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1 "Jesus replied,…Everyone has the command of his own tongue, to speak both good and bad, let him look to it." The Gospel of Nicodemus, ch. 2, v. 5 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

2 "Our works are subject to our own choice and power, to do right or wrong in the works of our hands." Psalms of Solomon, Psalm IX The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

3 "We shall be saved by an option that has chosen the whole." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

4 "(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)

5 "As each person moves through each day, he must realize he is choosing not only his course but also the course of his planet." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

6 "When you suffer in mind or body, the road forks. You can go the route of feeling sorry for yourself, dwelling on your pain and the unfairness of a life which dealt you that card…or you can determine to let this experience open you to learning more about human life in all its dimensions." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

7 "As human beings, we can choose to see each element of creation as separate. Or we can choose to see the one life that is within them all." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

8 "Every decision you make, you choose whether you make it for the small self or whether you seek divine guidance and follow that." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

9 "We can choose to live in joy." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

10 "All spiritual teachings are directed toward inspiring us to recognize that the power to make choices is the dynamic that converts our spirits into matter, our words into flesh. Choice is the process of creation itself." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

11 "This is the law from the beginning, that he who would have virtue must choose it." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

12 "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)

13 "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.)

14 "Polarity is a play of opposites which forces man to make a choice in his acting, handling and attitude. He may emphasize either the negative aspect and know pain or the positive and live above pain." The Flowering Tree (Gladys V. Jones)

15 "From the perspective of wholeness all space is sacred: it is up to each of us whether or not this is realized. This is the real meaning of RESPONSE-ability." Keith Critchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

16 "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)

17 "Managing our power of choice is the Divine challenge, the sacred contract that we are here to fulfill. It begins with choosing what our thoughts and attitudes will be." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

18 "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)

19 "In all of us…the choice upon which all depends is between committing ourselves to the Light Which shines in darkness or turning away from it." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

20 "In the end, love and fear are the only feelings there are. Life brings you a constant stream of opportunities to choose between the two." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

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

22 "As God freely chooes to create, so humans govern themselves by their own deliberate choice." Introduction to Theology (Thomas P. Rausch, editor)

23 "One need remain in hell no longer than one chooses to; we can rise to any heaven we ourselves choose; and when we choose so to rise, all the higher powers of the Universe combine to help us heavenward." R. W. Trine, 'In Tune with the Infinite' Varieties of Religious Experience, The (William James)

24 "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is." Albert Einstein Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

25 "Every second offers a choice either to channel grace or to withhold it." Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite