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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 is wrong.
Character | Conscience | Judgment | Will | World | Wrong |
A guilty conscience is a hell on earth, and points to one beyond.
Character | Conscience | Earth | Hell | Guilty |
A firm faith is the best theology; a good life is the best philosophy, a clear conscience the best law; honesty the best policy, and temperance the best physic.
Character | Conscience | Faith | Good | Honesty | Law | Life | Life | Philosophy | Policy | Theology |
There may be some tenderness in the conscience and yet the will be a very stone; and as long as the will stands out, there is no broken heart.
Character | Conscience | Heart | Tenderness | Will |
It is a conscience very ill informed that violates the rights of one man, for the convenience of another.
Character | Conscience | Man | Rights |
In vain we attempt to clear our conscience by affecting to compensate for fraud or cruelty by acts of strict religious homage towards God.
Character | Conscience | Cruelty | Fraud | God | Cruelty |
William Ellery Channing
Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influences to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.
Character | Conscience | Teach | Work |
The first impulse of conscience is apt to be right; the first impulse of appetite or passion is generally wrong. We should be faithful to the former, but suspicious of the latter.
Appetite | Character | Conscience | Impulse | Passion | Right | Wisdom | Wrong |
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Character | Conscience | Good | Wisdom |
A good conscience is never lawless in the worst regulated state, and will provide those laws for itself which the neglect of legislators had forgotten to supply.
Character | Conscience | Good | Neglect | Will |
Keep Conscience clear, then never fear.
Character | Conscience | Fear |
Jose ben Halafta, or Rabbi Yose ben Halafta, aka Rabbi Yossi
One pang of conscience is worth more than many lashes.
Character | Conscience | Worth |
Charles Montagu Halifax, 1st Earl of Halifax, Lord Halifax
The memory and conscience never did, nor never will, agree about forgiving injuries.
Character | Conscience | Memory | Will |
In matters of conscience first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence last thoughts are best.
Character | Conscience | Prudence | Prudence |
Henry Home, Lord Kames
Men are guided less by conscience than by glory; and yet the shortest way to glory is to be guided by conscience.
Character | Conscience | Glory | Men |
The conscience of every man recognizes courage as the foundation of manliness, and manliness as the perfection of human character.
Character | Conscience | Courage | Man | Manliness | Perfection |
Never was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution.
Character | Conscience |