C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Persuasion tips his tongue whene’er he talks.

Colley Cibber.

Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion.


  • Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs,
  • Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
  • Homer.

  • Yet hold it more humane, more heav’nly, first,
  • By winning words to conquer willing hearts,
  • And make persuasion do the work of fear.
  • Milton.

    He, from whose lips divine persuasion flows.


    It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means. Besides, he who pretends to carry his point by force hath need of many associates; but the man who can persuade knows that he is himself sufficient for the purpose; neither can such a one be supposed forward to shed blood; for, who is there would choose to destroy a fellow citizen rather than make a friend of him by mildness and persuasion?