Manipulation Sayings and Quotes

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

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.     

Philip K. Dick

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

Any kind of manipulation with human embryos should be prohibited.     

Ian Wilmut

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

Paulo Freire

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

Edwin Lefevre

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

Neil LaBute

Are you trying to manipulate me? It's working.

Bridget Moynahan

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

T.F. Hodge

Whoever controls the money controls you.

Sharon Law Tucker

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

David Icke

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

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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

John Smith

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

M.F. Moonzajer

Men are used as they use others.


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

Greek Proverb

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

Niccolo Machiavelli

It's amazing how much manipulation is going on in parasites.     

Jacob Koella

One man with a gun can control 100 without one.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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.     

Cheryl Hines

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

Sylvia Plath

The art of pleasing is the art of deception.     

Luc De Clapiers

When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.     

Michael Ende

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

Raymond Aron

If you don't give education to people, it is easy to manipulate them.     


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

George R.R. Martin

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.     

John Boorman

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

Colm Toibin

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

Paulo Freire

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

Monica Raymund