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Conscience is the chamber of justice.
      - Origenes Adamantius ("Origen")

A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing; that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it as the eyelid closes itself against the mote.
      - Nehemiah Adams

Conscience is God's deputy in the soul.
      - Thomas Adams

A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions that can possibly befall us.
      - Joseph Addison

Oh! think what anxious moments pass between
  The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods,
    Oh! 'tis a dreadful interval of time,
      Filled up with horror all, and big with death!
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 3)

Conscience is the voice of God in the soul.
      - James H. Aughey

Good conscience is sometimes sold for money, but never bought with it.
      - James H. Aughey

A good conscience is the palace of Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the paradise of delight; the standing Sabbath of the saints.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

The moral conscience is a truly primitive faculty; it is a particular manner of feeling which corresponds to the goodness of moral actions, as taste is a manner of feeling which corresponds to beauty. Love men, immolate error.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Although there is nothing so bad for conscience as trifling, there is nothing so good for conscience as trifles. Its certain discipline and development are related to the smallest things. Conscience, like gravitation, takes hold of atoms. Nothing is morally indifferent. Conscience must reign in manners as well as morals, in amusements as well as work. He only who is "faithful in that which is least" is dependable in all the world.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Merit and good works is the end of man's motion, and conscience of the same is the accomplishment of man's rest.
      - Francis Bacon

Be more careful of your conscience than of your estate. The latter can be bought and sold; the former never.
      - Hosea Ballou

I have somewhere read that conscience not only sits as witness and judge within our bosoms, but also forms the prison of punishment.
      - Hosea Ballou

No outward change need trouble him who is inwardly serene.
      - Hosea Ballou

The only infallible judge.
      - Hosea Ballou

Conscience is a cudgel which all men pick up in order to thwack their neighbors instead of applying it to their own shoulders.
      - Honore de Balzac

Conscience is the mirror of our souls which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
      - George Bancroft

The most miserable pettifogging in the world is that of a man in the court of his own consciences.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Undoubtedly we render our consciences callous by evil indulgences; but we cannot entirely subdue that still, small voice.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Guilty consciences always make people cowards.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay),
        The Prince and his Minister
         (chap. iii, fable iii)

Conscience is too great a power in the nature of man to be altogether subdued; it may be for a time repressed and kept dormant; but conjectures there are in human life which awaken it, and when once reawakened, it flashes on the sinner's mind with all the horrors of an invisible ruler and a future judgment.
      - Hugh Blair

Many a lash in the dark doth con science give the wicked.
      - Thomas Boston

Conscience is the living law, and honor is to this law what piety is to religion.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

What we call conscience, in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of the constable.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Shall be more sweet than all the joys
  Amongst us mortal men.
    Then shalt thou find but one refuge
      Which comfort can retain;
        A guiltless conscience pure and clear
          From touch of sinful stain.
      - Jay Brandon

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