A Quote by Agnes E. Myer on morals, sympathy, conviction, and split personality

We have become morally confused as a people, and possess neither the human sympathy nor the corporate will to put our inner convictions into practice.  We are split personalities.

Agnes E. Myer

Source: Journey Through Chaos

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Vaclav Havel on hope, success, optimism, and conviction

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Either we have hope or we don't; it is a dimension of the soul, and it's not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, and orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons ...Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more propitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper the hope is. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by D.A. Benton on guts, combination, confidence, courage, conviction, strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, and pugnaciousness

"Guts are a combination of confidence, courage, conviction,
strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, pugnaciousness,
backbone, and intestinal fortitude. They are mandatory for anyone
who wants to get to and stay at the top."

D.A. Benton

Source: My diary

Contributed by: jagadish

A Quote by Victor Hugo on happiness, conviction, and love

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.

Victor Hugo

Source: My diary

Contributed by: jagadish

A Quote by sam harris on faith, belief, and conviction

If religious war is ever to become unthinkable for us, in the way that slavery and cannibalism seem poised too, it will be a matter of our having dispensed with the dogma of faith.  If our tribalism is ever to give way to an extended moral identity, our religious beliefs can no longer be sheltered from the tides of genuine inquiry and genuine criticism.  It is time we realized that to presume knowledge where one has only pious hope is a species of evil.  Wherever conviction grows in inverse proportion to its justification, we have lost the very basis for human cooperation.  Where we have reason for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.  People who harbor strong convictions without evidence belong at the margins of our societies, not in our halls of power.  The only thing we should respect in a person’s faith is his desire for a better life in this world;  we need never have respected his certainty that one awaits him in the next.

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 225

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, christians, missionaries, evangelists, self-righteousness, confidence, and conviction

The self-righteousness and other ego-puffery that makes missionaries and evangelists out of Christians is in truth a measure of how far they are from even the one thing they think is most certainly true, i.e. the confidence that they are truly Christians.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, students, suffering, thinking, clarity, teaching, ideas, freedom, sympathy, education, and conviction

Because of the very intimate character of philosophical norms and criticisms, a teacher in philosophy has to be like Alexander the Great:  never issuing dictates as to what his soldiers ought to do that he was not ready and willing to leap into doing himself.  An excellent teacher is one accomplished in serving as an exemplar, every act of every kind of thinking and every form of perspective must be something he is prepared to illustrate by carrying out himself.  Students need to see the incandescent arc-welding that joins ideas together into thoughts.  If one is saying something that inflicts suffering, one by all rights had better be prepared to suffer along with the student, to sympathize and assure them that the profit for this agony consists in freedom and clarity. 

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on alchemy, alchemist, anima, animus, soul, world, and conviction

Thanks to his complex convictions, made strong with the forces of animus and anima, the alchemist believes he is seizing the soul of the world, participating in the soul of the world. Thus, from the world to the man, alchemy is a problem of souls.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 77

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Raphie on fight, idea, courage, conviction, intention, and action

How could I recognize, even at the last possible moment, that there was something left to fight for and then walk away when my highest ideal is to fight for the people I love? Especially when I finally felt I could match conviction with courage, intent with action?

Raphie Frank

Contributed by: Raphie

A Quote by Kimberly Ridley on hope, right action, and conviction

Hope is... not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out

Kimberly Ridley

Source: Kimberly Ridley

Contributed by: HeyOK

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