I find it very difficult to be in the presence of toxic people. And since the way I deal with things sometimes is to intellectualise it, I checked out quotations about them, but I find the quotes not very kind.
These are the better sounding ones (source: www.goodreads.com):
People appear like angels until you hear them speak. You must not rush to judge people by the colour of their cloaks, but by the content of their words.
~ Israelmore Ayivor
Someone who smiles too much with you can sometimes frown too much with you at your back.
~ Michael Bassey Johnson
The biggest distraction in life to one's focus is often near locus standing people saying all hocus-pocus.
~ Anuj Somany
I try my best to keep an arm's length with toxic people, and whenever I can, to walk out of the room, trying hard not to roll my eyes. But that is when they are bitching about other people and I happen to be in the periphery.
When I am in the thick of it however, it will be extremely hard to manage and it will definitely stress me out, especially when I cannot "leave".
I am more in the "periphery" sense of it now. And I did managed to extricate myself from a toxic relationship some years back.
So I suppose I need to be thankful it is now the former and not the latter. Only that I really need to stop rolling my eyes.