Quotes About Conscience

Conscience is an aspect of awareness or perception involving the ability to recognize whether one’s decisions or actions are rightful or wrongful in regard to the accepted values of oneself or others.

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Quotes About Conscience

Conscience, which has a central position in a person’s being and feeling that he or she is a human being, is a spiritual mechanism which wills, feels, perceives and is always open to eternity. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The will-power, feeling, mind and heart which are the “senses” or faculties of the perceptiveness of the spirit, are also the most important dynamics of conscience, by which a person is able to attain human perfection in this world and eternal happiness and vision of the Almighty in the next. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Conscience is a pure, bright mirror to the existence of God and is matchless in recognizing Him and making Him known to others, provided it has eyes to look with insight. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Since collective conscience serves as an unerring and undeceiving judge, everyone should resign themselves to its verdicts and affirm it as a referee in their disputes. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Duty is what God commands and Prophets carry out and communicate to others. Everyone must accept it and set themselves to do it. God, the Truth, is the Absolute Judge and conscience is the purest mirror to Him. It reflects whatever it reflects with such clarity and power that only the dread of inability to live up to its truth can cloud it, and even that most rarely. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The more intellectually and spiritually disciplined one is, the more consistent and harmonious one’s thoughts and actions are. The more open to the realms beyond one’s conscience is, the more Divinely inspired and guided one’s manners are. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Since conscience is the feeling and perceptive faculty of the spirit, it has always been regarded as open to the realms beyond, uncontained by space, having sound criteria and as pure as angels. – M. Fethullah Gulen

There are many judges and almost all of them issue verdicts based on the same sources, and yet their verdicts may differ. But the conscience is a judge with such penetrating insight that it can issue verdicts based on truths and its verdicts will deceived no one. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Collective conscience means the perception, discernment and insight of the great majority of people and therefore rarely errs, especially when its knowledge is corroborated by a Divinely inspired source. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If an action results from the mental or natural instincts, it is animalistic; if it results from the will or the conscience, it is spiritual or human. M. Fethullah Gulen

Glasses are a vehicle for the eyes, the eyes are a vehicle for the mind, the mind is a vehicle for insight, and insight is a vehicle for the conscience. The conscience is an outlet through which the spirit can observe, and a vehicle through which it can see. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Quotes About Conscience

Conscience is the chamber of justice. – Origen

Conscience is God present in man. – Victor Hugo

Conscience: self-esteem with a halo. – Irving Layton

Conscience is God’s presence in man. – Swedenborg

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue. – Johann Kaspar Lavater

Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life. – Karl Barth

Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us. – Jim Carroll

Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart. – Joseph Cook

Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. – H. L. Mencken

Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain. – Doug Horton

Conscience is the dog that can’t bite, but never stops barking. – Anonymous

Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it. – Honore de Balzac

Conscience is thus explained only as the voice of God in the soul. – Peter Kreeft

Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Conscience is harder than our enemies, knows more, accuses with more nicety. – George Eliot

Conscience is the light by which we interpret the will of God in our own lives. – Thomas Merton

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. – H. L. Mencken

Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort. – Bert Murray

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. – H. L. Mencken

Conscience is a small inner voice that doesn’t speak your language. – Merit Crossword Puzzles Plus

Conscience is that peculiar faculty of the soul which may be called the religious instinct. –  Samuel Smiles

Conscience is the anticipation of the fellow who awaits you if and when you come home. – Hannah Arendt

Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape. – George Bancroft

Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us. – Sigmund Freud

Conscience is our wisest counselor and teacher, our most faithful and most patient friend. – Billy Graham

Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it. – Samuel Butler

Conscience is like a pet: If you spoil it by too much attention it’ll start yipping at the most inopportune times. – Connie Brockway

Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one’s course by it, still one must try to follow its direction. – Vincent van Gogh

Conscience is not white, black or brown. Conscience is human. It is beyond race it is beyond religion, it is beyond all sectarianism.

