159 Conscience Quotes to Ignite Your Inner Moral Compass and Inspire Action

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The Most Famous Conscience Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Conscience, that vicegerent of God in the human heart, whose "still small voice" the loudest revelry cannot drown. — William Henry Harrison

Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us. — Sigmund Freud

Conscience is God's presence in humans. — Emanuel Swedenborg

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone might be looking. Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand. — Confucius

Conscience. Conscience is the ultimate measure of a man. — G. Willow Wilson

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

The belief in authority is the source of conscience; which is therefore not the voice of God in the heart of man, but the voice of some men in man. — Friedrich Nietzsche

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course a quiet conscience. — Euripides

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience. — James Freeman Clarke

Conscience, the executioner, shaking her secret scourge. — Juvenal

Short Conscience Quotes

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  • There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience. — Stokely Carmichael
  • Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. — Albert Einstein
  • Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. — Mark Twain
  • Cleanliness is the Hallmark of perfect standards and the best quality inspector is the conscience — J. R. D. Tata
  • Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking. — Chinese Proverbs
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. — Steven Wright
  • A good conscience is a continual Christmas. — Benjamin Franklin
  • You can't have a conscience in the pimp game. — Mark Wahlberg
  • A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy. — Indian Proverbs
  • A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. — Albert Camus

Top 10 Conscience Quotes

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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

There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience. — Stokely Carmichael

Men tell us in these days that sin is what you think it is. Well, it is not. Sin is what God thinks it is. You may think according to your own conscience. God thinks according to His. — John G. Lake

Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. — Ronald Reagan

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Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. — Albert Einstein

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. — Mark Twain

I did not join the resistance movement to kill people, to kill the nation. Look at me now. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear. — Pol Pot

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

Cleanliness is the Hallmark of perfect standards and the best quality inspector is the conscience — J. R. D. Tata

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

Conscience Image Quotes

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Conscience quote by Albert Einstein

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. — Albert Einstein

Conscience quote by Chinese Proverbs

Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking. — Chinese Proverbs

Conscience quote A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.
A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.
Conscience quote by Steven Wright

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. — Steven Wright

Conscience quote by Mark Wahlberg

You can't have a conscience in the pimp game. — Mark Wahlberg

Conscience quote by Albert Camus

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. — Albert Camus

Conscience quote Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience this is th
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience this is the ideal life.
Conscience quote by William Shakespeare

All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand! Oh, oh, oh! — William Shakespeare

Conscience quote by Elizabeth I

A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing. — Elizabeth I

Conscience quote by Cheikh Anta Diop

Humanity's moral conscience progresses, slowly yet surely. — Cheikh Anta Diop

Conscience quote There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
Conscience quote by N. R. Narayana Murthy

A clear conscience is the softest pillow in the world. — N. R. Narayana Murthy

Clean Conscience Quotes

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I envy you your peace of mind, your clean conscience, your unpolluted memory. Little girl, a memory without blot of contamination must be an exquisite treasure-an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment: is it not? — Charlotte Bronte

Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience. — John F. Kennedy

I believe that eating simple food in a healthy body with a clean conscience is more pleasurable, and infinitely more satisfying, then eating decadent food that makes you and your world ill. — John Robbins

Oh but I'd pay anything to keep my conscience clean.I'm keeping my eyes on the the exit sign. Steady now. — St. Vincent

No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes: yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. — Henry David Thoreau

I cleaned up. I quit drinking, I quit doing drugs, I quit stealing, I quit breaking into houses, I tried to quit being a bad human being. I developed a conscience later in life than many. I call it the lost-time-regained dynamic. — James Ellroy

There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience. — Paul Hindemith

Ethics is a detergent word, used time and time again to clean consciences without scrubbing. — Corinne Maier

I have always lived according to my conscience, and my past is clean. — Bidzina Ivanishvili

A clean and sensitive conscience, a steady and scrupulous integrity in small things as well as large, is the most valuable of all possessions, to a nation as to an individual. — Henry Van Dyke

A Man With No Conscience Quotes

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I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous — a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite. — Friedrich Nietzsche

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them! — Norman Rockwell

In order to be true to one's conscience and true to God, a righteous man has no alternative but to refuse to cooperate with an evil system. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Psychoanalytic doctrine reveals the pig in man, a pig saddled with a conscience; the disastrous result is that the pig is uncomfortable beneath that pious rider, and the rider fares no better in the situation, since his endeavor is not only to tame the pig, but also to render it invisible. — Stanislaw Lem

He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason. — Jeremy Taylor

A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others. — Jane Austen

No one talks more passionately about his rights than he who in the depths of his soul doubts whether he has any. By enlisting passion on his side he wants to stifle his reason and its doubts: thus he will acquire a good conscience and with it success among his fellow men. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; they are truly himself. The man who says that we have no innate ideas must be a fool and knave, having no conscience or innate science. — William Blake

