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Quotes About Conscience

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Mahatma Gandhi
“Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Martin Luther King Jr.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Charlotte Brontë
“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Mark Twain
“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”
Mark Twain

Rick Riordan
“All I could think of was that the teachers must've found the illegal stash of candy I'd been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they'd realized I got my Essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Richard Bach
“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Leo Tolstoy
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

Mahatma Gandhi
“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles."

(Young India, 22 October 1925)”
Mahatma Gandhi

George Bernard Shaw
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
George Bernard Shaw

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Joyce Meyer
“Character is doing what you don't want to do but know you should do.”
Joyce Meyer

Toba Beta
“Betrayal is common for men with no conscience.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

C.G. Jung
“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. ”
C.G. Jung

H.L. Mencken
“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”
H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

Jim Carroll
“Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.”
Jim Carroll

Bertrand Russell
“[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.”
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

Mahatma Gandhi
“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.”
Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas

Oscar Wilde
“Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

George Washington
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
George Washington, Rules of Civility And Other Writings & Speeches

John Milton
“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
John Milton, Areopagitica

“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
Gaylord Nelson

Martin Luther
“Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."

(Reply to the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521)”
Martin Luther, Luther's Works, 33: Career of the Reformer III

Edmond Rostand
“I have a different idea of elegance. I don't dress like a fop, it's true, but my moral grooming is impeccable. I never appear in public with a soiled conscience, a tarnished honor, threadbare scruples, or an insult that I haven't washed away. I'm always immaculately clean, adorned with independence and frankness. I may not cut a stylish figure, but I hold my soul erect. I wear my deeds as ribbons, my wit is sharper then the finest mustache, and when I walk among men I make truths ring like spurs.”
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Tamora Pierce
“I'm not so fond of people myself, Evvy, but I took my vows for a reason. There are two classes of people in the world, the destroyers and the builders. I want to build, not destroy. You need to ask yourself who you're going to be.”
Tamora Pierce, Melting Stones

Stefan Zweig
“No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.”
Stefan Zweig, Beware of Pity

“The immature conscience is not its own master. It simply parrots the decisions of others. It does not make judgments of its own; it merely conforms to the judgments of others. That is not real freedom, and it makes true love impossible, for if we are to love truly and freely, we must be able to give something that is truly our own to another. If our heart does not belong to us, asks Merton, how can we give it to another?”
Jon Katz

Martin Luther
“It is neither right nor safe to go against my conscience.”
Martin Luther

Criss Jami
“Feel what it's like to truly starve, and I guarantee that you'll forever think twice before wasting food.”
Criss Jami

Harper Lee
“Atticus, you must be wrong."

"How's that?"

"Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong. . ."

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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