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Vedah Smritah Sadaachaarah Svasyacha priyamaatmanah,
Etad chaturvidham praahuh saakshaat Dharmasya lakshanam

The four corner-stones of Dharma are Veda, Smriti, Sadaachaara and above all, one's own Inner Conscience.

The above Sanskrit śloka can be found at the end of this book (Dharma Bindu - Essence of Dharma Shastra).

What is the source of this śloka? Which scripture contains this?

yaś caturguṇasaṃpannaṃ dharmaṃ veda sa dharmavit
aher iva hi dharmasya padaṃ duḥkhaṃ gaveṣitum [MB, Shanti Parva, 12-130.019a]

Above, Bhishma seems to make an indirect reference to it in the Mahabharata and that reference has been used in this answer.

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This Shloka is available in Manu Smriti, Chapter 2, Verse 12.

वेदः स्मृतिः सदाचारः स्वस्य च प्रियमात्मनः ।

एतच्चतुर्विधं प्राहुः साक्षाद् धर्मस्य लक्षणम् ॥ १२ ॥

vedaḥ smṛtiḥ sadācāraḥ svasya ca priyamātmanaḥ |

etaccaturvidhaṃ prāhuḥ sākṣād dharmasya lakṣaṇam || 12 ||

The Veda, the Smṛti, the Practice of cultured Men, and what is agreeable to oneself—these directly constitute the fourfold means of knowing Dharma.—(12)

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    Good find. This link has better translation and commentary also. – sv. Sep 23 '16 at 16:13
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    @sv. Thanks for the link. Actually I was searching for the good version of Manu Smriti. – Triyugi Narayan Mani Sep 23 '16 at 16:48

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