quotes tagged with 'persuasion'

In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: 1824Saved by ImaWriterIII in government thomasjefferson reason persuasion logic republic 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic.  Force or persuasion.  Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.

Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government persuasion logic AynRand guns 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Sisters, young sisters, beloved young sisters, stay true to what you know is right. Everywhere you look today, you will find promises of happiness. Ads in magazines promise total bliss if you will only buy a certain outfit, shampoo, or makeup. Certain media productions glamorize those who embrace evil or who give in to base instincts. Often these same people are portrayed as models of success and accomplishment.


In a world where evil is portrayed as good and good as evil, sometimes it is difficult to know the truth. In some ways it is almost like Little Red Riding Hood’s dilemma: when you are not quite sure what you are seeing, is it a beloved grandmother or is it a dangerous wolf?


I spent many years in the cockpit of an airplane. My task was to get a big jet safely from any part of the world to our desired destination. I knew with certainty that if I wanted to travel from New York to Rome, I needed to fly east. If some were to tell me that I should fly south, I knew there was no truth in their words. I would not trust them because I knew for myself. No amount of persuasion, no amount of flattery, bribery, or threats could convince me that flying south would get me to my destination because I knew.


We all search for happiness, and we all try to find our own “happily ever after.” The truth is, God knows how to get there! And He has created a map for you; He knows the way. He is your beloved Heavenly Father, who seeks your good, your happiness. He desires with all the love of a perfect and pure Father that you reach your supernal destination. The map is available to all. It gives explicit directions of what to do and where to go to everyone who is striving to come unto Christ and “stand as [a witness] of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.” All you have to do is trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan.


Nevertheless, not all will follow the map. They may look at it. They may think it is reasonable, perhaps even true. But they do not follow the divine directions. Many believe that any road will take them to a “happily ever after.” Some may even become angry when others who know the way try to help and tell them. They suppose that such advice is outdated, irrelevant, out of touch with modern life.


Sisters, they suppose wrong.

Author: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf , Source: http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-1207-40...Saved by mlsscaress in success media happiness evil ironrod accomplishment persuasion holyghost good flattery glamorize base 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.  I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.... What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Author: Henry David Thoreau, Source: unknownSaved by mlsscaress in behavior persuasion teach books 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

To fully understand this gift of agency and its inestimable worth, it is imperative that we understand that God's chief way of acting is by persuasion and patience and long-suffering, not by coercion and stark confrontation...He always acts with unfailing respect for the freedom and independence that we possess. He wants to help us and pleads for the chance to assist us, but he will not do so in violation of our agency. He loves us too much to do taht, and doing so would run counter to his divine character."

Author: Howard W. Hunter, Source: Ensign, November 1989, p.18Saved by mlsscaress in agency character patience persuasion independence act longsuffering 2nephi219 actedupon 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Our whole society really rests on the capacity of its citizens to give 'obedience to the unenforceable.'
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: Freedom Festival, Provo, 1993Saved by cboyack in government society obedience law persuasion force citizenship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Joseph Smith gives us four follies that must be avoided at any cost. One should never, he says, (1) aspire, for that is what Satan did to bring about his fall; (2) accuse—Satan is the devil, and diabolos means "accuser of his brethren"—never mind that the brethren are as guilty as he is; (3) contend—the first rule the Lord gave to the Nephites was, "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another" (3 Nephi 11:29); and (4) coerce, or use force to persuade.
Author: Hugh Nibley, Source: http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/display.php?table=transcripts&...Saved by Doc in control wickedness tyranny agency aspire power josephsmith contention aspiration pride persuasion force follies coerce compulsion unrighteousdominion accusation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.
Author: Ayn Rand, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in leadership persuasion force 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
Author: Zig Ziglar, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in integrity persuasion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Clearly, it is not by harshness or by severity, or by overbearing methods, that social evils are removed. It is by education rather than by formal commands, by persuasion rather than by threats.
Author: Saint Augustine, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in education persuasion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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