Book Note: Persuasion and Rhetoric by Carlo Michelstaedter #1

And if men do not want to understand him, he must not say, "They're blind, I've given everything already"-he has given nothing until he has given the proximity of distant things such that even the blind should see them. He must feel the insufficiency in himself and respect in them that which they do not respect in themselves; so that, attracted by his love, they should take on the persona he loves in them: then will the blind see.

The path of persuasion is not only a self persuasion, but a means of giving someone else a conviction, as opposed the path of rhetoric which persuades someone to affirm your own deficiency.