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Wallace StevensIn the presence of extraordinary actuality, consciousness takes the place of imagination.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Stanislaw Jerzy LecHe had a clear conscience. Never used it.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Adolf HitlerConscience is a Jewish invention.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

H.L. MenckenConscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Samuel JohnsonShame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

H.L. MenckenConscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Mark TwainGood friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Abraham LincolnWhen I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Paul ValeryConscience reigns but it does not govern.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Karl JungUntil you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Karl JungPeople will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Karl JungThere's no coming to consciousness without pain.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Sigmund FreudConscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Karl KrausMy unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

David Lloyd GeorgeIf you want to succeed in politics you must keep your conscience firmly under control.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

William ShakespeareConscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Julius Caesar


Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotYour burden is not to clear your conscience
But to learn how to bear the burdens on your conscience.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948


Funny Quotes

Henry YoungmanWhen you battle with your conscience and lose, you win.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

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Ancient Greek

EpicurusThe just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance.

O δίκαιος αταρακτότατος, ο δ’ άδικος πλείστης ταραχής γέμων.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Proverbs

The guilty conscience is a secret enemy.

—  Indian proverb

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