103 Best Dr. Phil Quotes To Help You Solve Life's Problems

Supriya Jain
Dec 12, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Mar 16, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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You are your own life manager, and your actions lead to specific consequences, thus it is very important to make the right choices in life and to "live" rather than just "exist", be it in your own life or someone else's.

A famous quote by Dr. Phil is, "Life's managed, not cured." Dr. Phil McGraw (aka Dr. Phil), is an American television personality, author, and the host of the television show 'Dr. Phil'.

Dr. Phil McGraw gained fame following numerous appearances on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', and has his own daytime talk show, for which also he is widely known. Dr. Phil McGraw completed a doctorate in clinical psychology and provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television.

He has said some of the best life quotes that you can surely take inspiration from. Down below are the best Dr. Phil quotes to help you solve life's problems, do check them out.

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Dr. Phil Funny Quotes

Dr. Phil McGraw is the famous host of a chat show and is a favorite amongst the viewers. Read on for some of the best Phil McGraw quotes on psychology and other aspects of life.

Dr. Phil McGraw giving speech

1. "Nothing's funnier to me than laughing at myself."

2. "It's hard to see your own face without a mirror."

3. "Oh, everybody wears a mask. We all put our best foot forward. We all try and make a statement; I'm not saying that's bad."

4. "My dad used to say, 'You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.'"

5. "A man can't 'just be friends' with another woman. Period."

6. "It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else."

7. "It's so much easier to tell people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear."

8. "Life's managed, not cured."

9. "What upsets people is not what happens in our lives. What upsets people is if something happens different than what we expect."

10. "You generate the results in your life that you believe you deserve."

11. "Everyone faces the challenge of finding meaning to their suffering."

12. "You don't need a pack of wild horses to learn how to make a sandwich."

13. "Do you realize that you can't play the game of life with sweaty palms?"

14. "Don't wait until you're in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan."

15. "When you do something that you really think is stupid, bad decision, irresponsible, and it just happens and you suffer it then that's penalty. But if you learn from it, it becomes tuition."

Dr. Phil McGraw Quotes On Relationships

Dr. Phil's quotes on relationships offer guidance on family life to a large number of people. Read on for some of the most insightful advice on relationships with ourselves and others in our family or peers.

16. "There's a big difference between falling in love and being in love. There's a big difference between infatuation and falling in love."

17. "Every situation needs a hero. Step up and be that for your child."

18. "I've learned a tremendous amount from Oprah."

19. "I do not believe, even remotely, that you have to have a partner in your life in order to be whole, in order to be complete, and in order to be fulfilled. You just don't have to."

20. "The people change, the common denominator is you."

21. "People have the right to think and say whatever they want to. But you have the right not to take it to heart, and not to react."

22. "You are so much more than what people have done to you, and to let that define you would be a tragedy."

23. "Take it from a guy: If you're in love with somebody, you will swim the stream, you will climb the mountain, you will slay the dragon. You're going to get to her somehow, some way."

24. "Power begins with having a crystal-clear view of reality and what each and every person in your life is driven by."

25. "Never put more in a relationship than you can afford to lose."

26. "When you get married, your loyalty, first and foremost, is to your spouse, and to the family that you create together."

27. "Relationships are negotiated, and if you deal with ultimatums and authority all the time, then you’re not going to get anywhere."

28. "It's great if the in-laws themselves put up boundaries. But if they won't; it's up to their grown kids to do it and enforce them."

29. "Be your authentic self. Your authentic self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment, or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you're supposed to be. Give yourself permission to be your authentic self."

30. "Forgiving someone does not mean that you're saying what they did was OK."

31. "16-year olds have a unique characteristic: They have an inability to predict the consequences of their actions."

32. "The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears."

33. "I ask you to go back and read them over again, and this time answer them keeping in mind that you are writing your children’s future with your answers."

34. "Indulgence does not prepare, indulgence can cripple a child because the world won't indulge her."

35. "If you harbor hatred, anger, and bitterness (towards her), then you are absolutely locked into a bond through those negative emotions."

36. "One side of unhealthy relating is if you are always pursuing or always retreating."

Dr. Phil Inspiring Quotes

Phil McGraw's quotes have been a source of inspiration to millions of people from around the world. Read on for some of the most inspiring Phil McGraw quotes on self-esteem, decision-making, and planning life.

37. "Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right."

38. "It's time for you to claim the happiness that you deserve in your life."

39. "Eighty percent of all choices are based on fear. Most people don't choose what they want; they choose what they think is safe."

