Two Kinds of People

There are two kinds of people in this world.

Surprisingly (not really) there are lots of sayings out there on the internet that start with this phrase. I have done some research and I can’t find anything that resembles what I am about to say, so I apologize to whomever if I am stealing your words. I have no intention of stealing your words, so if you said it you can claim it here and I’ll give you attribution.

There are two kinds of people in this world,

those who give life and those who suck life right out of you.

I have known this for a long time. However, there are stages in my life that I realize as I look back on them that I have either been one of them, or both. I hope that I haven’t been the latter as often as I have been the former, but I guess that really isn’t up to me to judge. I also know, as I look back, that I have most certainly had both kinds of people in my life. I haven’t always recognized it as quickly as I should have. Lessons learned.

I have two pieces of advice. First, evaluate the people in your life. Do it honestly (this will be tough!), and do it quickly. The sooner you realize who the givers and the suckers are, the better off you’ll be. Second, get rid of the suckers. They aren’t worth it. That’s not to say give them a second chance and to have grace with them, but after a while the sucking overrides the giving and that is when it is time to cut them loose.

Where do you fall? Be honest with yourself. Are you a giver of life or a sucker of life?

Feel free to comment on the subject of this post or to add your own “two kinds” statement.



  1. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who let the takers take and those who say, “No, this is mine.”

    Takers target the easy marks. They don’t waste time trying to convert anyone, not when there’s a sea of codependents out there to choose from, all ready to trade self-respect for a little attention. Takers can smell the neediness coming off these people, the compulsion to please.

    Practice being neutral–not nice, not mean, just civil–and you’ll automatically become invisible to the takers, not to mention more powerful in your own right. It might take some practice, the respect you’ll start getting might feel strange and undeserved at first, but you’ll get used to being treated like a person of standing.

    Hopefully, you’ll get addicted to it.

    1. Excellent. Well said. Something I have been learning, but you put it into words in a clear and lucid manner. Thank you.

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