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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Persuasion
 
  Persuasion tips his tongue whene’er he talks.
Colley Cibber.    
  1
  Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion.
Goethe.    
  2
        Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs,
Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
Homer.    
  3
        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.    
  4
  He, from whose lips divine persuasion flows.
Homer.    
  5
  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?
Xenophon.    
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