Conscience Versus Conscious

Albert Einstein can help you remember the difference between your conscience and being conscious.

Mignon Fogarty
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conscience versus conscious

You have something on your conscience when you feel guilty. Your conscience tells you the difference between right and wrong.

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. — Syndicated newspaper columnist Doug Larson

You are conscious when you are awake and conscious of something when you are aware of it.

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. — Novelist and Aldous Huxley in an article for Vendanta and the West, a journal related to Hindu philosophy and consciousness

Quick and Dirty Tip: Picture Albert Einstein—a physicist and mathematician who was interested in both science and philosophy—nagging you to do the right thing. The man of science appeals to your conscience


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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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