Tag: Persuasion (home)

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

permalink source: Ben Franklin
tags: Persuasion

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

permalink source: Adolf Hitler
tags: Lying, Persuasion

People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.

permalink source: Robert Keith Leavitt
tags: Persuasion, Emotions

When we want to correct someone usefully and show him he is wrong, we must see from what point of view he is approaching the matter, for it is usually right from that point of view, and we must admit this, but show him the point of view from which he is wrong. This will please him, because he will see that he was not wrong but merely failed to see every aspect of the question.

permalink source: Pascal
tags: Apologetics, Persuasion

The heart has its reasons that the reason does not know.

permalink source: Pascal
tags: Apologetics, Persuasion

A real person has two reasons for doing anything... a good reason and the real reason.

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Persuasion, Motivation

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think they'll hate you.

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Communication, Humor, Persuasion

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Of course, you could do even better with a dead squirrel.

permalink source: Fred Schwartz
tags: Humor, Persuasion, Motivation

"Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions."

permalink source: Eric Temple Bell, Scottish-American mathematician, educator, writer
tags: Logic, Persuasion, Arguments

"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."

permalink source: Joseph Conrad, Polish novelist and short-story writer
tags: Logic, Persuasion, Arguments

"Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic."

permalink source: William E. Gladstone, English statesman and author
tags: Logic, Persuasion, Emotions, Arguments

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permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Money, Persuasion, Marketing

I have never, never in all my life, succeeded when I spoke with the faintest trace of harshness or asperity. I have always noted that if one wishes to move another's mind one must be ever so careful not to embitter that person's heart.

permalink source: St. Vincent de Paul
tags: Persuasion