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Quotes About Conscience

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Jeff Lindsay
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.”
Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Kristin Cashore
“That's interesting," Bitterblue said. "You think a conscience requires fear?”
Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue

John Calvin
“The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.”
John Calvin

Thomas Hardy
“Sometimes a woman's love of being loved gets the better of her conscience, and though she is agonized at the thought of treating a man cruelly, she encourages him to love her while she doesn't love him at all. Then, when she sees him suffering, her remorse sets in, and she does what she can to repair the wrong.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

François Rabelais
“Science without conscience is the soul's perdition.”
François Rabelais, Pantagruel

“There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.”
Polybius

Anna Godbersen
“Things only looked wrong when there was someone to see you.”
Anna Godbersen, Rumors

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“There's something sad about people going to bed. You can see they don't give a damn whether they're getting what they want out of life or not, you can see they don't even try to understand what we're here for. They just don't care.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

“An educator should consider that he has failed in his job if he has not succeeded in instilling some trace of a divine dissatisfaction with our miserable social environment. ”
Anthony Standen

Charlotte Brontë
“I am anchored on a resolve you cannot shake. My heart, my conscience shall dispose of my hand -- they only. Know this at last.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

Evan Esar
“Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.”
Evan Esar

Tom Hodgkinson
“Guilt is also a way for us to express to others that we are a person of good conscience. 'I feel really guilty about getting drunk last night,' we say, when in actual fact we feel no guilt whatsoever or, at least, we could choose to feel no guilt. When people say to me, 'I drank too much last night,' I always reply, 'I drank exactly the right amount.”
Tom Hodgkinson, The Freedom Manifesto

Louise Penny
“Don't mistake dramatics for a conscience.”
Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace

David Sedaris
“I was just struggling with my inner vachette and pondering the depths of my own inhumanity.”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Marquis de Sade
“Let us give ourselves indiscriminately to everything our passions suggest, and we will always be happy…Conscience is not the voice of Nature but only the voice of prejudice.”
Marquis de Sade

Jim Butcher
“Isana laughed. "And you, lady? Are you a woman of conscience or of ambition?"
The lady smiled. "That's a question rarely asked here at court."
"And why is that?"
"Because a woman of conscience would tell you that she is a person of conscience. A woman of ambition would tell you that she is a person of conscience—only much more convincingly.”
Jim Butcher, Academ's Fury

Edgar Allan Poe
“Ceux qui revent eveilles ont conscience de 1000 choses qui echapent a ceux qui ne revent qu'endormis.
The one who has day dream are aware of 1000 things that the one who dreams only when he sleeps will never understand.
(it sounds better in french, I do what I can with my translation...)”
Edgar Allan Poe

Sherry L. Hoppe
“Between the radiant white of a clear conscience and the coal black of a conscience sullied by sin lie many shades of gray--where most of us live our lives. Not perfect but not beyond redemption.”
Sherry L. Hoppe, A Matter of Conscience: Redemption of a Hometown Hero, Bobby Hoppe

Martin Luther King Jr.
“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”... The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ann Aguirre
“Does changing for the better absolve you of all the wicked shit you did before?
No. March fills my head like a warm glow. Instead you receive the twin delights of guilt and regret.
Ann Aguirre, Wanderlust

Peter Kreeft
“Conscience is thus explained only as the voice of God in the soul.”
Peter Kreeft, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics

Jean Ferris
“Congratulations. You have met your conscience. In my experience, the world is divided between those who have one and those who don't. And the ones with one are divided into those who will act on their conscience and those who won't. Those who will are, I'm afraid, the smallest category. They will *jeito*. It's Brazilian Portuguese. It means to find a way to get something done, no matter what the obstacles.”
Jean Ferris, Twice Upon a Marigold

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Some Christian lawyers—some eminent and stupid judges—have said and still say, that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of all law.

Nothing could be more absurd. Long before these commandments were given there were codes of laws in India and Egypt—laws against murder, perjury, larceny, adultery and fraud. Such laws are as old as human society; as old as the love of life; as old as industry; as the idea of prosperity; as old as human love.

All of the Ten Commandments that are good were old; all that were new are foolish. If Jehovah had been civilized he would have left out the commandment about keeping the Sabbath, and in its place would have said: 'Thou shalt not enslave thy fellow-men.' He would have omitted the one about swearing, and said: 'The man shall have but one wife, and the woman but one husband.' He would have left out the one about graven images, and in its stead would have said: 'Thou shalt not wage wars of extermination, and thou shalt not unsheathe the sword except in self-defence.'

If Jehovah had been civilized, how much grander the Ten Commandments would have been.

All that we call progress—the enfranchisement of man, of labor, the substitution of imprisonment for death, of fine for imprisonment, the destruction of polygamy, the establishing of free speech, of the rights of conscience; in short, all that has tended to the development and civilization of man; all the results of investigation, observation, experience and free thought; all that man has accomplished for the benefit of man since the close of the Dark Ages—has been done in spite of the Old Testament.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, About The Holy Bible

Elizabeth Gaskell
“What other people may think of the rightness or wrongness is nothing in comparison to my own deep knowledge, my innate conviction that it was wrong.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

Walter M. Miller Jr.
“That's where all of us are standing now, he thought. On the fat kindling of past sins.”
Walter M. Miller Jr.

John Henry Newman
“I shall drink to the Pope, if you please, still, to conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards.”
John Henry Newman

Michel de Montaigne
“We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.”
Michel de Montaigne

Walter Scott
“Wounds sustained for the sake of conscience carry their own balsam with the blow.”
Walter Scott, Rob Roy

Max Planck
“The highest court is in the end one’s own conscience and conviction—that goes for you and for Einstein and every other physicist—and before any science there is first of all belief.”
Max Planck, The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science

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