Emotional Abuse Sayings and Quotes

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


It is not the the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind.     

Aisha Mirza

Well, I went through some emotionally abusive relationships and allowed myself to not be properly respected as a lady, as a human being even, though I tried everything I knew to be a lady.     

Gloria Gaynor

The results of any traumatic experience, such as abuse, can only be resolved by experiencing, articulating, and judging every facet of the original experience within a process of careful therapeutic disclosure.     

Alice Miller

The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal.     

Astrid Alauda

Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you're worthless... but you're not worthless, you're unappreciated.     

Steve Maraboli

Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it's the place where we find the deepest heartache.     

Iyanla Vanzant

Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny.     

Ben Stein

There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.     

Edmund Burke

Domestic abuse happens only in intimate, interdependent, long-term relationships - in other words, in families - the last place we would want or expect to find violence.     

Leslie Morgan Steiner

The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.     

Charles Bradlaugh

I think anybody who has been abused as a kid - and I was abused as a kid, by various people - will say it's irrational because violence is irrational.     

Samantha Morton

Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.     

Tacitus

We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There are more people abusive to others than lie open to abuse themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me to-day will have somebody to laugh at him to-morrow.     

Seneca

Abuse is the means in which violence retards love.     

Inga Muscio

You survived the abuse. You're going to survive the recovery.     

unknown

Bullies may be the perpetrators of evil, but it is the evil of passivity of all those who know what is happening and never intervene that perpetuates such abuse.     

Philip Zimbardo

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.     

John Adams

Some of the world's most appalling abuses have been justified by religion because it is possible for people to find vindication in their scriptures for any of their prejudices.     

Zac Goldsmith

So many people suffer from abuse, and suffer alone.     

Pamela Stephenson

I think that most minorities have experienced some form of racial abuse.     

Lynn Swann

Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.     

Voltaire

Do you never look at yourself when you abuse another person?     

Plautus

It is impossible to correct abuses unless we know that they're going on.     

Julian Assange

The biggest abuses in society happen when people are not able to communicate and not able to connect.     

Heather Brooke

Not all wounds are visible.     

unknown

Emotional abuse is a major epidemic in our culture.     

Beverly Engel

Emotional abuse is the least understood form of abuse.     

Beverly Engel

Ultimately, given enough time, most victim of emotional abuse come not only to blame themselves for all the problems in the relationship come not only to blame themselves for all the problems in the relationship but also to believe that they are inadequate, contemptuous, and even unlovable.     

Beverly Engel

Emotional abuse is considered by many to be the most painful form of violence and the most detrimental to self-esteem.     

Beverly Engel

Emotional abuse cuts to the very core of a person, creating scars that may be longer lasting than physical ones.     

Beverly Engel

With emotional abuse, the insults, insinuations, crtiticism, and accusations slowly eat away at the victim's self-esteem until he or she is incapable of judging a situation realistically.     

Beverly Engel

Emotional abuse poisons a relationship and infuses it with hostility, contempt, and hatred,     

Beverly Engel

No matter how much a couple once loved each other, once emotional abuse becomes a consistent aspect of the relationship, that love is overshadowed by fear, anger, guilt, and shame.     

Beverly Engel

At the very least, emotional abuse causes both abuser and the victim to lose sight of any redeeming qualities his or her partner once had.     

Beverly Engel

The disrespect and hatred each partner begins to feel leads to more and more emotional abuse and to each partner justifying inappropriate, even destructive, behavior.     

Beverly Engel

Over time, anger can build up on the part of both abuser and victim, and emotional abuse can turn into physical violence.     

Beverly Engel

When emotional abuse is mutual, it becomes a matter of survival, as each partner has to constantly fend off criticism, verbal attacks, or rejection and shore up enough strength to go on with daily tasks.      

Beverly Engel

As the emotional abuse takes its toll and each partner becomes less and less self-assured, each clings to the relationship even more.     

Beverly Engel

No one wants to have to face the fact that he or she has lost control in this way and that his or her actions and/or words have caused his or her partner emotional damage.     

Beverly Engel

The insidiousness and power of emotional abuse paralleled the invisibility, strength, and purpose of a spider's web.     

Jess Hill

What is going on in our relationship is domestic violence, and the type of violence that I'm using on you is called emotional abuse, which means I don't bash you with my fists, I bash you with my emotions, to keep you under control     

Jess Hill

The scars from mental cruelty can be as deep and long-lasting as wounds from punches or slaps but are often not as obvious. In fact, even among women who have experienced violence from a partner, half or more report that the man’s emotional abuse is what is causing them the greatest harm.     

Lundy Bancroft

It is not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind.     

Aisha Mirza

Intimidation, even if it appears unintentional, is a sign that emotional abuse is on the way - or has already begun - and is a warning flag that physical violence may eventually follow.     

Lundy Bancroft

The damage and invisible scars of emotional abuse are very difficult to heal, because memories are imprinted on our minds and hearts and it takes time to be restored. Imprints of past traumas do not mean a person cannot change their future beliefs and behaviors. as people, we do not easily forget. However, as we heal, grieve, and let go, we become clear-minded and focused to live restore and emotionally healthy.     

Dee Brown

Emotional abuse is extensive in our culture, and faith-based communities are no exception.     

Dee Brown

Emotional abuse is a nonphysical behavior or attitude that controls, demeans, punishes or isolates a person     

Dee Brown

In emotionally abusive relationships there is a determined intent to formulate statements or actions which leave a person feeling awful.     

Dee Brown

Emotional abuse is designed to undermine another's a sense of self. It is deliberate humiliation, with the intent to seize control of how others feel about themselves.     

Lorraine Nilon

Get pissed because you deserve more than this abuse. Emotional abuse is the gateway to all abuse. Get out!     

Tracy Malone