130 Burning Bridges Quotes to Get Rid of Toxicity

Here are some interesting burning bridges quotes to help you decide which path is best for you.

“Burn the bridge” refers to the act of ending communication with someone or closing the chapter on a particular period of one’s life. This change is sometimes for the better, and sometimes it isn’t.

As difficult as it can be, we must all burn some bridges to cut ties with toxicity. So, if you’re wondering whether to stay or go, here are some quotes that might just help you out.

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Best Burning Bridges Quotes

1. “The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” – David Russell

2. “Never burn your bridges till you come to them.” – Clayton Rawson

3. “Stop telling me not to burn bridges. Some bridges are meant to be burnt, some roads are never meant to be traveled again.” – Steve Maraboli

4. “Burning bridges in order to escape.” – James Pesutic

5. “Burn your bridges every two years.” – Carlos Castaneda

6. “Most people say never burn your bridges. I say if your bridges damage and cannot be repaired, may the bridges I burn light my way!” – Anonymous

7. “You don’t have to worry about burning bridges if you’re building your own.” – Kerry E Wagner

8. “Decisions are like making a choice between which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.” – Frank Motobo

9. “I demolish my bridges behind me―then there is no choice but to move forward.” – Fridtjof Nansen

10. “It makes no difference if I burn my bridges behind me―I never retreat.” – Fiorello LaGuardia

11. “Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” – Robert Tew

12. “We should think seriously before we slam doors, before we burn bridges, before we saw off the limb on which we find ourselves sitting.” – Richard L. Evans

13. “Mend fences, build bridges, forgive trespasses, grieve losses, and let toxic grudges go. Then move on.” – Unicahija Tamano

14. “Remove yourself from people who treat you like your time doesn’t matter, like your feelings are worthless, or like your soul is replaceable.” – S. Mcnutt

15. “Sometimes, you get the best light from a burning bridge.” – Don Henley

Inspirational Burning Bridges Quotes

16. “I wish for today and dream of yesterday. If the gods should hold me in their favor, then I shall hope for tomorrow.” – Nadège Richards

17. “If you really yearn, no need to return.” – James Pesutich

18. “Sometimes, you just have to turn around, give a little smile, throw the match, and burn that bridge.” – Anonymous

19. “Today is yesterday’s victory, yesterday is tomorrow’s conquest, and tomorrow is today’s war. Though I face death, I am not fearsome.” – Nadège Richards

20. “The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.” – Richard Peck

21. “Burn the bridges that lead back to your old way of living.” – Anonymous

22. “Be careful of those who give you false confidence to betray those who trust you. You may end up burning your bridges.” – De philosopher DJ Kyos

23. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

24. “If you believe in destiny then you must believe that the bridge was burned so you can find a new way to go to find the destiny that you were meant to follow.” – Terry Perkins

25. “Sometimes, the bridges you burn light the way out of your darkness, but the memory of the blaze will be burned into your heart and mind forever.” – Shannon L. Alder

26. “If the bridge to your past is burned behind you, then you have no choice but to travel the path into a successful future.” – John Di Lemme

27. “Never burn bridges. If it’s a faulty bridge then close it off and let it fall on its own.” – Gregor Collins

28. “Sometimes, burning bridges isn’t a bad thing. It prevents you from going back to a place you should never have been, to begin with.” – Anonymous

29. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” – Denis Waitley

30. “With every bridge that burns a new path is opened for the way your destiny is to be shaped.” – Terry Perkins

Quotes About Burning Bridges in Life

31. “I wish someone had told me about ‘burning bridges.’ I have burned loads of bridges in my life and I just had to move forward.” – Natalie Bandlow

32. “Burning bridges isn’t so bad. The real tragedy would be staying loyal to the places where no one cares to understand you.” – Stephani Shaner

33. “Until you let go of all the toxic people in your life, you will never be able to grow into your fullest potential. Let them go so you can grow.” – Anonymous

34. “One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” – Oprah Winfrey

35. “Light a few candles and burn a few bridges. Not everyone deserves to be part of your journey.” – Anonymous

36. “Any bridge to the past that refuses to burn just gives the enemy an invitation and an entry point back into your life.” – Femi Olorunnisola

37. “Commitment means burning all bridges behind you.” – Billy Graham

38. “Find your fire and do not be afraid to burn bridges that deserve to fall.” – Anonymous

39. “It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go.” – Daniell Koepke

40. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

41. “Make sure you completely burn the bridges you want to burn or you’ll be tempted to turn around and go back to your mistakes.” – Anonymous

42. “I will burn all bridges behind me and stake my entire future on my ability to get what I want.” – Cliff Townsend

43. “Burning a bridge, for example, does not just impact the situation at hand. It can Impact opportunities you may never be aware of.” – Valorie Burton

44. “Many of us are guilty of burning our bridges before we cross them.” – John H. Hayes

45. “Embrace the pain and chase the inevitable gain.” – James Pesutich

Eye-Opening Quotes That Will Make You Consider Not Burning Bridges

46. “Don’t burn bridges. Keep your integrity. If you don’t get along, just keep your distance.” – Anonymous

47. “The bridge you burn today may be the one you have to cross tomorrow.” – Anonymous

48. “Careful not to burn bridges, you just might need to cross back.” – Anonymous

49. “Forgiveness is God’s greatest gift because it meets our greatest need.” – David Platt

50. “I do not burn bridges. I just loosen the bolts a little bit each day.” – Anonymous

51. “Never burn a bridge. Just shut it down for renovations for a while.” – Anonymous

52. “Burning one’s bridges is never a good thing.” – Katherine Hall Page

53. “I don’t burn bridges. I just fail to maintain them and let them structurally degrade over time.” – Anonymous

54. “Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

55. “I never wanted to set the world on fire. So I never had to burn any bridges behind me.” – Dinah Shore

56. “I never burn bridges. I cross them. If you want to follow, then come on, or catch up with me later. If not, your loss. But I will never take away the option for you to fix what happened when you realize what you’re missing without me.” – Anonymous

57. “Be careful the bridges you’re willing to burn when trying to get ahead. You’ll never know when you’ll need a friend again.” – Anonymous

58. “The reason why we do not normally burn our option bridges when we attempt new ventures, is because we go into our new venture with the idea of failing.” – Cliff Townsend

59. “If you took your own direction, if only you practice what you preach, if you follow your advice, you wouldn’t be burning bridges all the time.” – Dave Mustaine

60. “When you regret burning the bridges, pray that it would light the ways.” – Amit Kalantri

Burning Bridges Quotes on Love and Relationships

61. “We should fight for our relationships, but if fighting means ripping yourself to shreds and piggybacking all his demons, you need to leave.” – Tara Love

62. “It’s not your responsibility to repair bridges someone else burned.” – Anonymous

63. “Bridges are meant for burning when the people and memories they join aren’t the same.” – Jim Croce

64. “I’m grateful for every scar, some pages turned, some bridges burned, but there were lessons learned.” – Carrie Underwood

65. “Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” – Deborah Reber

66. “Sometimes, you need to burn bridges to stop yourself from crossing them again.” – Anonymous

67. “Like arsenic, toxic people will slowly kill you. They kill your positive spirit and play with your mind and emotions. The only cure is to let them go.” – Denisse Lisseth

68. “Sometimes, we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much from them.” – Anonymous

69. “You kept burning the bridges and I kept trying hard to reach your arms, despite the fear of getting burnt.” – Anonymous

70. “You never know when a relationship will come in handy, so be cautious about burning bridges.” – John Michael Morgan

71. “Burning bridges behind you is understandable. It’s the bridges before us that we burn, not realizing we may need to cross, that brings regret.” – Anthony Liccione

72. “Dishonest hearts burn bridges. Don’t worry if they move forward from mistreating you, they have nothing to fall back on. They torched it all.” – Anonymous

73. “I usually give people more chances than they deserve but once I’m done, I’m done.” – Anonymous

74. “You don’t want to burn bridges or make people angry. Building a career is all about creating relationships.” – Ricki Frankel

75. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

Sarcastic Burning Bridges Quotes 

76. “Sometimes, you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you.” – Anonymous

77. “Burn bridges with toxic people and give no explanations.” – Anonymous

78. “They burned the bridge, then ask why I don’t visit.” – Anonymous

79. “They say don’t burn bridges you may have to cross later. I say I don’t mind swimming if the bridge was fucked up, to begin with.” – Anonymous

80. “I won’t just burn bridges anymore, I’ll destroy portals between worlds. You are not allowed near me if all you carry is toxicity.” – Erin Van Vuren

81. “Burning a bridge takes too long. I prefer explosives.” – Anonymous

82. “You know the hardest thing to do in Hollywood is burn bridges. There is usually some sucker who still likes me. There is usually some sucker who will still work with me.” – Terry Gilliam

83. “Once you cross, accept the loss.” – James Pesutich

84. “Don’t burn a bridge and then expect me to send a boat.” – Anonymous 

85. “I burned bridges because I can swim. Don’t ever think I need you.” – Anonymous

Thought-Provoking Burning Bridges Quotes That Will Make You Think About Your Decisions

86. “We will burn that bridge when we come to it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

87. “My land is bare of chattering folk; the clouds are low along the ridges and sweet’s the air with curly smoke from all my burning bridges.” – Dorothy Parker

88. “When you’ve burned the bridges behind you, don’t go starting a fire on the one in front of you.” – Steven Erikson

89. “Burning bridges behind me. All I want is to forget you somehow.” – Remy David Shand

90. “When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” – Dylan Thomas

91. “Truly great women go mad and dare to take an afternoon stroll across burning bridges.” – Matt Baker

92. “Ain’t no way to stay warm at the fire of burning bridges. I’ve made some adjustments, worked out some problems.” – Daniel Smith Chauncey

93. “The hardest thing to do is change, the easiest thing to do is simply stay the same or go back to doing the same.” – Cliff Townsend

94. “Oh, burning bridges behind me, you can follow me down but it’s plain to see. I’m a victim of the burn and it’s third degree.” – Remy David Shand

95. “People burn their bridges until they realize they’re stranded—and then it’s too late.” – Anonymous

96. “Why’d we want to burn those bridges? Why’d we want to light such a flame?”– Daniel Smith Chauncey

97. “These bridges burning so fast, we can’t just stomp ’em out. As if you know what I’m talking about.” – Christopher Bridges

98. “If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.” – Cliff Townsend

99. “Oh, setting bridges on fire. You can call out my name but I won’t return. I’m a fugitive of love and this heart’s been burned.” – Remy David Shand

100. “She sat down on the bank of the river, and with her head in her hands, she cried. She cried until she laughed. She noticed the cold began to fade, warmed by the light of a burning bridge.” – Anonymous

Burning Bridges Quotes That We Can All Relate To

101. “Now, the only way to stay alive is to form another bridge because that’s not how magic works, you against me, it only works when you’re with me. The magic is us it always us it makes us stronger.” – Anonymous

102. “But hurt me and without even thinking twice, I will burn that bridge and never look back.” – Beau Taplin

103. “People who make a habit of burning bridges often wake up one morning wondering, ‘where did everyone go?’” – Anonymous

104. “I can feel a strong desire. A distant fire burning through the past. Deep inside my heart is yearning, a bridge is burning.” – Remy David Shand

105. “I’ve been burning bridges all day, I think I’ll just knock this one down.” – Chris Soares

106. “I like to burn my bridges while I’m standing on them so people know I’m serious about my crazy.” – Anonymous

107. “I don’t regret ‘burning my bridges.’ I regret that some people weren’t on them while I was doing it.” – Anonymous

108. “And we’re burning all the bridges now. ‘Cause it was sink or swim and I went down, down, down.” – Casey Michael Laforet

109. “My father used to tell me, ‘never burn your bridges,’ all of the time, but I never understood it until I burned a bridge.” – Eric Stanberry Jr.

110. “When all your love is lost and burning bridges can’t be crossed, Lord won’t you let me know or give me one more reason to go.” – Christopher Bridges

111. “The act of burning one’s bridges is historically an expression used to signify staking everything on the success of one venture or another, usually a battle.” – Jerald Ford

112. “Once the smoke from that burning bridge begins to settle, glance back. Take one good look at how far you’ve come, breathe in some fresh air, and be thankful you weren’t stuck there.” – Anonymous

113. “Growth and development includes the experience of being exposed to difficult stressful situations and learning to cope with them.” – Sharon L. Johnson

114. “Burning bridges is an expression used to warn you that if you treat a person like don’t matter to you, that person might decide not to help you in the future.” – Eric Stanberry Jr.

115. “The path to freedom is illuminated by the bridges you have burned, adorned by the ties you have cut, and cleared by the drama you have left behind. Let go. Be free.” – Steve Maraboli

More Burning Bridges Quotes You’ll Want to Read

116. “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” – Tom Stoppard

117. “We kept burning bridges between us one after another. But every time we burnt them we used so much power that it took a toll on us.” – Anonymous

118. “There’s no fall greater than one from a burnt bridge.” – Carlos Wallace

119. “Building walls, burning bridges.” – Roger Zea

120. “I’m not a wilting flower. I’m honest, so I pick a lot of fights. I’ve burned a lot of bridges.” – Scott Thompson

121. “You can’t do that kind of thing normally, but normal dumped without a note nearly a month ago. These days, I’ll happily set fire to a bridge the second after I’ve crossed it—I don’t plan on being around for the consequences to catch up with me.” – D.D. Barant

122. “If you really want to transcend, Don’t worry—it is not the end.” – James Pesutich

123. “Never burn a bridge unless your foe is on it, captain.” – Phil Foglio

124. “The only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round.” – Anonymous

125. “When you follow Christ, it must be a total burning of all your bridges behind you.” – Billy Graham

126. “A bridge serves as a link, a means of access to a place because a gap has been created.” – Femi Olorunnisola

127. “He who can not forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself.” – George Herbert

128. “You don’t want to burn any bridges, but you also want to make sure you leave your character bridges wide open and you’re never seen as one particular thing, or that’s who you’ll be, unfortunately, for the rest of your career.” – Amanda Schull

129. “A bridge has almost forever been a metaphor for transition.” – John H. Hayes

130. “I don’t believe in burning bridges. I will never forget the dying words of my pious and saintly great-grandfather.” – Anonymous

Have You Ever Attempted to End Toxic Relationships With Your Family, Partner, or Friends?

Burning bridges can be an effective way to move on for people stuck in toxic friendships or relationships. Why stay if love and respect are no longer being served?

Many people believe that burning bridges shows immaturity. But, deciding whether or not to burn a bridge and completely let go of a relationship should not be taken lightly.

Remember that once you’ve burned the bridges, there’s no turning back. To live a better and more successful life, we must learn to let go and move on.

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