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1 "Consciousness corresponds exactly to the living being's power of choice; it is coextensive with the fringe of possible action that surrounds the real action; consciousness is synonymous with invention and with freedom." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

2 "Choices send ripples throughout the universe, altering the world for better or for worse. Since we're already changing the world with every action we take, why not do it with the highest intention?" Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

3 "One's character is a matter of self-determination. It is a matter of the form that the person gives to his or her attributes of both nature and nurture." Introduction to Theology (Thomas P. Rausch, editor)

4 "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)

5 "We always have a choice. We can let the garden of our life grow wild and unattended until it fills with weeds, or we can take up the proper tools and tend to our garden until we create a place of unimaginable loveliness." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

6 "Developed in one's own unique way by each individual who undertakes to do so, the thinking capacity can become reliable intuition, allowing one to find the motivation for what one 'must' do and to choose it freely. In such choices, individuality and cognition unite to produce freedom, freely undertaken actions that are both fully individual and socially constructive." Gertrude Reif Hughes, Introduction Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom (Rudolf Steiner)

7 "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)

8 "As Carlos Castaneda's guru, Don Juan, said, choose the path of your heart, because that is the path that will transform you." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

9 "Are we contributing to a finer spiritual body of light for our planet, or are we contributing to a body of darkness? It is our choice." K. Martin-Kuri Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

10 "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)

11 "You may, as the free shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine." Pico della Mirandola, 'Oration on the Dignity of Man' The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

12 "If we become aware that forgiveness is the higher path than vengeance, a part of our psyche and soul becomes relentless in reminding us of that truth whenever we must choose forgiveness or vengeance. When it comes to soul knowledge, 'We are born already knowing what we need to know.'" Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

13 "Perception is a choice of what you want yourself to be." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

14 "Life is a choice, and who we demonstrate ourselves to be is who we choose to be." Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

15 "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)

16 "Violence is not inevitable. Peace is there for us in every moment. It is our choice." Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World (Thich Nhat Hanh)

17 "Of all the many gifts in life that bring joy and grace to the soul, among the greatest is the choice to see the people in our lives as gifts from God." Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

18 "It appears that mind, as manifested by the capacity to make choices, is to some extent inherent in every atom….I do not make any clear distinction between mind and God. God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension." Freeman Dyson, physicist, recipient of the Templeton Prize The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

19 "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)

20 "To create meaning in our lives, we have to go back to basics….It's morality. It's doing the right thing. It's choosing the right way to be for the good of the whole." Terry Lynn Taylor Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

21 "The choices you make are always and only motivated by either faith or fear." Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

22 "For all that the Divine provides, you have complete choice about whether to view the provisions as blessings or as burdens." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

23 "God has given us the freedom to think what we choose and the creative capacity to bring forth worlds accordingly. What we think, we experience." Marianne Williamson, Foreword New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

24 "The choices are ours to make. As Nikos Kazantzakas has boldly suggested, 'We have our brush and colors – paint Paradise, and in we go.'" Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

25 "We are inclined to be dismayed and afraid of what is going on around us today….But we feel that if the present is properly understood,…there is much ground for hope. It will depend on how intelligently we, as human minds, using all the functions of thought, feeling and the impulse to act, learn to cooperate with the universal Mind out of which we and the whole creation are made. We have the means to do this; we have the guide lines to start us off. If we can see them and make use of them as we should, the future is secure. The choice is ours." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite