41 Quotes About Manipulation in Relationships


Managing a healthy relationship is not easy. It takes effort and focus to keep on track. These quotes about manipulation in relationships capture the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship that can end bad.

“A formal manipulator in mathematics often experiences the discomforting feeling that his pencil surpasses him in intelligence.”

“Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator.”

“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.”

“Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.”

“Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. ”

“He’s playing every bit as hard as I am, only he knows what he’s doing and I don’t. Don’t blame me because he’s a better manipulator than I am — I haven’t been around long enough to learn all his tricks.”

“I don’t need a director who’s ‘good with actors.’…A master manipulator is heaven.”

“I learned more complex ways to manipulate the manipulators, to bring attention to issues about which I felt passionate.”

“I think that there are a few people that are power manipulators that have gotten control of things.”

“I want to be seen as a good storyteller. I’m a manipulator as well.”

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.”

“If you are an approval addict, your behaviour is as easy to control as that of any other junkie. All a manipulator need do is a simple two-step process: Give you what you crave, and then threaten to take it away. Every drug dealer in the world plays this game.”

“If you drain others energy a lot, you don’t want to see this because you do it yourself; but remember, it’s real easy to manipulate a manipulator.”

“In a Democracy, the real rulers are the dexterous manipulators of votes, with their placemen, the mechanics who so skillfully operate the hidden springs which move the puppets in the arena of democratic elections.”

“It was new to play a woman who plays with her sincerity, and who is a seductress, a manipulator and a liar! I was able to compose a character as opposed to being very natural, so it was very interesting for me. ”

“I’ve been doing this a long time- manipulating people to get my way. That’s why you think you love me. Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it. ”

“I’ve never been a manipulator, even in my bachelor days. I never wanted to do things to people that could catch up with me later on.”

“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.”

“Manipulators are very evolved. Energy is food. Forget good and bad. Is the coyote bad and the rabbit good?”

“Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it’s a soft manipulator of influence and change.”

“Never assume, no matter how strong the temptation, that other people are low-life lying manipulators without a shred of human decency.”

“Now the power of the imagination is a unifying power, hence the force of metaphor; and the poet is the supreme manipulator of metaphor… the world needs the unifying power of the imagination. ”

“Our tendency is to run from the painful realities or try to change them as soon as possible. But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators.”

“People want everything to come out of a drive thru window. They want it instant and they want it fast. I succumb to that, we all succumb to that. We’re in it. That’s the culture. So the enemy, the powers that be, the manipulators behind the scenes play to our natural weaknesses.”

“Photography is a powerful medium of persuasion and propaganda. It has that ring of truth when all the time, in artful hands, it can make any statement the manipulator chooses.”

“Psychopaths view any social exchange as a ‘feeding opportunity,’ a contest or a test of wills in which there can be only one winner. Their motives are to manipulate and take, ruthlessly and without remorse.”

“Punk rock is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it.”

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

“The photographer is a manipulator of light; photography is a manipulation of light.”

“The refusal of King George to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution.”

“The trouble with conspiracies, even those that are to everybody’s advantage in the long run, is that they are open to abuse. If manipulators really had the powers claimed, they could win the lottery every week.”

“The true manipulator never has a reputation for manipulating.”

“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.”

“There is no such thing as a secret among our leaders; communication is very open and honest, and if it’s not, then it can become seemingly brutal. ”

“There’s nothing so dangerous for manipulators as people who choose to think for themselves.”

“Things rarely happen for a single reason. Even the cleverest and most skilled manipulators recognize that their real art lies in making use of that which they cannot predict.”

“Whatever politicians, activists and manipulators propose, it is the phlegmatic, indifferent, ingrained electorate which disposes.”

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

“Who do you think of first in the morning? Good manipulators do it in the dream plane. The morning practice of meditation increases the aura to ward of negative energy. Meditate before bed if you are being attacked psychically.”

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

There are many indicators to an unhealthy relationship. Knowing the signs of a toxic relationship can help you stop it in its tracks.