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Trust that man in nothing who has not a Conscience in everything.
      - Laurence Sterne,
        The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
         (bk. II, ch. XVII)

What a fool is he who locks his door to keep out spirits, who has in his own bosom a spirit he dares not meet alone; whose voice, smothered far down, and piled over with mountains of earthliness, is yet like the forewarning trumpet of doom!
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

And I know of the future judgment
  How dreadful so'er it be
    That to sit alone with my conscience
      Would be judgment enough for me.
      - Very Rev. Charles William Stubbs, D.D.,
        Alone with my conscience

Conscience is, at once, the sweetest and most troublesome of guests. It is the voice which demanded Abel of his brother, or that celestial harmony which vibrated in the ears of the martyrs, and soothed their sufferings.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Our faults afflict us more than our good deeds console. Pain is ever uppermost in the conscience as in the heart.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Conscience signifies that knowledge which a man hath of his own thoughts and actions; and because, if a man judgeth fairly of his actions by comparing them with the law of God, his mind will approve or condemn him; this knowledge or conscience may be both an accuser and a judge.
      - Jonathan Swift

Conscience is a clock which, in one man, strikes aloud and gives warning; in another, the hand points silently to the figure, but strikes not. Meantime, hours pass away, and death hastens, and after death comes judgment.
      - Jeremy Taylor

There is in man a conscience which outlives the sensations the sensations, resolutions, and emotions of the hour, and rises above them all.
      - Edward Thomson

The conscience of the dying belies their life.
  [Fr., La conscience des mourants calomnie leur vie.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues, Reflexions

He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping. Therefore be sure you look to that, and in the next place look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience.
      - Izaak Walton

Let us be thankful for health and competence, and, above all, for a quiet conscience.
      - Izaak Walton

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called Conscience.
      - George Washington,
        Moral Maxims--Virtue and Vice--Conscience

A Witness.
  Consider all thy, actions and take heed
    On stolen bread, tho' it is sweet to feed.
      Sin, like a bee, unto thy hive may bring
        Is little honey but expect the sting.
          Thou may'st conceal thy sin by cunning art,
            But conscience sits a witness in thy heart,
              Which will disturb thy peace, the rest undo,
                For that is witness, judge, and prison too.
      - Charles Law Watkins

The sense of right.
      - Sir William Watson (2)

Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.
      - Isaac Watts

Man is naturally more desirous of a quiet and approving, than of a vigilant and tender conscience--more desirous of security than of safety.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Some persons follow the dictates of their conscience only in the same sense in which a coachman may be said to follow the horses he is driving.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Conscience is the reason employed about questions of right and wrong.
      - William Whewell

God, in His wrath, has not left this world to the mercy of the subtlest dialectician; and all arguments are happily transitory in their effect when they contradict the primal intuitions of conscience and the inborn sentiments of the heart.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Men who can hear the Decalogue and fell
  No self-reproach.
      - William Wordsworth,
        The Old Cumberland Beggar (l. 136)

See from behind her secret stand
  The sly informer minutes ev'ry fault
    And her dread diary with horror fills.
      - Edward Young

The soft whispers of the God in man.
      - Edward Young

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