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What to say to someone who makes negative comments

Clever replies when someone MAKES A NEGATIVE COMMENT

We all know a toxic person; it could be your relative or some idiot in your class who always likes to point out the negative.

Jason was a top student at school and was a bright guy. His grandfather loved him and meant well, but he had a very small view of the world.

Jason was in the process of making plans to go to university overseas. He wanted to travel and experience all that life had to offer. His grandpa could only see the world from his point of view and would make negative remarks every time Jason shared one of his dreams. Grandpa would say things like, “You will never be able to survive in Dublin if you go there by yourself.”

Luckily, Jason didn’t listen to his grandpa and kept going and planning for his move to Europe. What we believe we are capable of achieving truly determines our lives. Don’t let the negative remarks from limited people become your reality.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”— Henry Ford

Here are some great comebacks for the individual who is always giving you unsolicited advice and making negative remarks. These clever comebacks will let them know that you know you are not interested in hearing their nasty comments.


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Top ten comebacks for people who make negative comments

  1. Your comments about X are not acceptable.
  2. Happy, secure people have no need to put others down.
  3. Some people will always have something to say and nothing to contribute.
  4. I don’t take feedback from people who don’t have to deal with the results.
  5. Why don’t you try and fix yourself instead of trying to break me?
  6. Just because you’ve chosen a label for me doesn’t mean I’ve chosen to wear it.
  7. Know what’s funny? Not you, so be quiet.
  8. Please cancel my subscription; I have had enough of your issues.
  9. Please, you’ve got more issues than Vogue.
  10. I don’t understand people who hate their lives enough to criticize everyone around…but not enough to fix their own.
Don't let what negative people say become your reality

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16 Responses

  1. My Aunt is the most negative person on the planet. She is always telling us why we won’t accomplish something.I am going to use number one on her. I look forward to seeing the shock on her face.

  2. 3,7 & 8 are wonderful. Ofcourse, a toxic person will probably have something negative to say everyday. So here are a few more comebacks from this website that you can use …. “Please unsubscribe me from your newsletters”. ” I’m sorry, I didn’t order a glass of your opinion”. “You have the right to have an opinion and I have the right to ignore it”.


  4. The best way to deal to with someone negative is by not responding to them at all because that is exactly what they want is to know they’re getting your attention. Let them sit there in their own negativity because it drives them crazy to feel like nobody is listening to or cares about what they have to say.

    If for some reason you feel as though you have to respond to someone’s negativity, try killing them with kindness. Just respond with something polite, but keep it short & sweet like you would if speaking to a toddler. Keep your distance though because you don’t want to get slapped or punched by them when they get angry with you for making them look stupid.

    “Wow, it’s so nice outside right now. The weather is absolutely perfect today. We should go to the beach or a park or something.” (John)

    “Ok, sounds like fun to me…..let’s do it.” (Jim)

    “That’s a stupid idea. It’ll just be crowded from everybody else doing the same thing so you’ll just end up getting caught in traffic and have trouble finding a parking spot, and it’ll probably rain later anyway.” (George)

    “Oh really? Thanks.” (John)

    (John & Jim walk away to head for the beach………without George.)

  5. There’s a really good come back I heard a while back however I can’t remember the exact wording it goes something like…. I don’t waste my time on opinion of those who are insignificant. If someone knows the exact wording could you let me know it would have worked perfectly for my daughter the other day.

    1. Hey Cassey, I think this is the comeback you are looking for:

      1. I don’t hold grudges, you just become irrelevant.
      2. Never let someone with the significance of a speed bump become a road block in your life.

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