- Be the master of your will, and the slave of your conscience.--Yiddish Proverb
- The church is the only conscience the government has. When the church is silent, the state can have no conscience.--Edward W. Grant
- Civil government cannot let any group ride roughshod over others simply because their consciences tell them to do so.--Robert H. Jackson
- Conscience, as a mentor, the guide and compass of every act, leads ever to happiness. When the individual can stay alone with his conscience and get its approval, without knowing force of specious knowledge, then he begins to know what real Happiness is.--William G. Jordan
- The conscience interprets life honestly and realistically. The same cannot be said about the ego.--Shantidasa
- Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of others.––Sir Henry Taylor
- Conscience is nothing but the echo of God's voice within the soul.--E. B. Hall
- Conscience ... is the impulse to do right because it is right, regardless of personal ends.--Margaret C. Graham ("A Matter of Conscience" Do They Really Respect Us and Other Essays)
- Conscience is the spiritual, supernatural principle in man, and it is not of social origin at all. It is rather the perversion and confusion of conscience that is of social origin.--Nicholas Berdyaev (The Destiny of Man)
- Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.--Doug Horton
- Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing.--Margaret Deland (The Promises of Alice)
- Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.--Leszczynski Stanislaw
- Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.--George Eliot (The Mill on the Floss)
- Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?." Vanity 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 one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ("To Chart Our Course for the Future")
- Developing the mind is important, but developing a conscience is the most precious gift parents can give their children.--John Gray (Children Are From Heaven)
- A disciplined conscience is a man's best friend. It may not be his most amiable, but it is his most faithful mentor.--Austin Phelps
- Each wrong act brings with it its own anesthetic, dulling the conscience and blinding it against further light, and sometimes for years.--Rose Macaulay (Letters to a Friend)
- Friends, books, a cheerful heart, and conscience clear are the most choice companions we have here.--William Mather
- A good conscience is a continual Christmas.--Benjamin Franklin.
- 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
- He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping.--Izaak Walton
- Heed the still, small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.--Marquise Marie de Vichy chamrond Du Deffand
- I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.--Lillian Hellman
- I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.--Thomas Paine
- I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion of well-doing and daring.--Ralph Waldo Emerson: (The Preacher. Lectures and Biographical Sketches)
- I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one's own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise.--Mohandas K. Gandhi (in Gandhi's View of Life)
- In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.--Mahatma Gandhi
- 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.
- The inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.--H. L. Mencken (A Mencken Chrestomathy)
- Listen to your heart.
Listen to your instincts.
Listen to inner voice.
It is your true self.
It will guide you to make the right choices.
--Lailah Gifty Akita
- Men never do evil so thoroughly ad cheerfully as when they do it for conscience sake.--Blaise Pascal (Pensees)
- Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go.--Billy Graham
- Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.--Albert Einstein (in Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist ed. by Schilpp)
- No matter how big a house you have or how slick a car you drive, the only thing you can take with you at the end of your life is your conscience.--Robin S. Sharma (The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari)
- Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.--Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- One is happy as a result of one's own efforts--once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness--simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.--George Sand
- The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.--Harper Lee
- Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.--Josh Billings
- 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 (I'm a Stranger Here Myself)
- Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.--Carl Gustav Jung
- The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.--Gaylord Nelson
- 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.--Mme. De Stael
- When a man won't listen to his conscience, it's usually because he doesn't want advice from a total stranger.--Lindsey Stewart
- Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear, undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light, and serenity.--Henri F. Amiel
- The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Our is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.--General Omar Bradley (in a speech in Boston, Mass, 11/10/48)
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