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Some quotations about conscience


There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man (Polybius, c. 208-126 BC, History, bk. XVIII, 43).

Wisdom entereth not into a malicious mind, and science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul. (Francois Rabelais, c. 1494-1553, Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk. II, 8)

He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping. (Caution, c. 1645, The Holy Court)

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.

(Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768, Tristram Shandy, bk 17)

Conscience is a sacred sanctuary where God alone may enter as judge. (Felicite R. Lamennais)

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.

(Lillian Hellman, 1905-1984, Letter to the House Committee on Un-American Activities)

Conscience is a soft whispers of the God in man (Edward Young).

Do not treat your conscience with contempt,

for it always advises you to do what is best. It

sets before you the will of God and the angels;

it frees you from the secret defilements of the

heart; and when you depart this life it grants

you the gift of intimacy with God.

St. Maximos the Confessor

After God, let us have our conscience as our

mentor and rule in all things, so that we may

know which way the wind is blowing and set

our sails accordingly.

St. John of the Ladder

He who lives in evil is punished in hell prematurely,

being pierced by the conscience

St. John Chrysostom

The conscience should not be evaded, since it

tells us inwardly how to live in conformity to

Gods will, and by severely censuring the soul

when the mind has been infected by sins, and

by admonishing the erring heart to repent, it

provides welcome counsel as to how our defective

state can be cured.

St. Philopheos of Sinai

A peace above all earthly dignities,

A still and quiet conscience.

Shakespeare

The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the

practice of all the physicians in the world.

Gladstone


Missionary Leaflet # E9
Copyright 2001 Holy Trinity Orthodox Mission
466 Foothill Blvd, Box 397, La Canada, Ca 91011
Editor: Bishop Alexander (Mileant)


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