according to (one's) own lights

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according to (one's) own lights

Based on one's beliefs or inclinations. You may not agree with Kara's free-spirited lifestyle, but she has always lived according to her own lights.
See also: accord, lights, own
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

according to one's own lights

according to the way one believes; according to the way one's conscience or inclinations lead one. John may have been wrong, but he did what he did according to his own lights.
See also: accord, lights, own
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

according to your lights

in accordance with your own personal standards of morality or propriety.
See also: accord, lights
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"We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play."