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Conscience is an exact recorder, that writes every man’s history; an inward witness, that will sooner or later speak the whole truth; an impartial judge, whose sentence will acquit or condemn. – John Thornton

Conscience is a great ledger book in which all our offences are written and registered, and which time reveals to the sense and feeling of the offender. – Robert Burton

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. – Benjamin Franklin

A good conscience is a continual feast. – Francis Bacon

A guilty conscience is the mother of invention. – Carolyn Wells

An evil conscience is always fearful and unquiet. – Thomas à Kempis

A bad conscience has a very good memory. – Anonymous

A clear conscience is a soft pillow. – English proverb

A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without. – Joseph Addison

The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Conscience whispers, but interest speaks aloud. – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

The most exacting jailer is our own conscience. – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Reason deceives us; conscience, never. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A clear conscience laughs at false accusations. – Anonymous

Quotes About Conscience

Even when there is no law, there is conscience. – Publilius Syrus

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. – French proverb

A brave man risks his life but not his conscience. – Friedrich Schiller

Thou shalt rest sweetly if thy heart condemn thee not. – Thomas à Kempis

Conscience gets a lot of credit that belongs to cold feet. – Anonymous

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place. – Mahatma Gandhi

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. – Doug Larson

What the heart knows today, the head will understand tomorrow. – James Stephens

To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me. – Charles William Stubbs

One will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure. – Thomas à Kempis

Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on. – Budd Schulberg

I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it. – Ogden Nash

Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others. – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashion. – Lillian Hellman

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions. – Lillian Hellman

He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping. – Coussin

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. – Albert Camus

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me. – Mahatma Gandhi

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. – Harper Lee

Conscienceless efficiency is no match for efficiency quickened by conscience. – Kelly Miller

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. – Logan Pearsall Smith

People who wrestle with their consciences usually go for two falls out of three. – Los Angeles Times Syndicate

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! – Dante Alighieri

A conscience, like a buzzing bee, can make a fellow uneasy without ever stinging him. – American Farm & Home Almanac

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. – George Washington

Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back. – W.K. Hope

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King Jr.

In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage. – Thomas De Quincey

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

The paradoxical—and tragic—situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most. – Erich Fromm

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? – Adam Smith

A psychologist once said that we know little about the conscience except that it is soluble in alcohol. – Thomas Blackburn

The man with power but no conscience could, with an eloquent tongue, put the whole country into flames. – Woodrow Wilson

The fact that human conscience remains partially infantile throughout life is the core of human tragedy. – Erik Erikson

Each man’s soul is a menagerie where Conscience, the animal-tamer, lives with a collection of wild beasts. – Austin O’Malley

Our interests are grains of opium to our consciences, but they only put it to sleep for a terrible awakening. – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth. – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man. – Polybius

Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die. – Martin Luther

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts. – Mahatma Gandhi

The Anglo-Saxon conscience does not prevent the Anglo-Saxon from sinning, it merely prevents him from enjoying his sin. – Salvador de Madariaga

The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. – Madame de Stael

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. – C. S. Lewis

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. – Ogden Nash

Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. – C. S. Lewis

A poor man defended himself when charged with stealing food to appease the cravings of hunger, saying, the cries of the stomach silenced those of the conscience. – Lady Blessington

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. – Thomas Jefferson

Of all trifles, titles are the lightest. – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Consciousness is the birthplace of change. – Anonymous

Quotes About Conscience

Consciousness is only the surface of the mental ocean. – Swami Vivekananda

The real revolution is the evolution of consciousness. – Anonymous

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. – Eckhart Tolle

The key to growth is the production of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. – Lao Tzu

It helps if remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness. – Deepak Chopra

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

A disciplined conscience is a man’s best friend. It may not be his most amiable, but it is his most faithful monitor. – Austin Phelps

There’s no such thing as coincidence. I say it’s synchronicity. – Raven Kaldera

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung

In the face of consciousness insanity cannot continue to exist. – Gary Douglas

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge. – Anonymous

The universe has shaken you to awaken you. – Anonymous

Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. – Mark Twain

Conflict is the beginning of consciousness. – M. Esther Harding

Every situation, no matter how challenging, is conspiring to bring you into greater vibrational energy. Will you receive it? – Panache Desai

The core of your soul. The center of your being. the higher consciousness of your mind. That is where the kingdom of love and peace begins. – Anonymous

What’s stopping you is the unwillingness to live beyond this reality. – Anonymous

Imagination is the primary gift of human consciousness. – Ken Robinson

The more you awaken within yourself the more abundance the world reveals to. – ATGW

Use your mind to see the truth. – ATGW

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – Caroline Myss

Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay attention. Learn quickly. – Anonymous

In our consciousness, there are many negative seeds and also many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds every day. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. – Eckhart Tolle

Your journey has molded you for the greater good. – Asha Tyson

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anais Nin

Our difficulties launch us into new states of consciousness where we are inspired to step out of the reality of our smallest thoughts and step into the limitless freedom of our biggest dreams. – Debbie Ford

