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1. "Conscience is a Jewish invention."
Author: Adolf Hitler
2. "In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development."
Author: B. R. Ambedkar
3. "The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power--and that all too often seeks to explain, to those who do not, the ultimate wisdom and justness of their condition.But that's not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience."
Author: Barack Obama
4. "Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas."
Author: Benjamin Franklin
5. "My heart has been heavy and I have deliberated within my own conscience, knowing that my decision should not come out of my initial emotion of anger toward the President for such reckless behavior, but should be based on the facts."
Author: Blanche Lincoln
6. "Conscience is like a pet: If you spoil it by too much attention it'll start yipping at the most inopportune times."
Author: Connie Brockway
7. "I...asked why purebloods despised me so. He replied, 'What if the difference between social strata stem not from genomics or inherent xcellence or even dollars, but merely differences in knowledge? Would this not mean the whole Pyramid is built on shifting sands?... fabricants are mirrors held up to purebloods' consciences; what purebloods see reflected there sickens them. So they blame you for holding up the mirror"
Author: David Mitchell
8. "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
9. "Lifting and Leaning There are two kinds of people on earth today, Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.Not the good and the bad, for 'tis well understood The good are half bad and the bad are half good.Not the happy and sad, for the swift-flying years Brings each man his laughter and each man his tears.Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man's wealth You must first know the state of his conscience and health.Not the humble and proud, for in life's busy span He who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean Are the people who lift and the people who lean.Wherever you go you will find the world's masses Are ever divided in just two classes.And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I ween, There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.In which class are you? Are you easing the load Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?Or are you a leaner who lets others bear Your portion of worry and labor and care?"
Author: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
10. "The forest fleer has been expelled from society, the anarch has expelled society from himself. He is and remains his own master in all circumstances. When he decides to flee to the forest, his decision is less an issue of justice and conscience for him than a traffic accident. He changes camouflage; of course, his alien status is more obvious in the forest flight, thereby making it the weaker form, though perhaps indispensable."
Author: Ernst Jünger
11. "Only those with a conscience can find an action unconscionable."
Author: F.D. Crandall
12. "The nation demands a movement which has written upon its banner the internal and external national freedom that it will act as if it were the spiritual, social and political conscience of the nation."
Author: Franz Von Papen
13. "All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
14. "Do you want to go along with others? or go on ahead? or go off on your own?...you must know what you want and that you want. Fourth question for the conscience."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
15. "Lives are changed by a moment's listening to conscience, by a single and quiet inclination of the mind."
Author: George A. Smith
16. "Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt."
Author: George Sewell
17. "The root of liberalism, in a word, is hatred of compulsion, for liberalism has the respect for the individual and his conscience and reason which the employment of coercion necessarily destroys. The liberal has faith in the individual – faith that he can be persuaded by rational means to beliefs compatible with social good."
Author: Harold Edmund Stearns
18. "The enforcement of the law cannot depend on the justice of a cause or one man's conscience."
Author: Harold H. Greene
19. "When you battle with your conscience and lose, you win. -Henny Youngman, comedian and violinist (1906-1998)"
Author: Henny Youngman
20. "A standing prick hath no conscience. And if that standing prick is attached to Bruce Robertson then it hath less than no conscience. You can't afford a conscience in this life, that has become a luxury for the rich and a social ball and chain for the rest of us. Even if I wanted one, which I certainly do not, I wouldn't have the faintest idea as how to go about getting one."
Author: Irvine Welsh
21. "No, writing has not changed me for the better at all; I have merely used up part of my restless, conscienceless youth. What value to me will these discontented pages be? The book, the vow, are worth no more than one is worth oneself. One can never be sure of saving one's soul by writing. One may go writing on and on with a soul already lost."
Author: Italo Calvino
22. "Depraved conscience turns out to be as different from genuine ignorance as it is from honest recognition."
Author: J. Budziszewski
23. "I say that the true artist seer, the heavenly fool who can and does produce beauty, is mainly dazzled to death by his own scruples, the blinding shapes and colors of his own human conscience."
Author: J.D. Salinger
24. "I'm not going to faint at the sight of your butt,' she said. ‘Ya might, and I don't want that on my conscience,' he said, tossing the jeans aside."
Author: Jana Oliver
25. "This living hand, now warm and capableOf earnest grasping, would, if it were coldAnd in the icy silence of the tomb,So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nightsThat thou would wish thine own heart dry of blood,So in my veins red life might stream again,And thou be conscience-calm'd. See, here it is--I hold it towards you."
Author: John Keats
26. "Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?"
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
27. "Actions talk. Words are worthless. You think to discover in me a vein of vulnerability, a marbling of sensitivity glimpsed only by you because you're special, so you can proclaim, "Look, Barrons' torturous past has made him a monster but only because he's suffered so much. It's understandable that he lives by no law but his own—a violent, bloody, conscienceless law—but the healing power of my love will restore his demolished humanity!"Restore means to return a thing that was taken. Mine was not."
Author: Karen Marie Moning
28. "We, all of us, must be left alone to make good on our own consciences. And no county magistrate or judge or deacon can separate us from the truth, for they are only men."
Author: Kathleen Kent
29. "Not only does my world revolve around her, but she is my world. She's not just my reason for breathing, she's air itself. She's the meaning behind every one of my thoughts, every thrum of my pulse, every whisper of my conscience. She's my entire everything. It's as simple and as complex as that."
Author: Laurelin Paige
30. "The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles."(Young India, 22 October 1925)"
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
31. "Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing."
Author: Margaret Deland
32. "The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively, relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever."
Author: Maurice Hinchey
33. "A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
34. "The Natural Law which God has written into our beings cannot be entirely eradicated, but it can be gravely deformed, leading to distortion of consciousness and conscience, and hence our actions."
Author: Michael O'Brien
35. "Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale."
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
36. "Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil. Remember this forever; it is a healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience, since this shows that he is not inside your will."
Author: Padre Pio
37. "My conflicts of conscience are about the only battles I'm fighting these days, and I'm willing to fight until the end. There is something freeingabout this life, about living out of a single backpack and disappearing into the night. About smelling terrible and never remembering people's names. About never having to say you're sorry. We exist outside of society. We stay up late and sleep even later. Weare bandits, pirates, serial killers. The dregs. Someone should lock us up and never let us out again. But instead, they give us their money, they offer us their beds. We are notgoing to pay for the beer. We are not going to be back here for a good, long while. We have prior engagements. We have the money in a duffel bag. We have no shame. Fuck guilt. Back to life."
Author: Pete Wentz
38. "I don't write to give joy to readers but to give them a conscience."
Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
39. "Yet Conscience is a nobleman, the best in us, and a friend."
Author: Richard Llewellyn
40. "Crossing your fingers, Neville? Knocking on wood? He ignored that, beginning to suspect his mind of harboring an alien. Once he might have termed it conscience. Now it was only an annoyance. Morality, after all, had fallen with society. He was his own ethic. Makes a good excuse, doesn't it, Neville? Oh, shut up."
Author: Richard Matheson
41. "There is no other experience more empowering and undying than the experience of uniting unconditionally with the Conscience of God. From the forthcoming book: What is Man."
Author: Rohan Perera
42. "It is our conscience, not our pride, that has put doorkeepers at our doors."
Author: Seneca
43. "Laura had brought her sensitive conscience into the country with her, just as she had brought her umbrella, though so far she had not remembered to use either."
Author: Sylvia Townsend Warner
44. "As to the fragments of morality that are irregularly and thinly scattered in those books [the Bible], they make no part of this pretended thing, revealed religion. They are the natural dictates of conscience, and the bonds by which society is held together, and without which it cannot exist; and are nearly the same in all religions, and in all societies. The Testament teaches nothing new upon this subject, and where it attempts to exceed, it becomes mean and ridiculous. When it is said, as in the Testament, 'If a man smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also,' it is assassinating the dignity of forbearance, and sinking man into a spaniel."
Author: Thomas Paine
45. "Unjust social orders do no fall merely by appeals to the consciences of the oppressor, though such appeals may be an important element; history teaches us that they fall because a large enough number of people organize a movement powerful enough to push them down. Rarely do such revolutions emerge in a neat and morally pristine process."
Author: Timothy B. Tyson
46. "— Je veux dire que l'homme a un tyran, l'ignorance. J'ai voté la fin de ce tyran-là. Ce tyran-là a engendré la royauté, qui est l'autorité prise dans le faux, tandis que la science est l'autorité prise dans le vrai. L'homme ne doit être gouverné que par la science.— Et la conscience, ajouta l'évêque.— C'est la même chose. La conscience, c'est la quantité de science innée que nous avons en nous."
Author: Victor Hugo
47. "Plea Against the Death PenaltyLook, examine, reflect. You hold capital punishment up as an example. Why? Because of what it teaches. And just what is it that you wish to teach by means of this example? That thou shalt not kill. And how do you teach that "thou shalt not kill"? By killing. I have examined the death penalty under each of its two aspects: as a direct action, and as an indirect one. What does it come down to? Nothing but something horrible and useless, nothing but a way of shedding blood that is called a crime when an individual commits it, but is (sadly) called "justice" when society brings it about. Make no mistake, you lawmakers and judges, in the eyes of God as in those of conscience, what is a crime when individuals do it is no less an offense when society commits the deed."
Author: Victor Hugo
48. "Maybe I'll learn how, but the only thing I can do is turn down parts that would hurt my conscience."
Author: Victoria Jackson
49. "...if one were quite sincere with oneself, no conscience, and hence no consciousness, could be expected to subsist in a world where such things as Mira's death were possible."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
50. "Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind."
Author: William Godwin

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Another pair of hands joined us, but I was so completely submerged into myself that I might as well have closed my eyes and disappeared in the dark. In here, nothing could touch me. In here, Henry was everywhere. In here, it was winter again, and we curled up together underneath the down comforter in the Underworld as the hours passed by. His chest was warm under my palm, and his heart beat against my fingers, steady and eternal. In here, no one died."
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