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Persuasion Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Persuasion

Please enjoy these Persuasion Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful
than Thor with his hammer.
The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
- Henry David Thoreau

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The object of oratory alone in not truth,
but persuasion.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.
- Mark Skousen

Our Constitution recognises no other power than that of persuasion,
for enforcing religious observances.
- Richard Mentor Johnson

 

In making a speech one must study three points:
first,
the means of producing persuasion; second,
the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
- Aristotle

The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion;
constitutionality is no match with compassion.
- Everett Dirksen

Children should be led into the right paths,
not by severity, but by persuasion.
- Terence

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In short, I'm not sure that the abortion problem can
be solved by legislation.
I think it can only be solved through moral persuasion.
- Tony Campolo

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
- Aristotle

We always have hoped that American diplomacy deploys
itself in dialogue and persuasion rather than by ultimatums.
That is the path we want in international relations.
- Mahmoud Abbas

I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion,
and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience,
no matter what religion or color of their skin,
or situation in life.
- Pete Seeger

I am dying, but with a strong hope and persuasion that
my country will gain her independence.
- David Wooster

I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
- Themistocles

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

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

We played a gig and we had a song that was offensive
to people of the Jewish persuasion,
and we led off with it, and they were offended by it,
and that was that.
- Santiago Durango

Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion
happens to be not a science,
but an art.
- William Bernbach

Law builds upon and, I should like to claim,
is one of the liberal arts.
It uses words of persuasion and changing definitions for practical ends.
- Edward Levi

Behold, I am become a reproach to thy holy name,
by serving any ambition and the sins of others;
which though I did by the persuasion of other men,
yet my own conscience did cheek and upbraid me in it.
- William Laud

I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor.
I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that
will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I
don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work.
Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind.
- George W. Bush

I used all diligence to arrive at London and therefore
I now gave my crew a certificate under my hand,
of my free and willing return, without persuasion or
force by any one or more of them.
- Henry Hudson

I believe that the will of the people is resolved by a strong leadership.
Even in a democratic society, events depend on a strong
leadership with a strong power of persuasion,
and not on the opinion of the masses.
- Yitzhak Shamir

First of all, my persuasion is what really breeds violence
is political differences.
But because religion serves as the soul of community,
it gets drawn into the fracas and turns up the heat.
- Huston Smith

An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard
is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions.
They seem to sense...
that gold and economic freedom are inseparable.
- Alan Greenspan

Remarkable is the greater openness of the Catholic
Church towards people of other religious traditions and persuasions.
The development has not been without problems,
since some people have resisted it and others have
pushed openness beyond the desirable point.
- Francis Arinze

Still, I have been no one's enemy but my own.
My easy nature, either in drinking or anything else,
was always ready to submit to persuasions of profligate companions,
who often led me into snares.
- John Clare

Now that our troops are mired in a dangerous effort
to defeat the insurgency and are also trying to help rebuild the country,
Americans of all political persuasions simply want
the United States to succeed and our troops to be as safe as possible.
- Harry Reid

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

To be persuasive, we must be believable;
to be believable, we must be credible;
to be credible, we must be truthful.
- Edward R. Murrow

Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it.
It has some value in gaining and holding attention,
but it has no persuasive value at all.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Truthful words are not beautiful;
beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive;
persuasive words are not good.
- Lao Tzu

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
- Friedrich Schiller

I am not unconscious of the persuasive power exerted
by these considerations to drag men along in the current;
but I am not at liberty to travel that road.
- Benjamin F. Wade

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

For your own good is a persuasive argument that will
eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.
- Janet Frame

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide
more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism
than do all the arguments of atheists.
- Dennis Prager

The more informative your advertising,
the more persuasive it will be.
- David Ogilvy

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater
sales more economically achieved.
Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims
out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted,
believed, persuasive, urgent.
- William Bernbach

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive,
is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage.
I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means.
In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry
diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples?
- Ted Olson

Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
future is extremely important to high morale,
to dynamism, to consensus, and in general to help the
wheels of society turn smoothly.
- Herman Kahn

The belief may be too often mistaken,
but the illusion of coming into direct contact with
the past is intoxicating and persuasive,
and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction.
Sometimes confidence is all that's needed.
- Charles Rosen

I have a theory that the best ads come from personal experience.
Some of the good ones I have done have really come
out of the real experience of my life,
and somehow this has come over as true and valid and persuasive.
- David Ogilvy

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A Great Relationship is the Dance of Two Great Lives.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest roadblock to a great relationship
is trying to force a partner to change through bribes or threats.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
- Thomas Henry Huxley

Truly great friends are hard to find,
difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
- Anonymous

It is a great confidence in a friend
to tell him your faults;
greater to tell him his.
- Benjamin Franklin

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation
can be trusted to act humanely
or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
- Bertrand Russell

Love is the great miracle cure.
Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.
- Louise L. Hay

The finest kind of friendship is between people
who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
- Anonymous

It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends.
The mean and cowardly can never know what true friendship means.
- Charles Kingsley

Mostly, it is human to dislike surprises -
often with great intensity.
Be open to new ways;
sometimes newness just knocks on our door;
welcome it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Regrets and resentments cause great suffering but fix nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In great contests, each party claims to act
in accordance with the will of God.
Both may be, and one must be wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln


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