quotes tagged with 'conscience'

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtaint the ashes.

Author: Chinese proverb, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government integrity burn conscience ambition proverb burning ashes 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr., Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in obedience conscience obey moral martinlutherkingjr unjust civildisobedience 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

...for, though they needed not to care much what people said of them while they were both conscious to themselves of an unspotted purity, yet, because few could have come so near the fire as they did and not have been scorched, had it been known it would have occasioned suspicions in some and reflections from others. Good people would have been troubled, and bad people would have triumphed, and therefore let it not be known. Note, We must always take care, not only to keep a good conscience, but to keep a good name: either we must not do that which, though innocent, is liable to be misinterpreted, or, if we do, we must not let it be known. We must avoid not only sin, but scandal.

Author: Matthew Henry, Source: Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, Complete and Unabridged, Ruth 3:14Saved by ImaWriterIII in evil sin conscience good bad purity matthewhenry scandal 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

"Thoughts mold your features. Thoughts lift your soul heavenward or drag you toward hell. … As nothing reveals character like the company we like and keep, so nothing foretells futurity like the thoughts over which we brood. … To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends. To merit your own self-respect gives strength to character. Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God."

Author: David O. McKay, Source: "Developing Character", Ensign, Oct. 2001, 22Saved by ragogoni in davidomckay character conscience thoughts friends selfrespect company 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Today, with the abundance of books available, it is the mark of a truly educated man to know what not to read. … Feed only on the best. As John Wesley’s mother counseled him: ‘Avoid whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, takes off your relish for spiritual things, … increases the authority of the body over the mind.

Author: President Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Saved by mlsscaress in read priorities body mind conscience focus books intellect less best tenderness taint JohnWesley 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I would like to conclude by saying to you here today, you young men and women who are in this great congregation, this is your lot. Oh, you are all together here now. You are all of one kind; you are all of one mind. But you are training to go out into the world where you are not going to have about you ten thousand, twenty thousand, twenty-five thousand others like you. You will feel the loneliness of your faith.


It is not easy, for instance, to be virtuous when all about you there are those who scoff at virtue.


It is not easy to be honest when all about you there are those who are interested only in making “a fast buck.”


It is not always easy to be temperate when all about you there are those who scoff at sobriety.


It is not easy to be industrious when all about you there are those who do not believe in the value of work.


It is not easy to be a man of integrity when all about you there are those who will forsake principle for expediency.


The Peace of the Spirit


I would like to say to you here today, my brethren and sisters, there is loneliness—but a man of your kind has to live with his conscience. A man has to live with his principles. A man has to live with his convictions. A man has to live with his testimony. Unless he does so, he is miserable—dreadfully miserable. And while there may be thorns, while there may be disappointment, while there may be trouble and travail, heartache and heartbreak, and desperate loneliness, there will be peace and comfort and strength.


A Promise and a Blessing


I like these great words of the Lord given to those who would go out and teach this gospel:


I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. [D&C 84:88]

Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=11131Saved by mlsscaress in faith strength conscience promise testimony trouble loneliness blessing comfort principles convictions dissapointment travail 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It was ever thus. The price of leadership is loneliness. The price of adherence to conscience is loneliness. The price of adherence to principle is loneliness. I think it is inescapable. The Savior of the world was a Man who walked in loneliness. I do not know of any statement more underlined with the pathos of loneliness than His statement: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).


There is no lonelier picture in history than of the Savior upon the cross, alone, the Redeemer of mankind, the Savior of the world, bringing to pass the Atonement, the Son of God suffering for the sins of mankind. As I think of that, I reflect on a statement made by Channing Pollock:


Judas with his thirty pieces of silver was a failure. Christ on the cross was the greatest figure of time and eternity.

Author: Gordon B. Hinckley was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given on 4 November 1969., Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=11131Saved by mlsscaress in principle leadership conscience price position savior decision loneliness adherence 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
Author: Josh Billings, Source: unknownSaved by bluesfreak in conscience reason decisions 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice
Author: Mohandas Ghandi, Source: Young India, 22 October 1925 - Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi vol.33 p.135 Saved by Doc in politics sacrifice character work wealth humanity pleasure conscience knowledge morality science worship commerce principles 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.
Author: Martin Luther King, Jr, Source: Address at SCLC Ministers Leadership Training ProgramSaved by Doc in politics safety fear right conscience popularity cowardice expediency vanity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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