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.”
Nietzsche

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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
“[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

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“Strength of conviction for ones faith is celebrated by the church- except when that conviction runs contrary to the status quo.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“I would rather die by my convictions than die by the culture that defies them.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It's not about taking a stand, for anyone can do that.  Rather, it's about taking a stand for the right reasons, and taking a stand against taking a stand when they're not. And that’s where more of us need to learn to stand.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Wes  Moore
“Fighting for your convictions is important. But finding peace is paramount. Knowing when to fight and when to seek peace is wisdom.”
Wes Moore, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Emil M. Cioran
“If you try to convert someone, it will never be to
effect his salvation but to make him suffer like yourself,
to be sure he is exposed to the same ordeals and
endures them with the same impatience. You keep
watch, you pray, you agonize-provided he does too,
sighing, groaning, beset by the same tortures that are
racking you. Intolerance is the work of ravaged souls
whose faith comes down to a more or less deliberate
torment they would like to see generalized, instituted.
The happiness of others never having been a motive
or principle of action, it is invoked only to appease
conscience or to parade noble excuses: whenever we
determine upon an action, the impulse leading to it
and forcing us to complete it is almost always inadmissible.
No one saves anyone; for we save only ourselves,
and do so all the better if we disguise as
convictions the misery we want to share, to lavish on
others. However glamorous its appearances, proselytism
nonetheless derives from a suspect generosity,
worse in its effects than a patent aggression. No one
is willing to endure alone the discipline he may even
have assented to, nor the yoke he has shouldered.
Vindication reverberates beneath the missionary's
bonhomie, the apostle's joy. We convert not to liberate
but to enchain.
Once someone is shackled by a certainty, he envies
your vague opinions, your resistance to dogmas or
slogans, your blissful incapacity to commit yourself.”
Emil M. Cioran, The Fall into Time

Harriet Lerner
“Having and authentic voice means that:

- We can openly share competence as well as problems and vulnerability.

- We can warm things up and calm them down.

- We can listen and ask questions that allow us to truly know the other person and to gather information about anything that may affect us.

- We can say what we think and feel, state differences, and allow the other person to do the same.

- We can define our values, convictions, principles, and priorities, and do our best to act in accordance with them.

- We can define what we feel entitled to in a relationship, and we can clarify the limits of what we will tolerate or accept in another’s behavior.

- We can leave (meaning that we can financially and emotionally support ourselves), if necessary.”
Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You're Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate

Friedrich Nietzsche
“One form of honesty has always been lacking among founders of religions and their kin:—they have never made their experiences a matter of the intellectual conscience. "What did I really experience? What then took place in me and around me? Was my understanding clear enough? Was my will directly opposed to all deception of the senses, and courageous in its defence against fantastic notions?"—None of them ever asked these questions, nor to this day do any of the good religious people ask them. They have rather a thirst for things which are contrary to reason, and they don't want to have too much difficulty in satisfying this thirst,—so they experience "miracles" and "regenerations," and hear the voices of angels! But we who are different, who are thirsty for reason, want to look as carefully into our experiences as in the case of a scientific experiment, hour by hour, day by day! We ourselves want to be our own experiments, and our own subjects of experiment.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Somewhere along the way we've lost our convictions, and it appears that in the losing we've altogether forgotten what convictions are. For convictions have been meticulously redefined as rights run amuck in the service of self, greed mongering goals touted as the call of destiny obediently obeyed, the desire to abide by tawdry trends so as not to be ousted by favored groups, and other such horribly debilitating vices. And despite this utterly absurd rewrite (which is in fact a careless editing incessantly pawned off as embracing the most riveting legitimacy imaginable), convictions are in fact the commitment to steadfastly adhere to sound principles and proven ethics that thoughtfully build the world around us as they reshape the ugly agendas within us.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It has been said that my convictions served a generation that lived out its days in the backwaters of an ignorance fed comatose by intellectual stupor. And although I find it painful to say, I would contend that this is in fact an apt description of today’s generation.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Alain Bremond-Torrent
“I have got convictions, until i’ve got others.”
Alain Bremond-Torrent, running is flying intermittently

Alain Bremond-Torrent
“I've got convictions until i've got others.”
Alain Bremond-Torrent, Running is flying intermittently

Friedrich Nietzsche
“On the whole, scientific methods are at least as important results of investigation as any other results, for the scientific spirit is based upon a knowledge of method, and if the methods were lost, all the results of science could not prevent the renewed prevalence of superstition and absurdity. Clever people may learn as much as they like of the results of science, but one still notices in their conversation, and especially in the hypotheses they make, that they lack the scientific spirit; they have not the instinctive distrust of the devious courses of thinking which, in consequence of long training, has taken root in the soul of every scientific man. It is enough for them to find any kind of hypothesis on a subject, they are then all on fire for it, and imagine the matter is thereby settled. To have an opinion is with them equivalent to immediately becoming fanatical for it, and finally taking it to heart as a conviction. In the case of an unexplained matter they become heated for the first idea that comes into their head which has any resemblance to an explanation—a course from which the worst results constantly follow, especially in the field of politics. On that account everybody should nowadays have become thoroughly acquainted with at least one science, for then surely he knows what is meant by method, and how necessary is the extremest carefulness.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Indeed, on close inspection one sees that by far the greater number of educated people still desire convictions from a thinker and nothing but convictions, and that only a small minority want certainty. The former want to be forcibly carried away in order thereby to obtain an increase of strength; the latter few have the real interest which disregards personal advantages and the increase of strength also. The former class, who greatly predominate, are always reckoned upon when the thinker comports himself and labels himself as a genius, and thus views himself as a higher being to whom authority belongs. In so far as genius of this kind upholds the ardour of convictions, and arouses distrust of the cautious and modest spirit of science, it is an enemy of truth, however much it may think itself the wooer thereof.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

Meg Wolitzer
“Sometimes you had to let go of your convictions, or at least loosen them far more than you ever though you would.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion

Stacey  Lee
“I've never thought too hard about my convictions and wonder if it's too late now.”
Stacey Lee, Outrun the Moon

Zen Cho
“I have always admired your refusal, in the pursuit of your convictions, ever to be constrained by considerations of humanity—much less of ordinary good manners.”
Zen Cho, Sorcerer to the Crown

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