40. "If you don't have a plan, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, months turn into years, and before you know it, you're looking back and saying, I should've had a plan."

41. “Change can come in either of two important ways: start behaving positively or stop behaving negatively.”

42. "You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you."

43. "Drama and crisis are currency to them because they love the power to make people react. They thrive on a good fight, a good scandal, a good drama."

44. "I've talked to so many people, men and women alike, that get overweight and their self-esteem just goes in the tank. They think they're judged. They think they're unattractive."

45. "Every one of us have things that we believe about ourselves when nobody else is looking, nobody else is listening, nobody else is monitoring what we're doing. We believe things about ourself."

46. "You have got to decide, look, this is who I am; this is my best way to present myself, and I'm going to ride that horse to the finish line. Not everybody will like it, but that's OK."

47. "Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower."

48. "You are your own most important resource for making your life work. Life rewards action. Until your knowledge, awareness, insights, and understandings are translated into action; they are of no value."

49. "If emotional pain or problems have cropped up in your life, you must insist on getting closure. Closure means you don't carry the problem or the pain. You address the issue, then you slam shut the book and put it away."

50. "You must learn that you do not have to be angry just because you have the right to be."

51. "When you allow a person's words to upset you, you're giving away your power."

52. "You've got to be careful about whom you let into your life."

53. "If you need a miracle, be a miracle."

54. "At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you're living your life doesn't matter. What matters is whether you're comfortable with it."

55. "It's a choice. You just have to decide that I'm not going to put my energy there.

I'm going to decide to let this go. It's your choice. You can embrace it, you can become a prisoner of bitterness and resentment, anger and victim city, or you can just say 'I'm going to live my life and be happy.'"

56. "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior; so you have got to create a new history."

57. "Anger is nothing more than an outward expression of hurt, fear and frustration."

58. "Get up each morning, look at yourself in the mirror, and see yourself not as someone who is overweight or out of shape, but as the someone you will become."

59. "If you want more, you have to require more from yourself."

60. "The quickest way from A to B is not always at the most feverish pace."

61. "Helping someone means doing what they want you to do, not giving them what you want them to have."

62. "The difference between winners and losers is that winners do things losers don't want to do."

63. "Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you."

64. "If you continue to do what you've always done, you will continue to have what you've always had."

65. "In the meantime, let's agree that what makes a problem big is simply that it's yours."

66. "Food is a coping mechanism; people are afraid of giving it up because then they'll feel confused and lost."

67. "Grief is a process to go through, not a destination in which to wallow. In a process, you keep putting one foot in front of the other, and each little step is part of your healing."

68. "Happiness isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition."

69. "You must define what it looks like for you and then make a conscious effort to access whatever gets you to your unique definition of joy."

70. "First, you're going to have to stop using food for anything other than nutrition. You cannot continue to use food to celebrate, or as a companion, or for entertainment, or comfort. You cannot medicate yourself, your mood, or pain with food."

71. "You cannot be who and what you are unless you have a lifestyle, both internally and externally, that is designed to support that definition of self."

Dr. Phil Phrase Of The Day Quotes

Here are some short and crisp quotes for you to derive your daily dose of motivation from. And needless to say, they are pearls of wit and wisdom from Dr. Phil.

72. "Failure is no accident."

73. "You can't change what you don't acknowledge."

74. "The truth doesn't have versions, it just is."

75. "See yourself clearly, flaws and all."

76. "If you're in a hole, stop digging."

77. "The difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline."

78. "A mother is only as happy as her saddest child."

79. "No matter how flat you make your pancake, it's still got two sides."

80. "We're all products of our learning history."

81. "Life's a marathon, not a sprint."

82. "Common sense needs to be more common."

83. "The most you get is what you ask for."

84. "Take the high road, there's a lot less traffic up there."

85. "You can't put feathers on a dog and call it a chicken!"

86. "Learn when's a good time to shut up."

87. "This is no dress rehearsal."

88. "Awareness without action is worthless."

89. "Pain is the price you pay for resisting life."

90. "You're only lonely if you're not there for you."

91. "Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?"

92. "We all have a social mask, right?"

93. "You either get it, or you don't."

94. "You create your own experience."

95. "People do what works.”

96. "Life rewards action."

97. "There is no reality, only perception."

98. "Someday is not a day of the week."

99. "We teach people how to treat us."

100. "There is power in forgiveness."

101. "You have to name it before you can claim it.”

102. "Stand up and walk out of your history."

103. "This is your life, and the clock is ticking."

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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