What if the journey to being, the infinite being you truly are, is the greatest adventure you will ever go on? – Anonymous

Awaken your mind to who you truly are. – ATGW

The fact that there is a beginning or an end is just a concept seeded into your mind by society. You are constant, continuous, infinite energy, and energy never ends, it transforms. – Anonymous

Consider, if you will, that the universe is infinite. This has yet to be proven or disproven, but we can assure you that there is no end to your selves, your understanding, what you would call your journey of seeking or your perceptions of the creation. – Anonymous

Action is the key. – ATGW

Control of consciousness determines the quality of life. – Anonymous

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery. – George Washington

Sweet shall be your rest if your heart does not reproach you. – Thomas a Kempis

You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you. – Martin Luther

A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience. – Leonard Ravenhill

Without God, there is no virtue because there’s no prompting of the conscience. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. – Ronald Reagan

Conscience in most men is but the anticipation of the opinions of others. – Jeremy Taylor

he real war is inward of which the outer action is but the echo and reverberation. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

Doubling the consecration will not silence the accusing monitor; its voice must be followed; that and nothing else can ever please God. Conscience simply demands our obedience; it does not require us to serve God in any spectacular way. – Watchman Nee

In the heart of every man lurks a sense of inner wrongness and a conscience that will not be silenced. – John Hagee

What ground is left for accusation since sin’s penalty has been fully paid? The blood of the Lord has atoned for all the sins of a believer; hence there is no more condemnation in the conscience. – Watchman Nee

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Many times men criticize us when we actually are following the Lord. Outside praise or criticism is inconsequential; but the testimony of our quickened conscience is momentous. – Watchman Nee

Conscience comes to us in lonely hours; it wakens us in the night; it stands at the side of the bed and says, Come, wake up and listen to me! And there it holds us with its remorseless eye; and our buried sins rise out of the grave of the past; they march by in melancholy procession; and we lie in terror looking at them. Nobody knows but ourselves. Next morning we go forth to business with a smiling face; but conscience has had its revenge. – James Stalker

Whatever conscience condemns is condemned by God. Can the holiness of God pursue a lower standard than our conscience? – Watchman Nee

In fact, in helping other people we should not coerce obedience from them in small details but only advice them to follow faithfully the dictate of their own conscience. – Watchman Nee

If our inward monitor judges us to be wrong we must in fact be wrong. When it condemns, let us repent immediately. We must never attempt to cover our sin or bribe our conscience. – Watchman Nee

We must stress the precious blood and the conscience proportionally. Some strongly insist on the latter but overlook the former; consequently sinners try hard to repent and to do good, hoping in this way to propitiate God’s wrath with their own merits. Others emphasize the precious blood but neglect conscience. – Watchman Nee

He cannot be a bold reprover that is not a conscientious liver; such a one must speak softly, for fear of waking his own guilty conscience. – William Gurnall

A believer can make no genuine spiritual progress if he is reluctant to have his evil conscience judged in God’s light and clearly dealt with. – Watchman Nee

The enemy utilizes this desire of keeping the conscience void of offense by accusing us of various things. In mistaking such accusations as being from our own consciences we often lose our peace, tire of trying to keep pace with false accusations, and thus cease to advance spiritually with confidence. – Watchman Nee

It was your great American wit, Mark Twain, who once said, “Man is the only animal that blushes, and the only animal that needs to.” We are ashamed, are we not, of things we’ve done in the past? Nobody is free who is unforgiven. Instead of being able to look God in the face or to look one another in the face, we want to run away and hide when our conscience troubles us. – John Stott

Yet, having fully obeyed the dictates of conscience, we must not visualize ourselves as now “perfect”. – Watchman Nee

On the other hand, were we to permit to remain even the tiniest little sin which we know our conscience has condemned, we instantly would lose that perfect fellowship with God. – Watchman Nee

He will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure. – Thomas a Kempis

I find that when the saints are under trial and well humbled, little sins raise great cries in the conscience; but in prosperity, conscience is a pope that gives dispensations and great latitude to our hearts. The cross is therefore as needful as the crown is glorious. – Samuel Rutherford

It is neither safe nor prudent to do anything against conscience. – Martin Luther

A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing; that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it as the eyelid closes itself against the mote. – Rev. N. Adams

Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can’t really get rid of it. – C.S. Lewis

