“I think it better to do right,
even if we suffer in doing so,
than to incur the reproach of our consciences.”
-Robert E. Lee
I think this quote is trying to say that we must listen to conscience more often because it will guide us to doing the right thing. Even though your conscience might tell you to do the right thing, that may be “lame” or “boring” to others around you, you must do even if it may hurt you in the outcome. You must be able to sacrifice in order to help others. I believe in good and bad karma; if you help others continuously it will come back to you when you become the one in need of help.