Brainwashing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old brainwashing quotes, brainwashing sayings, and brainwashing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively. The existing one is maintained by the press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial and other influences which are at its disposal. The unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed by the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer's receptiveness for new truth.      

Albert Schweitzer

Manipulations of opinion, insofar as they are inspired by well-defined interests, have limited goals; their effect, however, if they happen to touch upon an issue of authentic concern, is no longer subject to their control and may easily produce consequences they never foresaw or intended.     

Hannah Arendt

The brainwashing which has been going on for 150 years has also resulted in the replacement of intellectual activities and religion by ideologies and science.     

Carroll Quigley

Television to brainwash us all and Internet to eliminate any last resistance.     

Paul Carvel

One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.     

Aldous Huxley

There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.     

James Dean

Intelligent men do not decide any subject until they have carefully examined both or all sides of it. Fools, cowards, and those too lazy to think, accept blindly, without examination, dogmas and doctrines imposed upon them in childhood by their parents, priests, and teachers, when their minds were immature and they could not reason.     

James Hervey Johnson

Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.     

Charles Fort

It is no coincidence that one cardinal rule in brainwashing is to remove from the victim all photographs of himself and people he has known.     

A. D. Coleman

Propaganda is amazing, people can be led to believe anything.     

Alice Walker

As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.     

William James

What is terrifying is the ability, through mass brainwashing or propaganda, to change normal human instinct, which does not necessarily contain very much hatred.     

Antony Beevor

The family that prays together...is brainwashing their children.     

Albert Einstein

All forms of tampering with human beings, getting at them, shaping them against their will to your own pattern, all thought control and conditioning is, therefore, a denial of that in men which makes them men and their values ultimate.     

Isaiah Berlin

Brainwashing: (a.k.a. thought control, mind control, coercive persuasion). A non-violent method that uses mind control techniques to convince a person to abandon some of their basic beliefs and adopt the beliefs of the indoctrinator.     

B.A. Robinson

If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. It really is public brainwashing and misinformation.     

Robert Kane Pappas

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.     

Germaine Greer

If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.     

Abraham Lincoln

Brainwashing is defined as an observable set of transactions between a charismatically-structured collectivity and an isolated agent of the collectivity with the goal of transforming the agent into a deployable agent. Brainwashing is thus a process of ideological resocialization carried out within a structure of charismatic authority.     

Thomas Robbins

Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.      

Francis Macdonald Cornford

Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The easiest way to propagandize people is to let a propaganda theme go in through an entertainment picture when people do not realize they are being propagandized.     

Elmer Davis

Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.      

Jean Anouilh

We have been brainwashed into craving a diet that is killing us. What we believe tastes good is generally what we have been socially conditioned to enjoy.      

Jane Velez-Mitchell

This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated.      

Paul Watzlawick

Good advertising can make people buy your product even if it sucks ... A dollar spent on brainwashing is more cost-effective than a dollar spent on product improvement.     

Scott Adams

Until you realize how easily it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else's game.     

Evita Ochel

In time of war, when truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.     

Winston Churchill

The line between education and brainwashing is paper thin.     

Yana Toboso