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1 "Optimism is a choice. A future can be built on optimism but not on its opposite." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

2 "Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal, and global consequences." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

3 "Both sinning and righteous are so by their own choice." Cyril of Jerusalem, 'The Catechetical Lectures' Cyril of Jerusalem and Nemesius of Emesa (William Telfer, Editor)

4 "We can live in fear, or we can live in love. And every moment, we decide. The greatest power God has given us to change the world is the power to change our thoughts about the world. And as we do, the world transforms." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

5 "Perception rests on choosing." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

6 "You feed something every time you think, so you must decide what it will be. Do you want to feed your separation, your alienation? It will increase. Do you want to feed your Wholeness? It, too, will increase. You are the way to Truth and Light. You are the way! Gather up your awareness and place it where you wish it to be and it will stay there, fixed, until you move it again. It's really up to you." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

7 "Our freedom is so much greater than we have comprehended. We can learn to shift from reality to reality, choosing the one that is most relevant to our needs and purposes at the moment and use our new approach…to nourish our being, love, cherish, and garden ourselves and each other, be at home in our universes, and help save ourselves and the planet." Dr. Lawrence LeShan, 'Alternate Realities' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

8 "As the Christ Light says, we may choose Life and live more abundantly, or we may choose death." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

9 "You can choose to think positive thoughts or negative thoughts. You can choose to feel happy or sad. You can choose to see the positive in a negative situation, or the negative in a positive situation." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

10 "Each of us daily makes the choice moment by moment for love or for fear, to do good or to do evil, to try to seek for wisdom or to remain in ignorance." Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

11 "The shape things take is not within your power; the motives of your actions are." Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian spiritual master The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

12 "We know we can change ourselves when we realize that we are not dependent on how we feel, nor on how others feel about us, nor on what the situation is around us. The values we hold, the choices we make within ourselves and for ourselves remain our prerogative." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

13 "The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice." George Eliot Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

14 "The career of a soul as it threads its course…is guided by its choices, which are controlled by what the soul wants and wills at each stage of the journey." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

15 "Of all the powers that you possess as a human being, the greatest power is the power to CHOOSE. What you are right now is the sum total of the choices you have made in your life. The power to choose is also a power, or ability, to create WHO YOU ARE!" Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

16 "At times it may appear we are chosen by our thoughts or emotions, but this is only because we have permitted the mind or the heart to move without conscious direction, a choice which can be reversed whenever we decide to determine consciously what thoughts will occupy the mind or what feelings will be harbored in the heart." 'Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony', Quest 1984, foreword Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

17 "(A) baby put into free-choice situations, with plenty of choice, tends to choose its way toward growth rather than toward regression. In the same way, a plant or an animal selects from the millions of objects in the world those which are 'right' for its nature." Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences (Abraham Maslow)

18 "And after will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and also touches thousands of lives." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

19 "We can listen to the voice of the Earth as she shakes and sings her song expressing her tiredness. She is calling us to attention, to be alert, to recognize that now is the time to transform selfish thought and action to compassionate caretaking. Do we want a world of peace and harmony? Are we willing to make that peace within ourselves? Will we call it forth? It is your choice. Your thought and action make a difference." Dhyani Ywahoo, Cherokee teacher As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

20 "We get in life that which we focus on. Continual focus on darkness leads us, as individuals and as a society, further into darkness. Focus on the light brings us into the light." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

21 "We must regain our respect for our uniqueness of mind and power of will so that we may utilize them to aid us in examining and selecting the most sound and growth-producing alternatives among the many choices the future will offer." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

22 "We can know more of our inner subtle states of consciousness. We can think and understand. We can love those who come to us, and we can delight in deep joy. All this comes from choosing the right fork in the road." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

23 "Man is free, for he is in the image of divine liberty; and that is why he has the power to choose." Paul Evdokimov, Russian Orthodox theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

24 "We are drenched in awareness, in experience, and have no choice but to go with it on some profound level." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

25 "Because we have free will, we can choose to behave in ways that either enhance or hinder the movement of creation toward perfect completion in the divine." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite