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You can only manage to convince a person to admit to being wrong, not ignorant, arrogant, or stupid.
I have, as it were, constructed a lay-figure for the purposes of a demonstration which I desired to be as rapid and as impressive as possible.
People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.
When describing the University of Virginia: Here, We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.
A storyteller, a displaced poet, will absorb reading differently.
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.
It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering.
He seemed to believe that indignation was a sufficient guardian.
I had also read somewhere that if a man didn't truly believe or understand what he was espousing, somehow he could do a more convincing job
Writing novels is not an illness that need be recovered from. It is my work
The art of oratory was considered part of the equipment of a statesman.
The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.
[Everything you write is] not simply a collection of words, but a means of influence not to be taken lightly. Let your recipient's emotions be the gondola, and your words, its gondolier.
The letter is too belligerent. If I were you, I would state the facts as they were, without the pepper and salt. Abraham Lincoln
He did what good lawyers always do. He shifted his argument in the direction his audience was already going.
When you give people a choice, they believe they have power.
A dash of humor will only add intense gravity to the proceedings, even as a flash of lightning only makes midnight dreariness all the more impressive.
It is the tendency of deep feeling to subdue the manner rather than to render it too energetic.
The only way to change someone's mind is to connect with them from the heart.
You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.
Words have power.
Lewis was studying literary history with the present and future in mind.
Lewis at his best is about trying on ways of looking at the world.
Johnson had a sense of humor, and he could kid with me, ” he would say. “Johnson didn’t enjoy talking with most liberals. He didn’t think they had a sense of humor.
Goldwater hardly ever mentioned a statistic. He hardly ever used it EXAMPLE. He presumed you already knew what he meant. Reagan SHOWED you.
Heart language is logic set on fire.
Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.
I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.
Our hatred of government is not caused mainly by government's goals, whatever their wisdom, but by government's techniques." Philip Howard
The key for any speaker is to establish his own point of view for the audience, so they can see the game through his eyes.
Reagan is described as "delivering Barry Goldwater's doctrine with John F. Kennedy's technique.
The task of defending capitalism was still important to leave to the capitalists.
The Ninysh might have resisted a bit harder. I don't mean to imply that they were cowards..., " Maurizio said shrugging, clearly implying that the Ninysh were cowards.
Fatigue could be the dealmaker's friend.
Growing a culture requires a good storyteller. Changing a culture requires a persuasive editor.
It’s amazing, the lies you can tell yourself. Even more amazing, the lies you can believe when you’re desperate enough.
Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.
Politics look very simple to the outsider whether he is a businessman or a soldier – it is only when you get into it that all the angles and hard work become apparent. James Forrestal
It would behoove you to have your thesis finely tuned and the logical arguments utilized in support of it tightly woven into a credible, and creatively persuasive tapestry.
Horace Greeley pursues temperance to extravagance." Lord Acton
I discovered that night (in his college's student politics) that an audience has a feel to it, and, in the parlance of the theater, that audience and I were together.
We influence others most profoundly when we do not seek to change them at all, but simply go about straightforwardly doing the right and loving thing.
Every self-respecting act of persuasion must find appeal to curiosity, then to vanity, and lastly to kindness or remorse. Isabella looked down and slowly nodded.
Stephen Douglas's oratory was designed for the galleries, Lincoln's for his peers
The age can be impressed. Anything will be accepted by men if you will but preach it with tremendous enthusiasm, emotion, persuasionnergy and living earnestness.
The values most important to us are always the most easily exploitable.
His plain, undecorated, and utilitarian work reeked week of provincialism.
In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Even though he said no store in uncanny things, he was soldier enough to value with whatever weapon came to hand.