Conviction Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old conviction quotes, conviction sayings, and conviction proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats
It takes but one person, one moment, one conviction, to start a ripple of change. Donna Brazile
If you stay true to your principles, you have confidence, conviction, purpose, values - in other words, you have a future. Mike Klepper
Convictions in our ideas is dangerous not only because it leaves us vulnerable to false positives, but also because it stops us from generating the requisite variety to reach our creative potential. Adam Grant
Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions. Francis C. Kelley
Conviction affects all substances in the vicinity. Toba Beta
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. Daniel Webster
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done. Ralph Nader
Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. Jose Ortega Y Gasset
Convictions are variable; to be always consistent is to be sometimes dishonest. Ambrose Bierce
With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice. Pat Benatar
When your only regret is if anyone thinks you regret anything - that is the definition of conviction. Criss Jami
The ethic of conviction and the ethic of responsibility are not opposites. They are complementary to one another. Max Weber
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics. Vladimir Lenin
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity's approval. Gerald R. Ford
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. Honoré de Balzac
Constant repetition carries conviction. Robert Collier
Conviction is the conscience of the mind. Nicolas Chamfort
Conviction without experience makes for harshness. Flannery O'Connor
A man of conviction is often more to be desired than a man of experience. Curt Siodmak
Never let your goals or convictions get in the way of living your life. It's not about who dies with more, it's about who lived the most. Teresa R. Funke
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Muhammad Ali
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. Thomas Carlyle
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
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
Yet none of these things gave him confidence. All they gave him was egotism, which is less the conviction of one's worth than the desire for that conviction. Jetta Carleton
Ninety percent of selling is conviction, and 10 per cent is persuasion. Shiv Khera
The secret of success is conviction and persistence. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
We led with our conviction rather than rational, because rational said it was impossible. Daniel Ek
The word "conviction" means to expose. Johnny Hunt
Mix a conviction with a man and something happens. Powell Clayton
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. Blaise Pascal
Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon you. Establish unto thyself principles of action, and see that thou ever act according to them. First, know that thy principles are just, and then be thou inflexible in the path of them. Khemetic Saying
Every conviction was a whim at birth. Heywood Broun
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own conviction. Robert Ingersoll
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. William James
A very popular error — having the courage of one's convictions: Rather, it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one's conviction. Friedrich Nietzsche
The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one. Brooks Atkinson
Mix a conviction with a man and something happens. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one's convictions— not obstinately or defiantly, nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes. Rollo May
The man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Malcolm X
It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Alfred F. Adler
One must not make even principles to set that one cannot alter them. Hazrat Khan
It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writings than to put one principle into practice. Leo Tolstoy
There's a difference between opinion and conviction. My opinion is something that is true for me personally; my conviction is something that is true for everybody— in my opinion. Sylvia Cordwood
He that is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion. Richard Whately
Now, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
When comfort and ease and pleasure are put ahead of duty and conviction, progress is always set back. Billy Graham
Convictions...the deeper you went, the filmier the convictions got, until they were like an underwater picture, shifting, dreamy, out of focus. Wilfrid Sheed
The conviction that I am loved and loving affect me like a military bracing. John Cheever
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other menOxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations the conviction and the will to carry on. Walter Lippmann
That man is going to disappear has been, heretofore, my firm conviction. But now I've changed my mind: he must disappear. E.M. Cioran
You must have powerful religious dispositions in order to utter with conviction the word being; you must believe simply to say about an object or about someone that it or he is. E.M. Cioran
Honest conviction is my courage, the Constitution is my guide. Andrew Johnson
We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust, or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction Franklin D. Roosevelt
I want to see what people are like under pressure. I want to see if they just fold or if they have firm conviction, belief, and pride in what they did. Steve Jobs
Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day. Bertrand Russell
Be who you are. It's easy to feel like you have to blend in, but it takes courage to live your life with conviction and embrace the person that you are. Halima Aden
If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion. Mia Hamm
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mahatma Gandhi
Ninety percent of selling is conviction, and 10 percent is persuasion. Shiv Khera
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. Daniel Webster