Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Quotes: Persuasion

Persuasion 93 "If you wish to win a man’s heart, allow him to confute you." Disraeli. 1826. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. If you want to win over people, allow them to contradict you.

Persuasion 209 "Whoever wants his judgment to be believed, should express it coolly and dispassionately…. "Schopenhauer. 1851. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Persuade by keeping the emotion our of your tone.

Persuasion 260 " We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others." Pascal. 1670. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. We are more easily convinced by what we have discovered ourselves.

Persuasion 349 "Time makes more converts than reason." Tom Paine. 1776. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Introduce the idea and then let it settle in the other person's mind.

Persuasion 24 "He [Littlefield] could, on ten hours' notice, appear before the board of aldermen or the state legislature and proved, absolutely, with figures all in rows with precedents from Poland and New Zealand, that the street-car company loved the public and yearned over its employees; that all its stock was owned by widows and orphans; and that whatever it desired to do would benefit property owners by increasing rental values, and help the poor by lowering rent." Lewis, Babbitt. Persuading people by telling them what they want to hear.

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