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CONSCIENCE
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[ Also see Character Confession Contentment Depravity Guilt Honor Integrity Principles Reform Reformation Regret Remorse Repentance Right Self-examination Self-respect Shame Soul Virtue Voice ]

A man's own conscience is his sole tribunal, and he should care no more for that phantom "opinion" than he should fear meeting a ghost if he crossed the churchyard at dark.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.
      - Edmund Burke

The tribunal of conscience exists independent of edicts and decrees.
      - Edmund Burke

Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in awe of none more than thine own conscience.
      - Robert Burton

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

They have cheveril consciences that will stretch.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. II, sec. IV, memb. 2, subsect. 3)

That conscience approves of and attests such a course of action, is itself alone an obligation.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

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 (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto II, l. 317)

Man's conscience is the oracle of God!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Though thy slumber may be deep.
  Yet thy spirit will not sleep;
    There are shades that will not vanish,
      There are thoughts thou canst not banish.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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 (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 167)

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 (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 83)

There is no future pang
  Can deal that justice on the self condemn'd
    He deals on his own soul.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Manfred (act III, sc. 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 (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Island (canto I, st. 6)

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

To say that we have a clear conscience is to utter a solecism; had we never sinned we should have had no conscience. Were defeat unknown, neither would victory be celebrated by songs of triumph.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Even in the fiercest uproar of our stormy passions, conscience, though in her softest whispers, gives to the supremacy of rectitude the voice of an undying testimony.
      - Thomas Chalmers

In the wildest anarchy of man's insurgent appetites and sins there is still a reclaiming voice,--a voice which, even when in practice disregarded, it is impossible not to own; and to which, at the very moment that we refuse our obedience, we find that we cannot refuse the homage of what ourselves do feel and acknowledge to be the best, the highest principles of our nature.
      - Thomas Chalmers

No evil is intolerable but a guilty conscience.
      - William Ellery Channing

Conscience is its own readiest accuser.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It is as bad to clip conscience as to clip coin; it is as bad to give a counterfeit statement as a counterfeit bill.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It is a man's own dishonesty, his crimes, his wickedness, and boldness, that takes away from him soundness of mind; these are the furies, these the flames and firebrands, of the wicked.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The great theatre for virtue is conscience.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The impulse which directs to right conduct, and deters from crime, is not only older than the ages of nations and cities, but coeval with that Divine Being who sees and rules both heaven and earth.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The pulse of reason.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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