Conviction Quotes

With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice. - Pat Benatar


The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously. - Samuel Butler


Indigestion: A disease which the patient and his friends frequently mistake for deep religious conviction and concern for the salvation of mankind. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


Insurance: An ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel


The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are. - Mark Twain


Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are. - Mark Twain


A 'NO' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'YES' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. - Mohandas K. 'Mahatma' Gandhi


Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that 'God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself,' but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me. - John Wesley


A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. - Daniel Webster


There's Eddie's conviction and his lyrics and his ideals, and he can just rock straight out. His vocals are incredible. And we all are really competent musicians.-Mike McCready


This conviction brought me, in the summer of 1978, to the Free Trade Unions - formed by a group of courageous and dedicated people who came out in the defense of the workers' rights and dignity.-Lech Walesa


Those of you who have spent time with Australians know that we are not given to overstatement. By nature we are laconic speakers and by conviction we are realistic thinkers.-Julia Gillard


Through these adversities, Israel has endured with continued strength, conviction, and faith.-Jerry Costello


To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction - and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.-Stephen Baker


To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.-Louis D. Brandeis


To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.-Vladimir Lenin


We are all wrong so often that it amazes me that we can have any conviction at all over the direction of things to come. But we must.-Jim Cramer


We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.-Franklin D. Roosevelt


What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you.-Lyndon B. Johnson


What remains constant for me, during the last 15 years, has been the conviction that the cold war was a calamity for the entire world, and that it can be justified by no consideration of theory, nor by any supposed national interest.-Earl Browder


What to an outsider will be no more than the vigorous presentation of a conviction, to an employee may be the manifestation of a determination which it is not safe to thwart.-Learned Hand


What will become compellingly important is absolute clarity of shared purpose and set of principles of conduct sort of institutional genetic code that every member of the organization understands in a common way, and with deep conviction.-Dee Hock


When blithe to argument I come, Though armed with facts, and merry, May Providence protect me from The fool as adversary, Whose mind to him a kingdom is Where reason lacks dominion, Who calls conviction prejudice And prejudice opinion.-Phyllis McGinley


When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.-Bertrand Russell


When thugs by nature meet thugs by political conviction, 5-0 is not surprising.-John McCarthy


When you take a stand out of deep conviction, people know. They may not even agree, but they ask, 'Do I want someone who is willing to take a hard stand and someone I can trust to do that when the chips are down?' They want that.-Barbara Boxer


Where do you find the strength to brave a barrage of enemy fire and to bring your wounded friends to safety at great risk to your own life? Conviction.-Guy Verhofstadt


With his trademark courage and conviction, President Reagan led us out of the Cold War, spreading his vision of freedom, resulting in the release of millions of people from the yoke of communism.-John Doolittle


With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.-Pat Benatar


No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.-Samuel Johnson


Obeying instructions I should never dare to disregard, expressing, also, my own firm conviction, I rise in behalf of the State of New York to propose a nomination with which the country and the Republican party can grandly win.-Roscoe Conkling


One of the dreariest spots on life's road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you.-Faith Baldwin


Our Christian conviction is that Christ is also the messiah of Israel. Certainly it is in the hands of God how and when the unification of Jews and Christians into the people of God will take place.-Pope Benedict XVI


Our Christian conviction is that Christ is also the messiah of Israel. Certainly it is in the hands of God how and when the unification of Jews and Christians into the people of God will take place.-Joseph Ratzinger


Our consciences are littered like an old attic with the junk of sheer conviction.-Wilford O. Cross


Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go.-Lech Walesa


Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.-George Bernard Shaw


Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all.-John W. Gardner


Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.-Walter Benjamin


Ronald Reagan's well documented final battles with Alzheimer's disease were fought with the same conviction and courage that his many public battles were fought.-William L. Jenkins


Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction, and morality. Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history.-John Shimkus


Shortly after the end of last season, I felt that I probably would not return for the 1999-2000 season. I also felt that I should take as much time as possible to sort through my feelings and make sure that my feelings were backed with conviction.-Barry Sanders


That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.-Albert Einstein


The belief may be too often mistaken, but the illusion of coming into direct contact with the past is intoxicating and persuasive, and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction. Sometimes confidence is all that's needed.-Charles Rosen


The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.-William Butler Yeats


The challenge is to lend conviction even to the voices which advocate views I find personally abhorrent, whether they are political Islamists or officers justifying a coup.-Orhan Pamuk


The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.-F. Scott Fitzgerald


The conviction of our Ukrainian nation is embedded in the pages of its history.-Viktor Yushchenko


The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting.-Gertrude Stein


I have lived most of my life with the conviction that I don't dream, because I never could retrieve a dream.-Theodore Sturgeon


I have never known so much naive conviction allied to greater intellectual poverty.-Claude Levi-Strauss


I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.-George Eliot


I retired from public Business from a thorough Conviction that it was not in my Power to do any Good, and very much disgusted with Measures, which appeared to me inconsistent with common Policy and Justice.-George Mason


I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn't.-Michael Caine


I tried to instill a different motivation, to give them the security and the conviction that they were doing something good, something necessary, something useful - if you want to use a grandiose expression, that they were doing something for peace.-Markus Wolf


I was induced to establish several orders of merit, from conviction that emulation, well directed, becomes a useful servant; and, that the latent genius of some youth is more easily brought into action this way, than by the more sordid gratification of self-interest.-Joseph Lancaster


I was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense that I was being pursued, and also the conviction that under the political order of the times, our lives had no meaning.-Naguib Mahfouz


If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.-William Barclay


If I practised sex, out of moral conviction, that was one thing; but to enjoy it... seemed a defeat.-Martha Gellhorn


If I were sufficiently romantic I suppose I'd have killed myself long ago just to make people talk about me. I haven't even got the conviction to make a successful drunkard.-John Dos Passos


If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.-Jacques Derrida


If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion.-Mia Hamm


If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.-Lord Chesterfield


If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out. If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction.-Alex Chilton


In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction.-Simon Greenleaf


Indeed in the full flush of journalistic passion and conviction I once told an interviewer that of course I would never get married. And I most definitely would never have children.-Christiane Amanpour


Indictments of any kind are serious. That being said, let's not forget that an indictment is not a conviction. We still have due process in this country.-Rob Simmons


Insurance - an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.-Ambrose Bierce


It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.-John Steinbeck

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