If once we admit, be it for a single hour or in a single instance, that there can be anything more important than compassion for a fellow human being, then there is no crime against man that we cannot commit with an easy conscience. — Leo Tolstoy

Good Conscience Quotes

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Dr. King's policy was, if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That's very good. He only made one fallacious assumption. In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none. — Stokely Carmichael

If we once get above our Bibles and cease making the written Word of God our sole rule both as to faith and practice, we shall soon lie open to all manner of delusion and be in great danger of making shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. — George Whitefield

TRUE WEALTH - Worriless sleeping, Clear conscience, Reciprocal gratitude, Absence of envy, Muscle strength, Frequent laughs, No meals alone, No gym classes, Good digestive functions, No meeting rooms, Periodic surprises, Foamy coffee, Crusty bread, Ability to nap, Access to a hammock — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. — Mark Twain

A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do. — Voltaire

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. — Robert Redford

Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society. — Jean Baudrillard

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

A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life! — Mehmet Murat Ildan

SixDegrees.org is about using the idea that we are all connected to accomplish something good. It is my hope that Six Degrees will soon be something more than a game or a gimmick. It will also be a force for good, by bringing a social conscience to social networking. — Kevin Bacon

No Conscience Quotes

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Disco music in the '70s was just a call to go wild and party and dance with no thought or conscience or regard for tomorrow. — Martha Reeves

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

No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one's best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one's duty. — Sayings

I have made no secret, either privately or publicly, of any sense of outrage over officially enforced military and war service. I regard it as a duty of conscience to fight against such barbarous enslavement of the individual with every means available. — Albert Einstein

Men's consciences ought in no sort to be violated, urged, or constrained. — Roger Williams

I came to join the revolution, not to kill the Cambodian people. Look at me now. Am I a violent person? No. So, as far as my conscience and my mission were concerned, there was no problem. — Pol Pot

Let it be henceforth proclaimed to the world that man's conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God. — John Tyler

I was most happy when pen and paper were taken from me and I was forbidden from doing anything. I had no anxiety about doing nothing by my own fault, my conscience was clear, and I was happy. This was when I was in prison. — Daniil Kharms

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group. — Lillian Hellman

I am persuaded that men think there is no God because they wish there were none. They find it hard to believe in God, and to go on in sin, so they try to get an easy conscience by denying his existence. — Charles Spurgeon

Clear Conscience Quotes

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Karate-do strives internally to train the mind to develop a clear conscience, enabling one to face the world honestly, while externally developing strength to the point where one may overcome even ferocious wild animals. Mind and technique become one in true karate. — Gichin Funakoshi

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A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing. — Elizabeth I

Veganism gives us all the opportunity to say what we "stand for" in life- the ideal of healthy, humane living. Add decades to your life, with a clear conscience as a bonus. — Donald Watson

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

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A clear conscience is the softest pillow in the world. — N. R. Narayana Murthy

Even now, and you can look at me, am I a savage person? My conscience is clear. — Pol Pot

A clear conscience is far more valuable than wealth. — Filipino Proverbs

Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement. — Grover Cleveland

My conscience is captive to the Word of God — Martin Luther

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. — Doug Larson

Moral Conscience Quotes

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Humanity's moral conscience progresses, slowly yet surely. — Cheikh Anta Diop

They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience. — Joseph Conrad

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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

Private Manning is the world's pre-eminent prisoner of conscience, having remained true to the Nuremberg principle that every soldier has the right to 'a moral choice.' His suffering mocks the notion of the land of the free. — John Pilger

A quiet conscience makes one strong! — Anne Frank

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight, I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. — Theodore Parker

Our humanity is trapped by moral adolescents. We have too many men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom and power without conscience. — Omar N. Bradley

...but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. — Harper Lee

What is morality but immemorial custom? Conscience is the chief of conservatives. — Henry David Thoreau

Guilty Conscience Quotes

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If, while I hear the wild shriek of the slave mother robbed of her little ones, I do not open my mouth, am I not guilty? — Lucy Stone

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All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand! Oh, oh, oh! — William Shakespeare

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. — William Shakespeare

The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach. — Aleister Crowley

A guilty conscience never feels secure. — Publilius Syrus

There are three things that earthly riches can never do; they can never satisfy divine justice, they can never pacify divine wrath, nor can they every quiet a guilty conscience. And till these things are done man is undone. — Thomas Brooks

A guilty conscience is the mother of invention. — Carolyn Wells

I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience. — Albert Einstein

If any speak ill of thee, fly home to thy own conscience and examine thy heart. If thou art guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction. — George Herbert

No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it. — Stefan Zweig

My Conscience Is Clear Quotes

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My legal wife is to me dead; the only ecclesiastical authority I recognise pronounces me free; the attacks and threats of men do not disturb me. I am acting according to a clear conscience, and am doing hurt to no man. For my conduct, I will answer to my maker. — William the Silent

