78 Conscience Quotes To Improve Your Inner World

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

What is “right”?

What is “wrong”?

Only one thing that knows the truth instantly, and it’s your conscience.

Here are 78 of the best conscience quotes that will improve your inner world.

What’s the goal?

To make you realize your little voice is right 90% of the time and that you should let yourself be guided more often.

You’ll discover authors like Einstein, Shakespeare, Gandhi, Nietzsche, and many more.

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A clear conscience is a good pillow. French proverb

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There is no worse sin than one against his own conscience. Tim Holman

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Let your conscience be your guide. Elizabeth Gilbert

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The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience. Benjamin Franklin

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Every place is safe to him who lives with justice. Epictetus


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Will you be responsible or lazy? Will you do what’s right or what’s easy? Maxime Lagacé

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

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Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it. Leo Tolstoy

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Conscience is a thousand swords. William Shakespeare

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I prefer to do right and get no thanks than to do wrong and receive no punishment. Cato the Elder


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A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory. Mark Twain

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Have some humility. Clean up your bedroom. Take care of your family. Follow your conscience. Straighten up your life. Jordan B. Peterson

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Keep conscience clear, then never fear. Benjamin Franklin

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

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A bad conscience is easier to cope with than a bad reputation. Friedrich Nietzsche



More Quotes About Conscience

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Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. H.L. Mencken

Courage without conscience is a wild beast. Robert G. Ingersoll

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi

Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one’s course by it, still one must try to follow its direction. Vincent van Gogh

If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be his punishment – as well as the prison. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime & Punishment, Amazon book)

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

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A guilty conscience never feels secure. Publilius Syrus

Guilt is society’s voice speaking in your head. Naval Ravikant (Source)

It is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. Martin Luther

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

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

Conscience is merely our own judgment of the right or wrong of our actions. Tryon Edwards

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. Steven Wright

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A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing. Elizabeth I

Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it. Henry Ward Beecher

Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour. Saint Augustine

Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience. Paulo Coelho (Source)

Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart. Joseph Cook

I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Love is too young to know what conscience is. William Shakespeare

No matter what happens, never betray the light in your heart. Stay true to your essence and authenticity. Adamas Shivananda

The law is the public conscience. Thomas Hobbes

The best way to get what you want is to make the world a better place. At the very least, it’s the only way to make sure that you can enjoy what you get without a dirty conscience. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

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


Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back. WK Hope

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully. Richard Bach

Some people dislike you because your strength shows up their weakness. As long as your conscience is clear, learn to ignore them. Press on. Mufti Menk (Source)

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It is impossible to have progress without conscience. Robert Rauschenberg

If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends. Charlotte Brontë

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. Martin Luther King Jr

A man’s first duty is to his own conscience and honor; the party and country come second to that, and never first. Mark Twain

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. John Calvin

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Lies and egoism destroy. Honesty and altruism create. Maxime Lagacé

Anyone who can appease a man’s conscience can take his freedom away from him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Grand Inquisitor, Amazon book)

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

If you want to experience the truth of who you are, you must be willing to examine and explore your dark side. Iyanla Vanzant (Source)

For the person who lives a virtuous life, of steadfastness and good judgment, happiness is always within reach. Massimo Pigliucci

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What does your conscience say? — ‘You should become the person you are’. Friedrich Nietzsche (wikipedia.org)

The bite of conscience, like the bite of a dog into a stone, is a stupidity. Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not apologize if you haven’t done anything wrong. Gal Shapira (Source)

Conscience is wiser than science. Johann Kaspar Lavater

Conscience: self-esteem with a halo. Irving Layton

Related: 10 Ways to sharpen your conscience (aleteia.org)

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

Conscience in the soul is the root of all true courage. If a man would be brave, let him learn to obey his conscience. James Freeman Clarke

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

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

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

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I will do nothing because of public opinion, but everything because of conscience. Seneca

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

You start rewiring your brain in different ways by becoming conscious of unconscious patterns. Attention disrupts automatic thoughts and behaviors. Gal Shapira

Conscience is God’s presence in humans. Emanuel Swedenborg

Conscience and wealth are not always neighbors. Philip Massinger

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To do only what is right, say only what is true, without holding back. Marcus Aurelius

How tedious is a guilty conscience! John Webster

A conscience is the price of morality, and morality is the price of civilization. Tom Clancy

The sovereign individual, awake and attending to his or her conscience, is the force that prevents the group, as the necessary structure guiding normative social relations, from becoming blind and deadly. Jordan B. Peterson

Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us. Sigmund Freud (wikipedia.org)

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A good conscience is paradise. Jacobus Arminius

I have a huge and savage conscience that won’t let me get away with things. Octavia E. Butler

There will be people who will try to push you down and make you look bad. If you’ve done nothing wrong and have a clear conscience, don’t worry about it. Mufti Menk

Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience. Adam Smith

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. Gaylord Nelson

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Fool’s ambition blinds his conscience whereas the wise’s only aim is goodness. Maxime Lagacé

Further Readings (For Wisdom And Life Lessons)

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

October 27, 2022

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