Tenderness of conscience is always to be distinguished from scrupulousness. The conscience cannot be kept too sensitive and tender; but scrupulousness arises from bodily or mental infirmity, and discovers itself in a multitude of ridiculous, superstitious, and painful feelings. – Richard Cecil

if you have felt the power and authority of the word upon your conscience; if you can say as David, “Thy word hath quickened me.” Christian, bless God that he has not only given thee his word to be a rule of holiness, but his grace to be a principle of holiness. – Thomas Watson

The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it. – C.S. Lewis

Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one. – C.S. Lewis

We can serve God only with a clear conscience. An opaque one shall surely cause us to shrink back intuitively from God. – Watchman Nee

Countless are those Christians who have disregarded their conscience in the past and are now unlively, merely holding some dead knowledge in their brain. – Watchman Nee

The godly man sometimes may be so overclouded with calumnies and reproaches as not to be able to find a way to clear themselves before men, but must content and comfort themselves with the testimony of a good conscience and with God’s approval of their integrity. – David Dickson

One that will not plead that cause wherein his tongue must be confuted by his conscience. – Thomas Fuller

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. – C.S. Lewis

Conscience, in the cause of religion and the worship of the Deity, prepares the mind to act and to suffer beyond almost all other causes. – Daniel Webster

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. – Martin Luther King Jr.

As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the ‘spirited element.’ – C.S. Lewis

Conscience which should have been the sinner’s curb here on earth becomes the sinner’s whip that will lash his soul in hell. That which was the seat and center of all guilt now becomes the seat and center of all torment. – John Flavel

Responsibility is measured, not by the amount of injury resulting from wrong action, but by the distinctness with which conscience has the opportunity of distinguishing between the right and the wrong. – Frederick W. Robertson

Let us therefore not deceive ourselves. In walking according to the spirit we shall hear the direction of conscience. Do not try to escape any inward reproach; rather, be attentive to its voice. – Watchman Nee

Quotes About Conscience

A wounded conscience is able to unparadise paradise itself. – Thomas Fuller

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. – Martin Luther

A conscience without God is like a court without a judge. – Alphonse de Lamartine

Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does. – Josh Billings

If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear? – Confucius

No ear can hear nor tongue can tell the tortures of the inward hell! – George Gordon Noel Byron

Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience. – Blaise Pascal

A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.– Anonymous

Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within. – Immanuel Kant

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its length: a quite conscience. – Euripides

My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale, and every tale condemns me for a villain. – William Shakespeare

The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain. – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind. – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience. – Walter Lippmann

A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream. – William Faulkner

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes. – Chinese Proverbs

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right. – Winston Churchill

A man’s conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn’t do — but it does not keep him from doing it. – Frank A. Clark

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. – Albert Einstein

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience. – George Santayana

If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed. – Francis of Assisi

Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows. – Lucretius

Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism. – Michel Foucault

Conscience — the only incorruptible thing about us. – Henry Fielding

A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous. – Thomas Hobbes

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow. – William Cowper

There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us. – Sophocles

Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others. – Jeremy Taylor

We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once. – Logan Pearsall Smith

What we call conscience in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of the law. – Christian Nevell Bovee

People talk about the conscience, but it seems to me one must just bring it up to a certain point and leave it there. You can let your conscience alone if you’re nice to the second housemaid. – Henry James

It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great. – William Ellery Channing

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all. – Max Beerbohm

Again and again I am brought up against it, and again and again I resist it: I don’t want to believe it, even though it is almost palpable: the vast majority lack an intellectual conscience; indeed, it often seems to me that to demand such a thing is to be in the most populous cities as solitary as in the desert. – Friedrich Nietzsche

When I contemplate the accumulation of guilt and remorse which, like a garbage-can, I carry through life, and which is fed not only by the lightest action but by the most harmless pleasure, I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill-organized. Why has he acquired a seventy years life-span only to poison it incurably by the mere being of himself? Why has he thrown Conscience, like a dead rat, to putrefy in the well? – Cyril Connolly

Conscience does make cowards of us all. – William Shakespeare

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Quotes About Conscience

What a man calls his conscience is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love. – Helen Rowland

The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life. – George Eliot

The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness. – Marguerite Blessington

The only guide to man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor. – Sir Winston Churchill

Honor is the moral conscience of the great. – D’Avenant

Rules of society are nothing; ones conscience is the umpire. – Madame Dudevant

I feel bad that I don’t feel worse. – Michael Frayn

Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a necessary evil, it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil. – Sydney J. Harris

