Conscience Quotes

Most popular conscience quotes

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

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Conscience whispers, but interest speaks aloud.


The most exacting jailer is our own conscience.
Of all trifles, titles are the lightest.


An evil conscience is always fearful and unquiet.
Conscience is God present in man.
Conscience is God's presence in man.
Conscience: self-esteem with a halo.
Reason deceives us; conscience, never.


A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.

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A clear conscience laughs at false accusations.
Even when there is no law, there is conscience.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
— French proverb

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A brave man risks his life but not his conscience.


Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
Thou shalt rest sweetly if thy heart condemn thee not.
Conscience gets a lot of credit that belongs to cold feet.
In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.


What the heart knows today, the head will understand tomorrow.
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.

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To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me.
Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on.
I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.

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Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others.


One will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.
Conscience is a small inner voice that doesn't speak your language.
— Merit Crossword Puzzles Plus
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.


He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.


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

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Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me.


The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Conscienceless efficiency is no match for efficiency quickened by conscience.
Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort.
Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
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!
A conscience, like a buzzing bee, can make a fellow uneasy without ever stinging him.
— American Farm & Home Almanac
Conscience is the anticipation of the fellow who awaits you if and when you come home.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back.


In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.


Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
The paradoxical—and tragic—situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

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A psychologist once said that we know little about the conscience except that it is soluble in alcohol.
The man with power but no conscience could, with an eloquent tongue, put the whole country into flames.

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


Each man's soul is a menagerie where Conscience, the animal-tamer, lives with a collection of wild beasts.
Our interests are grains of opium to our consciences, but they only put it to sleep for a terrible awakening.


Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth.


There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.
Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.


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


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

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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.


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.


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.

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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.
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.

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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.
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.

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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.
Edward Bok, the magazine publisher, was fond of flowers, and one spring planted thousands of daffodils in his front yard. "You shouldn't waste your money planting any beyond the fence," warned one neighbor. "People will steal them as fast as they bloom. " The next morning Bok nailed a sign on the fence which read, THESE FLOWERS ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC.
Not one was picked. Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.