preach to the converted

preach to the converted

to talk about something with a group of people who already agree with you preach to the choir Many websites seem to only preach to the converted, but others attract all sorts of people.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the converted

to try to persuade people to believe things they already believe (usually in continuous tenses) There's no need to tell us about the benefits of recycling. You're preaching to the converted.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the converted

Try to convince someone who is already convinced, as in Why tell me smoking is bad when I gave it up years ago? You're preaching to the converted. [Mid-1800s]
See also: convert, preach
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Our collective challenge is not to preach to the converted but to reach out to all businesses, large and small, and show them what an apprenticeship can offer.
IT'S that time of year again folks, when a plethora of acts take to the altar and preach to the converted.
Sure, Bruce Springsteen has her on his iPod and Joan Baez took her on tour in the States, but the Oxford singer/songwriter seems content with her lot to preach to the converted and retain her creative freedom.
But, always the same, Brand will only ever preach to the converted.
It would surely have made eminent sense for the law to have been drafted in such a way that the displaying of such signage was not necessary where an employer could demonstrate it had decided for itself long since of the benefits of a no-smoking environment, without the need to preach to the converted and without the need for yet more wasted millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.
As the winner of first prize for compost at the Newcastle Allotment Show last weekend, I now feel qualified to preach to the converted.
But Navasky doesn't buy the argument that magazines like The Nation merely preach to the converted.
What Damon doesn't realise is that we don't want to preach to the converted
Cuban-born curator Osvaldo Sanchez, formerly director of the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil and the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo (both in Mexico City), who worked with a team of cocurators on "inSite_01" before taking the helm three years ago, recognizes that artists' "interventions" tend to blend into the urban fabric and foster individual art careers or preach to the converted (and well-traveled) art-world insider rather than shake up complacent or intimidated local populations.
CONCLUSION: Tis is a difficult and challenging book but one that would only preach to the converted and isn't willing to allow others to take it on and maybe believe in what it has to say.
Whitehead fronts a new generation of African-American novelists who don't feel they have to preach to the converted about racial issues.
If we only preach to the converted, then the show is just a celebration--which is cool in itself of course, but it would be great if it were to become something more than that, something with influence.
His knowledge of economic history, unfortunately, cannot hold a candle to Landes's, and because of his very cursory discussion of the key elements in this story, the book will probably only preach to the converted and irritate the skeptics.
If they had to answer each other's arguments, rather than preach to the converted, they would have written something far more satisfying.