Conscience was the barmaid of the Victorian soul. Recognizing that human beings were fallible and that their failings, though regrettable, must be humored, conscience would permit, rather ungraciously perhaps, the indulgence of a number of carefully selected desires. – C. E. M. Joad

A seared conscience is one whose warning voice has been suppressed and perverted habitually, so that eventually instead of serving as a guide, it only confirms the person in his premeditatedly evil course. – Robert J. Little

We don’t know much about the human conscience, except that it is soluble in alcohol. – Sir John Mortimer

My conscience aches but it’s going to lose the fight. – Allanah Myles

Conscience has nothing to do as lawgiver or judge; but is a witness against me if I do wrong, and which approves if I do right. To act against conscience is to act against reason and God’s Law. – Arthur Phelps

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t. – Source Unknown

One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout. – Source Unknown

The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.– Izaak Walton

Many a man thinks he is patient when, in reality, he is indifferent. – B. C. Forbes

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. – John Dewey

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure. – B. C. Forbes

Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt. – Titus

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. – John Calvin

All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses. – Friedrich Nietzsche

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered. – Stanley Kubrick

Love is too young to know what conscience is. – William Shakespeare

Consciences keep silence more often than they should, that’s why laws were created. – José Saramago

Conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought. – William Shakespeare

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse. – Oliver Goldsmith

The bite of conscience is indecent. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Conscience can be silenced through an incessant disobedience. – Sunday Adelaja

Conscience that isn’t hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing. – Margaret Deland

From a cleansed conscience emerges a changed life. – Billy Graham

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. – Anonymous

A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to. – Carlo Collodi

A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory. – Mark Twain

A bad conscience is easier to cope with than a bad reputation. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Fear nothing but your conscience. – Suzy Kassem

Conscience defined by the elders, passed on to the next generations. – Toba Beta

Conscience was chiefly fear of society, or fear of oneself. – H. Lawrence

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully. – Richard Bach

A quiet conscience makes one strong! – Anne Frank

Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do. – Joyce Meyer

Conscience, the organ of feeling which dominates us and of the opinions which rule us, is presumptuous in the strong, timid in the weak and unfortunate, uneasy in the undecided. – Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

It is neither right nor safe to go against my conscience. – Martin Luther

No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it. – Stefan Zweig

Security under our constitution is given to the rights of conscience and private judgment. They are by nature subject to no control but that of Deity [the Lord], and in that free situation they are now left. – John Jay, First Chief Justice

“If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights [Christian rights] of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I should never have placed my signature to it; and, if I could now conceive that the General Government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny and every species of religious persecution. – George Washington

I have often expressed my sentiments that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious [Christian] opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity [the Lord] according to the dictates of his own conscience. – George Washington

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. – Charles Finney

Quotes About Conscience

  • Oh! think what anxious moments pass between
    The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods,
    Oh! ’tis a dreadful interval of time,
    Filled up with horror all, and big with death!

    • Joseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act I, scene 3.
  • O dignitosa coscienza e netta,
    Come t’ è picciol fallo amaro morso.

    • O faithful conscience, delicately pure, how doth a little failing wound thee sore!
    • Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio (1321), III. 8.
  • Se tosto grazia risolva le schiume
    Di vostra conscienza, si che chiaro
    Per essa scenda della mente il fiume.

    • So may heaven’s grace clear away the foam from the conscience, that the river of thy thoughts may roll limpid thenceforth.
    • Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio (1321), XIII. 88.
  • A bad conscience does not necessarily signify a bad character.
    • Hannah Arendt (1994), cited in: Duco A. Schreuder. Vision and Visual Perception, 2014, p. 148.
  • If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.
    • Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre (1847), Helen Burns in Ch. 8.
  • Sin in the conscience, is like Jonah in a ship, which causeth such a tempest, that the conscience is like a troubled sea, whose waters cannot rest, or it is like a mote in the eye, which causeth a perpetual trouble while it is there.
    • Thomas Brooks in A Cabinet of Jewels (1669) from Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 3, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. pg.295.
  • They have cheveril consciences that will stretch.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Pt III, Section IV. Memb. 2. Subsect. 3.
  • Why should not Conscience have vacation
    As well as other Courts o’ th’ nation?
    Have equal power to adjourn,
    Appoint appearance and return?

    • Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part II (1664), Canto II, line 317.
  • A quiet conscience makes one so serene!
    Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded
    That all the Apostles would have done as they did.

    • Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto I, Stanza 83.
  • But at sixteen the conscience rarely gnaws
    So much, as when we call our old debts in
    At sixty years, and draw the accounts of evil,
    And find a deuced balance with the devil.

    • Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto I, Stanza 167.
  • My idea, mamma, is that all our trouble is because there is so little conscience in people. I see through things, mamma, and I understand. If a man has a stolen shirt I see it. A man sits in a tavern and you fancy he is drinking tea and no more, but to me the tea is neither here nor there; I see further, he has no conscience. You can go about the whole day and not meet one man with a conscience. And the whole reason is that they don’t know whether there is a God or not.
    • Anton Chekhov, “In the Ravine”, (1900) ch. 4, pp. 199-200
  • The range of a fine conscience covers more good and evil than the range of conscience which may be called, roughly, not fine; a conscience, less troubled by the nice discrimination of shades of conduct. A fine conscience is more concerned with essentials; its triumphs are more perfect, if less profitable, in a worldly sense.
    • Joseph Conrad in Henry James — An Appreciation (1905).
  • The still small voice is wanted.
    • William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book V, line 687.
  • His mind was destitute of that dread which has been erroneously decried as if it were nothing higher than a man’s animal care for his own skin: that awe of the Divine Nemesis which was felt by religious pagans, and, though it took a more positive form under Christianity, is still felt by the mass of mankind simply as a vague fear at anything which is called wrong-doing. Such terror of the unseen is so far above mere sensual cowardice that it will annihilate that cowardice: it is the initial recognition of a moral law restraining desire, and checks the hard bold scrutiny of imperfect thought into obligations which can never be proved to have any sanctity in the abscnce of feeling.
    • George Eliot in Romola (1863) in Chapter XI.
  • God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist.
    • Mahatma Gandhi, “God is All Things to All Men,” in Hinduism According to Gandhi: Thoughts, Writings and Critical Interpretation (2013), p. 75.
  • Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
    • Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), Chapter XIII.
  • The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention, it is a blemish like circumcision.
    • Adolf Hitler Rauschning, in Hitler Speaks, p. 220
  • Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortification of a false vision called conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and independence which only a very few can bear.
    • Adolf Hitler Rauschning, in Hitler Speaks, p. 222
  • Another doctrine repugnant to civil society, is that whatsoever a man does against his conscience, is sin; and it dependeth on the presumption of making himself judge of good and evil. For a man’s conscience and his judgement are the same thing, and as the judgement, so also the conscience may be erroneous.
    • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil (1651).
  • The relationship between the individual and God, the God-relationship, is the conscience.
    • Søren Kierkegaard, Works of Love (1847), as translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (1995), p. 143.
  • On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of good will to come together with a massive act of conscience and say in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “We ain’t goin’ study war no more.” This is the challenge facing modern man.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution” (31 March 1968).
  • Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
    • C. S. Lewis, in “God in the Dock” (1948).
  • He that has light within his own clear breast,
    May sit i’ the centre, and enjoy bright day;
    But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughts,
    Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
    Himself is his own dungeon.

    • John Milton, Comus (1634), lines 381-385.
  • Now conscience wakes despair
    That slumber’d, wakes the bitter memory
    Of what he was, what is, and what must be
    Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue!

    • John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book IV, line 23.
  • O Conscience, into what abyss of fears
    And horrors hast thou driven me, out of which
    I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged.

    • John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book X, line 842.
  • Let his tormentor conscience find him out.
    • John Milton, Paradise Regained (1671), Book IV, line 130.
  • A consoling thought: what matters is not what we do, but the spirit in which we do it. Others suffer too; so much so that there is nothing in the world but suffering; the problem is simply to keep a clear conscience.
    • Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living1938-01-26
  • I am confident that if a man surrenders his conscience to his idea of community, or to his Fuhrer, it doesn’t must matter whether he calls himself Communist or Fascist- he has foresworn the element in himself which alone can keep society human. And for want of that element, society must and will inevitably grow more and more barbarous. You can see it happening.
    • Max Plowman Peace News, February 5th, 1938. Reprinted in “Ten Years Ago”, Peace News, No. 606. February 6th, 1948 (p.4).
  • As the saints and prophets were often forced to practise long vigils and fastings and prayers before their ecstasies would fall upon them and their visions would appear, so Virtue in its purest and most exalted form can only be acquired by means of severe and long continued culture of the mind. Persons with feeble and untrained intellects may live according to their conscience; but the conscience itself will be defective. … To cultivate the intellect is therefore a religious duty; and when this truth is fairly recognized by men, the religion which teaches that the intellect should be distrusted and that it should be subservient to faith, will inevitably fall.
    • William Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man (1872), p. 540.
  • The play’s the thing,
    Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Hamlet in Act II, scene II.
  • Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought.
    And enterprises of great pith and moment,
    With this regard, their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 1, line 83. (“Away,” not “awry” in folio).
  • They are our outward consciences.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V (c. 1599), Act IV, scene 1, line 8.
  • Now, if you can blush and cry, “guilty,” cardinal,
    You’ll show a little honesty.

