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.

The tongue can paint what the eye can't see.

- Proverb, Chinese

Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life -- there, if one must speak out, the real man.

- Aurelius, Marcus

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.

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

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.)

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

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

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

- Aesop

Those that will not hear must be made to feel.

- Proverb, German

Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.

- Carlyle, Thomas

The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and above all our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders.

- Hoffer, Eric

There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves.

- Junius

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

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

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.

- Cicero, Marcus T.

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.

- Zig Ziglar

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

If you can't get people to listen to you any other way, tell them it's confidential.

- Proverb

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