H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken, (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

H. L. Mencken Quote

“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.”

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
~ H. L. Mencken

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

I guess, for those shallow enough not to have a substantive inner morality. My conscience goes off on my inner knowledge of right and wrong, no matter who is looking.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

Most sublimely, in actuality, conscience is the inner voice that warns us that Somebody Not Of This World is looking.

Jim K, Austin

H. L. Usually gets it right. This is one of those times.

E Archer, NYC

Yes, but even if I am alone, with no one interested, my conscience is still in use. My heart is always beating, whether right-side up or upside-down..


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