Ever feel there is a part of you, or your mind, which prevents you from having positive energy and being the best you can be? We all have a dark side — you’re not alone. Here is a brief definition of what inner demons are as well as 70 inspiring quotes about them…

What are inner demons?

Inner demons are all those scary thoughts and images of our inner world that can lead to unhappiness and unfulfillment if we don’t deal with them. Inner demons could be anxious thoughts about our future, negative or limiting beliefs about ourselves, past wounds, fears, or insecurities that prevent growth.

We all have a different personality and each of us learns to deal with their own inner demons in a different way.

Some of us aren’t afraid of introspection, and can fight their demons and conflicts by becoming aware of them and reflecting on them (for example, by challenging their own negative thoughts).

Then, there’s people whose inclination is to simply ignore or silence them, and that can work as well.

Although you can’t simply get rid of your own inner demons, you do have the power to increase your level of awareness and reach the point where you control them — rather than being controlled by them. Here are a few examples of activities/habits that can help you do that:

  • Meditation sessions
  • Focusing on your strengths
  • CBT and therapy in general
  • Making peace with the past
  • Practicing gratitude
  • Forgiving others and yourself
  • Art and expressing your creativity
  • Cognitive defusion
  • Accepting your own imperfections
Meditation and mindfulness can increase your awareness

I hope the following quotes will help you understand what your inner demons are, as well as inspire you to find ways to deal with them. We all have inner demons but through self-love, personal growth, and positive thinking we can make peace with them and not let them interfere with our happiness.

Inner demons quotes

Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit. Each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest.

— Joseph Campbell

Until I really dealt with a lot of demons in my life — the fear, and self doubt, and unresolved issues with my old man — I could never feel fulfilled and happy. I would wake up in the morning and feel bad.

— David Cassidy

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Demons manifest themselves in people in different ways. For instance, out of nowhere, somebody can become very angry for no reason. That’s not just an emotion. That’s a demon.

— Stephen Baldwin

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

People can change, learn, and grow, and it’s better to face your demons instead of perpetually running away from them.

— Jessica Rothe

You know, we all have our inner demons. I, for one, am on the verge of moral collapse at any time. It can happen by the end of the show.

— Glenn Beck

I think the key to happiness is allowing ourselves to not feel bad or guilty for feeling it, and letting it be contagious.

— Brittany Murphy

True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities. We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are. We have to turn toward our own inner darkness.

— Julia Hill

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.

— Carl Jung

People are complicated creatures. On one hand, capable of great acts of charity, and on the other, capable of the most underhanded forms of betrayal. It’s a constant battle that rages within all of us, between the better angels of our nature and the temptations of our inner demons.

— Mary Alice

The tragedy of too many people is that they cannot allow happiness just to be there; they cannot leave it alone. Their sense of who they are and of what their destiny is cannot accommodate happiness. So they are driven to find ways to sabotage it.

— Nathaniel Branden

I did a lot of struggling with my identity trying to figure out who the heck I was. I had to face my demons.

— John Carter Cash

Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence.

— Bruce Lee

Everyone has monsters and demons within themselves. They are metaphors for the human condition.

— Mark Pellegrino

I usually don’t get too bogged down with my own personal problems because that’s a one-way street if you get yourself into a negative frame of mind and only see the dark side of life.

— Jack Nicholson

Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.

— Jasmine Warga

Forgive yourself first. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes.

— Les Brown

You’re always searching for the thing to heal you, and I thought therapy would give me that. But it didn’t — it just helps you recognize your demons.

— Rick Springfield

Pause and remember — no one is coming to rescue you from yourself; your inner demons, your lack of confidence, your dissatisfaction with yourself and life. Only self-love and good decisions will rescue you.

— Jennifer Young

We all have inner demons to fight. We call these demons fear, hatred, and anger. If you do not conquer them, then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph.

— Ip Man

Fortunately, analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

— Karen Horney

Sometimes it’s not the pain that makes you suffer, it’s your own negative thoughts that make things seem worse.

— Unknown

Embracing our dark side gives us a new found freedom to be with the darkness in others. For when I can love all of me, I will love all of you.

— Debbie Ford

Being mentally tough is having to battle those demons and push yourself out of your comfort zone and force yourself to be the person that your mind is telling you you aren’t.

— Michael Chiesa

If you ever want to tame your inner demons, you must consciously choose never to become too attached to any particular life plan — and always remain open to the idea that there might be an even better life plan for you.

— Karen Salmansohn

Whether a man lives or dies in vain can be measured only by the way he faces his own problems, by the success or failure of the inner conflict within his own soul.

— James Bryant Conant

When you look in the mirror and say “I love you”, don’t worry if you don’t believe it yet. Love is far more powerful than your limiting beliefs.

— Cheryl Richardson

You cannot defeat darkness by running from it, nor can you conquer your inner demons by hiding them from the world. In order to defeat darkness, you must bring it into the light.

— Seth Adam Smith

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.

— August Wilson

Women should not deny their dark side. Sometimes those demons are frightening and sometimes they are beautiful. You’ll have to approach them. Drink a glass of wine with them, take them for a walk on the beach, examine yourself.

— Tori Amos

There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

— Dorothea Brande

Everybody has their demons that they face, and I went through a time when I thought it was impossible to love myself.

— Lindsey Stirling

We all have our demons. When we finally learn to let them go, we get to live and be free.

— Jodie Sweetin

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.

— Brennan Manning

I prefer to channel my problems and inner demons through a character. Another persona. That protects me and my family. I can get my frustrations out that way.

— Dolph Lundgren

I think we all have our demons and our various shortcomings, and it would be nice if people felt more gently about other people, but also about themselves.

— Michelle Huneven

You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective — it just means you’re human.

— David Mitchell

We do not heal the past by dwelling there. We heal the past by living in the present.

— Marianne Williamson

I started meditating and as soon as I turned that lens of attention inwards, it was like, okay, game over. This is what I’d been looking for to resolve some of these inner conflicts and pains.

— Mark Coleman

Sometimes you have to confront your demons and sometimes even let them loose to genuinely find a place where you can gain some understanding.

— Peter Mullan

Everybody has flaws, everybody has demons, everybody has ghosts, but I think you watch people and you see everybody trying to do their best.

— Jason Katims

It is important for people to know that no matter what lies in the past, they can overcome the dark side and press on to a brighter world.

— Dave Pelzer

Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure.

— Gay Hendricks

During rehearsals I am confronted by things very mysterious. I have terrific fights with inner demons, and it’s more painful than it ever was.

— Jeanne Moreau

The demons you have are what motivate you to make your art. This is what drives the detective, the painter, the writer: a conflicting urge to forget pain and at the same time remember it and fight for some kind of justice. I know these powerful things are inside of me and everyone in some way or another.

— Tom Reiss

The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.

— Dalai Lama

I do think that when you get older you kind of learn not to judge because you realize that no one is perfect, and we’re all fighting our own private demons.

— Rebecca Ferguson

Short inner demons quotes

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.

— Buddha

Honesty is the only way to fight the inner demons.

— Seth Adam Smith

One of the ego’s favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt.

— Ram Dass

I stopped fighting my inner demons. We’re on the same side now.

— Darynda Jones

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

— Carl Jung

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

— Mark Twain

The more we deny that we have a dark side, the more power it has over us.

— Sharyl Lee

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.

— Honoré de Balzac

I too have my own demons, and I have struggled.

— Michael Bergin

There are demons in all of us. Each negative thought is a demon.

— Unknown

Overcome the devils with a thing called love.

— Bob Marley

Negative thoughts are not protecting you. They are making you smaller.

— Robert Kiyosaki

No amount of guilt can change the past; no amount of worrying can change the future.

— Umar

It’s often easier to fight an external enemy than to confront one’s inner demons.

— Ram Dass

If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s going to hurt.

— Nikki Sixx

Be careful fighting someone else’s demons — it may awaken your own.

— Bryant McGill

Creativity is what helps me escape a lot of my inner demons.

— Demi Lovato

We know that creative people have all sorts of demons.

— Suzy Menkes

If you constantly dwell on the past, that’s where you end up living.

— Simon Weston

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

— Seneca

Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.

— Unknown

Everybody has their demons; everyone has their challenges.

— Isaac Hanson

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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