C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


I will listen to any one’s convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.


Conviction is oftener the child of Temperament than of Reason.

Mme. de Lambert.

Conviction is the conscience of the mind.


What man in his right mind would conspire his own hurt? Men are beside themselves when they transgress against their convictions.

William Penn.

No human power can force the intrenchments of the human mind: compulsion never persuades; it only makes hypocrites.


To remember that once we were near the salvation of Christ, so near that our right hand might have touched and taken it, and after all that hand was withheld; this is a memory which will enhance remorse forever.

William Adams.

True conviction of sin—how difficult it is, when its appearances and modes of life are so fair, when it twines itself so cunningly about, or creeps so insidiously into, our amiable qualities, and sets off its internal disorders by so many outward charms and attractions.

Horace Bushnell.

It is no certain evidence, that because the conscience feels the weight of sin, the heart is humbled on account of it; that because the conscience approves of the rectitude of the Divine justice, the heart bows to the Divine sovereignty. The most powerful conviction of sin, therefore, is not conclusive evidence of Christian character.

Gardiner Spring.