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.

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

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

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

Paulo Freire

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

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

David Icke

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

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

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.     


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 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

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

Edwin Lefevre

Whoever controls the money controls you.     

Sharon Law Tucker

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

Jacob Koella

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

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

George R.R. Martin

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those We manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.     

Edward Bernays

Her childhood, then her adolescence, had taught her patience, hope, silence, and the easy manipulation of the weapons and virtues of all prisoners.     


Manipulation is moving someone's settings away from the ideal in ways that are typically not in her self-interest, or likely not in her self-interest in the present context.     

Robert Noggle

Manipulation aims to modify another person's choices by directly, but clandestinely modifying a person's psychology.     

Michael Cholbi

Free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man.     

Flannery O'Connor