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CONVICTION
[ Also see Belief Duty Loyalty Principles ]

True conviction of sin--how difficult it is, when its appearances and modes of life are so fair, when it twines itself so cunningly about, or creeps so insidiously into, our amiable qualities, and sets off its internal disorders by so many outward charms and attractions.
      - Horace Bushnell

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

I would rather have a plain russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call "a gentleman" and nothing else.
      - Oliver Cromwell,
        in a letter to William Spring, September, 1643

Convictions do not imply reasons.
      - Margaret Deland

No human power can force the intrenchments of the human mind: compulsion never persuades; it only makes hypocrites.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

I will listen to any one's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Often the convictions of one generation are the rejects of the next. That does not deny the possibility that, as time goes on, we shall accumulate some body of valid conclusions. But it does mean that we can acheive only by accumulation, that wisdon is to be gained only as we stand upon the shoulders of those who have gone before. Just as in science, we cannot advance except as we take over what we inherit, and in statecraft no generation can safely start at scratch, so personal, basic beliefs must be slowly built from our experience, but also from a study of the experience and conclusions of others.
      - Learned Hand

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

What man in his right mind would conspire his own hurt? Men are beside themselves when they transgress against their convictions.
      - William Penn

It is no certain evidence, that because the conscience feels he weight of sin, the heart is humbled on account of it; that because the conscience approves of the rectitude of the Divine justice, the heart bows to the Divine sovereignty. The most powerful conviction of sin, therefore, is not conclusive evidence of Christian character.
      - Gardiner Spring

Follow your honest convictions and be strong.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

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


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