Top 191 Conscience Quotes

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“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?”

― Adam Smith

“Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.”

― Adam Smith

“Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.”

― Albert Einstein

“A conscience without God is like a court without a judge.”

― Alphonse de Lamartine

“Forgetfulness – a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“A theatre is not a blank page for editorial, it is not a soapbox or a Tannoy system: it is a conscience that wakes with what is happening in the space, and wakes further still in response to what people are making of it.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.”

― Anita Hill

“Must not I then entertain the saints because I must keep my conscience.”

― Anne Hutchinson

“We are yet to have a conscience at all about the exploitation of human cultures.”

― Arthur Erickson

“I think I was the healthiest prisoner of conscience in the world.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.”

― B. C. Forbes

“Our concept of governing is derived from our view of people. It is a concept deeply rooted in a set of beliefs firmly etched in the national conscience, of all of us.”

― Barbara Jordan

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“We do not owe allegiance to any candidate because they share our party or our color, but because they share our principles and our conscience.”

― Benjamin Todd Jealous

“Conscience without judgment is superstition.”

― Benjamin Whichcote

“I’m fortunate that the books sell, but even more fortunate to live in Chatham, to be very happily married and to have, on the whole, a fairly clear conscience.”

― Bernard Cornwell

“Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience is almost certainly a bore.”

― Bernard Cornwell

“The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.”

― Bertrand Russell

“I have always lived according to my conscience, and my past is clean.”

― Bidzina Ivanishvili

“I am well aware that there are prisoners of conscience in the Soviet Union, including some who have said they have chosen to resist the law because of religious reasons.”

― Billy Graham

“There’s so few people in this town with a conscience.”

― Blake Edwards

“In my view, the only thing worse than a rock star is a rock star with a conscience.”

― Bono

“I have been described by one of my colleagues as a ‘militant agnostic’ with my tagline, ‘I don’t know, and neither do you!’ I take this hard-line, fence-sitting position because it is the only position consistent with both my scientific ethos and my conscience.”

― Brian Schmidt

“Living with a conscience is like driving with the brakes on.”

― Budd Schulberg

“Conscience. That stuff can drive you nuts.”

― Budd Schulberg

“We all knew that asking another guitar player to step into Duane Allman’s shoes would not really be fair to anybody who had a conscience.”

― Butch Trucks

“In violent streets and broken homes, the cry of anguished souls is not for more laws but for more conscience and character.”

― Cal Thomas

“A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.”

― Carolyn Wells

“Here rests the soul of our nation – here also should be our conscience.”

― Caspar Weinberger

“I have a conscience about my work and try to turn out a good piece of craftsmanship.”

― Catherine Gaskin

“There is such a thing as a national conscience, and it can be touched.”

― Charles Kuralt

“I really can’t imagine how anyone could, in good conscience, oppose the proposition that the states should be able to deny the status of marriage to same-sex unions.”

― Charles T. Canady

“To endeavor to domineer over conscience, is to invade the citadel of heaven.”

― Charles V

“I’m just doing what my conscience asks me to do.”

― Chen Guangcheng

“I love Lou Reed because his voice sounds like your inner conscience.”

― Christine and the Queens

“O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!”

― Dante Alighieri

“Call it my little gesture toward social conscience, but I like to think I’m teaching a certain number of people to read. Now that sounds pretentious!”

― David Eddings

“It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson… even at the expense of my conscience and judgement. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles.”

― Davy Crockett

“Abortion is an issue of conscience for the Labour party.”

― Diane Abbott

“No one should be forced to violate one’s conscience, nor should anyone be forced out of service of the common good because there are some things their conscience tells them they cannot do.”

― Donald Wuerl

“In every generation, there are horrors that define an age and events that scar the global conscience.”

― Douglas Alexander

“Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.”

― Douglas Horton

“The photographs of Iraqi prisoners being subjected to degrading and humiliating treatment by their captors, and the reports of acts of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other acts of maltreatment shock the conscience.”

― Ed Markey

“Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.”

― Edward Dahlberg

“A satellite has no conscience.”

― Edward R. Murrow

“Citizens with a conscience are not going to ignore wrong-doing simply because they’ll be destroyed for it: the conscience forbids it.”

― Edward Snowden

“Conscience allows us to do two things: Pass judgment on ourselves; approve or condemn our own conduct.”

― Edwin Louis Cole

“I have a moral conscience that is real central.”

― Elijah Cummings

“A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.”

― Elizabeth I

“This is not the story of Elektra from the comics. We’re telling the story of ‘Daredevil.’ In this aspect, the storylines accentuate the sociopathic tendencies in her. The writers wanted to highlight that Elektra is quite manipulative and doesn’t seem to have a conscience.”

― Elodie Yung

“We’re telling the story of ‘Daredevil’. In this aspect, the storylines accentuate the sociopathic tendencies in her. The writers wanted to highlight that Elektra is quite manipulative and doesn’t seem to have a conscience.”

― Elodie Yung

“In a lot of ways, civil rights division is the conscience of the Justice Department. You can almost measure what kind of Justice Department you have by what kind of civil rights division that you have.”

― Eric Holder

“If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.”

― Francis of Assisi

“A man’s conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn’t do – but it does not keep him from doing it.”

― Frank A. Clark

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Whoever has witnessed another’s ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.”

― George Bancroft

“There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.”

― George Sewell

“There’s no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.”

― Glen Campbell

“I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.”

― H. L. Mencken

“The only thing worse than an active conscience is one that’s retroactive.”

― Harold Coffin

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

― Harper Lee

“Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.”

― Harriet Martineau

“There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience.”

― Hartley William Shawcross

“Conscience – the only incorruptible thing about us.”

― Henry Fielding

“Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinions of others.”

― Henry Taylor

“Memorials become relics if they do not stir our modern conscience.”

― Henry Waxman

“I, for one, respect those who believe with all their hearts and conscience that there are no circumstances under which any abortion should ever be available.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Modesty is the conscience of the body.”

― Honore de Balzac

“The appeal to the white man’s pocket has ever been more effectual than all the appeals ever made to his conscience.”

― Ida B. Wells

“Conscience: self-esteem with a halo.”

― Irving Layton

“The New England conscience doesn’t keep you from doing what you shouldn’t – it just keeps you from enjoying it.”

― Isaac Bashevis Singer

“He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping.”

― Izaak Walton

“When your conscience says law is immoral, don’t follow it.”

― Jack Kevorkian

“Claiming for ourselves liberty of conscience, liberty to worship, we shall see to it that every other individual enjoys the same right.”

― James Larkin

“Andrew has talked about my character being the conscience of the film, the heart of the film.”

― Jared Leto

“Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.”

― Jeremy Taylor

“Black and Jewish leaders have been a coalition of conscience.”

― Jesse Jackson

“My conscience is clear.”

― Jim Lehrer

“Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.”

― Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

― John Calvin

“One lives with so many bad deeds on one’s conscience and some good intentions in one’s heart.”

― John Dewey

“It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.”

― John Henry Newman

“The media doesn’t need a conscience; people need consciences.”

― John Hockenberry

“A clear conscience is a sure card.”

― John Lyly

“We are a country with a conscience.”

― John McCain

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

― John Milton

“Lord of myself, accountable to none, but to my conscience, and my God alone.”

― John Oldham

“I wasn’t driven into medicine by a social conscience but by rampant curiosity.”

― Jonathan Miller

“The one who writes a poem writes it above all because verse writing is an extraordinary accelerator of conscience, of thinking, of comprehending the universe.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart.”

― Joseph Cook

“Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.”

― Josh Billings

“The conscience can be a strong guide in life if we allow it.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.”

― Karl Barth

“When James Cameron brought me the script, which I developed with both Cameron and Jay Cocks, I wanted to make it a thriller, an action film, but with a conscience, and I found that it had elements of social realism.”

― Kathryn Bigelow

“In addition the bill would expand an existing law ‘conscience clause’ that protects physician training programs that refuse to provide training for abortion procedures.”

― Ken Calvert

“We were a country band with a social conscience.”

― Kinky Friedman

“I’ve never been a fan of sociopaths who have no conscience. That scares me because they’re capable of anything.”

― Laurie Holden

“I’ve always tried to vote my conscience.”

― Leonard Lance

“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashion.”

― Lillian Hellman

“After closely examining my conscience, I venture to state that in my historical novels I intended the content to be just as modern and up-to-date as in the contemporary ones.”

― Lion Feuchtwanger

“Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.”

― Logan Pearsall Smith

“The conscience of the dying belies their life.”

― Luc de Clapiers

“The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people.”

― Marco Rubio

“Conscience that isn’t hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing.”

― Margaret Deland

“The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.”

― Marguerite Gardiner

“On the day, therefore, when I went to the church to be confirmed, with a number of others, I suffered extremely from the reproaches of my conscience.”

― Maria Monk

“America is the world’s engine but also its conscience. We are the petri dish of diversity and inclusiveness.”

― Martin Dempsey

“But no man has a monopoly of conscience.”

― Mary Augusta Ward

“While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.”

― Mary Wortley Montagu

“The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively, relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever.”

― Maurice Hinchey

“The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.”

― Max Beerbohm

“If anyone has a conscience it’s generally a guilty one.”

― Max Frisch

“If a tech journalist needs financial security before doing what their conscience dictates, I’m not sure they should be calling themselves journalists at all.”

― Michael Arrington

“Clever modern man is so witless that he thinks moral silence and empty conscience are an advantage.”

― Michael Leunig

“I ask all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia.”

― Michael Moore

“Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences can be accommodated here, even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred, inalienable, and prior to civil society.”

― Michael Novak

“The Natural Law which God has written into our beings cannot be entirely eradicated, but it can be gravely deformed, leading to distortion of consciousness and conscience, and hence our actions.”

― Michael O’Brien

“Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience.”

― Michel de Montaigne

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

― Michel de Montaigne

“Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.”

― Michel Foucault

“As the price of gas goes up, people will become more conscience of how much they use.”

― Mike Rounds

“Hollywood likes to boast that it can elevate the national conscience.”

― Mike Royko

“President Obama orders religious organizations to violate their conscience. I will defend religious liberty and overturn regulations that trample on our first freedom.”

― Mitt Romney

“My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a democratic framework.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“In my role as a spokesperson for Amnesty International U.S.A. and as a supporter of various charitable causes including Unlock Iran, a campaign to release prisoners of conscience in Iran, I have never been faced with the threat of intimidation or arrest.”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“Conviction is the conscience of the mind.”

― Nicolas Chamfort

“Mr. Mijanovi and those associated with him are the hope and the conscience of the Yugoslav revolution.”

― Noam Chomsky

“No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He’s got to put all his talent and feeling into them!”

― Norman Rockwell

“I have a huge and savage conscience that won’t let me get away with things.”

― Octavia E. Butler

“I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got my conscience installed early.”

― Octavia E. Butler

“There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.”

― Ogden Nash

“We will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our salvation.”

― Peter Akinola

“You’re either a person with a conscience, or you’re not. I think I’ve got quite a fine conscience.”

― Peter Morgan

“I have a very clear conscience.”

― Philip Green

“I don’t write to give joy to readers but to give them a conscience.”

― Pramoedya Ananta Toer

“Our goal of poverty eradication and of inclusive growth that embraces the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society can be achieved when our actions are guided by a social conscience and are not devoid of sensitivity.”

― Pratibha Patil

“Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.”

― Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“I am very much opposed to forcing anyone to violate their conscience or their religious beliefs, and of course, I’m very much opposed to discrimination.”

― Rick Scott

“But dogs, which have no ability to sin nor moral conscience, do not have an ability to reject Jesus.”

― Rick Warren

“Conscience, the power of conscience, can unearth all kinds of things.”

― Ridley Scott

“There is nothing in the whole frame of man which seems to me so unaccountable as that thing called conscience.”

― Robert Burns

“A good conscience is a continual feast.”

― Robert Burton

“In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.”

― Robert Hall

“Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests that the United States is, should or could be the global gendarme.”

― Robert McNamara

“Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws.”

― Robert Peel

“Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.”

― Robert South

“No, moral conscience is one thing, the law is another. We have to hold onto this difference.”

― Rocco Buttiglione

“It comforts the adult conscience to remember that, amid history’s grave injustices, there were still great lives.”

― Rumaan Alam

“Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.”

― Rutherford B. Hayes

“It is enough for a poet to be the guilty conscience of his age.”

― Saint-John Perse

“Europeans know the importance of the Resistance; it has been the shining example of the modern conscience.”

― Salvatore Quasimodo

“The president said, ‘You’ve got to vote your conscience.”

― Scott McClellan

“One of my weaknesses is that I actually have a conscience.”

― Sean Combs

“There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.”

― Sophocles

“People of conscience are compelled to oppose racism, sexism, and intolerance of people with different sexual identities and orientation wherever and whenever they see it.”

― Stan Van Gundy

“It would be foolhardy to count on the conscience of the world.”

― Stefan Zweig

“Go by your own conscience.”

― Steve Chabot

“I’m more the conscience of the conservative than I am someone looking for consensus.”

― Steve King

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.”

― Steven Wright

“There is a higher law than the law of government. That’s the law of conscience.”

― Stokely Carmichael

“My conscience is really active. So I feel bad about spending excess amount of money on things.”

― Syd

“As a filmmaker, you have to stand in front of what you did and make choices that you could do with a clear conscience.”

― Taylor Sheridan

“It wouldn’t sit easily on one’s conscience that you had been warned and there could be danger, but nevertheless you went ahead and said let’s dispense these drugs.”

― Thabo Mbeki

“He will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure.”

― Thomas a Kempis

“In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.”

― Thomas de Quincey

“A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.”

― Thomas Hobbes

“I vote my conscience first and my constituents next, regardless of the direction of our leadership.”

― Tom Graves

“I am faithfully devoted to the Republic but will not serve it at the expense of my conscience and my honor.”

― Toussaint Louverture

“What most men call their conscience is imaginary virtue switching left or right according to self-interest.”

― Vernon Howard

“Conscience is God present in man.”

― Victor Hugo

“Maybe I’ll learn how, but the only thing I can do is turn down parts that would hurt my conscience.”

― Victoria Jackson

“Conscience is a man’s compass.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

“Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience.”

― Walter Lippmann

“A man’s vanity tells him what is honor, a man’s conscience what is justice.”

― Walter Savage Landor

“I have a clear conscience.”

― Wilhelm Canaris

“As far as the charge against me is concerned I have a clear conscience.”

― Wilhelm Frick

“People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.”

― Will Rogers

“I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.”

― William Butler Yeats

“The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the practice of all the physicians of all the countries in the would.”

― William E. Gladstone

“It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.”

― William Ellery Channing

“Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind.”

― William Godwin

“Public opinion is a second conscience.”

― William R. Alger

“Love is too young to know what conscience is.”

― William Shakespeare
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