Quotations on Conviction

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The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
- Franklin P. Adams
(Keywords: Time, Experience, People, Conviction, Country, Fool, Politicians, Trouble)

FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Legal, Time, Community, Conviction, Day, Prejudice, Rest)

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
- Muhammad Ali
(Keywords: Belief, Conviction, Deep, Repetition)

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
(Keywords: Children, Conviction, Passion)

For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Successful, Conviction, Discontent, Revolution, Rights, Importance, Justice, Necessity)

The mission of the playwright is to look in his heart and write, to write whatever concerns him at the moment; to write with passion and conviction. Of course the measure of the man will be the measure of the play.
- Robert Anderson
(Keywords: Heart, Conviction, Man, Measure, Mission, Passion, Play, Will)

Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction that those who labour in the service of a great and good cause will never fail.
- Owen Arthur
(Keywords: Battle, Cause, Conviction, Service, Will)

Most importantly, nothing has happened to change my conviction that freedom and the love of liberty remain the essential defining attributes of our national character as a people.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Change, Love, People, Character, Conviction, Freedom, Liberty, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Courage, Perseverance, Conviction, Force)

One of the dreariest spots on life's road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you.
- Faith Baldwin
(Keywords: Life, Conviction, Nothing, Road, Will)

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
(Keywords: Certainty, Christ, Conviction, Man)

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
(Keywords: God, People, Christian, Conviction, Israel, Will)

Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Work, Conviction, Quotations)

And their conviction is that if it is done with that kind of purity it will go somewhere. I believe that with all my heart, but I'm not responsible for its going somewhere.
- Daniel Berrigan
(Keywords: Heart, Conviction, Purity, Will)

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
(Keywords: Chance, Conviction, Man)

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
(Keywords: Trust, People, Conviction, Deep, May, Want)

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
(Keywords: Government, Conviction, End, Law, May, Order)

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
(Keywords: War, Calamity, Consideration, Conviction, Interest, Theory, World, Years)

Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth.
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Keywords: Truth, Conviction, Logic)

My conviction of the necessity of further legislative provisions for the safe-keeping and disbursement of the public moneys and my opinion in regard to the measures best adapted to the accomplishment of those objects have been already submitted to you.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Accomplishment, Conviction, Necessity, Opinion, Public)

Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Keywords: Conscience, Conviction, Mind)

It is absolutely my conviction, that Walter Salles will figure among the great directors of our time.
- Arthur Cohn
(Keywords: Time, Conviction, Will)

Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty.
- Jeremy Collier
(Keywords: Nature, Conviction, Learning, Modesty)

Through these adversities, Israel has endured with continued strength, conviction, and faith.
- Jerry Costello
(Keywords: Faith, Strength, Conviction, Israel)

Many hard comments have been made on my efforts in India from the side of the Congress party, yet I feel content in the deep conviction that the offer I traveled 22,000 miles to discuss with Indian leaders was a real contribution to a solution of our differences.
- Stafford Cripps
(Keywords: Congress, Content, Conviction, Deep, Leaders, Party, Solution)

I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Purpose, Being, Conviction, Existence, Fulfillment, Meditation, Nothing, Will)

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
(Keywords: War, People, Courage, Vision, Communism, Conviction, Freedom, President)

There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed of the best words in the best order; only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge and judgment, that it is so.
- John Drinkwater
(Keywords: Knowledge, Conviction, Judgment, Order, Proof, Words)

It was very important that it be done in such a way that it be executed with complete conviction. If I had done it both ways, if I was trying to cover myself in case it didn't work, then it would have been to no purpose.
- Atom Egoyan
(Keywords: Work, Purpose, Conviction, Trying)

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: War, Act, Conviction, Killing, Murder, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: God, Power, Idea, Conviction, Deep, Universe)

As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Keywords: Politics, Religion, Conviction, Religious)

A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained.
- Millicent Fawcett
(Keywords: Education, Women, Anxiety, Conviction, Girls, Present, Will)

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
(Keywords: Life, Success, Conviction, Romantic, Sense)

I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.
- Gustave Flaubert
(Keywords: Conscience, Conviction, Vanity)

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
(Keywords: People, Conviction, Democracy, Possibilities)

The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.
- John W. Gardner
(Keywords: Education, Goal, Burden, Conviction, Pursuit, School, Will)

If I practised sex, out of moral conviction, that was one thing; but to enjoy it... seemed a defeat.
- Martha Gellhorn
(Keywords: Sex, Conviction, Defeat)

The former conviction that these two kingdoms were wholly different in structure, in function, and in kind of life, was not seriously disturbed by the difficulties which the naturalist encountered when he undertook to define them.
- Asa Gray
(Keywords: Life, Conviction, Difficulties)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Truth, Christian, Conviction, Discovery, Investigation, Mind, Open, Prejudice)

Without a notion of the transcendental, human beings would, indeed, be animals; however, only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.
- Franz Grillparzer
(Keywords: Animals, Conviction, Fools)

If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion.
- Mia Hamm
(Keywords: Love, Conviction, Passion)

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
(Keywords: Determination, Conviction, May, Will)

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It 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
(Keywords: Hope, Optimism, Certainty, Conviction, Sense, Will)

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
(Keywords: Hope, Certainty, Conviction, Sense, Will)

I have arrived at the conviction that the neglect by economists to discuss seriously what is really the crucial problem of our time is due to a certain timidity about soiling their hands by going from purely scientific questions into value questions.
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Keywords: Time, Conviction, Neglect, Questions, Timidity, Value)

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
(Keywords: Purpose, Clarity, Conviction, Deep, Principles, Will)

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
(Keywords: Courage, Conviction, Disease, Public)

It is hard to describe the thrill of creative joy which the artist feels when the conviction seizes her that at last she has caught the very soul of the character she wishes to portray, in the music and action which reveal it.
- Maria Jeritza
(Keywords: Music, Soul, Action, Character, Artist, Conviction, Joy, Wishes)

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
(Keywords: Argument, Conviction, Sense, Will)



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