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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

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

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.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Benjamin Franklin

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