To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence;

supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

When a heart is on fire, sparks always fly out of the mouth.

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

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

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

You may fool all the people some of the time;

you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you cant fool all of the people all the time.

Those that will not hear must be made to feel.

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

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

Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?

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

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

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

That which proves too much, proves nothing!

He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.

He that winna be ruled by the rudder maun be ruled by the rock.

The persuasion of a friend is a strong thing.

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

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.

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.

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

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.

You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.

To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.

If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.

That which we do not believe, we cannot adequately say;

even though we may repeat the words ever so often.

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer.

The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.

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

There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion.

By persuading others, we convince ourselves.

The young mind is pliable and imitates, but in more advanced states grows rigid and must be warmed and softened before it will receive a deep impression.

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.

The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.

If I have said something to hurt a man once, I shall not get the better of this by saying many things to please him.

Authority is not power; that's coercion. Authority is not knowledge; that's persuasion, or seduction. Authority is simply that the author has the right to make a statement and to be heard.

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.

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

That we may live to see England once more possess a free Monarchy and a privileged and prosperous People, is my Prayer; that these great consequences can only be brought about by the energy and devotion of our Youth is my persuasion. We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

The use of violence as an instrument of persuasion is therefore inviting and seems to the discontented to be the only effective protest.

The maxims are, first, that the individual is not accountable to society for his actions, in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself. Advice, instruction, persuasion, and avoidance by other people if thought necessary by them for their own good, are the only measures by which society can justifiably express its dislike or disapprobation of his conduct. Secondly, that for such actions as are prejudicial to the interests of others, the individual is accountable, and may be subjected either to social or to legal punishment, if society is of opinion that the one or the other is requisite for its protection.

The worth of men consists in their liability to persuasion.

. . . Civilisation is the maintenance of social order, by its own inherent persuasiveness as embodying the nobler alternative. The recourse to force, however unavoidable, is a disclosure of the failure of civilisation, either in the general society or in a remnant of individuals. Thus in a live civilisation there is always an element of unrest. For sensitiveness to ideas means curiosity, adventure, change. Civilised order survives on its merits, and is transformed by its power of Recognizing its imperfections.

Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion.

When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.

We must look at what immigration to America involves.

To the new arrivals, the change is excruciating. Learning a new language and dealing with strange customs make the first years of life in the new land painful...The economic system of the United States is a mighty engine of persuasion. It motivates people to do what otherwise they never would in return for fulfilling their dreams. In the process, people learn that there is no sharp line between physical well-being and the higher purposes of life. The comfort of owning a house is at once meeting the obligation to care for one

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

More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar.

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.

The truth isn't the truth until people believe you, and they can't believe you if they don't know what your saying, and they can't know what you've saying if they don't listen to you, and they won't listen to you if you're not interesting, and you won't be interesting until you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly.

Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.

Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be. We see every day in politics, in business, in social life, large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points.

It is nobler to convert souls, than to conquer kingdoms.

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