    • William Shakespeare, Henry VIII (c. 1613), Act III, scene 2, line 306.
  • I know myself now; and I feel within me
    A peace above all earthly dignities;
    A still and quiet conscience.

    • William Shakespeare, Henry VIII (c. 1613), Act III, scene 2, line 377.
  • Better be with the dead,
    Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,
    Than on the torture of the mind to lie
    In restless ecstacy.

    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1605), Act III, scene 2, line 19.
  • Well, my conscience says, “Launcelot, budge not.” “Budge,” says the fiend: “budge not,” says my conscience. “Conscience,” say I, “you counsel well.” “Fiend,” say I, “you counsel well.”
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act II, scene 2.
  • I hate the murderer, love him murdered.
    The guilt of conscience take thou for thy labour,
    But neither my good word nor princely favour:
    With Cain go wander through shades of night,
    And never show thy head by day nor light.

    • William Shakespeare, Richard II (c. 1595), Act V, scene 6, line 40.
  • The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
    Thy friends suspect for traitors while thou liv’st,
    And take deep traitors for thy dearest friends!

    • William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act I, scene 3, line 222.
  • ‘Tis a blushing shamefast spirit that mutinies in a man’s bosom; it fills one full of obstacles.
    • William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act I, scene 4, line 141.
  • Soft, I did but dream.
    O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me!

    • William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act V, scene 3, line 179.
  • My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
    And every tongue brings in a several tale,
    And every tale condemns me for a villain.

    • William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act V, scene 3, line 193.
  • Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
    Devis’d at first to keep the strong in awe;
    Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.

    • William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), King Richard, Act V, scene 3, line 309.
  • I know thou art religious,
    And hast a thing within thee called conscience,
    With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies,
    Which I have seen thee careful to observe.

    • William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus (c. 1584-1590), Act V, scene 1, line 75.
  • The confusion of marriage with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other single error.
    • This has also been paraphrased as: Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.
  • George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman (1903)
  • Trust that man in nothing who has not a Conscience in everything.
    • Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767), Book II, Chapter XVII.
  • Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.
    • Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849).
  • How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself.
    • Kenneth Tynan, review of Le Misanthrope, by Molière, at the Piccadilly (1962), from Tynan Right and Left (1967), p. 117.
  • Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one’s course by it, still one must try to follow its direction.
    • Vincent van Gogh, as quoted in Dear Theo: the Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh (1995) edited by Irving Stone and Jean Stone, p. 181.
  • The light of conscience … enters the eyes of the soul, as the light of the sun enters the eyes of the body; and to open the former requires no greater effort than to open the latter.
    • Alexandre Vinet, Evangelical Meditations (1858).
  • A minority may do for a society what the conscience does for an individual.
    • John Howard Yoder, The Priestly Kingdom (1984), p. 99.
  • And I know of the future judgment
    How dreadful so’er it be
    That to sit alone with my conscience
    Would be judgment enough for me.

    • Charles William Stubbs, Alone with my conscience.
  • There is no future pang
    Can deal that justice on the self condemn’d
    He deals on his own soul.

    • Lord Byron, Manfred, Act III, scene 1.
  • Yet still there whispers the small voice within,
    Heard through Gain’s silence, and o’er Glory’s din;
    Whatever creed be taught or land be trod,
    Man’s conscience is the oracle of God.

    • Lord Byron, The Island, Canto I, Stanza 6.
  • The Past lives o’er again
    In its effects, and to the guilty spirit
    The ever-frowning Present is its image.

    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Remorse, Act I, scene 2.
  • Oh, Conscience! Conscience! man’s most faithful friend,
    Him canst thou comfort, ease, relieve, defend;
    But if he will thy friendly checks forego,
    Thou art, oh! woe for me, his deadliest foe!

