37 Quotes About Manipulative People


Communication can be difficult depending upon the type of communicator you are dealing with. Communication can also be used to control other people by using their feelings or desires against them. These quotes about manipulative people demonstrate the darker side of communication.

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

“Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings.”

“All writing is a form of manipulation, of course, but you realize that a plain sentence can actually do so much.”

“And pity–people who inspire it in you are actually very powerful people. To get someone else to take care of you, to feel sorry for you–that takes a lot of strength, smarts, manipulation. Very powerful people.”

“Any kind of manipulation with human embryos should be prohibited.”

“Are you trying to manipulate me? It’s working.”

“As I have said a thousand times, no manipulation can put stocks down and keep them down.”

“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”

“Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.”

“Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful.”

“Foreknowledge of the future makes it possible to manipulate both enemies and supporters.”

“Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears.”

“If you don’t give education to people, it is easy to manipulate them.”

“If you want to know the outcome of a game before the game has even started, you need to control each side.”

“It’s amazing how much manipulation is going on in parasites.”

“It’s so easy to manipulate an audience, but it’s nearly always clear that you are being manipulated. I think even people that are not critically attuned are aware of cynical manipulation in film.”

“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”

“Love without sacrifice is like theft.”

“Lying is not only a defense mechanism; it’s also a coping mechanism and a survival technique.”

“Manipulating people is what’s so fun about poker. I love that you can just look into someone’s eyes and lie – and it’s perfectly acceptable.”

“Manipulation can give you anything in life you want, if you can afford it.”

“Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity.”

“Men are used as they use others.”

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”

“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.”

“One of the methods of manipulation is to inoculate individuals with the bourgeois appetite for personal success.”

“One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind.”

“The art of pleasing is the art of deception.”

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.”

“The best way to manipulate a man is to make him think he is manipulating you.”

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.”

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

“There are those whose primary ability is to spin wheels of manipulation. It is their second skin and without these spinning wheels, they simply do not know how to function.”

“When you know what a man wants you know who he is, and how to move him.”

“Whoever controls the money controls you.”

“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.”

“You are a manipulator. I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”

Dealing with people that are selfish or self centered can mean that they are focused on only achieving what they desire and not necessarily for the betterment of all parties involved.

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