Conscience Quotes

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

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

Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.

All I could think of was that the teachers must've found the illegal stash of candy I'd been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they'd realized I got my Essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.

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

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.

I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart

Character is doing what you don't want to do but know you should do.

Betrayal is common for men with no conscience.

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.

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.


John Milton


Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.

Afterlife    Conscience    Death    Ghosts    Poetry

I have a different idea of elegance. I don't dress like a fop, it's true, but my moral grooming is impeccable. I never appear in public with a soiled conscience, a tarnished honor, threadbare scruples, or an insult that I haven't washed away. I'm always immaculately clean, adorned with independence and frankness. I may not cut a stylish figure, but I hold my soul erect. I wear my deeds as ribbons, my wit is sharper then the finest mustache, and when I walk among men I make truths ring like spurs.

Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac
Conscience    Elegance    Honour    Morality    Wit

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.

Conscience    Earth day    Future    Gary nelson    Generations    Heard    Not    Sacrifice    Thanks    Today    Willingness    Words

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

Beware of Pity

Stefan Zweig

Beware of Pity

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.

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

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.

Sometimes a woman's love of being loved gets the better of her conscience, and though she is agonized at the thought of treating a man cruelly, she encourages him to love her while she doesn't love him at all. Then, when she sees him suffering, her remorse sets in, and she does what she can to repair the wrong.

Conscience    Cruelty    Love    Loved    Sexes    Unrequited    Woman

Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.

El oscuro pasajero

Jeff Lindsay Dexter in the Dark

El oscuro pasajero

Atticus, you must be wrong."
"How's that?"
"Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong. . ."
"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."
Reply to the Diet of Worms
, April 18, 1521)

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

The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power--and that all too often seeks to explain, to those who do not, the ultimate wisdom and justness of their condition.
But that's not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience.

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

حکمت شادان

Friedrich Nietzsche

حکمت شادان

That's interesting," Bitterblue said. "You think a conscience requires fear?

Feel what it's like to truly starve, and I guarantee that you'll forever think twice before wasting food.

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

I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.

I'm not so fond of people myself, Evvy, but I took my vows for a reason. There are two classes of people in the world, the destroyers and the builders. I want to build, not destroy. You need to ask yourself who you're going to be.

Melting Stones

Tamora Pierce (Author)

Melting Stones

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

You’ll have to be my conscience. He knew his flaws, and he knew the parts of him that were irrevocably broken. Mine isn’t going to grow back.

Heart of Obsidian

Nalini Singh

Heart of Obsidian

Science without conscience is the soul's perdition.

No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. But I know none, and therefore am no beast.

Richard III

William Shakespeare

Richard III

There's something sad about people going to bed. You can see they don't give a damn whether they're getting what they want out of life or not, you can see they don't even try to understand what we're here for. They just don't care.

Voyage au bout de la nuit

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Voyage au bout de la nuit

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

I am anchored on a resolve you cannot shake. My heart, my conscience shall dispose of my hand --
they only
. Know this at last.


Charlotte Bronte


... what you think is right isn't the same as knowing what is right.

An educator should consider that he has failed in his job if he has not succeeded in instilling some trace of a divine dissatisfaction with our miserable social environment.

Some Christian lawyers—some eminent and stupid judges—have said and still say, that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of all law.
Nothing could be more absurd. Long before these commandments were given there were codes of laws in India and Egypt—laws against murder, perjury, larceny, adultery and fraud. Such laws are as old as human society; as old as the love of life; as old as industry; as the idea of prosperity; as old as human love.
All of the Ten Commandments that are good were old; all that were new are foolish. If Jehovah had been civilized he would have left out the commandment about keeping the Sabbath, and in its place would have said: 'Thou shalt not enslave thy fellow-men.' He would have omitted the one about swearing, and said: 'The man shall have but one wife, and the woman but one husband.' He would have left out the one about graven images, and in its stead would have said: 'Thou shalt not wage wars of extermination, and thou shalt not unsheathe the sword except in self-defence.'
If Jehovah had been civilized, how much grander the Ten Commandments would have been.
All that we call progress—the enfranchisement of man, of labor, the substitution of imprisonment for death, of fine for imprisonment, the destruction of polygamy, the establishing of free speech, of the rights of conscience; in short, all that has tended to the development and civilization of man; all the results of investigation, observation, experience and free thought; all that man has accomplished for the benefit of man since the close of the Dark Ages—has been done in spite of the Old Testament.

Absurd    Adultery    Civilization    Conscience    Dark ages    Egypt    Fraud    Free speech    Free thought    India    Industry    Jehovah    Judges    Larceny    Law    Lawyers    Love    Murder    Old testament    Perjury    Polygamy    Progress    Prosperity    Sabbath    Society    Ten commandments

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?... The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.

The immature conscience is not its own master. It simply parrots the decisions of others. It does not make judgments of its own; it merely conforms to the judgments of others. That is not real freedom, and it makes true love impossible, for if we are to love truly and freely, we must be able to give something that is truly our own to another. If our heart does not belong to us, asks Merton, how can we give it to another?

Conscience    Judgement    Love    True

Don't mistake dramatics for a conscience.

A conscience is that still small voice that people won't listen to.

To suffer is one thing; another thing is living with the photographed images of suffering, which does not necessarily strengthen conscience and the ability to be compassionate. It can also corrupt them. Once one has seen such images, one has started down the road of seeing more - and more. Images transfix. Images anesthetize.

On Photography

Susan Sontag

On Photography

The hated man is the result of his hater's pride rather than his hater's conscience.

Arrogance    Conscience    Ego    Hate    Haters    Hatred    Insecurity    Irrationality    Narcissism    Pride

What other people may think of the rightness or wrongness is nothing in comparison to my own deep knowledge, my innate conviction that it was wrong.

North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South

I was just struggling with my inner vachette and pondering the depths of my own inhumanity.

Conscience    Guilt    Humor    Ponder

Isana laughed. "And you, lady? Are you a woman of conscience or of ambition?"
The lady smiled. "That's a question rarely asked here at court."
"And why is that?"
"Because a woman of conscience would tell you that she is a person of conscience. A woman of ambition would tell you that she is a person of conscience—only much more convincingly.

Academ's Fury

Jim Butcher

Academ's Fury


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