Persuasion

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This progress among the people through Dhamma has been done by two means, by Dhamma regulations and by persuasion. Of these, Dhamma regulation is of little effect, while persuasion has much more effect. ~ Ashoka

Persuasion is a word denoting forms of deliberate influence or attempts to influence beliefs, attitudes, intentions, motivations, or behaviors.

For the Jane Austen novel, see Persuasion (novel)


CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links

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A - F[edit]

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. -Aristotle.
Maybe tomorrow when He looks down
Every green field and every town
All of his children, every nation
There'll be peace and good, brotherhood
Crystal blue persuasion. ~ "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
  • We always have hoped that American diplomacy deploys itself in dialogue and persuasion rather than by ultimatums. That is the path we want in international relations.
  • 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.
  • This progress among the people through Dhamma has been done by two means, by Dhamma regulations and by persuasion. Of these, Dhamma regulation is of little effect, while persuasion has much more effect. The Dhamma regulations I have given are that various animals must be protected. And I have given many other Dhamma regulations also. But it is by persuasion that progress among the people through Dhamma has had a greater effect in respect of harmlessness to living beings and non-killing of living beings.
    • Ashoka, in Edicts of Ashoka (c. 257 BC)
  • If I was wrong in yielding to persuasion once, remember that it was to persuasion exerted on the side of safety, not of risk. When I yielded, I thought it was to duty; but no duty could be called in aid here. In marrying a man indifferent to me, all risk would have been incurred, and all duty violated.
  • To yield readily--easily--to the persuasion of a friend is no merit.... To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”
Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art. - William Bernbach.
  • Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.
  • I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor. I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind.

G - L[edit]

  • A ruler must learn to persuade and not to compel... he must lay the best coffee hearth to attract the finest men... a good ruler has to learn his world's language... it's different for every world... the language of the rocks and growing things... the language you don't hear just with your ears... the Mystery of Life... not a problem to solve, but a reality to experience... Understanding must move with the flow of the process.
  • Behold, I am become a reproach to thy holy name, by serving any ambition and the sins of others; which though I did by the persuasion of other men, yet my own conscience did cheek and upbraid me in it.
  • It is therefore worthwhile, to search out the bounds between opinion and knowledge; and examine by what measures, in things, whereof we have no certain knowledge, we ought to regulate our assent, and moderate our persuasions.

M - R[edit]

  • It ain't that he's not interested in, like, persuasiveness, get me? He's interested in it. Like something in a jar.
  • American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is the best propaganda and lies are the wrost. To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.

S - Z[edit]

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 problem with breaking up with someone, if you are a little unsure — and so often, people are unsure — is that breaking up involves persuasion. You have to persuade your ex that it is better this way for everyone. And this is difficult if you have not entirely persuaded yourself. It is especially tricky to do this if you are also naked, and making two cups of coffee.”
  • 'Tis more than reason that goes to persuasion.

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