An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


What we call conscience in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of the law.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


A good conscience is a continual feast.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


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


George Bancroft (1800-1891, American historian)


Conscience warns us before it reproaches us.


Maria De Beausacq


The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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


Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849, Irish writer and socialite)


The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


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 G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


No ear can hear nor tongue can tell the tortures of the inward hell!


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


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


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


James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888, American minister, theologian)


If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


When I contemplate the accumulation of guilt and remorse which, like a garbage can, I carry through life, and which is fed not only by the lightest action but by the most harmless pleasure, I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill organized. Why has he acquired a seventy years life span only to poison it incurably by the mere being of himself? Why has he thrown Conscience, like a dead rat, to putrefy in the well?


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart.


Joseph Cook


Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


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


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


Honor is the moral conscience of the great.


D'Avenant (1606-1668, British poet, playwright)


Rules of society are nothing; ones conscience is the umpire.


Madame Dudevant


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its length: a quiet conscience.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


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 (1897-1962, American novelist)


Conscience -- the only incorruptible thing about us.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.


Michel Foucault (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


I feel bad that I don't feel worse.


Michael Frayn (1933-, British playwright, novelist, journalist)


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


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


No one knows what he is doing so long as he is acting rightly; but of what is wrong one is always conscious.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


In the depths of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide. But sometimes, and oftenest at midnight, those dark receptacles are flung wide open. In an hour like this, when the mind has a passive sensibility, but no active strength; when the imagination is a mirror, imparting vividness to all ideas, without the power of selecting or controlling them; then pray that your grieves may slumber, and the brotherhood of remorse not break their chain.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.'


Lillian Hellman (1905-1984, American playwright)


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


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


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


Doug Horton


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 (1843-1916, American author)


Conscience was the barmaid of the Victorian soul. Recognizing that human beings were fallible and that their failings, though regrettable, must be humored, conscience would permit, rather ungraciously perhaps, the indulgence of a number of carefully selected desires.


C. E. M. Joad (1891-1953, British author, academic)


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 (1724-1804, German philosopher)


With a good conscience our only sure reward... let us go forth to lead the land we love... knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Conscience: self-esteem with a halo.


Irving Layton (1912-, Canadian poet)


Again and again I am brought up against it, and again and again I resist it: I don't want to believe it, even though it is almost palpable: the vast majority lack an intellectual conscience; indeed, it often seems to me that to demand such a thing is to be in the most populous cities as solitary as in the desert.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869, French poet, statesman, historian)


Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


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


Harper Lee (1926-, American author)


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


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


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 (1889-1974, American journalist)


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


Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.


Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)


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


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


My conscience aches but it's going to lose the fight.


Alannah Myles (Canadian singer)


I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


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 (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


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 (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Conscience is the chamber of justice.


Origen (c.185-c.254, Egyptian Christian biblical scholar, theologian)


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


He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A clear conscience is a soft pillow.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The belly does not have a conscience.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


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


Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British author)


Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


What a man calls his "conscience" is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


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.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


Conscience does make cowards of us all.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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 (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


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


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


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.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


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


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


A bad conscience has a very good memory.


Author Unknown


A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.


Author Unknown


Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking.


Author Unknown


God may forgive and forget, but the central nervous system does not.


Author Unknown


God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.


Author Unknown


One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.


Author Unknown


Conscience is a man's compass.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British writer)


Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking