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