By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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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.
A clear conscience is a good pillow. French proverb
There is no worse sin than one against his own conscience. Tim Holman
Let your conscience be your guide. Elizabeth Gilbert
The best tranquilizer is a clear conscience. Benjamin Franklin
Every place is safe to him who lives with justice. Epictetus
Will you be responsible or lazy? Will you do what’s right or what’s easy? Maxime Lagacé
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain
Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it. Leo Tolstoy
Conscience is a thousand swords. William Shakespeare
I prefer to do right and get no thanks than to do wrong and receive no punishment. Cato the Elder
A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory. Mark Twain
Have some humility. Clean up your bedroom. Take care of your family. Follow your conscience. Straighten up your life. Jordan B. Peterson
Keep conscience clear, then never fear. Benjamin Franklin
Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. H. L. Mencken
A bad conscience is easier to cope with than a bad reputation. Friedrich Nietzsche
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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
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
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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
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
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)
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
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
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
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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
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
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)
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
Fool’s ambition blinds his conscience whereas the wise’s only aim is goodness. Maxime Lagacé
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