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- A bad conscience is a kind of illness, in the sense that pregnancy is an illness —Friedrich Nietzsche
- A clear conscience is like a wall of brass —Latin proverb
- Conscience as big as the Alps —Walter Goodman, New York Times movie review, May 27, 1987
- Conscience … a terrifying little sprite, that bat-like winks by day and wakes by night —John Wolcott
- Conscience is God’s presence in man —Anon
- Conscience is like a sun-dial; if you let truth shine upon it, it will put you right —Hamilton Bower
The author expanded upon the simile as follows: “But you may cover it over so that no truth can fall upon it, or you may let false light gleam upon it and then it will lead you astray.”
- (His) conscience rose like a shining light —Honore de Balzac
- Conscience wide as hell —William Shakespeare
- Gets little attacks of conscience, like hot flashes —Jonathan Valin
- Going through life with a conscience is like driving your car with the brakes on —Budd Schulberg
- A healthy conscience is like a wall of bronze —Erasmus
- He that has a scrupulous conscience, is like a horse that is not well wayed [well-taught]; he starts at every bird that flies out of the hedge —John Selden
The word ‘hath’ from the original simile has been modernized to ‘has.’
- The sting of conscience, like the gnawing of a dog at a bone, is mere foolishness —Friedrich Nietzsche
- Weather-beaten conscience … as elastic as his heart —Arthur Train
conscious consciousness conscience conscientious
Conscious is an adjective. If you are conscious of something, you are aware of it.
If you are conscious, you are awake, rather than asleep or unconscious.
Consciousness is a noun. You can refer to your mind and thoughts as your consciousness.
If you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. If you regain consciousness or recover consciousness, you become conscious again after being unconscious. These are fairly formal expressions.
In more informal English you can say that you pass out instead of 'lose consciousness', and come round instead of 'regain/recover consciousness'.
Conscience is a noun. Your conscience is the part of your mind that tells you whether what you are doing is right or wrong.
Conscientious is an adjective. Someone who is conscientious is very careful to do their work properly.
|Noun||1.||conscience - motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions|
superego - (psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience
|2.||conscience - conformity to one's own sense of right conduct; "a person of unflagging conscience"|
morality - concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
conscientiousness - the quality of being in accord with the dictates of conscience
unconscientiousness - the quality of being willing to ignore the dictates of conscience
|3.||conscience - a feeling of shame when you do something immoral; "he has no conscience about his cruelty"|
shame - a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
"Conscience: the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking" [H.L. Mencken A Little Book in C Major]
"Thus conscience does make cowards of us all" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]
"Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it" [Samuel Butler]
"A guilty conscience needs no accuser"
in all conscience → en conciencia
bad conscience → mala conciencia
to have a clear conscience → tener la conciencia tranquila or limpia
I have a clear conscience about it → tengo la conciencia tranquila or limpia al respecto
with a clear conscience → con la conciencia tranquila or limpia
I have a guilty conscience (about it) → me remuerde la conciencia (por ello)
I could not in conscience say that → en conciencia no podría decir eso
the conscience of the nation → la voz de la conciencia del país
to have sth on one's conscience → tener algo pesando sobre la conciencia, tener cargo or remordimiento de conciencia por algo
I have it on my conscience → me está remordiendo la conciencia por ello
social conscience → conciencia f social
a doctor with a social conscience → un médico socialmente concienciado or con conciencia social
conscience raising N = consciousness raising