Our consciences are littered like an old attic with the junk of sheer conviction.
Men are tattooed with their special beliefs like so many South Sea Islanders; but a real human heart with divine love in it beats with the same glow under all the patterns of all earth’s thousand tribes.
Disbelief in futurity loosens in a great measure the ties of morality, and may be for that reason pernicious to the peace of civil society.
Too few have the courage of my convictions.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of building a personal one.
We cannot tell some people what it is believe, partly because they are too stupid to understand, partly because we are too proudly vague to explain.
The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.
The will to believe is perhaps the most powerful but certainly the most dangerous human attribute.