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Whatever creed be taught or land be trod, Man's conscience is the oracle of God.
BYRON—The Island. Canto I. St. 6.
Brave conquerors! for so you are
Love's Labour's Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 8.
The Past lives o'er again In its effects, and to the guilty spirit The ever-frowning Present is its image.
COLERIDGE-Remorse. Act I. Sc. 2.
13 The still small voice is wanted.
COWPER—The Task. Bk. V. L. 687.
I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in
the battle of life, The hymn of the wounded, the beaten who died
overwhelmed in the strife; Not the jubilant song of the victors for whom
the resounding acclaim Of nations was lifted in chorus whose brows
wore the chaplet of fame, But the hymn of the low and the humble, the
weary, the broken in heart, Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a
silent and desperate part. W. W. STORY-10 Victis.
(See also SCARBOROUGH under FAILURE)
Oh, Conscience! Conscience! man's most faithful
friend, Him canst thou comfort, ease, relieve, defend; But if he will thy friendly checks forego, Thou art, oh! woe for me, his deadliest foe!
CRABBE-Struggles of Conscience. Last Lines.
O dignitosa coscienza e netta,
O faithful conscience, delicately pure, how doth a little failing wound thee sore! DANTE—Purgatorio. III. 8.
clear away the foam from the conscience, that the river of thy thoughts may roll limpid thenceforth. DANTE-Purgatorio. XIII. 88. (For “river of thy thought," see also BYRON and
LONGFELLOW under WOMAN)
Two souls, alas! reside within my breast, and each withdraws from and repels its brother. GOETHE-Faust. 1. 2. 307.
They have cheveril consciences that will stretch.
Sec. IV. Memb. 2. Subsect. 3.
BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L. 317.
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
GOLDSMITH-Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. XIII.
Hic murus aeneus esto, Nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa.
Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt. HORACE-Epistles. I. 1. 60.
20 A cleere conscience is a sure carde. LYLY-Euphues. P. 207. Arbor's reprint.
(1579) He that has light within his own clear breast, May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day; But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughts, Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself is his own dungeon.
MILTON—Comus. L. 381.
Now conscience wakes despair That slumber'd, wakes the bitter memory, Of what he was, what is, and what must be Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must
ensue! MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 23.
Well, my conscience says, "Launcelot, budge not.” “Budge,” says the fiend: “budge not,” says my conscience. "Conscience," say I, “you counsel well.” “Fiend,” say I, "you counsel well.”
Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 2.
I hate the murderer, love him murdered.
Richard II. Act V. Sc. 6. L. 40.
The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul! Thy friends suspect for traitors while thou liv'st, And take deep traitors for thy dearest friends!
Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 222.
Conscia mens ut cuique sua est, ita concipit intra Pectora pro facto spemque metumque suo.
According to the state of a man's conscience, so do hope and fear on account of his deeds arise in his mind. OviD-Fasti. I. 485.
5 One self-approving hour whole years outweighs Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas.
POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 255.
6 True, conscious Honour is to feel no sin, He's arm'd without that's innocent within; Be this thy screen, and this thy wall of Brass.
POPE-First Book of Horace. Ep. I. L. 93. Some scruple rose, but thus he eas'd his thought, "I'll now give sixpence where I gave a groat; Where once I went to church, I'll now go
twice And am so clear too of all other vice."
PopE-Moral Essays. Ep. III. L. 365. Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content, And the gay Conscience of a life well spent, Calm ev'ry thought, inspirit ev'ry grace, Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.
POPE—To Mrs. M. B., on her Birthday.
Or warns me not to do;
That more than Heav'n pursue.
Sic vive cum hominibus, tanquem deus videat; sic loquere cum deo, tanquam homines audiant.
Live with men as if God saw you; converse with God as if men heard you. SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. X.
My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 193.
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
("Away," not "awry” in folio)
Trust that man in nothing who has not a Conscience in STERNE Tristram Shandy. Bk. II. Ch.
XVII. 25 La conscience des mourants calomnie leur vie.
The conscience of the dying belies their life. VAUVENARGUES—Réflexions. CXXXVI.
They are our outward consciences.
Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 8.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called Conscience. GEORGE WASHINGTON—Moral Maxims. Vir
tue and Vice. Conscience.
Now, if you can blush and cry, "guilty," car
dinal, You'll show a little honesty.
Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 306.
Men who can hear the Decalogue and feel
11 Cantilenam eandem canis.
You are harping on the same string. TERENCE–Phormio. III. 2. 10.
What you have said
Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 168.
3 A stirring dwarf we do allowance give Before a sleeping giant.
Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 146.
O conspiracy, Sham'st thou to show thy dang'rous brow by
night, When evils are most free? Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 76.
Take no care Who chafes, who frets; and where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be.
Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 89.
