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

Chinese proverb

Those that will not hear must be made to feel.

German proverb

That which proves too much, proves nothing!


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 (1857-1924) British novelist.

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 (1890-1969) Thirty-fourth President of the USA.


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

''For your own good'' is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.

Janet Frame (1924-2004) New Zealand writer.

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

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

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

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.