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conscience
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
  • This was what she said among other things; that I must be sure to set your conscience at rest about escaping.
    Epilogue (30% in)
  • It was said that so many people had for years past come to confess their sins to Father Zossima and to entreat him for words of advice and healing, that he had acquired the keenest intuition and could tell from an unknown face what a new-comer wanted, and what was the suffering on his conscience.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (86% in)
  • This is so even now, of course, strictly speaking, but it is not clearly enunciated, and very, very often the criminal of to-day compromises with his conscience: 'I steal,' he says, 'but I don't go against the Church.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (50% in)
  • If it were not for the Church of Christ there would be nothing to restrain the criminal from evil-doing, no real chastisement for it afterwards; none, that is, but the mechanical punishment spoken of just now, which in the majority of cases only embitters the heart; and not the real punishment, the only effectual one, the only deterrent and softening one, which lies in the recognition of sin by conscience.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (52% in)
  • If anything does preserve society, even in our time, and does regenerate and transform the criminal, it is only the law of Christ speaking in his conscience.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (52% in)
  • A brazen face, and the conscience of a Karamazov!
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (73% in)
  • But Father Paissy, frowning again, begged all of them, at least for a time, not to speak of the matter "till it be more fully confirmed, seeing there is so much credulity among those of this world, and indeed this might well have chanced naturally," he added, prudently, as it were to satisfy his conscience, though scarcely believing his own disavowal, a fact his listeners very clearly perceived.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (7% in)
  • You are my conscience now....
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (11% in)
  • The Russian people have long called a barrister 'a conscience for hire.'
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (40% in)
  • But only one who can appease their conscience can take over their freedom.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (60% in)
  • But if some one else gains possession of his conscience—oh! then he will cast away Thy bread and follow after him who has ensnared his conscience.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (60% in)
  • But if some one else gains possession of his conscience—oh! then he will cast away Thy bread and follow after him who has ensnared his conscience.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (60% in)
  • Nothing is more seductive for man than his freedom of conscience, but nothing is a greater cause of suffering.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (61% in)
  • And behold, instead of giving a firm foundation for setting the conscience of man at rest for ever, Thou didst choose all that is exceptional, vague and enigmatic; Thou didst choose what was utterly beyond the strength of men, acting as though Thou didst not love them at all—Thou who didst come to give Thy life for them!
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (61% in)
  • There are three powers, three powers alone, able to conquer and to hold captive for ever the conscience of these impotent rebels for their happiness—those forces are miracle, mystery and authority.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (61% in)
  • And if it is a mystery, we too have a right to preach a mystery, and to teach them that it's not the free judgment of their hearts, not love that matters, but a mystery which they must follow blindly, even against their conscience.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (64% in)
  • Hadst Thou accepted that last counsel of the mighty spirit, Thou wouldst have accomplished all that man seeks on earth—that is, some one to worship, some one to keep his conscience, and some means of uniting all in one unanimous and harmonious ant-heap, for the craving for universal unity is the third and last anguish of men.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (65% in)
  • For who can rule men if not he who holds their conscience and their bread in his hands?
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (66% in)
  • The most painful secrets of their conscience, all, all they will bring to us, and we shall have an answer for all.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (68% in)
  • My mysterious visitor, now my friend, told me that at first he was not in the least troubled by pangs of conscience.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (56% in)
  • The thought that his victim might have become the wife of another man was insupportable to him, and so, for a long time, he was convinced in his conscience that he could not have acted otherwise.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (57% in)
  • He did this on purpose to set his conscience at rest about the theft, and it's a remarkable fact that for a long time he really was at peace—he told me this himself.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (57% in)
  • "He is a chicken to you, Rakitin .... because you've no conscience, that's what it is!
    Book 7 — Alyosha (64% in)
  • But at other times I've looked upon you, Alyosha, as my conscience.
    Book 7 — Alyosha (65% in)
  • All this may have arisen indirectly and unconsciously from the secret stings of his conscience for the money of Katerina Ivanovna that he had dishonestly appropriated.
    Book 8 — Mitya (4% in)
  • It is impossible to picture to oneself the shame and moral degradation to which the jealous man can descend without a qualm of conscience.
    Book 8 — Mitya (22% in)
  • It is remarkable, too, that those very men of noble hearts, standing hidden in some cupboard, listening and spying, never feel the stings of conscience at that moment, anyway, though they understand clearly enough with their "noble hearts" the shameful depths to which they have voluntarily sunk.
    Book 8 — Mitya (23% in)
  • But, as soon as Grushenka had gone, Mitya began to suspect her of all the low cunning of faithlessness, and he felt no sting of conscience at it.
    Book 8 — Mitya (23% in)
  • So he had determined, if he did not get hold of the three thousand that would pay his debt to Katerina Ivanovna, and so remove from his breast, from that spot on his breast, the shame he carried upon it, that weighed on his conscience.
