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Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. Albert Einstein, physicist
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There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us. Sophocles, poet
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The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other. Douglas MacArthur, general
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One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout. Source Unknown,
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The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. Harper Lee, novelist
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The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
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If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear? Confucius, philosopher
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Conscience does make cowards of us all. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience. Blaise Pascal, philosopher
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Conscience is a man's compass. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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A clear conscience is a soft pillow. Proverbs,
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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, novelist
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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. Carl Jung, psychologist
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The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. John Calvin, theologian
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There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its length: a quiet conscience. Euripides, poet
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Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. H. L. Mencken, writer
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Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience. George Santayana, philosopher
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Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience George Washington, president
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Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking. Proverbs,
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Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does. Josh Billings, comedian
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The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness. Marguerite Blessington,
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Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us. Sigmund Freud, psychologist
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Conscience: self-esteem with a halo. Irving Layton, poet
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Conscience. That stuff can drive you nuts. Budd Schulberg, writer
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Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you. Rutherford B. Hayes, president
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He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes. Chinese Proverbs,
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A good conscience is a continual feast. Francis Bacon, philosopher
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A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous. Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
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Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain. Doug Horton,
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A bad conscience has a very good memory Source Unknown,
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God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won t. Source Unknown,
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If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends. Charlotte Bronte, novelist
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If anyone has a conscience it's generally a guilty one. Max Frisch, novelist
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One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart. John Dewey, philosopher
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I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism. Michel Foucault, historian
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A conscience without God is like a court without a judge. Alphonse De Lamartine, poet
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Conscience is the sentinel of virtue. Johann Kaspar Lavater, theologian
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We don't know much about the human conscience, except that it is soluble in alcohol. Sir John Mortimer,
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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, poet
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Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body. Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher
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The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping. Izaak Walton, writer
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Forgetfulness - a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking. H. L. Mencken, writer
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Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. Ingmar Bergman, director
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A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents. H. L. Mencken, writer
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One half of the world's people live on less than two dollars a day. This should concern our national security policy as well as our conscience. Lee H. Hamilton, politician
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Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives. Thomas S. Monson, clergyman
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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, activist
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Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape. George Bancroft, historian
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The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all. Max Beerbohm, actor
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What we call conscience in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of the law. Christian Nevell Bovee,
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The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow. William Cowper, poet
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Conscience -- the only incorruptible thing about us. Henry Fielding, novelist
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Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. H. L. Mencken, writer
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While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind. Mary Wortley Montagu, writer
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I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it. Ogden Nash, poet
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In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage. Thomas De Quincey, author
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My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale, and every tale condemns me for a villain. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright
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Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others. Jeremy Taylor, clergyman
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A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can. Source Unknown,
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A good man with a good conscience doesn't walk so fast. Georg Buchner, dramatist
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All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Here rests the soul of our nation - here also should be our conscience. Caspar Weinberger, public servant
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There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience. Stokely Carmichael, activist
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The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death. Voltaire, writer
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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Edmund Burke, statesman
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If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. Woodrow Wilson, president
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Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington, president
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I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart. Anne Frank, diarist
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We took this challenge before our Lord and our conscience, and it must be done, because this man, Hitler, he is the ultimate evil. Claus von Stauffenberg, soldier
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We will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our salvation. Peter Akinola, clergyman
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Evil societies always kill their consciences. James L. Farmer, Jr., activist
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Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us. Jim Carroll,
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Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes, her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs, or requiring that they render faithful service. John Sergeant Wise, author
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We are yet to have a conscience at all about the exploitation of human cultures. Arthur Erickson, architect
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The question of religion was a matter for each individual's conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area. James Larkin, activist
