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Re: "the strength of his convictions"

Posted by ESC on April 15, 2000

In Reply to: Re: "The strength of his convictions" posted by ESC on April 11, 2000

: : I'm a little confused by the phrase "he has the strength of his convictions". Does it mean that a person has strong convictions, or does it mean that a person is given strength through having convictions?

: : Is this a phrase that is sometimes misapplied?

: : Thanks.

: : Patty

: I couldn't find anything in my references. So I'm just going to wing it. This is my opinion/guess. I believe the phrase means that a person acts on the strength of his convictions. Practices what she preaches. Doesn't just "talk the talk" -- but also "walks the walk." Transforms beliefs into actions.

And here's a prayer along those lines:

The things, good Lord
that we pray for;
Give us the strength to work for.
(Sir Thomas More. 1478-1535)