„A person who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.“

Variant: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.
Source: The Kite Runner

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„That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, book Les Caractères

Aphorism 44
Les Caractères (1688), Du mérite personnel
Context: That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

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„What does your conscience say? — "You shall become the person you are."“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Was sagt dein Gewissen?
'Du sollst der werden, der du bist.'
Variant translation: Become who you are.
It is noted here http://www.anonymityone.com/Faq97.htm, here http://www.google.it/search?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&q=%22Become%20who%20you%20are%22+Pindar+Nietzsche&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbo=u&tbm=bks and here http://www.google.it/search?num=100&hl=it&safe=off&biw=1440&bih=690&q=%22%28become+what+you+are%29+after+the+ancient+Greek+poet+Pindar.+See+Ecce+Homo+%28Nietzsche%29%22 that the phrase was first used by Pindar, and was merely re-used by Nietzsche.
Sec. 270
The Gay Science (1882)

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„Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Russian writer 1918 - 2008

Letter to three students (October 1967) as translated in Solzhenitsyn: A Documentary Record (1970) edited by Leopold Labedz (1970) “The Struggle Intensifies".

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„Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.“

—  Harriet Beecher Stowe, book Uncle Tom's Cabin

Source: Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), Ch. 28.

„A person who wills to have a good will, already has a good will“

—  William Ernest Hocking American philosopher 1873 - 1966

Source: The Meaning of God in Human Experience (1912), Ch. XIV : The Need of an Absolute, p. 197.
Context: A person who wills to have a good will, already has a good will--in its rudiments. There is solid satisfaction in knowing that the mere desire to get out of an old habit is a material advance upon the condition of submergence in that habit. The longest step toward cleanliness is made when one gains--nothing but dissatisfaction with dirt.

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„The person engaged in action is always unconscionable; no one except the contemplative has a conscience.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832

Der Handelnde ist immer gewissenlos; es hat niemand Gewissen als der Betrachtende.
Maxim 241, trans. Stopp
Variant translation: The man of action is always unprincipled; none but the contemplative has a conscience
Maxims and Reflections (1833)

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„The person who does not know how to put up with others should retire into himself, if indeed he can suffer even himself.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, book The Art of Worldly Wisdom

El que no se hallare con ánimo de sufrir apele al retiro de sí mismo, si es que aun a sí mismo se ha de poder tolerar.
Maxim 159 (p. 90)
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)

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„Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.“

—  Laurence Sterne, book The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Book II, Ch. 17.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767)

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„To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, book On the Genealogy of Morality

Essay 2, Section 6
On the Genealogy of Morality (1887)
Context: To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle which even the apes might subscribe; for it has been said that in devising bizarre cruelties they anticipate man and are, as it were his "prelude."

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„A person who knows all that is good and all that is true — as much as can be known — but does not resist evils, knows nothing.“

—  Emanuel Swedenborg Swedish 18th century scientist and theologian 1688 - 1772

Apocalypse Explained #1180
Original: (la) Homo qui scit omnia bona et omnia vera, quotcunque sciri possunt, et non fugit mala, nihil scit

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„Every person has the choice between Good and Evil. Choose Good, and stand against those who would choose Evil.“

—  Friedrich Kellner German Justice inspector 1885 - 1970

“Welt muss mehr denn je diese Botschaft hören,” Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung, Giessen, Germany, April 12, 2005.
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„Only when he has suffered does the fool learn.“

—  Hesiod, book Works and Days

Original: (el) Παθὼν δέ τε νήπιος ἔγνω.
Source: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 218.

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„Does anyone believe that there is an international conscience?“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

Speech in Leipzig (27 March 1938), quoted in Stephen H. Roberts, The House That Hitler Built (1945), p. 383
1930s

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„The man who does ill, ill must suffer too.“

—  Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 BC

Fragment 267 https://books.google.com/books?id=OxlHAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA233&dq=%22The+man+who+does+ill,+ill+must+suffer+too.%22 (trans. by Plumptre)

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