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1 "We must recognize that our development and survival ride on our ability to experience life as an integrated community of explorers…..We need to understand the creative potential of people, processes, and information living connected and exercising our gifts as wise, ethical creatures." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

2 "All things are interdependent and interrelated and therefore mutually responsible. An act that harms anyone harms us all." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

3 "Somehow or other, things do eventually 'balance out' in the moral realm; each moral action produces, eventually, its quite specific moral reaction." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist', 'The Self in Transformation' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

4 "Peace… is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632-1677), 'Theological-Political Treatise' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

5 "It is perfectly true that safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other. It is one of the most important truths in the world." Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)

6 "A perceiving appreciation of things, which is the first indispensable element of experience, evokes reverence; and reverence is a key virtue; in fact, I think it is the keyest of all virtues." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

7 "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)

8 "Compassion is simply expressing in action the interrelatedness of all life, all being." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

9 "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)

10 "The coming Lord is kindness, and when this gracious power directs our conduct, the wounds caused by cruelty will be naturally healed." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

11 "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)

12 "The love-giving Spirit brings with Himself all virtues: 'Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.' (Galatians 5:22)" Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel - on Prayer' (Thomas Dubay, S.M.)

13 "Ethics is rooted in the dynamism of love." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

14 "Have benevolence toward all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill-behaved." Tattvarthasutra 7:11 (Jainism) Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

15 "Keep peace with all your sisters and brothers. Humans whose minds are healthy desire such peace and justice." Linda Hogan, 'Mean Spirit' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

16 "Mutual help is the law of nature." French proverb Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

17 "Man is as surely clothed in the garments of virtue as he is in the garments of the physical; they are vehicles of his expression no less real than are the members formed of bone, flesh, or sinew." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

18 "To those who are good to me I am good; and to those who are not good to me I am also good; and thus all get to be good." Tao The Ching The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

19 "The active expression of virtue gives rise to the keenest intelligence." Sri Yukteswar, Indian spiritual teacher Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

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

21 "Authentic morality, in Jesus' living experience, flowed naturally and spontaneously from authentic and realized divine love." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

22 "As long as any one injures another, though he should possess the greatest wealth, and all the acres of land which the earth contains, he is still poor." Porphyry (233-304), Greek scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher, 'De Abstinentia' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

23 "Visualize the Law of Right Human Relations as two clasped hands encircling a bright, glowing planet Earth. Contemplate and consider the implications of Right Human Relations. Make a plan as to how you may demonstrate Right Human Relations individually in the world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

24 "The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue…Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime." Aristotle (384-322bc), Greek philosopher, 'Nicomachean Ethics', bk. 1, 1098a 16 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

25 "Morality is of more importance to us than any or all other attainments." Ethan Allen (1738-1789) Alchemy, The Medieval Alchemists and their Royal Art (Johannes Fabricius)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite