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Definition of Conscience

Conscience

  1. Knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness.
  2. The faculty, power, or inward principle which decides as to the character of one's own actions, purposes, and affections, warning against and condemning that which is wrong, and approving and prompting to that which is right; the moral faculty passing judgment on one's self; the moral sense.
  3. The estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty.
  4. Tenderness of feeling; pity.

Conscience Quotations

Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.
Pope Francis

It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.
Chris Kyle

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
Thomas Jefferson
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Conscience Translations

conscience in Afrikaans is gewete
conscience in Dutch is geweten
conscience in Finnish is omatunto
conscience in German is Gewissen
conscience in Hungarian is lelkiismeret
conscience in Italian is coscienza
conscience in Latin is conscientia
conscience in Norwegian is samvittighet
conscience in Spanish is conciencia, conciencia
conscience in Swedish is samvete
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