conscience quotes


  1. “Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.”
  2. “What is “real”? How do you define “real”?“
  3. "This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
  4. “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
  5. “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? ”
  6. “The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
  7. “What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”
  8. “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”
  9. “If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
  10. “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

There was a message written in pencil on the tiles by the roller towel. This was it:

What is the purpose of life?

Trout plundered his pockets for a pen or pencil. He had an answer to the question. But he had nothing to write with, not even a burnt match. So he left the question unanswered, but here is what he would have written, if he had found anything to write with:

To be
the eyes
and ears
and conscience
of the Creator of the Universe,
you fool.

—  Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, 1973
It was a peculiarity of Smiley’s character that throughout the whole of his clandestine work he had never managed to reconcile the means to the end. A stringent critic of his own motives, he had discovered after long observation that he tended to be less a creature of intellect than his tastes and habits might suggest; one in the war he had been described by his superiors as possessing the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin, which seemed to him not wholly unjust.
—  John le Carré, A Murder of Quality
Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.
—  Mahatma Gandhi
I don’t want to be the person who is ashamed of who they are. I used to not care how my actions could hurt others because even my blood was selfish. As I get older I realize that my life isn’t just my own anymore. It’s an extension of the people who are a part of it. I want to be a person who is proud of myself and of my part in the life of the people I love.