Persuasion quotes
Before you try to convince anyone else, be sure you are convinced, and if you cannot convince yourself, drop the subject.

- Patterson, John H.
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

- Aesop
The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion.

- Biko, Steven
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.

- Cicero, Marcus T.
If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.

- Lincoln, Abraham
For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.

- Frame, Janet
The secret is to always let the other man have your way.

- Pell, Claiborne
REASONABLE, adj. Accessible to the infection of our own opinions. Hospitable to persuasion, dissuasion and evasion.

- Ambrose Bierce
The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.

- Hazlitt, William
Persuasion is better than force.

- Proverb
The persuasion of a friend is a strong thing.

- Homer
I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.

- Eisenhower, Dwight D.
My God, my God, thou art a direct God, may I not say a literal God.. . [but also] a figurative, a metaphorical God too; a God in whose words there is such a height of figures, such voyages, such peregrinations to fetch remote and precious metaphors, such extensions, such spreadings, such curtains of allegories, such third heavens of hyperboles, so harmonious elocutions, so retired and so reserved expressions, so commanding persuasions, so persuading commandments, such sinews even in thy milk, and such things in thy words, as all profane authors seem of the seed of the serpent that creeps; thou art the dove that flies.

- John Donne
Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Call the bald man, Boy; make the sage thy toy; greet the youth with solemn face; praise the fat man for his grace.

- Rowland, Helen
Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts: Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise. From him alone of all The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

- Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy, thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?

- Horace
Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

- Franklin, Benjamin
When a person is determined to believe something, the very absurdity of the doctrine confirms them in their faith.

- Junius

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