterness can guide how we interact with them.

Featuring sayings, captions, messages and images, these quotes provide perspective on individuals who frequently display misery and negativity.


This post is an excellent resource for gaining insight into the complex world of bitter individuals.

The collection encourages empathy towards such people while inspiring readers to consider the reasons behind their bitterness.

This information can also complement your understanding of other difficult personality traits, such as rudeness.

Best Bitter People Quotes


The bitterest fruit tastes sweet when you share it with someone you love. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.

Bitterness kills the soul. ~ Anthony Ray Hinton.

Hurt leads to bitterness, bitterness to anger, travel too far that road and the way is lost. ~ Terry Brooks.

Bitter people are like vinegar- they sour everything around them. ~ Chandan Negi.

Bitterness is a result of clinging to negative experiences. It serves you no good and close the door to your future. ~ Leon Brown.


When life is bitter, you have no sweet dreams. ~ Tamerlan Kuzgov.

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray.

I hate how hard spiritual transformation is and how long it takes. I hate thinking about how many people have gone to church for decades and remain joyless or judgmental or bitter or superior. ~ John Ortberg.


Bitterness is like cancer. It eats away at the host until there is nothing left. ~ Chandan Negi.

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. ~ Bill Cosby.

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Famous Bitter People Quotes

One can never regret the decisions made at the time you make them, because that can only lead to bitterness and sadness. ~ David Nutter.

Many people say that time heals all wounds, but that simply is not true. People can become more bitter, arrogant and spiteful with age. ~ Gudjon Bergmann.


Bitter people are not interested in what you say, but what you hide. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

Never trust the sweetness of the tongue and never doubt the bitterness of the truth. ~ Aiyaz Uddin.

Bitterness and unforgiveness block the flow of God’s blessing in your life and actually hinder your prayers. ~ Victoria Osteen.


Maybe people become bitter when they don’t know what they are fighting for. But I keep my eyes open. ~ Eva Gabrielsson.

Words can be said in bitterness and anger, and often there seems to be an element of truth in the nastiness. And words don’t go away, they just echo around. ~ Jane Goodall.

Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the poison in her pen and the villain in every one of her books. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. ~ Barack Obama.


Bitter people always get bitten and they never get better. ~ Angel Phetheni.

A person who is too proud in love will suffer from the devastating bitterness in the end. ~ Eraldo Banovac.

Bitterness is venom that consumes its host. ~ Matshona Dhliwayo.

Most people who make movies are in real life a bitter disappointment. I, on the other hand, am so much better in real life. ~ Marlene Dietrich.


Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break. ~ Sara Teasdale.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.

Bitter people always want to show you their bitter side in different forms, sometimes gently and sometimes bitterly, as if that is your bitter side, but always remain positive with understanding! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.


It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail. ~ Lech Walesa.

If conservatives don’t want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments. ~ Bill Maher.

Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves. ~ Robert Anton Wilson.

I know people who grow old and bitter. I want to keep making a fresh start. I don’t want them to defeat me. That would be suicidal. ~ Robert Wyatt.

Great Bitter People Quotes

People become so deeply attached to the sound of one period that they blow a fuse when you move on. I’ve heard people complain bitterly about recordings they haven’t even heard. ~ Elvis Costello.


It’s always bitterly disappointing to people to see how normally one can live. ~ Eric Bana.

The way things have gone in my life, sure, I could have been a bitter person. But I just find bitter people really un-fun, you know? And who wants to be that person? ~ Drew Barrymore.

That’s what bitter people did. Pointed the finger and blamed others. Obfuscation was a way of hiding from their own shortcomings and wounds. ~ Rachel Hauck.

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around. ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness. ~ Flannery O’Connor.

It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness. ~ Robert Menzies.


Bitterness and resentment only hurt one person, and it’s not the person we’re resenting – it’s us. ~ Alana Stewart.

Everyone is a little bitter. We’re born bitter. The personality itself is really just a very complex defense mechanism. A reaction to the first time someone said, “No you can’t.” ~ Marc Maron.

One has no right to form ideals of people, and then, because they don’t justify them, become bitter. ~ Olive Schreiner.

Top Bitter People Quotes

People say you should read your criticism because it will make you a better person but it doesn’t. It just makes you a sad bitter old showbiz nightmare. ~ Jo Brand.


Unfortunately, people think I’m negative and bitter all the time, and that’s not the case. ~ Hope Solo.

Some people won’t go the extra mile, and then on their birthday, when no one makes a fuss, they feel neglected and bitter. ~ Anne Lamott.

Just because other people think something, that doesn’t make it true. Maybe there’s some truth in that, but it’s unsatisfying, bitter-tasting truth. ~ Cynthia Lord.

What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

Marriage can either be a classroom where people become wiser and better, or a prison where people become resentful; and bitter. ~ David Jeremiah.


Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. ~ Maya Angelou.

Bitterness can be corrosive. It can rewrite your memories as if it were scrubbing a crime scene clean, until in the end you only remember what suits you of its causes. ~ Fredrik Backman.

If you are bitter, it will eat you up and do you much more damage than the people who have hurt you. ~ Terry Waite.

Meaningful Bitter People Quotes

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s book and write your own. ~ Albert Einstein.

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness. ~ Henry David Thoreau.


Failure makes people bitter and cruel. Success improves the character of the man. ~ W. Somerset Maugham.

Don’t be bitter. Everybody suffers. If you can accept your suffering then you will understand other people better. Be grateful for pain. Love life. ~ Stephen Colbert.

People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don’t want to hear it. ~ Avigdor Lieberman.

90% of people are in jobs they hate and are bitter about their lives and scratching about for money. That’s my worst nightmare. ~ Danny Dyer.

He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana. ~ Buddha.

There are movie sites that love movies and there are movie sites that are just bitter people that just hate movies. I find Movieline to be in the latter. The tone is bizarrely hateful. ~ Todd Phillips.

The problem is that many bitter people don’t know they are bitter. Since they are so convinced that they are right, they can’t see their own wrong in the mirror. And the longer the root of bitterness grows, the more difficult it is to remove. ~ Craig Groeschel.


Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you’re a chill, laid back guy, you maybe have more pent-up frustration, anger, bitterness, than maybe somebody a little wilder would have. ~ Adam Page.

Apparently people don’t like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, ‘Oh! Wait a minute – I was wrong.’ I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you. ~ Lemmy Kilmister.

So these were the 67 top quotes about Bitter People.

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