Good conscience

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Good conscience an approving conscience
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “A good conscience is a continual feast.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “A bad conscience has a very good memory”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conscientia, knowledge—conscīre, to know well—con, and scīre, to know.

Usage

In literature:

Must one abase himself to be a good Christian; prostitute his conscience to achieve a good work?
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
No good deed, no act of self-denial to soften the pangs of a stricken conscience.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
Strength without conscience, goodness, ungoverned by the law of mutuality, becomes tyranny.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
Swan grinned good-humouredly, glanced conscience-stricken at the covered figure on the ground and straightened his face decorously.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
It would be easier if his intentions wasn't so good, 'cause I could spank him with a clear conscience if he was vicious.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
I'm bounden in good conscience ter hold my hand, but I hain't got no sartainty he'll do ther like.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
O, you Bible-reading people, can Judases and rotten consciences carry out good principles?
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
If Mary North had been at home, she would have met him with all the agonized courage of shyness and a good conscience.
"An Encore" by Margaret Deland
He had good health, a good conscience, and eight thousand a year.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
Blast, without doing violence to the tender consciences of the good Catholics.
"An Old Sailor's Yarns" by Nathaniel Ames
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In poetry:

But conscience can never be bought,
Courage can never be sold:
The villain will die as he ought;
The good man may always be bold!
"Brandreth's Soliloquy In Prison." by Samuel Bamford
But through the grace of God my conscience
Elected unto good its better part;
If there were hardness left in any sense
It melted soft beneath the touch of Art.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Hits on my conscience all dese days
Fo' ter bear de cross ut de good Lord lays
On my po' soul, an' ter lif my praise.
O de cross-bearin' chile--
De cross-bearin' chile!
"The Chant Of The Cross-Bearing Child" by James Whitcomb Riley
Let me to-night look back across the span
'Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say,
Because of some good act to beast or man,
"The world is better that I lived to-day."
"Morning Prayer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
For service done, and love exprest,
(Though very few regard it)
My country owes me bread, at least;
But if I be debarr'd it,
Good conscience is a dayly feast
And sorrow never marr'd it.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither
Do I, said Montrose, continue such a terror still?
Now when these good men are about my blood to spill,
But let them look to themselves, for after I am dead,
Their wicked consciences will be in continual dread.
"The Execution of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Pac-12 power rankings: Sorry, we can't in good conscience put Oregon State ahead of USC.
With decency and in good conscience they watch over us.
T he advice columns of newspapers are good windows into the conscience of a culture.
A heathen baby like myself cannot, in good conscience, write anything worth reading about Passover foods.
Therefore, a utilitarian could not in his good conscience "push the fat guy off" the railway bridge, as you put it, to save the lives of other men.
There is, however, no way in good conscience to endorse him to serve another term.
And Christian conservatives are a bunch of intolerant , self-righteous and hypocritical hate-mongers who talk about loving thy enemy, yet hide behind their primitive religion to inflict cruelty in good conscience.
In her first term in the Legislature, she has shown the same intellect, courage, conscience and integrity we have seen in her decades of do-good work throughout our community.
Trying to rank Red Dirt and Texas songs is something I've always wanted to do, but could never (in good conscience) take on.
I cannot, in good conscience, say that she is a novelist yet.
This newspaper cannot, in good conscience, offer a recommendation in the race between incumbent Democrat John Wiley Price and GOP challenger Charles "Lingy" Lingerfelt for Dallas County Commissioners Court, Precinct 3.
My Pro-Life beliefs will not allow me to vote for Obama, but in good conscience I cannot now vote for Governor Romney.
I cannot in good conscience recommend The New World .
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