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CONSCIENCE
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O Conscience, into what abyss of fears
  And horrors hast thou driven me, out of which
    I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 842)

Let his tormentor conscience find him out.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. IV, l. 130)

Conscience is justice's best minister; it threatens, promises, rewards, and punishes and keeps all under control; the busy must attend to its remonstrances, the most powerful submit to its reproof, and the angry endure its upbraidings. While conscience is our friend all is peace; but if once offended farewell the tranquil mind.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Whom conscience, ne'er asleep,
  Wounds with incessant strokes, not loud, but deep.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of Conscience (bk. II, ch. V)

The conscience is the inviolable asylum of the liberty of man.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

There is no class of men so difficult to be managed in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

As the blush is the signal of innocence, so is serenity of manner the token of a quiet conscience.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

A sound conscience is a brazen wall of defense.
      - Old Latin Saying

It is often easier to justify one's self to others than to respond to the secret doubts that arise in one's own bosom.
      - Margaret Oliphant

As the mind of each man is conscious of good or evil, so does he conceive within his breast hope or fear, according to his actions.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Despotic conscience rules our hopes and fears.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

According to the state of a man's conscience, so do hope and fear on account of his deeds arise in his mind.
  [Lat., Conscia mens ut cuique sua est, ita concipit intra
    Pectora pro facto spemque metumque suo.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (I, 485)

There is no college for the conscience.
      - Theodore Parker

If we regulate our conduct according to our own convictions, we may safely disregard the praise or censure of others.
      - Blaise Pascal

We never do evil so effectually as when we are led to do it by a false principle of conscience.
      - Blaise Pascal

How awful is that hour when con, science stings.
      - James Gates Percival

The thundering voice that wrings, in one dark, damning moment, crimes of years!
      - James Gates Percival

Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

The great chastisement of a knave is not to be known, but to know himself.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

The most exacting jailer is our own conscience.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Most men are afraid of a bad name, but few fear their consciences.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Let a prince be guarded with soldiers, attended by councillors, and shut up in forts; yet if his thoughts disturb him, he is miserable.
      - Plutarch

Who born so poor,
  Of intellect so mean, as not to know
    What seem'd the best; and knowing not to do?
      As not to know what God and conscience bade,
        And what they bade not able to obey?'
      - Robert Pollok

One self-approving hour whole years outweighs.
      - Alexander Pope

All fame is foreign, but of true desert;
  Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart:
    One self approving hour whole years out-weighs
      Of stupid starers, and of loud huzzas;
        And more true joy Marcellus exil'd feels,
          Than Caesar with a senate at his heels.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 253)


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