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1 "By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him to do what is good and avoid what is evil. Everyone is obliged to follow this law, which makes itself heard in conscience and is fulfilled in the love of God and of neighbor. Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

2 "Those needing our help are there for us to see….the world hunger, the millions of homeless, desolate and lost friends – all beings who are a part of us – are giving us the opportunity to view a need and do something about fulfilling that need." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

3 "The Lakota [Native American tribe] could despise no creature, for all were of one blood, made by the same hand, and filled with the essence of the Great Mystery." Luther Standing Bear (Sioux Native American) One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

4 "Moral values and meanings are not mere rules invented by man to regulate human society. They are rather man's awareness and understanding of the eternal Moral Order." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

5 "The call to be of service to one another, the intuition that prompts us to use our power to help others, is wired into our physical and spiritual nature." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

6 "How could anyone observe the mighty order with which our God governs the universe without feeling himself inclined…to the practice of all virtues, and to the beholding of the Creator himself, the source of all goodness, in all things and before all things?" Copernicus Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

7 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment….For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God….His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

8 "In the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, the Golden Rule was a proverb sacred to Maat, the Mother of Justice, 'Do the other good, that he may do good to you.'" The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

9 "Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world." Euripides, 'Oedipus' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

10 "Esoteric studies reveal Cosmos as a vast hierarchy of lives evolving through Law." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

11 "The mind is drawn quite naturally to the ideal of Truth; the heart or our values, is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of Beauty; the guts or will is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of the Good." Keith Critchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

12 "We have the innate need of harmony in the moral relations; this is our glory, and the stamp of the Divine upon our nature." Felix Adler (1851-1933), founder of the American Ethical Union A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

13 "The great law which St. Paul states 'Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap' does work; it eternally works." The Unfinished Autobiography (Alice A. Bailey)

14 "The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

15 "Virtue increases by being exercised. If it is not exercised it grows weak." Thomas Aquinas, In Mt 25, p. 232 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

16 "Life should be governed by the grand ethical instincts of the human soul, which are based on the orderliness of nature's own structure and processes." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

17 "There is a moral purpose in evolution." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

18 "The constructions of culture, the moral and esthetic laws that we fashion and revere, though shot through with human frailty, ignorance, and local variation, are actually fashioned in response to a divine presence always imperfectly known, but THERE to witness and measure the justice in our answer to its call." Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

19 "Do unto others and not do unto others what you would have the others do unto you and not do unto you. The others are to include other species, other entities, other beings in this universe." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

20 "What we know as the Golden Rule has been stated and restated through the ages by every religion and every ethical philosophy. In ancient Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel told a young seeker, 'What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.' In China, Confucius echoed Hillel: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.' Islam puts it this way: 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' In Leviticus it reads as a commandment, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' words repeated by Jesus when the Pharisees challenged him, and later reframed in the Sermon on the Mount as, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.' Perhaps Jesus had heard that Aristotle had said, three hundred years earlier, 'We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

21 "True morality is concerned with the 'weightier things of the law – justice, integrity and mercy.' True morality is about justice, which implies the distribution of creation's pleasures." WHEE! We, wee All the Way Home (Matthew Fox)

22 "There is no exception to service in the society of living beings....In fact, no living being is exempted from rendering service to others. Service is a constant companion of the living being, and so we may conclude that rendering service is the eternal religion of the eternal living entity." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

23 "'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' To this I would add, 'Give unto God and the world all that you are and all that you can be.'" Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

24 "What is not beneficial to all can never be truly beneficial to any." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

25 "Virtue – the readiness to regulate one's actions according to the relationships of universal love." Michail Kuzmin (1872-1936), Russian writer and translator The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite