The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy, thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.
Egypt especially, being split three ways, echoed to the shouts of partisans, the din of violence, and laments for those robbed, stripped naked, flogged, imprisoned, exiled, sent to the quarries and copper mines, conscripted into the army, tortured, decapitated, strangled, or stoned or beaten to death. The express object was to make converts.
I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries.
When I mount the scaffold at last these will be my farewell words to the sheriff: Say what you will against me when I am gone, but don’t forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything.
I have never tried to convert anyone to anything. No man writing can avoid being pawed over by the imbecile type of person who is hunting for someone to follow – the natural subordinate, the Yes-man. Some of these vermin have followed me. I have no more grievance in losing them than would a dog […]
Time makes more converts than reason.
An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning
The conversion of Paul was no conversion at all; it was Paul who converted the religion that has raised one man above sin and death.
Sometimes the more unlikely ones are the first to be converted. You probably remember the story of the man who went to hear George Whitefield preach, who had filled his pocket with stones to throw at God’s servant. But as he preached the gospel, the man dropped one stone after another, until all the stones […]