Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
The man of character is the persistent man, the man who is faithful to his own word, his own convictions, his own affections.
My main quarrel with liberalism is not that liberalism places great emphasis on individual rights – I believe rights are very important and need to be respected. The issue is whether it is possible to define and justify our rights without taking a stand on the moral and even sometimes religious convictions that citizens bring to public life.
Let our lives be in accordance with our convictions of right, each striving to carry out our principles.
I have never had a vote, and I have raised hell all over this country. You don’t need a vote to raise hell! You need convictions and a voice!
Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God.
Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.
Personal convictions are not politics. Personal convictions, if they become the subject of a group conviction, they become a cult.
No doubt one can, in light of further study and life experience, come to repudiate past convictions.