A clear conscience needs no public information officer. (from The New
A conscience which has been bought once will be bought twice.
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his
intrusion on that of others.
A person may sometimes have a clear conscience simply because his head
-Ralph W. Sockman
A reformer is one who insists on his conscience being your guide.
A satellite has no conscience.
-Edward R. Murrow
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil
conscience of their parents.
Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in
houses just as big as they can pay for.
-Logan Pearsall Smith
Any attempt to replace the personal conscience by a collective
conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a
policy, but nothing more.
Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience
of the human race than any other error.
-George Bernard Shaw
Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
Conscience does make cowards of us all.
Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
Conscience is a small inner voice that doesn't speak your language.
Conscience is better served by a myth.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us someone may be looking.
Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular
wish operating within us.
Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of others.
-Sir Henry Taylor
Conscience places a bridle upon the tongue.
Conscience reigns but it does not govern.
Conscious is when you are aware of something, and conscience is when you
wish you weren't.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
-Robert G. Ingersoll
Did anyone ever wrestle with his conscience and lose?
Give me the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to
conscience, above all liberties.
I am a conscientious man. When I throw rocks at seabirds, I leave no
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions,
even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political
person and could have no comfortable place in any political group.
I do not pretend to understand the moral universe. The arc is a long
one. My eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and
complete the figure by experience of sight. I can divine it by
conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.
I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature.
You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what
makes him a lawyer.
I have faith in the universe, for it is rational. Law underlies each
happening. And I have faith in my purpose here on earth. I have faith in
my intuition, the language of my conscience, but I have no faith in
speculation about Heaven and Hell. I'm concerned with this time- here
I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him
is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse
the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality
expressing the very highest respect for law.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you
should go home and examine your conscience.
In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused
popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people's
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three
unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience,
and the prudence never to practice either of them.
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the
-Logan Pearsall Smith
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect. Be true to
your own mind and conscience, your heart and your soul. So only can you
be true to God.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now that women have been more or less freed by the three C's- cars,
can-openers, and contraceptives- it seems too bad that the fourth one,
conscience, so often has to butt in.
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
Pain insists on being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pain. It is
God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
People who wrestle with their consciences usually go for two falls out
Reason deceives use often; conscience never.
-Jean Jacques Rousseau
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
-Henry Wheeler Shaw
Temptation is the voice of the suppressed evil; conscience is the voice
of the repressed good.
The Anglo-Saxon conscience doesn't keep you from doing anything. It just
keeps you from enjoying it.
-Salvador de Madaringa
The bonus is really one of the great give-aways in business enterprise.
It is the annual salve applied to the conscience of the rich and the
wounds of the poor.
The conscience is a thousand witnesses.
The good conscience of the wicked rest on all the villainies they
refrain form committing.
The inevitable hypocrisy, which is associated with the all the
collective activities of the human race, springs chiefly from this
source: that individuals have a moral code which makes the actions of
collective man an outrage to their conscience.
The Religion of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience
of every man.
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of
nuclear giants and ethical infants.
There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of
There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and
that is to have a clear conscience, or none at all.
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart.
There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly
and call your bad behavior "righteous indignation"- this is the height
of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.
Tyrants have no consciences, and reformers no feeeling; and the world
suffers both by the plague and by the cure.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not
subject to the regulation of conscience.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector
enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
-John F. Kennedy
We lie to ourselves, in order that we may still have the excuse of
ignorance, the alibi of stupidity and incomprehension, possessing which
we can continue with a good conscience to commit and tolerate the most
What we call conscience, in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of
When your conscience says law is immoral, don't follow it.
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