No man knows the genuineness of his convictions until he has sacrificed something for them.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
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.
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
HENRIK IBSEN, An Enemy of the People
With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.
Our consciences are littered like an old attic with the junk of sheer conviction.
WILFORD O. CROSS, Prologue to Ethics
Conviction brings a silent, indefinable beauty into faces made of the commonest human clay; the devout worshiper at any shrine reflects something of its golden glow, even as the glory of a noble love shines like a sort of light from a woman's face.
It takes a disciplined person to listen to convictions which are different from their own.
DOROTHY FULDHEIM, A Thousand Friends
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"
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.
Men who have lost their conviction of what is good and what is bad find themselves without a sextant to check their position by. We are in the position of a man with an elaborate camping kit who finds himself lost in the woods without his matches; to kindle a fire he has to resort to the stratagems of the caveman. We fall back through generations into the oldest terrors and confusions of the race.
JOHN DOS PASSOS, The Prospect Before Us
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.