Persuasion quotes
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
Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.

- Terence
When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.'So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.

- Abraham Lincoln
It is nobler to convert souls, than to conquer kingdoms.

- Debonnaire, Louis
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.)
Persuasion is better than force.

- Proverb
To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.

- Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.

- Carlyle, Thomas
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
Those that will not hear must be made to feel.

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

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

- Junius
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found out by others.

- Pascal, Blaise
If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.

- Lincoln, Abraham
[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon¨laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution¨these can lift at a colossal humbug¨push it a little¨weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

- Mark Twain
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

- Aesop
That which we do not believe, we cannot adequately say; even though we may repeat the words ever so often.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
If you had the seeds of pestilence in your body you would not have a more active contagion that you have in your tempers, tastes, and principles. Simply to be in this world, whatever you are, is to exert an influence, compared with which mere language and persuasion are feeble.

- Horace Bushnell
One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them.

- Rusk, Dean

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