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1 "Is there one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness. Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you." Confucian Analects, 15, 23 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

2 "I see that, in general, those individuals whose conduct is ethically positive are happier and more satisfied than those who neglect ethics." 'Ancient Wisdom, Modern World' The Path to Freedom: Freedom in Exile & Ancient Wisdom, Modern World (The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso)

3 "Devotional service is a process of spiritual understanding....Devotional service to the Lord and the Lord Himself are one and the same because they are...manifesting the internal energy of the Supreme Lord." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

4 "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." Cicero, 'Oratio Pro Cneao Plancio, XXXIII Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

5 "Ethics has its basis not in a forever grounded ought, but in a real transformation, which includes being aware of the interdependence of all being." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

6 "The truly important ingredients of life are still the same as they always have been – true love and real friendship, honesty and faithfulness, sincerity, unselfishness, the concept that it is better to give than to receive, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These principles are still around; they haven't gone away." Nancy Reagan Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

7 "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.)

8 "The purpose of the moral life is to promote overall good, the good of the One Life of which we are all part." William Metzger, 'Choosing: Karma & Dharma in the 21st Century' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

9 "St. Augustine taught that once the soul is noble, harmonious, and ordered, it is capable of seeing the source from which all truth flows." Antoine Faivre Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

10 "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)

11 "If we treat everything as alive, intelligent and part of the One Life, our own life is greatly enriched." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

12 "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)

13 "Only if God is reinstated in the heart of the world will he furnish mankind and its leaders with ethical guidance through the dangers and pitfalls of the space age." Wernher vonBraun Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

14 "Pursue the line of conduct marked out by the strictest integrity, as regards the interests of the whole." Last words of Lorenzo de Medici (d. 1492), poet and prince of Florence, Italy Last Words of Saints and Sinners (Herbert Lockyer)

15 "Free will in man includes as its most relevant part man's ethical behavior." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'Why Not Talk Physics?' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

16 "Pursuing virtue is an essential part of wisdom….Wisdom is more than just the acquisition of knowledge; rather, it is the ability to apply knowledge, through the considered merit of virtue and values." 366 Celt: A Year and A Day of Celtic Wisdom and Lore (Carl McColman)

17 "A global ethic must be anchored both in an understanding of human nature and an understanding of the rest of Nature." The Sacred Depths of Nature (Ursula Goodenough)

18 "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)

19 "Greek democracy was based on the idea that through enlightenment and reason each citizen would become capable of self-government and would make no moral errors." The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

20 "Morality is a universal attribute of the human psyche." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

21 "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)

22 "Though we may differ greatly in how, who and what we worship, the basic code of behavior is common to all. It is this common denominator which binds us together in humanity and has helped us to continue to grow and survive." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

23 "Lord Buddha's admonition to us was to serve by helping those who suffer physically to overcome physical sufferings, those who are in fear to overcome fear, those who suffer mentally to overcome mental suffering. Be of service to all living beings." A. T. Ariyaratne, Buddhist social and spiritual activist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

24 "I see that when souls reach a certain clearness of perfection, they accept a knowledge and motive above selfishness." Ralph Waldo Emerson The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

25 "In happiness and suffering, in joy and in grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves." Yogashastra, 2:20 (Jain scripture) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite