Best Sociopath Quotes 2021

  • I’m a high-functioning sociopath, do your research.

    Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Walter had never liked cats. They’d seemed to him the sociopaths of the pet world, a species domesticated as an evil necessary for the control of rodents and subsequently fetishized the way unhappy countries fetishize their militaries, saluting the uniforms of killers as cat owners stroke their animals’ lovely fur and forgive their claws and fangs. He’d never seen anything in a cat’s face but simpering incuriosity and self-interest; you only had to tease one with a mouse-toy to see where it’s true heart lay…cats were all about using people

    Jonathan Franzen
  • You’d think a sociopath assassin wouldn’t have a fan following but he does

    Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The best indicator of a sociopath serial bully is not a clinical diagnosis but the trail of devastation and destruction of lives and livelihoods surrounding this individual throughout their life.

    Tim Field
  • Sociopaths love power. They love winning. If you take loving kindness out of the human brain, there’s not much left except the will to win.

    Martha Stout
  • Sociopath is a word that has sort of become shorthand for psychopath and there’s a distinct difference, it’s interesting if you look it up. Sociopath if you look at the medical definition, the profile of a sociopath is that they are supremely intelligent people that are also pathological liars, they have no moral structure and there is one more, they have no compassion or empathy for other people.

    Cillian Murphy
  • A sociopath can imitate emotions, where a psychopath really doesn’t have that capacity. They can’t fool people into thinking anything and they’re usually lacking major empathy for anybody besides themselves.

    Patrick Heusinger
  • A sociopath will do anything to win. Anything.

    Denzel Washington
  • To learn to be charming is fairly easy – you can teach somebody to be charming and to learn human emotions – or to learn the behaviors that go with human emotions. A sociopath, a smart one, will study the way we emote, and will learn how to do that quite effectively.

    Martha Stout
  • Sociopaths are not usually physically violent. A typical sociopath never kills anybody and doesn’t look like Charles Manson – they look like you and me and everybody else. You’re not looking for someone who’s recognizably evil or scary-looking, but rather someone who looks normal. Another lynchpin is dishonesty. Lying for the sake of lying. Lying just to see whether you can trick people. And sometimes telling larger lies to get larger effects.

    Martha Stout
  • The inability to experience regret is one of the diagnostic characteristics of sociopaths.

    Kathryn Schulz
  • Sociopaths are more complicated psychopaths; the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath is a sociopath is incredibly charming. There are a lot of sociopaths that are CEOs. They don’t necessarily kill people but they’re able to walk into a big social function and make everybody think they’re the kindest, coolest, smartest, most interesting person in the room.

    Patrick Heusinger
  • Sociopaths are not afraid of very much, except for physical harm and dying – really primitive, basic kinds of fears. The problem with being alone for a sociopath is boredom.

    Martha Stout
  • In Western culture, particularly North America, a lot of rules are descriptors for sociopathy: a general acceptance of lying as long as you win, an attitude of “me first,” an attitude that what it looks like is more important than what it is. This makes it much easier for a sociopath to be camouflaged in our culture.

    Martha Stout
  • Being sociopath is not what most people would consider to be winning. Most of us have some kind of positive goal in mind when we think of winning. A sociopath thinks in terms of successfully manipulating someone into doing something that he or she would not have done otherwise. That can be a small thing or a tremendous thing, but the point for the sociopath is to win, to make sure that this person does what they’re trying to coerce him or her into doing. It can be as disgusting and as simple as making a child cry. Or it can be as complex as making your wife feel bad about herself.

    Martha Stout
  • An intelligent sociopath can learn the rules about what’s good and what’s bad, what people see as good and bad. But they don’t get that intervening sense of guilt, that pang of conscience, on account of it. So they tend to know what’s wrong or right, they just don’t care. That’s another thing that they can use against us: that we do care. We’re predictable in that.

    Martha Stout
  • Usually sociopaths will look down upon us for that very reason – that we’re gullible. We’re weak. One person told me that he thought he was the only honest person because he would admit that he didn’t have a conscience and everybody else was clearly faking it.

    Martha Stout
  • Anger, as long as it is controlled anger, is no obstacle to efficiency. Self-control is one thing the sociopath does not usually possess. Use yours to his undoing.

    Jeff Cooper
  • I would much rather read a book about Ty Cobb, who was quite possibly a sociopath. It makes for more interesting copy. Some of the most memorable characters in literature were villains.

    Jonathan Weeks
  • I certainly know the difference between right and wrong.

    Robert De Niro
  • Cats are the lap-dancers of the animal world. Soon as you stop shelling out, they move on, find another lap. They’re furry little sociopaths. Pretty and slick — in love with themselves. When’s the last time you saw a seeing-eye cat?

    Andrew Vachss
  • There’s an Iago and a Romeo within all of us. There is that lover, and there is that sociopath.

    Tom Hiddleston
  • Creative people like to think in unconventional ways, dislike rules, are easily bored, are independent, like to experiment, and enjoy being their own bosses. Basically the same traits found in most criminals and sociopaths

    Duncan Long
  • Sociopaths are just like everybody else in that some of them are really brilliant, some of them are really stupid, and most of them are somewhere in between.

    Martha Stout
  • [T]he truth is you don’t need some external demon to take control of you to turn you into a raging, money-obsessed sociopath, you only need to let loose the demons you already have inside of you.

  • The Reverend grinned, his fangs flashing. “You know, I’ve heard this rumor… about a member of the Brotherhood who’s celibate. Yeah, go figure, a warrior who abstains. And I’ve heard a few other things about this male. He’s down to one leg. Has a scarred sociopath for a twin. You wouldn’t by any chance know of such a Brother?” Phury shook his head. “Nope.

    J.R. Ward
  • I would hesitate to tell people to stop being kind or sympathetic to sociopath. But just like loyalty, some things that can be taken advantage of are empathy, sympathy, and our tendency to pity somebody when something has gone wrong in their life.

    Martha Stout
  • It is no defense of superstition and pseudoscience to say that it brings solace and comfort to people. . . . If solace and comfort are how we judge the worth of something, then consider that tobacco brings solace and comfort to smokers; alcohol brings it to drinkers; drugs of all kinds bring it to addicts; the fall of cards and the run of horses bring it to gamblers; cruelty and violence bring it to sociopaths. Judge by solace and comfort only and there is no behavior we ought to interfere with.

    Isaac Asimov
  • Another thing that’s fun for sociopath is speed, literal speed, going very fast in your car. Not that everybody who goes fast in their car is a sociopath, by any means, but anything that gives you a rush will lessen your sense of boredom.

    Martha Stout
  • I came to accept in myself a long time ago that I really do like writing articulate sociopaths.

    Matt Nix
  • Dogs seem more photogenic than cats. In photos most cats look like sociopaths.

    Demetri Martin
  • There’s a book called “The Sociopath Next Door.” I thought most sociopaths were violent. In fact, they aren’t. But almost all sociopaths want to win, no matter what.

    Denzel Washington
  • When we were doing ‘The Sopranos’, I used to love that about it. There were rules, Mafia codes you had to go by, but the code is ridiculous. It’s a code among sociopaths.

    David Chase
  • I went through the usual stages: imp, rascal, scalawag, whippersnapper. And, of course, after that it’s just a small step to full-blown sociopath.

    George Carlin
  • The sociopaths – that’s the real problem. The whole street demeanor is about pretending to be a sociopath as well so that the real ones can’t find you.

    Mat Johnson
  • For every man that ever walked the Earth, except maybe the sociopaths, when it comes to talking to pretty girls… it’s just stark terror.

    Chuck Lorre
  • There are certainly statistics which show that most people who become sociopaths, who become homicidal, who become child- abusers, have had a history of incredible suffering. This is what we call the transmission of family sin, in which these unconscious patterns get carried on for generations in a legacy of pain. When they are not brought to awareness and worked through, each generation just automatically enacts them.

    Connie Zweig
  • No matter what I do with my life, or how successful I am, I will always be a socially awkward penguin inside.

    Wil Wheaton
  • Even famous people – are most concerned of all with what people who are close to them think. And the sociopath is generally not concerned with that at all.

    Martha Stout
  • Sociopaths are not inhibited by the notion that it’s wrong to be addicted, or wrong to buy illegal drugs. Also, drinking or taking drugs can be a lot of fun, and even if it’s not, it can dull that painful boredom for a while. So can certain other things, like taking risks, and particularly if you take a risk-averse person and you can manipulate him or her into taking risks, that’s really fun.

    Martha Stout
  • I do think that with any kind of infidelity, on some level – unless you’re dealing with a sociopath – there’s always a reason.

    Jessica Capshaw
  • The reason I want to explain that you’re probably never going to get revenge a sociopath and you’re also probably not going to redeem this person, is that it is not a project that will ever succeed. At present, if a person does not have a conscience, we know of no way to instill one – not even a little bit. It’s not like something you can take off the shelf and put into somebody’s brain. It makes me so sad to hear people say, “I think I can see just a little bit of a conscience.”

    Martha Stout
  • When you were a child, where boredom could actually get to be painful. Sociopaths experience that kind of pain in boredom. And so to be alone, to have nobody to play the game with, can be painful. It’s not exactly fear, it’s a kind of pain.

    Martha Stout
  • I’m not a sociopath or a freak (although I don’t suppose people who are sociopaths or freaks self-identify as such); I just don’t enjoy being with people. People, at least in my experience, rarely say anything interesting to each other. They always talk about their lives and they don’t have very interesting lives. So I get impatient. For some reason I think you should only say something if it’s interesting or absolutely has to be said.

    Peter Cameron
  • Road rage is the expression of the amateur sociopath in all of us, cured by running into a professional.

    Robert Breault
  • I’m not a psychopath, I’m a fully functioning sociopath. Do your research.

    Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Life itself was hard enough without monosynaptic sociopaths preying on folks.

    Michael A. Stackpole
  • There’s always somebody in your life you know that just, somehow, you know, they’re just that borderline sociopath that just wants what they want and doesn’t care about relationships. Everybody has several of those people in their life.

    Maynard James Keenan
  • I guess the verdict is in – I am not a sociopath. It’s not effective or productive not to be nice. It would undermine the goals I want to achieve on any given day.

    Whitney Cummings
  • I went into very deep research as to what exactly that meant and how sociopaths function psychologically and within the world.

    Patrick Heusinger

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