There is nothing in the world that could make me turn from the law. With a clear conscience, I am prepared to answer for each and every one of my political and administrative orders and actions, and to do so before the court of public opinion. — Djemal Pasha

My wealth is health and perfect ease; My conscience clear my chief defence; I neither seek by bribes to please, Nor by deceit to breed offence. Thus do I live; thus will I die. Would all did so well as I! — Edward Dyer

My conscience is clear, because I know that in my conscience and in front of God I am guilty of nothing. I hope human justice will see at the same way. — Giulio Andreotti

My conscience is clear. I was simply doing my duty. — Franz Stangl

You Have No Conscience Quotes

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As a dad, he thinks that his philosophy is morally correct. He has no conscience whatsoever about letting his kids put a penny in a light socket to find out electricity is not so good for you, and if you want to learn how to swim, you have to be thrown into the deep end. — Stacy Keach

No matter how big a house you have or how slick a car you drive, the only thing you can take with you at the end of your life is your conscience. — Robin Sharma

A dirty player is somebody who ultimately is trying to hurt somebody. There's a huge difference. There's no gray in that. Like, you have no conscience, no nothing, no guilt. I don't have that mean streak in me. I don't play angry. It's not anger. — Ndamukong Suh

If you have reached the point where you're certain that person has no conscience, or is in it to win rather than to love you, then the very best thing you can do is to get away. That's a very hard lesson to learn, and, furthermore, it's not always possible. — Martha Stout

I'd love to sign a contract for the soundtracks to every Wes Anderson movie, you know what I'm saying? Things like that, I have no spots on my conscience about. — Doseone

It's always fun to play the innocent, no matter what you're doing. If you feel like you're doing the right thing, you can get away with a lot comedically. I had definitely missed not having a conscience. — Portia de Rossi

Let this be your wall of brass, to have nothing on your conscience, no guilt to make you turn pale. — Horace

Some people say they will follow their conscience..many of us have dead consciences. Your conscience is no longer a safe guide. You've harden it, you've deaden it. — Billy Graham

The person who will make the greatest contribution to a company is the mature person-and you cannot have maturity if you have no life or interest outside the job. — Peter Drucker

We have no patent on anything we do and anything we do can be copied by anyone else. But you can't copy the heart and the soul and the conscience of the company. — Howard Schultz

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More Conscience Quotes

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I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn't stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That's all there is to it. Really, nothing more. — Oskar Schindler

The Afro-American is not a bestial race. If this work can contribute in any way towards proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service. Other considerations are of minor importance. — Ida B. Wells

We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We have solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying than we know about living. — Omar N. Bradley

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. — Thomas Paine

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. — Leonardo da Vinci

As touching nature I am a worm of this earth, and yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me, I am a watchman... For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly. — John Knox

Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind; that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself. — Susanna Wesley

Should we not press it home upon our consciences that the sole object of our conversion was not the salvation of our own souls, but that we might become co-workers with our Lord and Master in the conversion of the world? — Lottie Moon

Who taught me that animals were put on this Earth for food? Who taught me to disrespect animals and view them as mere commodities? Who stole my compassion, my empathy and my conscience? Who lied to me? Who instilled this vicious mindset of human-to-animal exploitation as standard operating procedure? — Gary Yourofsky

Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval. — Susan B. Anthony

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

I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality. The term ‘hero’ irritates me greatly – the opposite is true – I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little. — Irena Sendler

Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen. — Martin Luther

The body is just a water bubble. The mind is like a mad monkey. Do not follow either the body or the mind. Follow the Conscience. It is above the mind. It is permanent. It is the voice of God, the voice of unchanging truth inside you. — Sathya Sai Baba

Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed. — James Madison

In this respect fundamentalism has demonic traits. It destroys the humble honesty of the search for truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to suppress elements of truth of which they are dimly aware — Paul Tillich

The myth of integration as propounded under the banner of the liberal ideology must be cracked because it makes people believe that something is being achieved when in reality the artificially integrated circles are a soporfic to the blacks while salving the consciences of the few guilt-stricken whites. — Steven Biko

I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You've got to be truthful. I don't think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you've got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it. — Howard Schultz

God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted in any civil state; which enforced uniformity (sooner or later) is the greatest occasion of civil war, ravishing of conscience, persecution of Christ Jesus in his servants, and of the hypocrisy and destruction of millions of souls. — Roger Williams

It is a mournful fact that most men, and indeed all men of worldly character, have so much regard to public opinion that they dare not act according to the dictates of their consciences when acting thus would incur the popular frown. — Charles Grandison Finney

Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience. — Harry Belafonte

I’m a human being, I’m not anyone’s mascot! And I am America’s conscience. And that’s what they don’t want to look at. They would rather look at a cartoon character than at the deceit of this country and this government. — Russell Means

A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act, and without pangs of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority. — Stanley Milgram

In Conclusion

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