Abuse Quotes (112) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Abuse. Abuse is defined as the systematic pattern of behaviors in a relationship that are used to gain and/or maintain power and control over another. When one defines domestic violence in terms of physical abuse only they do not fully understand the dynamics that keep these relationships together.


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

Abused patience turns to fury. 
~ Thomas Fuller

This life is a gift, and to reject that gift or abuse that gift is not human and not worthy of us. 
~ Michael Moore

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
~ Marya Mannes

If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.
~ Zora Neale Hurston

My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.
~ Ronnie James Dio

I believe the best service to the child is the service closest to the child, and children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. They deserve our devoted attention, not our divided attention.
~ Kenny Guinn

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
~ James Madison

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
~ George Washington

In my view, there is nothing more vicious and outrageous than the abuse, exploitation and harm of the most vulnerable members of our society, and I firmly believe that our nation's laws and resources need to reflect the seriousness of these terrible crimes.
~ Bob Ney

To inflict cruelties on defenceless creatures, or condone such acts, is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society - reverence for life.
~ Jon Evans

It is the wit and policy of sin to hate those we have abused.
~ William Davenant

There are many types of emotional abuse but most is done in an attempt to control or subjugate another person. Emotional abuse is like brainwashing in that it systematically wears away at the victim's self-confidence, sense of self, trust in her perceptions and self-concept.
~ Beverly Engel

It's important to talk about it. You raise awareness. But you can also prevent it (child abuse) by not letting it be a secret.
~ Chris Witty

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

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own.
~ Katherine Anne Porter

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

Child abuse and neglect offend the basic values of our state. We have a responsibility to provide safe settings for at-risk children and facilitate permanent placement for children who cannot return home.
~ Matt Blunt

Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
~ Charles Bradlaugh

The abuse of faith has to be resisted precisely.
~ Pope Benedict XVI

I am concerned about the growing problem of sexual abuse and exploitation of our children.
~ Jim Ryun

I heard the various terms of abuse at school and probably indulged them in the way you do as a kid.
~ Christopher Eccleston

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
~ Aldo Leopold

Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.
~ Albert Ellis

Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.
~ Abbie Hoffman

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
~ Katherine Anne Porter

Children are often the silent victims of drug abuse.
~ Rick Larsen

Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.
~ Herbert Ward

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

Ritalin abuse is a big issue in the US.
~ Elizabeth Wurtzel

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.
~ John Sculley

Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
 ~ Voltaire

But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
~ Baron de Montesquieu

We have copped a lot of ignorant abuse in the past, but it makes you wonder when a former state coroner openly attacks Aboriginal families who have been through hell.
~ Arthur Murray

Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
~ E. W. Howe

Right now, I'm following the Buddhist principle: Smile as abuse is hurled your way and this too shall pass.
~ Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
~ James F. Cooper

I think the dangers are different now. Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety
~ Carol Ann Duffy

But the Republic has its rules and it must not tolerate any abuse of them.
~ Jean-Pierre Raffarin

The very use of the word savage, as it is applied in its general sense, I am inclined to believe is an abuse of the word, and the people to whom it is applied.
~ George Catlin

I think that most minorities have experienced some form of racial abuse.
~ Lynn Swann

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
~ Jean de La Fontaine

This House cannot function without an open, accountable, and independent ethics process; and the molestation of that process by the majority is an abuse of power that cannot stand.
~ Louise Slaughter

Power without abuse loses its charm.
~ Paul Valery

Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.
~ E. W. Howe

I've overcome neglect and deprivation, abandonment and abuse.
~ Tatum O'Neal

Power is what men seek, and any group that gets it will abuse it. It is the same story.
~ Lincoln Steffens

The landlords are not agriculturists; that is an abuse of terms which has been too long tolerated.
~ Richard Cobden

We improved the environment in which our children live, learn and play by decreasing crime and clamping down on abuse and violence in the home and on the streets.
~ Jane D. Hull

 I work with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. I sit proudly as one of only two recovering addicts on their board.
~ Jamie Lee Curtis

Without public pressure from caring people, our lawsuits will not be enough to stop this widespread abuse.
~ Morris Dees

With power comes the abuse of power. And where there are bosses, there are crazy bosses. It's nothing new.
~ Judd Rose

We must do all we can to empower parents and communities to protect our youth and to encourage healthy behavior free from binge drinking and other forms of alcohol abuse.
~ Jon Corzine

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
~ Emile M. Cioran

There is no greater breach of the public trust than knowingly misleading the country into war. In a democracy, we simply cannot tolerate the abuse of this trust by the government.
~ John F. Kerry

What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?
~ Sitting Bull

Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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

There was mental and physical abuse in my family.
Erin Moran

I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another.
~ Jane Porter

I think the issue of clergy sexual abuse sparked people to look at their faith in a different way.
~ William P. Leahy 

It is, no doubt, an immense advantage to have done nothing, but one should not abuse it.
~ Antoine Rivarol

There are more people abusive to others than lie open to abuse themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.
~ Seneca the Younger

We like so much to hear people talk of us and of our motives, that we are charmed even when they abuse us.
~ Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sevigne

It is better a man should be abused than forgotten.
~ Samuel Johnson

A wounded deer leaps highest, I've heard the hunter tell; 'Tis but the ecstasy of death, And then the brake is still. The smitten rock that gushes, The trampled steel that springs,, A cheek is always redder Just where the hectic stings Mirth is mail of anguish, In which its cautious arm Lest anybody spy the blood And, you're hurt exclaim.
~ Emily Dickinson

Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.
~ Francis Quarles

The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
~ Richard Whately

Child abuse continues to be a significant problem in the United Sates. It was estimated that 2001,903,000 children were the victims of child abuse or neglect. Child abuse is a crime perpetrated on the innocent and the defenseless.
~ Pete Domenici

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.
~ Marshall B. Rosenberg

What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.
~ Isabel Allende

Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny.
~ Ben Stein

Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.
~ Andrea Dworkin

If it is abuse, - why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned goodnatured friend or another!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I used alcohol for my panic attacks, to manage stressors.
~ Bill N. Lacy

I want to feel better. My wife says she likes me not drinking, not so many highs, so many lows, I don't lose temper, I'm more patient.
~ Mike Bryan

I know I'm getting something out of it (counseling), Pat is getting something, even my daughter is getting something out of it. We don't like coming, but it is really helping, and it gives us some place to go together.
~ Jack P. Shepherd

To be a prisoner means to be defined as a member of a group for whom the rules of what can be done to you, of what is seen as abuse of you, are reduced as part of the definition of your status.
~ Catharine MacKinnon

“The human race tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments. What's left of kisses? Wounds, however, leave scars.”
~ Bertolt Brecht

No one can deny that much of our modern advertising is essentially dishonest; and it can be maintained that to lie freely and all the time for private profit is not to abuse the right of free speech, whether it is a violation of the law or not. But again the practical question is, how much lying for private profit is to be permitted by law?
~ Carl L. Becker

When someone was hitting me, or like sexually molesting me, it just seemed normal to continue to do that to myself.
~ Tatum O'Neal

One in four children being victimized? That's about seven children in every classroom. That's a significant proportion of the population.
~ Wendy Craig

The government doesn't really prosecute for polygamy anymore, but a lot of the arrests are of groups supporting themselves through welfare scams or for child abuse. So that was all I'd really heard about polygamists.
~ Jeanne Tripplehorn

It has been shrewdly said, that when, men abuse us we should suspect ourselves, and when they praise us, them. It is a rare instance of virtue to despise which censure which we do not deserve; and still more rare to despise praise which we do.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence nor obtain protection.
~ Edmund Burke

What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.
~ Gautama Buddha

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 Engel

You know all that sympathy that you feel for an abused child who suffers without a good mom or dad to love and care for them? Well, they don't stay children forever. No one magically becomes an adult the day they turn eighteen. Some people grow up sooner, many grow up later. Some never really do. But just remember that some people in this world are older versions of those same kids we cry for.
~ Ashly Lorenzana

The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power.
~ Ted Nugent

A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.
~ Pope Francis

One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.
~ Norman Vincent Peale

It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.
~ Ella Fitzgerald

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
~ Orison Swett Marden

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.
~ Nelson Mandela

“But even when I stop crying, even when we fall asleep and I'm nestled in his arms, this will leave another scar. No one will see it. No one will know. But it will be there. And eventually all of the scars will have scars, and that's all I'll be--one big scar of a love gone wrong.”
~ Amanda Grace, But I Love Him

“There'a a phrase, "the elephant in the living room", which purports to describe what it's like to live with a drug addict, an alcoholic, an abuser. People outside such relationships will sometimes ask, "How could you let such a business go on for so many years? Didn't you see the elephant in the living room?" And it's so hard for anyone living in a more normal situation to understand the answer that comes closest to the truth; "I'm sorry, but it was there when I moved in. I didn't know it was an elephant; I thought it was part of the furniture." There comes an aha-moment for some folks - the lucky ones - when they suddenly recognize the difference.”
~ Stephen King

“... you don't have to wait for someone to treat you bad repeatedly. All it takes is once, and if they get away with it that once, if they know they can treat you like that, then it sets the pattern for the future.”
~ Jane Green, Bookends

Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness
“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”

~ Dave Pelzer, A Child Called "It"

“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
~ George Orwell, 1984

“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, Smile Anyway: 

“There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear.”
~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“Don't judge yourself by what others did to you.”
~ C. Kennedy, Omorphi

“God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you - Both are equally imporant to Him.”
~ Joyce Meyer, Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing

“Most bullies are the product of a stressful and often abusive home life. Next time a bully threatens or attacks you, just yell, 'Don't abuse me like your parents abuse you!' Then call children's services and tell them you saw this bully crying in the bathroom and you're worried about him. Bam! He just got moved to a foster home.”
~ Eugene Mirman 

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