52 Deep Emotional Abuse Quotes You Can Relate To

Emotional abuse is a kind of manipulation that is often subtle and difficult to detect yet it is equally harmful, if not more so than physical abuse.

Emotional abuse is defined as a pattern of conduct in which one person attempts to control and dominate another person usually through the use of fear, guilt or shame.

Emotional abuse is really about power and and taking control of someone’s life.

The abuser uses a variety of methods and strategies to dominate and control their victim, establishing a feeling of worthlessness and powerlessness in them.


Constant criticism, belittling, humiliation and rejection are some of the strategies used to make the victim doubt their reality and sanity.

Emotional abuse is a serious health problem that may have long-term consequences for a person’s mental health and well-being.

If you or someone you love is in an emotionally abusive relationship it is extremely important to notice the warning signs and get treatment.

Best Emotional Abuse Quotes


Abuse is the means in which violence retards love. ~ Inga Muscio.

Emotional abuse is the leading reason of suicide victims. ~ Unknown.

To deny someone’s feelings or experiences it to literally deny their reality. ~ Danu Morrigan.

Often things are as bad as they seem. ~ Sheldon Kopp.

I hope you see what you’ve done to me. ~ Matthew Little.


Lies don’t end relationships – the truth does. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

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

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Powerful Emotional Abuse Quotes

When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will seem unfair but rise above it, trusting that others will eventually see the truth, just as you did. ~ Jill Blakeway.


So many people suffer from abuse, and suffer alone. ~ Pamela Stephenson.

Be prepared, people are going to judge every little thing about you. ~ Charlena E. Jackson.

With emotional abuse, the insults, insinuations, criticism, and accusations slowly eat away at the victim’s self-esteem until he or she is incapable of judging a situation realistically. He or she may begin to believe that there is something wrong with them or even fear they are losing their mind. They have become so beaten down emotionally that they blame themselves for the abuse. ~ Beverly Engle.

Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul. ~ Dave Pelzer.


When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. ~ Maya Angelou.

Deep Emotional Abuse Quotes

Psychological invalidation is one of the most lethal forms of emotional abuse. It kills confidence, creativity and individuality. ~ Unknown.

Abuse changes your life…Fight Back and change the life of your abusers by Breaking Your Silence on Abuse! ~ Patty Rase Hopson.

Most people inevitably get treated the way they permit themselves to be treated. If you allow someone to treat you like you’re worthless, then they will. Respect yourself enough not to put up with being mistreated. ~ Unknown.

When someone isn’t treating you right, no matter how much you love them, you’ve got to love yourself more and walk away. ~ Unknown.


The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. ~ Edmund Burke.

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.

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.

Famous Emotional Abuse Quotes

Revenge is surviving, getting out, and being a better person than you were, and breaking the cycle. ~ Kristy Green.


Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar. ~ Samuel Griswold Goodrich.

Be alert! Some people have problems. Don’t let them be your problem and don’t ever allow their problems to infect you through their words and actions! Stay happy! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care. ~ Jerry Cantrell.

The only people that can’t handle the truth are those that suffer so much anxiety that they will live in denial, in order to prevent their illusion from being destroyed and feeling more anxiety. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

I’m still coping with my trauma, but coping by trying to find different ways to heal it rather than hide it. ~ Clemantine Wamariya.

There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself. ~ Eckhart Tolle.


Emotional abuse is the silent marriage killer. ~ Unknown.

People say you need to be strong, smart, and lucky to survive hard times, war, a natural disaster, or physical torture. But I say emotional abuse-anxiety, fear, guilt, and degradation-is far worse and much harder to survive. ~ Lisa See.

Staying in an unhealthy relationship that robs you of peace of mind, is not being loyal. It is choosing to hurt yourself mentally, emotionally and sometimes, physically. ~ Kemi Sogunie.

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


No one deserves to be treated like trash, especially not by the person you love. ~ Unknown.

Verbal abuse is still abuse. It’s abuse in the form of words. Don’t assume that a few hurtful words won’t cost them their life. Words hurt. ~ Unknown.

Great Emotional Abuse Quotes

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

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.

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

Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen, It takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward. ~ Assunta Harris.

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.


Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength. ~ Henry Rollins.

Top Emotional Abuse Quotes

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.

The only person that deserves a special place in your life is someone that never made you feel like you were an option in theirs. ~ Shannon L. Alder.


To not have your suffering recognized is an almost unbearable form of violence. ~ Andrei Lankov.

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.

Profound Emotional Abuse Quotes

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.

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.

Some scars don’t hurt. Some scars are numb. Some scars rid you of the capacity to feel anything ever again. ~ Joyce Rachelle.


A house where a woman is unsafe is not a home. ~ Unknown.

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

So these were the 52 top quotes about Emotional Abuse.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Actions Speak Louder Than Words quotes and Optimistic quotes.


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