"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
--Oscar Wilde (being too clever, again)
"Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite."
--Charles Spurgeon (influential preacher and author in the British Particular Baptist tradition)
"Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it."
--Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (English novelist, poet, playwright, politician who coined the phrases "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", as well as the infamous opening line "It was a dark and stormy night".)
"An argument in apologetics, when actually used in dialogue, is an extension of the arguer. The arguer's tone, sincerity, care, concern, listening, and respect matter as much as his or her logic - probably more. The world was won for Christ not by arguments but by sanctity: "What you are speaks so loud, I can hardly hear what you say."
--Peter Kreeft, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics
"An ad that pretends to be art is--at absolute best--like somebody who smiles warmly at you only because he wants something from you. This is dishonest, but what's sinister is the cumulative effect that such dishonesty has on us: since it offers a perfect facsimile or simulacrum of goodwill without goodwill's real spirit, it messes with our heads and eventually starts upping our defenses even in cases of genuine smiles and real art and true goodwill. It makes us feel confused and lonely and impotent and angry and scared. It causes despair."
--David Foster Wallace (a reflection that should motivate us to take a critical look at our own profiles here at CM)