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If you should escape the censure of others, hope not to escape your own.
- Henry Home, Lord Kames
A man of integrity will never listen to any reason against conscience.
- Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Lord Home
Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt.
[Lat., Hic murus aeneus esto,
Nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
Epistles (I, 1, 60)
Every man, however good he may be, has a yet better man dwelling in him, which is properly himself, but to whom nevertheless he is often unfaithful. It is to this interior and less mutable being that we should attach ourselves, not to be changeable, every-day man.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
A man, so to speak, who is not able to bow to his own conscience every morning is hardly in a condition to respectfully salute the world at any other time of the day.
- Douglas William Jerrold
Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
No outward tyranny can reach the mind. If conscience plays the tyrant, it would be greatly for the benefit of the world that she were more arbitrary, and far less placable than some find her.
- Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)
By the verdict of his own breast no guilty man is ever acquitted.
- Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Trust me no tortures which the poets feign
Can match the fierce unutterable pain
He feels, who night and day devoid of rest
Carries his own accuser in his breast.
- Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal),
Happy is the man who renounces everything which may bring a stain or burden upon his conscience.
- Thomas a Kempis
Let not your peace rest in the utterances of men, for whether they put a good or bad construction on your conduct does not make you other than you are.
- Thomas a Kempis
Conscience is a sacred sanctuary where God alone may enter as judge.
- Abbe Hugo Felicite de Lamennais
The conscience is more wise than science.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)
Conscience is merely our own judgment of the moral rectitude or turpitude of our own actions.
- John Locke (1)
I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, self.
- Martin Luther
A cleere conscience is a sure carde.
- John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
(p. 207), Arbor's reprint
An old historian says about the Roman armies that marched through a country, burning and destroying every living thing, "They make a solitude, and they call it peace." And so men do with their consciences. They stifle them, sear them, forcibly silence them, somehow or other; and then, when there is a dead stillness in the heart, broken by no voice of either approbation or blame, but doleful, like the unnatural quiet of a deserted city, then they say, "It is peace;" and the man's uncontrolled passions and unbridled desires dwell solitary in the fortress of his own spirit! You may almost attain to that.
- Alexander Maclaren
Our conscience is a fire within us, and our sins as the fuel; instead of warming, it will scorch us, unless the fuel be removed, or the heat of it allayed by penitential tears.
- John Mason
'Tis ever thus
With noble minds, if chance they slide to folly;
Remorse stings deeper, and relentless conscience
Pours more gall into the bitter cup
Of their severe repentance.
- John Mason
Conscience and wealth are not always neighbors.
- Philip Massinger
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
- Henry Louis Mencken
The virtuous mind that ever walks attended
By a strong siding champion, Conscience.
- John Milton, Comus
He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day:
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself his own dungeon.
- John Milton, Comus (l. 381)
Now conscience wakes despair
That slumber'd, wakes the bitter memory
Of what he was, what is, and what must be
Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue!
- John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 23)
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