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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Conscience
 
  Many men carry their conscience like a drawn sword, cutting this way and that, in the world, but sheath it and keep it very soft and quiet, when it is turned within, thinking that a sword should not be allowed to cut its own scabbard.
            —Henry Ward Beecher
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  A fly or dust shows itself at once in milk; so in a pure conscience, any, the smallest stain, cannot be hid. And, as a fly is quickly cast forth by any one who is drinking milk, so the busy fly of impure thought is cast from the pure conscience.
            —Saint Bonaventura
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  He that has a scrupulous conscience is like a horse that is not well wayed, he starts at every bird that flies out of the hedge. A knowing man will do that which a tender-conscience man dares not do by reason of his ignorance, the other knows there is no hurt: as a child is afraid to go into the dark when a man is not because he knows there is no danger.
            —John Selden
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