Persuasion Quotes

persuasion quotes

These persuasion quotes remind me that the best way to influence others is to BE influenced…but there’s a few other ideas below.  Read on:

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

Persuasion is often more effectual than force. -Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar. -French Proverb

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. -William Bernbach (1911-1982)

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

Any of these persuasion quotes jump out at you?  I like this last one; when people feel understood and listened to and validated, they tend to open up.  What are you thoughts on this subject?

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    • Rainelda
    • August 21, 2011

    hi Shawn…It’s been my habit or attitude to insist doing and always having the right thing.if that is another form of persuasion? I’d always like to know,it helps me grow and keep me of not being ignorant.Now,I can keep some persuasions quotes on my trying of being Someone.thanks Shawn!

    • Lee
    • September 15, 2011

    Hi Shawn, I like all of them as each one has food for thought:

    There have been people who can in fact persuade anyone to their way of thinking. They are clever in their thoughts and their dialogue. Whilst others with strong convictions cannot be persuaded. Strong minded people need convincing through proof. Others who may be interested in the subject matter will be open minded enough to listen. Many factors have to considered, everyone’s thoughts differ, if the presentation is convincing, with facts to back it up your argument then you may be able to persuade the people to your way of thinking. An interesting topic…..

      • shawn
      • September 17, 2011

      Thanks, Lee!

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