have the courage of (one's) convictions(redirected from have the courage of their convictions)
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have the courage of (one's) convictions
To have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. The governor was presented with a bribe to help the corporation avoid regulation, but she had the courage of her conviction to refuse such an offer. Plenty of people have tried to dissuade me from pursuing this career, but I've always had the courage of my convictions.
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have the courage of one's convictions
to have enough courage and determination to carry out one's goals. It's fine to have noble goals in life and to believe in great things. If you don't have the courage of your convictions, you'll never reach your goals. Jane was successful because she had the courage of her convictions.
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courage of one's convictions, have the
Behave according to one's beliefs. For example, Carl wouldn't give his best friend any of the test answers; he had the courage of his convictions . This expression is believed to have originated as a translation of the French le courage de son opinion ("the courage of his opinion"), dating from the mid-1800s and at first so used. By the late 1800s it had changed to the present form.
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have the courage of your convictionsact on your beliefs despite danger or disapproval.
1998 Times The knives were out for us and we had to have the courage of our convictions.
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courage of one's convictions, to have the
To act in accordance with one’s beliefs. The term may have originated in France since at first it was stated as the courage of his opinions (le courage de son opinion); it so appears in John Morley’s biography of Diderot (1878). A 1989 political cartoonist put an amusing twist on it in criticizing President George H.W. Bush’s changing stand on abortion: “It’s nice to see he has the courage of his elections” (Wasserman, Boston Globe, Nov. 9, 1989). See also put one's money where one's mouth is.
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