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Persuade Quotes

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Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Related topics: Spiritual Inspirational Live-By Faith

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

It takes time to persuade men to do even
what is for their own good.
- Thomas Jefferson

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

 

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

They can rule the world while they can persuade us
our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide,
than a life of famine and suicide...?
- Adrienne Rich

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The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread,
but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
- Simone Weil

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

I cannot persuade myself that a
beneficent and omnipotent God
would have designedly created parasitic wasps
with the express intention of their feeding
within the living bodies of caterpillars.
- Charles Darwin

I don't persuade to suicide.
- Jack Kevorkian

It was said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things,
and himself of anything.
- Dean Inge

A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade,
but to clarify.
- Leo Szilard

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that
their interests and his own are the same.
- Stendhal

When you have nothing important or interesting to say,
don't let anyone persuade you to say it.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience
are the natural lot of mortals,
and there will be no room for discontent,
neither for despair.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade
oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
- Doris Lessing

Let one persuade many, and he becomes confirmed and convinced,
and cares for no better evidence.
- Chauncey Wright

You have to be able to enthral and persuade at the same time.
- Riccardo Muti

We've got to rebuild human hearts - and persuade people
that hope isn't just possible,
but essential.
- Tony Snow

But when someone is on a winning horse,
and everything looks wonderful, it's very hard as an
outsider to persuade them something is wrong.
- James Wolfensohn

You know what it's like to persuade a pigheaded child
to do something they don't want to.
If they hear the same suggestion from someone else,
they'll go right off and do it.
- Mary Wesley

Discourage litigation.
Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
As a peacemaker the lawyer has
superior opportunity of being a good man.
There will still be business enough.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree,
but smiles.
- Muriel Spark

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be
able to persuade my wife to marry me.
- Winston Churchill

I like to think of sales as the ability to gracefully persuade,
not manipulate, a person or persons into a win-win situation.
- Bo Bennett

The best way to persuade people is with your ears -
by listening to them.
- Dean Rusk

He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they
are not so well governed as they ought to be shall
never want attentive and favorable hearers.
- Richard Hooker

It's better to get smart than to get mad.
I try not to get so insulted that I will not take advantage
of an opportunity to persuade people to change their minds.
- John H. Johnson

Baseball people, and that includes myself,
are slow to change and accept new ideas.
I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms.
- Branch Rickey

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

For years all I seemed to be doing was lobbying politicians
and others to persuade them that European culture needed movies,
and that we had to protect it.
- Wim Wenders

No, I'm not rich.
I had a tax problem in this country,
curiously enough,
and my accountant said the British government was patently wrong in taxing me,
and they were, but we couldn't persuade them and it
cost me everything I had.
- Donald Sutherland

Just once I would like to persuade the audience not
to wear any article of blue denim.
If only they could see themselves in a pair of brown
corduroys like mine instead of this awful,
boring blue denim.
- Ian Anderson

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

I not only urge you to vote that ticket yourself,
but I beg that you will persuade others to do so.
Personal effort can accomplish a great deal,
and I beg that you will use your personal influence
with your friends to get them to go with you to save the boys.
- Thomas Jordan Jarvis

We must seek to persuade member states and institutions
that better regulation in Europe does not mean cutting
health and safety in the workplace,
nor does it mean dismantling social standards.
- John Hutton

When evangelical leaders can persuade the president
to be concerned about what's happening in Sudan,
or sex trafficking around the world,
or HIV-AIDS,
that's a very good thing.
I am completely supportive of that.
- Jim Wallis

In our system leadership is by consent,
not command.
To lead a President must persuade.
Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking.
They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
- Donald Rumsfeld

John Foster Dulles had called on me in his capacity as Secretary of State,
and he had exhausted every argument to persuade me
to place Cambodia under the protection of the South
East Asia Treaty Organization.
- Norodom Sihanouk

Even within the band, if I cannot manage to persuade
the members of what I see to be the next course of action,
how do you expect the group to deal with the expectations of thousands of people.
It is not possible.
- Robert Fripp

If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want
to bring you flexibility,
think again.
You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade
your fellow citizens to adopt it.
You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it.
That's flexibility.
- Antonin Scalia

It is clear that he does not pray, who,
far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God
shall lower Himself to him,
and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills,
but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
- Thomas Aquinas

I don't know how many times I can sit there and talk
about my character or my life.
It's interesting to talk about experiences in the context
of something you're doing for somebody else,
and particularly if you can persuade others to join you in your support.
- Wendie Malick

No one can persuade another to change.
Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
- Marilyn Ferguson

Once I could persuade these guys that all I wanted
to hear from them was what they did -
Tell me what you do -
once you can persuade someone that this is all you're after,
you can't shut them up because we're all fascinated by what we do.
- Roger Angell

Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world
that a modern eye could be produced gradually from
a much simpler structure,
he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light
sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked.
- Michael Behe

If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better,
which makes you more open to my ideas.
And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make,
by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
- John Cleese

I covered two presidents, LBJ and Nixon,
who could no longer convince, persuade,
or govern, once people had decided they had no credibility,
but we seem to be more tolerant now of what I think we should not tolerate.
- Helen Thomas

For when they see the people swarm into the streets,
and daily wet to the skin with rain,
and yet cannot persuade them to go out of the rain,
they do keep themselves within their houses,
seeing they cannot remedy the folly of the people.
- Thomas More

What you're doing is putting into professional play
the way that you relate to other people,
the way that you analyze and relate to a written text,
the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything.
It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself.
- Trevor Nunn

Do not let arguments of expediency persuade you.
That is the slow road to oblivion.
That is the tortured path to undoing step by step,
bit by bit, as the river creates a canyon,
the way of life that we love.
- Charles Schumer

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,
the language they use every day, the language in which they think.
We try to write in the vernacular.
- David Ogilvy

The main problem is that for a boycott to be effective,
you must first persuade thousands - maybe even millions of others -
to go along,
which is a lot of work and usually not successful.
- L. Neil Smith

I don't think there's any one definition,
but to do effective political work you have to have vision and practicality,
and learn how to persuade people that what you feel
needs to be done does need to be done.
- Alan Cranston

Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.
- Roger Fry

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship
of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
- Robert Southey

Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure,
has become very largely a commodity,
and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that
it is a social requirement,
too.
- Jan Morris

At one time, I was persuaded to want to make music,
and people answered me that that was not possible.
- Yannick Noah

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
- James Russell Lowell

Paul persuaded me to join the band.
I would never have had the courage otherwise.
It was fun at the beginning.
We were playing just for fun, with Paul's group.
- Linda McCartney

I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting
some false and most pernicious notions about consistency -
and to such a degree that the average man has
turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around
and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized,
where it should be his humiliation.
- Mark Twain

I was persuaded now that I was destined to lead a life on the Plains.
- Buffalo Bill

I gradually became persuaded that the subjects,
without intending to, had revealed to me a basic truth
about markets that was foreign to the literature of economics.
- Vernon L. Smith

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons
which they have themselves discovered than by those
which have come in to the mind of others.
- Blaise Pascal

I am persuaded that every time a man smiles -
but much more so when he laughs -
it adds something to this fragment of life.
- Laurence Sterne

I have always been fully persuaded that,
through co-operation, labor could become its own employer.
- Leland Stanford

When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to
let me return to Australia and at least see whether
I could adapt myself to life on the land before going up to Cambridge.
- Patrick White

I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve
the education of the poor,
and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution
of a society or committee for that purpose,
it would render the design abortive.
- Joseph Lancaster

The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life,
as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry
of the universe or of its indirect consequences.
The universe is asymmetric.
- Louis Pasteur

And I saw the sax line-up that he had behind him and I thought,
I'm going to learn the saxophone.
When I grow up, I'm going to play in his band.
So I sort of persuaded my dad to get me a kind of a
plastic saxophone on the hire purchase plan.
- David Bowie


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