CONSISTENCY (See also CONSTANCY)
Of right and wrong he taught Truths as refin'd as ever Athens heard; And (strange to tell) he practis'd' what he
preach'd. JOHN ARMSTRONG—Art of Preserving Health.
Bk. IV. L. 302.
Thou dost conspire against thy friend, lago,
A stranger to thy thoughts.
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 142.
16 Open-eye conspiracy His time doth take. Tempest. Act II. Sc. 1. Song. L. 301.
BUTLER—Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto II. L. 369. (See also SPENSER; also DRYDEN under POETRY and “THROUGH THICK AND THIN" under
PROVERBS) 'Tis often constancy to change the mind.
HOOLE—Metastasio. Sieves. (See also EMERSON under CONSISTENCY, and
CICERO under OPINION)
Tush! Tush! my lassie, such thoughts resigne,
peared in American Newspaper, 1867.) Nemo doctus unquam mutationem consilii inconstantiam dixit esse.
No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy. CICERO—Ep. ad Atticum. Bk. XVI. 8.
(See also EMERSON) A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. * Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day. EMERSON—Essays. Self-Reliance.
(See also HOOLE under CONSTANCY) 9 Gineral C. is a dreffle smart man:
He's been on all sides that give places or pelf;
LOWELL-The Biglow Papers. Series I. No. 3.
Changeless march the stars above,
II. Sc. 2.
Abra was ready ere I call'd her name;
Now from head to foot
Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 238.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 7.
Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent. HORATIO SMITH-Tin Trumpet. Vol. I. P.
I could be well moved if I were as you;
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 58.
But first and chiefest, with thee bring
MILTON-Il Penseroso. L. 51.
In discourse more sweet, For Eloquence the Soul, Song charms the sense,) Others apart sat on a hill retir'd, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will and Fate, Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute; And found no end, in wand'ring mazes lost.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 555.
In Paris a queer little man you may see,
A little man all in gray; Rosy and round as an apple is he, Content with the present whate'er it may be, While from care and from cash he is equally free,
And merry both night and day! “Ma foi! I laugh at the world,” says he, “I laugh at the world, and the world laughs at
me!" What a gay little man in gray. BERANGER—The Little_Man all in Gray.
Trans. by AMELIA B. EDWARDS.
Cantilenam eandem canis.
You are harping on the same string.
Conspiracies no sooner should be formed
ADDISON—Cato. Act I, Sc. 2. I will with patience hear, and find a time Both meet to hear and answer such high things. Sham'st thou to show thy dang’rous brow by
O conspiracy Julius Cæsar. Act I, Sc. 2. L. 168.
When evils are most free?
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 76.
Take no care
Who chafes, who frets; and where conspirers are: CONSISTENCY (See also CONSTANCY) Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be. Of right and wrong he taught
Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 89.
15 Truths as refin'd as ever Athens heard; And (strange to tell) he practis'd' what he
Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
If thou but think'st him wrong'd and mak'st his preach'd. JOHN ARMSTRONG—Art of Preserving Health. Bk. IV. L. 302.
A stranger to thy thoughts.
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 142.
16 Tush! Tush! my lassie, such thoughts resigne,
His time doth take.
Tempest. Act II. Sc. 1. Song. L. 301. For thee and me coarse cloathes are best,
Through perils both of wind and limb, Jolly Robyn-Roughhead. (Fake ballad. Ap- Through thick and thin she follow'd hin. peared in American Newspaper, 1867.) BUTLER—Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto II. 1 3
(See also SPENSER; also DRYDEN under 18 Nemo doctus unquam mutationem consilii in and “THROUGH THICK AND THUN" constantiam dixit esse.
PROVERBS) No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy.
'Tis often constancy to change the mini. CICERO—Ep. ad Atticum. Bk. XVI. 8.
HOOLE-Metastasio. Sines. (See also EMERSON)
(See also EMERSON under (OxNTS:
CICERO under (PININ, A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and
Changeless march the stars in
Changeless morni kre! philosophers and divines. EMERSON-Essays. Self-Reliance.
And the everlasting )
Changeless watch this With consistency a great soul has simply
CHARLES KINGSIDA nothing to do. Speak what you think
II. Sc. 2.
20 to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and
Abra was ready ere i.. to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in
And, the hard words again, though it contradict every
PRIOR-Volor, thing you said to-day.
Bk. Il EMERSON--Essays. Self-Reliance. (See also HOOLE under CONSTANCY)
I an Gineral C. is a dreffle smart man:
He's been on all sides that give places or pell; But consistency still wuz a part of his plan; 1 He's been true to one party, and that is, hiri
self;So John P.
LOWELL-—The Biglow Papers. Seri I
Inconsistency is the only thing in are consistent. HoRATIO SMITH–Tin TT: