A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing; that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it, as the eyelid closes itself against the mote.
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 without.
Were conscience always clear and decided in its awards, we could scarcely remain unconsoled for the resignation of any delight, however delightful.—It is doubt in all cases, that is the real malicious devil.
A good conscience is the palace of Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the paradise of delight; the standing Sabbath of the saints.
Many a lash in the dark, doth conscience give the wicked.
What we call conscience, is, in many instances, only a wholesome fear of the constable.
Conscience is God's vicegerent on earth, and, within the limited jurisdiction given to it, it partakes of his infinite wisdom and speaks in his tone of absolute command. It is a revelation of the being of a God, a divine voice in the human soul, making known the presence of its rightful sovereign, the author of the law of holiness and truth.
Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in awe of none more than of thine own conscience.—There is a Cato in every man—a severe censor of his manners.—And he that reverences this judge will seldom do anything he need repent of.
Conscience is a great ledger book in which all our offences are written and registered, and which time reveals to the sense and feeling of the offender.
That conscience approves of any given course of action, is, ot itself, an obligation.
It is astonishing how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel if a single stitch drops.—One single sin indulged in makes a hole you could put your head through.
A quiet conscience makes one so serene.
There is no future pang can deal that justice on the self-condemned, he deals on his own soul.
The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
Tenderness of conscience is always to be distinguished from scrupulousness. The conscience cannot be kept too sensitive and tender; but scrupulousness arises from bodily or mental infirmity, and discovers itself in a multitude of ridiculous, superstitious, and painful feelings.
It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
To endeavor to domineer over conscience, is to invade the citadel of heaven.
Conscience! conscience! man's most faithful friend!
The truth is not so much that man has conscience, as that conscience has man.
Conscience is merely our own judgment of the right or wrong of our actions, and so can never be a safe guide unless enlightened by the word of God.
We never do evil so thoroughly and heartily as when led to it by an honest but perverted, because mistaken, conscience.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
A wounded conscience is able to unparadise paradise itself.
The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.
Conscience, true as the needle to the pole points steadily to the pole-star of God's eternal justice, reminding the soul of the fearful realities of the life to come.
Conscience—that vicegerent of God in the human heart, whose still, small voice the loudest revelry cannot drown.
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!
A man of integrity will never listen to any reason against conscience.
Conscience, though ever so small a worm while we live, grows suddenly into a serpent on our deathbed.
He will easily be content and at peace, whose conscience is pure.
I am more afraid of my own heart, than of the Pope and all his cardinals —I have within me the great Pope, self.
Our conscience is a fire within us, and our sins as the fuel; instead of warming, it will scorch us, unless the fuel be removed, or the heat of it be allayed by penitential tears.
He that is conscious of crime, however bold by nature, becomes a coward.
Conscience is justice's best minister. It threatens, promises, rewards, and punishes, and keeps all under its control.—The busy must attend to its remonstrances; the most powerful submit to its reproof, and the angry endure its up-braidings.—While conscience is our friend, all is peace; but if once offended, farewell to the tranquil mind.
There is no class of men so difficult to be managed in a state as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
Conscience is the true vicar of Christ in the soul; a prophet in its information; a monarch in its peremptoriness; a priest in its blessings or anathemas, according as we obey or disobey it.
A disciplined conscience is a man's best friend.—It may not be his most amiable, but it is his most faithful monitor.
What conscience dictates to be done, or warns me not to do, this teach me more than hell to shun, that more than heaven pursue.
Cowardice asks, Is it safe? Expediency asks, Is it politic? Vanity asks, Is it popular? but Conscience asks, Is it right?
If any speak ill of thee, flee home to thine own conscience, and examine thine heart; if thou be guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction. Make use of both—so shalt thou distil honey out of gall, and out of an open enemy make a secret friend.
In the commission of evil, fear no man so much as thyself.—Another is but one witness against thee; thou art a thousand.—Another thou mayst avoid, thyself thou canst not.—Wickedness is its own punishment.
Conscience is the voice of the soul, as the passions are the voice of the body.—No wonder they often contradict each other.
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude.—If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it.— But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself?—Miserable is he who slights that witness.
Conscience doth make cowards of us all.
I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better, nor more agreeably than in having a clear conscience.
There is no witness so terrible—no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.
No man ever offended his own conscience, but first or last it was revenged upon him for it.
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.
Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes as a judge.
Conscience, honor, and credit, are all in our interest; and without the concurrence of the former, the latter are but impositions upon ourselves and others.
Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Conscience, in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.
Keep your conduct abreast of your conscience, and very soon your conscience will be illumined by the radiance of God.
Conscience is not given to a man to instruct him in the right, but to prompt him to choose the right instead of the wrong when he is instructed as to what is right. It tells a man that he ought to do right, but does not tell him what is right. And if a man has made up his mind that a certain wrong course is the right one, the more he follows his conscience the more hopeless he is as a wrongdoer. One is pretty far gone is an evil way when he serves the devil conscientiously.
He who commits a wrong will himself inevitably see the writing on the wall, though the world may not count him guilty.
A clean and sensitive conscience, a steadfast and scrupulous integrity in small things as well as great, is the most valuable of all possessions, to a nation as to an individual.
Labor to keep alive in your heart that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and is suffered to dwell there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.
A conscience void of offence, before God and man, is an inheritance for eternity.
Some persons follow the dictates of their conscience, only in the same sense in which a coachman may be said to follow the horses he is driving.
Conscience is the reason, employed about questions of right and wrong, and accompanied with the sentiments of approbation or condemnation.