courage of (one's) convictions

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courage of (one's) convictions

Strong faith or confidence in one's beliefs. Often used in the phrase "have the courage of one's convictions." I need to have the courage of my convictions any time I'm around my parents—they always try to dissuade me from pursuing a career as a screenwriter. I'm always impressed with Stella—nothing can shake the courage of her convictions in her crusade for social justice.
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An ability to analyse facts rationally; to listen to other people; to communicate; to be a team-player; to argue one's corner; to win hearts and minds; and have the courage of one's convictions.
However, it takes strength and courage of one's convictions to do what is right, and you canbeassuredthecitycouncilwillcontinue toworkwithyou - theprivate sector - todowhatwecantomakeBirminghamthe global city we know it can be." The deputy leader explained that despite the downturn in the economy, there were still major projects taking placewhich presentedmajor opportunities for the city.
"The courage of one's convictions and the willingness to speak the truth as one sees it for the good of the country is what patriotism really means--far more than flags, bands and the national anthem."
Challenge their self-serving claims of "Being There For You" or "Your Source For News" by pointing out that the lack of courage of one's convictions is a pretty big blemish on a broadcast station's pretty community service face.