Conscience Quotes

“The person who loses his conscience has nothing left worth keeping.” – Izaak Walton

“Often the voice of conscience whispers / Often we silence it / Always we have to pay.” – Cletus Nelson Nwadike, Nigerian poet, Left Curve (# 28) – Utne Reader, May/June 2005

“Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.” ~ Norman Cousins

“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” – Martin Luther King

“Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterwards… The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience.” – Henry David Thoreau in “Resistance to Civil Government” (as quoted in Blessed Unrest, page 77).

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox, full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said, ‘Do the best you can do with these, they will have to do.’ And mostly, against all odds, they’re enough.” – From Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott

“A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb

7 root causes or “blunders” which lead to violence, passed along by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi:

  • wealth without work
  • pleasure without conscience
  • education without character
  • commerce without morality
  • science without humanity
  • worship without sacrifice
  • politics without principle