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A list of the best persuasion quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous persuasion quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic persuasion quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational persuasion quotes from that same writer.

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

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

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

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I don't know the rules of grammar. If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language. David Ogilvy

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You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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Those that will not hear must be made to feel.

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

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

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Persuasion is better than force.

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

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That which proves too much, proves nothing!

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The persuasion of a friend is a strong thing. Homer

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

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

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

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The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay

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As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors. William James

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

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

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Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do. William Makepeace Thackeray

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

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

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Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu

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To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar.

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

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

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He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense. Joseph Conrad

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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. Aleister Crowley

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

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

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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. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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. Samuel Johnson

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

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

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The art of pleasing consists in being pleased. William Hazlitt

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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. Marcus Aurelius

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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. Thomas Carlyle

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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. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable. Cicero

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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. Dwight D. Eisenhower