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INFLUENCE
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[ Also see Angels Authority Electricity Example Favors Feeling Inspiration Motive Persuasion Power Prayer Sense Senses Sensibility Sentiment Sympathy ]

You've got to save your own soul first, and then the souls of your neighbors if they will let you; and for that reason you must cultivate, not a spirit of criticism, but the talents that attract people to the hearing of the Word.
      - George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie
         (ch. XXVII)

All talk of winning the people by appealing to their intelligence, of conquering them by impeccable syllogism, is so much moonshine.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Even here Thy strong magnetic charms I feel,
  And pant and tremble like the amorous steel.
    To lower good, and beauties less divine,
      Sometimes my erroneous needle does incline;
        But yet (so strong the sympathy)
          It turns, and points again to Thee.
      - John Norris of Bemerton, Aspiration

If it were in my power, I would be wiser; but a newly felt power carries me off in spite of myself; love leads me one way, my understanding another.
  [Lat., Si possem sanior essem.
    Sed trahit invitam nova vis; aliudque Cupido,
      Mens aliud.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (VII, 18)

If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed.
      - Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (ch. VIII, 29)

No man stands alone. Through all the centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today.
      - Wilferd Arlan Peterson

By the golden chain Homer meant nothing else than the sun.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles},
        in Kircher's "Magnes Sive de Arte Magnetica"

Thus does the Muse herself move men divinely inspired, and through them thus inspired a Chain hangs together of others inspired divinely likewise.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, Ion
         (par. V), simile called "Plato's Rings"

Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 390)

And the touch'd needle trembles to the pole.
      - Alexander Pope, Temple of Fame (l. 431)

Even as the needle that directs the hour,
  (Touched with the loadstone) by the secret power
    Of hidden Nature, points upon the pole;
      Even so the wavering powers of my soul,
        Touch'd by the virtue of Thy spirit, flee
          From what is earth, and point alone to Thee.
      - Francis Quarles, Job Mil. Med. (IV)

The most important single influence in the life of a person is another person. W e may say to our children: Here is art, science, philosophy, mathematics, music, psychology, history, religion--and we may open innumerable doors along the corridors of living so that they will have a broad and even a minute acquaintance with the segments of life; but these introductions are not as important as knowing people whose characters and actions, personalities and words have grown after similar introductions and have become worthy of emulation.
      - Paul D. Shafer

It is by women that nature writes on the hearts of men.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Such souls,
  Whose sudden visitations daze the world,
    Vanish like lighting, but they leave behind
      A voice that in the distance far away
        Wakens the slumbering ages.
      - Sir Henry Taylor (2), Philip Van Artevelde
         (pt. I, act I, sc. 7)

For so the whole round Earth is every way
  Bound by Gold Chains about the Feet of God.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, More D'Arthur

I am a part of all that I have met;
  Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
    Gleams that untravl'd world whose margin fades
      Forever and forever when I move.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses (l. 18)

Woman's influence embraces the whole of life.
      - Alexander Walker

I thank God that if I am gifted with little of the spirit which is said to be able to raise mortals to the skies, I have yet none, as I trust, of that other spirit, which would drag angels down.
      - Daniel Webster,
        Second Speech on Foot's Resolution

It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.
      - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,
        Memorandum

If woman lost us Eden, such as she alone restore it!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
  Of their bad influence, and their good receives.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Character of the Happy Warrior

Whose powers shed round him in the common strife,
  Or mild concerns of ordinary life,
    A constant influence, a peculiar grace.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Character of the Happy Warrior


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