Convictions Quotes

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Winston S. Churchill
“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Winston Churchill

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”

“The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.”
Bethany Brookbank, Write like no one is reading

Malcolm X
“Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Criss Jami
“I would rather have strong enemies than a world of passive individualists. In a world of passive individualists nothing seems worth anything simply because nobody stands for anything. That world has no convictions, no victories, no unions, no heroism, no absolutes, no heartbeat. That world has rigor mortis.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Emil M. Cioran
“We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.”
Emil Cioran

Howard Zinn
“You can't be neutral on a moving train.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Convictions are prisons.”
Friedrich Nietzche, The Birth of Tragedy/Seventy-five Aphorisms/The Anti-Christ

Erik Pevernagie
“We need not be afraid of second-guessing our firm convictions or our holy truths because they often look like dazzling poppies or scented daffodils wilting after a while as if they had never existed. (“Measuring space”)”
Erik Pevernagie

Thomas Henry Huxley
“It was badly received by the generation to which it was first addressed, and the outpouring of angry nonsense to which it gave rise is sad to think upon. But the present generation will probably behave just as badly if another Darwin should arise, and inflict upon them that which the generality of mankind most hate—the necessity of revising their convictions. Let them, then, be charitable to us ancients; and if they behave no better than the men of my day to some new benefactor, let them recollect that, after all, our wrath did not come to much, and vented itself chiefly in the bad language of sanctimonious scolds. Let them as speedily perform a strategic right-about-face, and follow the truth wherever it leads.”
Thomas Henry Huxley

Christine de Pizan
“[I]f you seek in every way to minimise my firm beliefs by your anti-feminist attacks, please recall that a small dagger or knife point can pierce a great, bulging sack and that a small fly can attack a great lion and speedily put him to flight.”
Christine de Pizan, Le Débat Sur Le Roman De La Rose

Criss Jami
“It is the philosophers, theologians, and evangelists who are said to be filled with pride and bigotry due to the strong convictions that they represent. On the contrary, teachings can be either taken or dismissed; whereas voting is the only thing the average person can do to force everyone to live how they would prefer. A simple vote is among the largest yet most acceptable forms of bigotry, and that is because people play the card only when they feel that in doing so it conveniences themselves.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christine de Pizan
“[S]ince you are angry at me without reason, you attack me harshly with, "Oh outrageous presumption! Oh excessively foolish pride! Oh opinion uttered too quickly and thoughtlessly by the mouth of a woman! A woman who condemns a man of high understanding and dedicated study, a man who, by great labour and mature deliberation, has made the very noble book of the Rose, which surpasses all others that were ever written in French. When you have read this book a hundred times, provided you have understood the greater part of it, you will discover that you could never have put your time and intellect to better use!"

My answer: Oh man deceived by willful opinion! I could assuredly answer but I prefer not to do it with insult, although, groundlessly, you yourself slander me with ugly accusations. Oh darkened understanding! Oh perverted knowledge ... A simple little housewife sustained by the doctrine of Holy Church could criticise your error!”
Christine de Pizan, Le Débat Sur Le Roman De La Rose

R. Alan Woods
“Knowledge & understanding mixed with ones convictions of 'experience' is hardly impositional".

~R. Alan Woods [2012]”
R. Alan Woods, The Journey Is The Destination: A Photo Journal

Sergei Lukyanenko
“Do you have a truth of your own, Anton? Tell me, do you? Are you certain of it? Then believe it, not in my truth, not in Geser's. Believe in it and fight for it. If you have enough courage. If the idea doesn't make you shudder. What's bad about Dark freedom is not just that it's freedom from others. That's another explanation for little children. Dark freedom is first and foremost freedom from yourself, from your own conscience and your own soul. The moment you can't feel any pain in your chest—call for help. Only by then it'll be too late”
Sergei Lukyanenko, Night Watch

Mark A.  Henry
“Wasn’t the whole point to build a bridge out of
convictions, strong enough to span the gap between what one knows and what one believes?”
Mark A. Henry, Lacking Evidence to the Contrary: A Lowbrow Novel of Questionable Necessity

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If I have not chosen to stand for something bigger than myself, I will have lived out my life being smaller than myself.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Too often our convictions are based on what is convenient. For if convictions are convenient, they are neither.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Bohdi Sanders
“Be independent of the opinions of others. Don’t be easily influenced by what they say or what they believe. You have to take the time to meditate on what you know is right and wrong. Know what your code of ethics is and do not allow the arguments of others to cause you to doubt what you know is right. You must remain true to your convictions, even if everyone else disagrees with you.”
Bohdi Sanders, BUSHIDO: The Way of the Warrior

Giannis Delimitsos
“Every opinion, every belief and even every firm conviction and certainty is a leap of faith. We just have to sort out the useful ones.”
Giannis Delimitsos

“Are you willing to throw out the convictions held for centuries, convictions that have held civilization together, and replace them with pagan philosophies that devalue human life.”
Martha D. Ogburn, Progeny-A Novel

G.K. Chesterton
“A common hesitation in our day touching the use of extreme convictions is a sort of notion that extreme convictions, especially upon cosmic matters, have been responsible in the past for the thing which is called bigotry. But a very small amount of direct experience will dissipate this view. In real life the people who are most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.”
G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

“Students must know that they can have strong convictions, and yet remain open to making adjustments when exposed to better arguments.”
Matthew R. Kay, Not Light, but Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

Reinhold Messner
“I want to be liked for what I do, not for what I pretend to be. I try - maybe too forcefully at times - to have the courage of my convictions and to stand my ground when necessary.”
Reinhold Messner, My Life at the Limit

“Each person’s growth journey will look different depending on their season of life, personal conviction, and worldview.”

Tove Jansson
“You can believe what you like, but you must learn to be tolerant."
"What does that mean?" asked the child sullenly.
"That means respecting other people's convictions."
What are convictions?" Sophia screamed and stamped her foot.
"Letting others believe what they want to believe!" her grandmother shouted back. (p.38)”
Tove Jansson

Audre Lorde
“Castaneda talks of living with death as your guide, that sharp awareness engendered by the full possibility of any given chance and moment. For me, that means being—not ready for death—but able to get ready instantly, and always to balance the "I wants" with the "I haves." I am learning to speak my pieces, to inject into the living world my convictions of what is necessary and what I think is important without concern (of the enervating kind) for whether or not it is understood, tolerated, correct or heard before. Although of course being incorrect is always the hardest, but even that is becoming less important. The world will not stop if I make a mistake.”
Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

John C. Maxwell
“As leaders we need to remember that. Strong convictions precede great actions. When we know something is right-- and that conviction is bolstered by the knowledge that our motives are pure...-- we need to follow through. Others may second-guess our thinking and our decision-making. But when we know what's right, we can't let those things throw us off. We need to stand by our convictions.”
John C. Maxwell, Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak into Our Lives

Lincoln Steffens
“There was a risk in theorizing. I had witnessed, close up, the fatal, comic effect upon professors and students of hypotheses which had become unconscious convictions. And thus warned, I had thrown overboard, as a reporter facing facts, many of my college-bred notions . . . It was hard to do; ideas harden like arteries; indeed, one theory of mine is that convictions are identical with hardened arteries. But the facts . . . forced me to drop my academic theories one by one; and my reward was the discovery that it was as pleasant to change one’s mind as it was to change one’s clothes. The practice led one to other, more fascinating—theories.”
Lincoln Steffens

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Do I find comfort in what I believe, or do I find comfort that more people believe what I believe than those who do not? For while the former is based on convictions, the latter is based on comfort.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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