Conscience is the inner voice
which warns us that someone may be looking..
H. L. MENCKEN
Conscience is the root of all true
courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his
JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE
Courage without conscience is a
ROBERT G. INGERSOLL
Every human being has a work to
carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to
exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience
but his own can teach..
WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING
First they came for the Jews. I
was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the
Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then
they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was
not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was
no one left to speak for me..
I think we all have a little voice
inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don't
know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and
clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will
tell us the right thing to do..
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
The inability of those in power to
still the voices of their own consciences is the great
force leading to change..
The paradoxical -- and tragic --
situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when
he needs it most..
The person that loses their
conscience has nothing left worth keeping..
The torture of a bad conscience is
the hell of a living soul..
Then, without realizing it, you
try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of
course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time.
Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly
very helpful. Whoever doesn't know it must learn and
find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one
Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou
shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, DC
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.'.
To sin by silence when they should
protest makes cowards of men..
What makes it so plausible to
assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that
integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other
vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it
is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical
evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the
When will our consciences grow so
tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather
than avenge it?.
While conscience is our friend,
all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell
to a tranquil mind..
LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU