45+ Best Manipulation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Maniulation is to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner. Inspirational manipulation quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Most Famous Manipulation Quotes

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

It’s not like I’m anti-China. I just think it’s ridiculous that we allow them to do what they’re doing to this country, with the manipulation of the currency, that you write about and understand, and all of the other things that they do. – Donald Trump

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

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Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services. – Henry Ford

Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction. – Criss Jami

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

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

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 real violence is committed in the writing of history, the records of the legal system, the reporting of news, through the manipulation of social contracts, and the control of information. – Bryant H. McGill

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. – Bidpai

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

The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time. – Steven Spielberg

One man with a gun can control 100 without one. – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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

The key to victory lies more in manipulation and cooperation than in exceptional personal skills. – Yuval Noah Harari

When you know what a man wants you know who he is, and how to move him. – George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

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

Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous. – Frank Herbert

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. – Pele

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

Love without sacrifice is like theft. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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

Everything about the left is perception, manipulation, and lies. Everything. Everything is ‘Wag the Dog.’ Everything is a structured deception. – Rush Limbaugh

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

Social engineering is using manipulation, influence and deception to get a person, a trusted insider within an organization, to comply with a request, and the request is usually to release information or to perform some sort of action item that benefits that attacker. – Kevin Mitnick

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

I think the best learning is done with active manipulation. And we need to be able to work with our hands; it’s not just about using our brains. – Hope Jahren

Poetry is a street fighter. It has sharp elbows. It can look after itself. Poetry can’t be used for manipulation; it’s why you never see good poetry in advertising. – David Whyte

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

Cloud computing, smartphones, social media platforms, and Internet of Things devices have already transformed how we communicate, work, shop, and socialize. These technologies gather unprecedented data streams leading to formidable challenges around privacy, profiling, manipulation, and personal safety. – Oren Etzioni

The global ‘currency wars’ are likely here to stay due to the fine line between legitimate monetary balancing and sometimes self-serving trade manipulation. But these artificial mechanisms lack tangible or lasting value. – Dinesh Paliwal

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

While all doctors treat diseases, neurosurgeons’ work is the crucible of identity. Every operation on the brain is, by necessity, a manipulation of the substance of our selves. – Paul Kalanithi

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