    • George Crabbe, Struggles of Conscience, last lines.
  • Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust,
    Die eine will sich von der andern trennen.

    • Two souls, alas! reside within my breast, and each withdraws from and repels its brother.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, I. 2. 307.
  • Hic murus aeneus esto,
    Nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa.

    • Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt.
    • Horace, Epistles, I. 1. 60.
  • A cleere conscience is a sure carde.
    • John Lyly, Euphues, p. 207. Arbor’s reprint (1579).
  • Whom conscience, ne’er asleep,
    Wounds with incessant strokes, not loud, but deep.

    • Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Book II, Chapter V. Of Conscience.
  • Conscia mens ut cuique sua est, ita concipit intra
    Pectora pro facto spemque metumque suo.

    • According to the state of a man’s conscience, so do hope and fear on account of his deeds arise in his mind.
    • Ovid, Fasti, I. 485.
  • One self-approving hour whole years outweighs
    Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas.

    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 255.
  • True, conscious Honour is to feel no sin,
    He’s arm’d without that’s innocent within;
    Be this thy screen, and this thy wall of Brass.

    • Alexander Pope, First Book of Horace, Epistle I, line 93.
  • Some scruple rose, but thus he eas’d his thought,
    “I’ll now give sixpence where I gave a groat;
    Where once I went to church, I’ll now go twice—
    And am so clear too of all other vice.”

    • Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle III, line 365.
  • Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,
    And the gay Conscience of a life well spent,
    Calm ev’ry thought, inspirit ev’ry grace,
    Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.

    • Alexander Pope, To Mrs. M. B., on her Birthday.
  • What Conscience dictates to be done,
    Or warns me not to do;
    This teach me more than Hell to shun,
    That more than Heav’n pursue.

    • Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer.
  • Sic vive cum hominibus, tanquem deus videat; sic loquere cum deo, tanquam homines audiant.
    • Live with men as if God saw you; converse with God as if men heard you.
    • Seneca the Younger, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium, X.
  • La conscience des mourants calomnie leur vie.
    • The conscience of the dying belies their life.
    • Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues, Réflexions, CXXXVI.
  • Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called Conscience.
    • George Washington, Moral MaximsVirtue and ViceConscience.
  • Men who can hear the Decalogue and feel
    No self-reproach.

    • William Wordsworth, The Old Cumberland Beggar, line 136.
  • A good conscience is the palace of Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the paradise of delight; the standing Sabbath of the saints.
    • Augustine of Hippo, p. 157.
  • Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in awe of none more than thine own conscience.
    • Robert Burton, p. 157.
  • The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
    • John Calvin, p. 157.
  • Conscience is God’s vicegerent in the soul.
    • David Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, p. 156.
  • Every one of us, whatever his speculative opinions, knows better than he practices, and recognizes a better law than he obeys.
    • James Anthony Froude, p. 156.
  • An old historian says about the Roman armies that marched through a country, burning and destroying every living thing, “They make a solitude, and they call it peace.” And so men do with their consciences. They stifle them, sear them, forcibly silence them, somehow or other; and then, when there is a dead stillness in the heart, broken by no voice of either approbation or blame, but doleful, like the unnatural quiet of a deserted city, then they say, “It is peace;” and the man’s uncontrolled passions and unbridled desires dwell solitary in the fortress of his own spirit! You may almost attain to that.
    • Alexander Maclaren, p. 158.
  • We never do evil so effectually as when we are led to do it by a false principle of conscience.
    • Blaise Pascal, p. 157.
  • It is quite certain that, if from childhood men were to begin to follow the first intimations of conscience, honestly to obey them and carry them out into act, the power of conscience would be so strengthened and improved within them, that it would soon become, what it evidently is intended to be, “a connecting principle between the creature and the Creator.”
    • John Campbell Shairp, p. 156.
  • Conscience is that peculiar faculty of the soul which may be called the religious instinct.
    • Samuel Smiles, p. 156.
  • The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it, but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
    • Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, p. 157.
  • Trust that man in nothing, who has not a conscience in every thing.
    • Laurence Sterne, p. 157.
  • There is in man a conscience which outlives the sensations, resolutions, and emotions of the hour, and rises above them all.
    • Edward Thompson, p. 157.
  • Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
    • George Washington, p. 157.
  • There is no evil which we cannot face or fly from but the consciousness of duty disregarded.
    • Daniel Webster, p. 157.

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