"Virtue is a gift from God implanted in our nature." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith' (8th century)
The Book of Catholic Quotations
(John Chapin, Editor)
"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
"Folklore and fairy tales are filled with lessons about the values of love, compassion, generosity, and caring for family, friends, the sick, and the elderly. These are the virtues that matter to heaven. These are the virtues that matter even if there is no heaven. And these are the virtues we are required to develop and refine on our spiritual journey."
Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles
"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)
"Morality..is a function of the human soul, as old as humanity itself. Morality is not imposed from outside; we have it in ourselves from the start."
"'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.)
"Confucius and Mencius maintained that the very core of the truly good life is a life lived in obedience to the moral law and in the awareness that the moral law is grounded in the Eternal."
The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions
(August Karl Reischauer)
"As Aristotle says, 'man is a civic animal', wherefore he is required not only to be useful to himself but also to others." Dante
(Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)
"It is not by casting about here and there, outside itself, that the soul will understand morality and ethical conduct. It knows them of its own nature, as welling out of itself." Plotinus
Men Who Have Walked With God
"In so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or waking, or what it may." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327),
The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics
(H. A. Reinhold, editor)
"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)
"Human individuals, with the moral ideas belonging to their nature, are the prerequisites of a moral world order."
The Essential Steiner
(Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)
"Every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such every living entity is intended to serve the Supreme Lord by his own constitution."
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
(A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
"The elders told us that this is the road of life that we are walking down. We're supposed to be holding up one another, supporting each other, having our arm underneath our brother's arms while walking down the road of life." Reuben Snake, Winnebago medicine man
The Way Things Are
(Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)
"The ideas of the moral order and of God belong to the ineradicable substrate of the human soul." 'General Aspects of Dream Psychology'
"Let a man once begin to think about the mystery of his life and the links which connect him with the life that fills the world, and he cannot but bring to bear upon his own life and all other life that comes within his reach the principle of Reverence for Life, and manifest this principle by ethical world-and life-affirmation expressed in action." Albert Schweitzer (b. 1875), 'Out of My Life and Thought'
Pathways of the Inner Life, An Anthology of Christian Spirituality
(Georges A. Barrois, editor)