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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 mind should be devoid of duplicity and should think of the welfare of all." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

4 "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)

5 "What I do unto the least of these my brothers and sisters, I do unto the Divine." Companions on the Inner Way (Morton T. Kelsey)

6 "What, then, is real virtue? Anything wrought in the soul by divine love alone." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

7 "Life really is a miracle, every moment of it, and..the only appropriate way to respond to the gift that we have been given is to be mindful of that gift at every moment and to be caring toward everyone we meet." Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

8 "The supreme ethical imperative of compassion is an imperative because it is simply the ethical expression of the universe's unity." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

9 "We have a responsibility to give back the cherished blessing of our lives with grace and gratitude. We must return blessing for blessing. Generativity and creativity have been built into the universe from the start." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

10 "Nature has established laws for the government of all its creations, and it has endowed man with faculties by which he can understand these laws and live in harmony with them." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

11 "Without virtue a man is not able to confer upon his works the spirit of great art." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

12 "Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke (1629-1695) The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

13 "Consideration is the greatest of all virtues, for in consideration all virtues are born. Veneration for God, courtesy towards others, respect of those who deserve it, kindness to those who are weak and feeble, sympathy with those who need it, all these come from consideration." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

14 “Give to others that which you would wish for yourself.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

15 "All the virtues grow through the practice of any one of them, and all the vices grow through the practice of any one of them likewise." Ascent of Mount Carmel (St. John of the Cross)

16 "Living morally and honestly, one maintains his balance and doesn't topple into the reactive world of negative effects." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

17 "Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

18 "Individual ethics and collective morality are both part of the social and cultural web; they arise in the human psyche rather than being imposed upon it by an external culture." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

19 "Politeness serves a purpose…civility and kindness are moral imperatives." Jane Austen Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

20 "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)

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

22 "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)

23 "The moral law inscribed in the human soul – Kant's categorical imperative – signifies the reality of the presence in the human being of what the Bible calls the 'image and likeness of God', that is, the principal archetype of Man." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

24 "Platonist and Neo-Platonist thinkers have traditionally asserted that humans are secretly rooted in Divinity and can realize that fact through the practice of virtue, the pursuit of beauty, and philosophic inquiry (or dialectic). 'God', wrote Plotinus, 'is outside of none.'" The Future of the Body, Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature (Michael Murphy)

25 "We as individuals can undertake to cultivate our intuitive nature and so develop moral insight." Gertrude Reif Hughes, Introduction Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom (Rudolf Steiner)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite