Sociopath Quotes

Sociopath quotes give important information on how to identify the symptoms of sociopaths among us. Indeed, just knowing that sociopaths do exist and that they are almost common in our society, gives us a heads up to the dangers we face while navigating our social and professional environments. The following sociopath quotes, when taken together, present a person who is indistinguishable from others until the effects of their actions become obvious. And even after realizing we’re dealing with a sociopath, it is difficult to believe, difficult to let go.

Use these sociopath quotes to recognize sociopaths you may meet, or possibly, to understand such a person you already know. Sociopath quotes can help protect you if you let them.

People sometimes say that we lack remorse or guilt like it’s a bad thing. ― M.E. Thomas

Do sociopaths cry or even have feelings? This sociopath quote points out the lack of remorse or guilt. So perhaps sociopaths only cry when they need to make you believe they have feelings.

Sociopaths do not care about other people, and so do not miss them when they are alienated or gone, except as one might regret the absence of a useful appliance that one has somehow lost. ― Martha Stout

Sociopaths in relationships are often indistinguishable from a person who can love fully. A sociopath may form a bond with you, but it will quickly become a traumatic bond from which escape is difficult. Yet when you finally break free, the sociopath will not really miss you. You’re replaceable.

I don't lose sleep over what I have done or have nightmares about it. ―Dennis Nilsen

Even the cruelest sociopaths sleep soundly at night. Not that you would be able to see that. So read this article to learn more about the “Symptoms of a Sociopath in Men, Women, Children” to learn some ways to identify a sociopath in the daylight.

If a marriage partner has any value to the sociopath, it is because the partner is viewed as a possession, one that the sociopath may feel angry to lose, but never sad or accountable. ― Martha Stout

This quote about a sociopath is one the victims of a sociopath can strongly relate to. It’s only at the end of a relationship do we realize we were but a plaything. We ask ourselves if ‘our’ sociopath loved us or ever fell in love with us at all.

I have heard that we are spirits having a human experience. Perhaps those of us who have no conscience are dark spirits having a human experience. ― P.A. Speers

The making of a sociopath is not fully understood. Can a sociopath just be born bad?

It is not that [the sociopath] fails to grasp the difference between good and bad; it is that the distinction fails to limit their behavior. ― Martha Stout

When you run across someone who has no moral conscience or at least does not act on one, you start to understand what a sociopathic person is like.

Ruining people. I love the way the phrase rolls around on my tongue and inside my mouth. Ruining people is delicious. ― M.E. Thomas

Ruining people. The desire to ruin people isn’t carried by many, but it is carried by those who are extremely antisocial and have no conscience. If you see someone manipulating the reputation of others, stay far away from them.

Sociopathy stands alone as a “disease” that causes no dis-ease for the person who has it, no subjective discomfort. ― Martha Stout

Do the characteristics of being a sociopath ever cause trouble for the sociopath? Sure they do. Some sociopaths are found out. Yet the emotion of shame does bother the sociopath, so they easily move on to manipulate a different pool of people.

People on the outside do not know what evil is. ―Arthur J Shawcross

“People on the outside” of evil, you and me, do not know the depths of depravation that sociopaths know very well. A sociopath knows he or she is scary dangerous to others and that we should be afraid. That's why it's important to know the signs of a sociopath.

Sociopaths are often quite satisfied with themselves and with their lives, and perhaps for this very reason there is no effective “treatment”. ― Martha Stout

Can a sociopath change? It’s hard to tell. As this sociopath quote explains, most sociopaths are quite content with who they are. Who needs therapy when you feel just fine about yourself and what you do?

I don't feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt. ―Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy is one of the most famous sociopaths to ever walk the earth. Like other sociopaths, he could act or react with deadly, tortuous force and never flinch out of guilt.

If you dance with the devil then you haven’t got a clue; you think you’ll change the devil, but the devil changes you. ―Unknown

A high-functioning sociopath can go a lifetime without breaking a single law, but they can manipulate you into breaking laws for them. They really are that good at changing you into a person you don’t recognize in the mirror. Beware of sociopaths – they’re out to get you.

APA Reference
Holly, K. (2019, August 19). Sociopath Quotes, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, February 26 from

Last Updated: September 17, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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