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The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain. Edward George BulwerLytton,
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Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it. Samuel Butler, poet
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No ear can hear nor tongue can tell the tortures of the inward hell! Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet
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It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great. William Ellery Channing, writer
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There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
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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,
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Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart. Joseph Cook, politician
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Honor is the moral conscience of the great. D'Avenant,
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O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! Dante Alighieri, poet
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Rules of society are nothing; ones conscience is the umpire. Madame Dudevant,
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The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life. George Eliot, author
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A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream. William Faulkner,
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I feel bad that I don't feel worse. Michael Frayn, playwright
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Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a necessary evil, it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil. Sydney J. Harris, journalist
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People talk about the conscience, but it seems to me one must just bring it up to a certain point and leave it there. You can let your conscience alone if you're nice to the second housemaid. Henry James, writer
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Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within. Immanuel Kant, philosopher
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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, journalist
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A seared conscience is one whose warning voice has been suppressed and perverted habitually, so that eventually instead of serving as a guide, it only confirms the person in his premeditatedly evil course. Robert J. Little,
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Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows. Lucretius, poet
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My conscience aches but it's going to lose the fight. Allanah Myles,
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Conscience is the chamber of justice. Origen, theologian
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Conscience has nothing to do as lawgiver or judge; but is a witness against me if I do wrong, and which approves if I do right. To act against conscience is to act against reason and God's Law. Arthur Phelps,
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What a man calls his conscience is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love. Helen Rowland, writer
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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. Saint Francis of Assisi,
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The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. Germaine De Stael,
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The end of education is to see men made whole, both in competence and in conscience. John Dickey, politician
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Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive. George Eliot, author
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Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. Thomas Aquinas, theologian
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People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. Jerome K. Jerome, author
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I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis. I am also the bad conscience of the Jews. Because what I have taken up as my duty was everybody's duty. Simon Wiesenthal, activist
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To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience. Barbara Deming, author
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So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong. Walter Bagehot, author
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The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively, relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever. Maurice Hinchey,
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As the price of gas goes up, people will become more conscience of how much they use. Mike Rounds, politician
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I do not understand how anyone can, in good conscience, tell a family whose child is suffering from a life-threatening disease that politics is more important than finding a cure. Jim Doyle, politician
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The president said, 'You've got to vote your conscience. Scott McClellan, politician
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It's clear price gouging... The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively, relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever. Maurice Hinchey,
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Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express. George A. Smith, clergyman
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Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author
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I think that if there are positions that you can't argue... then the responsibility is probably to resign. If one's own conscience is opposed to the requirements and responsibilities of the job, then it's time to leave the job. Elena Kagan, judge
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I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future. Van Jones, activist
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I'm just doing what my conscience asks me to do. Chen Guangcheng, activist
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I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion. Lillian Hellman, dramatist
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A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. Doug Larson, cartoonist
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Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain, author
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If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. Leo Tolstoy, novelist
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A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. Albert Camus, philosopher
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When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society. Pope John Paul II, clergyman
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An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests that the United States is, should or could be the global gendarme. Robert McNamara, public servant
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A satellite has no conscience. Edward R. Murrow, journalist
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The New England conscience does not stop you from doing what you shouldn't-it just stops you from enjoying it. Cleveland Amory, historian
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Remember, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honor unwounded. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
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In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist. Bono, musician
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Each wrong act brings with it its own anesthetic, dulling the conscience and blinding it against further light, and sometimes for years. Rose Macaulay, novelist
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Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, activist
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'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine, writer
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A cat can maintain a position of curled up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright. To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the better of you and you will settle down again. Pam Brown, poet
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War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves. Leo Tolstoy, novelist
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The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey, businessman
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There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience. Saint Ambrose, saint
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The conscience of the dying belies their life. Luc De Clapiers, writer
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Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life. Karl Barth, theologian
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What a man calls his "conscience" is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love. Helen Rowland, writer
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The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. Leo Tolstoy, novelist
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The New England conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't - it just keeps you from enjoying it. Isaac Bashevis Singer, novelist
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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,
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Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws. Robert Peel, leader
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