    Book 8 — Mitya (33% in)
  • Perhaps his conscience was uneasy at the thought of sleeping while the house was unguarded "in such perilous times."
    Book 8 — Mitya (38% in)
  • "Why, Fenya threw herself at your feet just now, and begged you not to harm her mistress, and some one else, too .... so you see, sir— It's I am taking you there .... forgive me, sir, it's my conscience .... maybe it's stupid of me to speak of it—"
    Book 8 — Mitya (61% in)
  • And so we will not dwell on how Nikolay Parfenovitch impressed on every witness called that he must give his evidence in accordance with truth and conscience, and that he would afterwards have to repeat his evidence on oath, how every witness was called upon to sign the protocol of his evidence, and so on.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (82% in)
  • He'll say anything as a joke or from obstinacy, but he'll never deceive you against his conscience.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (91% in)
  • Tell me, on your conscience, tell me the worst.
    Book 11 — Ivan (8% in)
  • His abuse of her at Mokroe weighed on the old man's conscience, and when he learned the whole story, he completely changed his view of her.
    Book 11 — Ivan (25% in)
  • You see, it's a question of conscience, question of the higher conscience—the secret is so important that I can't settle it myself, and I've put it off till I could speak to you.
    Book 11 — Ivan (36% in)
  • You see, it's a question of conscience, question of the higher conscience—the secret is so important that I can't settle it myself, and I've put it off till I could speak to you.
    Book 11 — Ivan (36% in)
  • But, on the other hand, my conscience?
    Book 11 — Ivan (36% in)
  • He is afraid, no doubt, that you'll stand before me as my conscience.
    Book 11 — Ivan (37% in)
  • He rejected everything, 'laws, conscience, faith,' and, above all, the future life.
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • In old days we had all sorts, but now they have taken chiefly to moral punishments—'the stings of conscience' and all that nonsense.
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • Only those who have got no conscience, for how can they be tortured by conscience when they have none?
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • Only those who have got no conscience, for how can they be tortured by conscience when they have none?
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • But decent people who have conscience and a sense of honor suffer for it.
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • 'Conscience!
    Book 11 — Ivan (97% in)
  • What is conscience?
    Book 11 — Ivan (97% in)
  • An earnest conscience!
    Book 11 — Ivan (**% in)
  • The President began by informing him that he was a witness not on oath, that he might answer or refuse to answer, but that, of course, he must bear witness according to his conscience, and so on, and so on.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (29% in)
  • I was lying against my honor and my conscience, but I wanted to save him, for he has hated and despised me so!
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (34% in)
  • Oh, he has a tender, over-tender conscience!
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (35% in)
  • He tormented himself with his conscience!
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (35% in)
  • "One day we see a brilliant young officer of high society, at the very outset of his career, in a cowardly underhand way, without a pang of conscience, murdering an official who had once been his benefactor, and the servant girl, to steal his own I.O.U. and what ready money he could find on him; 'it will come in handy for my pleasures in the fashionable world and for my career in the future.'
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (39% in)
  • In silence, alone with his conscience, he asks himself perhaps, 'What is honor, and isn't the condemnation of bloodshed a prejudice?'
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (39% in)
  • They worry over their 'wickedness,' they are tormented by pangs of conscience, often entirely without cause; they exaggerate and often invent all sorts of faults and crimes.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (53% in)
  • Did his conscience lead him to suicide and not to avowing his guilt?
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (57% in)
  • Yes, but there is something else, gentlemen of the jury, something that cries out in the soul, throbs incessantly in the mind, and poisons the heart unto death—that something is conscience, gentlemen of the jury, its judgment, its terrible torments!
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (61% in)
  • His passion might well, for a moment, stifle not only the fear of arrest, but even the torments of conscience.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (62% in)
  • There was room for pity and good-feeling just because his conscience had been clear till then.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (73% in)
  • And it was perhaps just because he had escaped from the temptation to kill his father, because he had a clear conscience and was rejoicing at not having killed him, that he was capable of a pure feeling, the feeling of pity and compassion, and leapt off the fence a minute later to the assistance of Grigory after he had, in his excitement, knocked him down.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (82% in)
  • As soon as it was made plain to him that she loved him and called him to her side, promising him new happiness, oh! then, I protest he must have felt the impulse to suicide doubled, trebled, and must have killed himself, if he had his father's murder on his conscience.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (82% in)
  • Why did his conscience prompt him to one step and not to both?
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (86% in)
  • But, excuse me, conscience implies penitence, and the suicide may not have felt penitence, but only despair.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (86% in)
  • And I swear, by finding him guilty you will only make it easier for him: you will ease his conscience, he will curse the blood he has shed and will not regret it.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (93% in)
  • She was suffering for her "treachery" at the trial, and Alyosha felt that her conscience was impelling her to confess it to him, to him, Alyosha, with tears and cries and hysterical writhings on the floor.
    Epilogue (13% in)

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