Manipulation Sayings and Quotes

No one likes to feel manipulated or have our emotions toyed with. Guilt trips, feigning innocence, and placing blame are all the tools of the manipulators trade. Recognize the signs with the collection of wise and insightful manipulation quotes below.


It involves a combination of persuasion and coercion made possible by trickery.     

Sapir Handelman

Manipulation is the process of using one's hands to rearrange one's environment.     

Matthew T. Mason

Manipulation is an art, since it is practiced by all of us, without any systematic or fundamental understanding of the process.      

Matthew T. Mason

If you recognize that someone is trying to control you, staying out of their control grasp will be much easier.     

Jake Smith

You need to know how to successfully understand human psychology to manipulate anyone so that you can 'earn' your position at the top and keep it.     

Leonard Moore

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

Elvita Ochel

It is said that we are all guilty of using manipulation on occasion instead of communicating our needs and desires in a direct way.     

Adelyn Birch

Manipulation is clever, skillful, and sometimes unscrupulous. Manipulation is not always a bad thing.     

Edward Benedict

Manipulation is the conscious act of causing someone to do a certain thing or act in a certain way.      

Edward Benedict

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.     

Madeline L'Engle

Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls life. The best you can do is choose to fill the roles given you by good people, by people who love you.     

Orson Scott Card

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

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.     

Noam Chomsky

I do respect people's faith, but I don't respect their manipulation of that faith in order to create fear and control.     

Javier Bardem

Let us reach out to the people and show them an abundance of goodwill. We must, however, learn to identify manipulations as well and uncover maneuvers in the dark if we do not want to be tricked by lying eyes.     

Erik Pevernagie

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.      

Stephen Jay Gould

Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.     

Frank Herbert

True love is built on free will and free choice, not control and manipulation.     

Ken Poirot

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn't change the heart of others– it only changes yours.     

Shannon L. Alder

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.     

Joyce Brothers

Abuse grows from attitudes and values, not feelings. The roots are ownership, the trunk is entitlement, and the branches are control.     

Ludy Bancroft