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persuasion (n.)

He from whose lips divine persuasion flows.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): The Iliad of Homer. Book vii. Line 143.

Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:

Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured

Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed

By hymns of praise. From him alone of all

The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

Aeschylus (525-456 b c): Frag. 146 (trans. by Plumptre).

  Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations,—entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the general government in its whole constitutional vigour, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad; . . . . freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected,—these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826): First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.

One in whom persuasion and belief

Had ripened into faith, and faith become

A passionate intuition.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): The Excursion. Book iv.

Persuasion tips his tongue whene'er he talks,

And he has chambers in King's Bench walks.

Colley Cibber (1671-1757):