Persuasion Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old persuasion quotes, persuasion sayings, and persuasion proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills.     

Shiv Khera

Moral persuasion over a period of time makes a difference, but we shouldn't be naive to think that just because we raise it in a meeting it will make all those problems go away. It won't and it doesn't.     

John Key

There is no better means of promoting another person's change of heart than allowing our own heart to be changed.     

C. Terry Warner

Words and magic are two powerful forces that can change the world.     

Amy Neftzger

Selling is a natural skill. It's developed as a child. You may know it as persuasion.     

Jeffrey Gitomer

Our Constitution recognises no other power than that of persuasion, for enforcing religious observances.     

Richard Mentor Johnson

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.     

Ronald Reagan

To understand desire, one needs language and flesh.     

Sherry Turkle

Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the natural lot of mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair.     

Ieyasu Tokugawa

A plot is a thousand times more unsettling than an argument, which may be answered.     

Eudora Welty

Politics is the art of persuasion. Good ideas die because due to a lack of charisma or character.     

A.E. Samaan

You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.     

Ben Goldacre

Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.     

William Bernbach

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.     

Blaise Pascal

It's much easier to be convincing if you care about your topic. Figure out what's important to you about your message and speak from the heart.     

Nicholas Boothman

The best way to persuade people is with your ears - by listening to them.     

Dean Rusk

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.     

Muriel Spark

Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated.     


People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.     

Blaise Pascal

The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.     

Mark Skousen

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.     

Nelson Mandela

Get what you can with words, because words are free, but the words of an armed man ring that much sweeter.     

Joe Abercrombie

Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.     

Desmond Tutu

Persuasion has become a kind of force. The more the advertiser knows about what consumers want, and the more desires the product and packaging seek to fulfill, the more coercive the force.     

Virginia Postrel

Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.     


Growing a culture requires a good storyteller. Changing a culture requires a persuasive editor.     

Ryan Lilly

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.     

Jane Austen

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.     

C. Terry Warner

If you want to persuade people, you've got to talk with your heart. You've got to talk about why your policies matter to them.     

Sean Duffy

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.     

Quintus Septimius Tertullianus