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1 "A mathematical concept or a moral concept may lead as certainly toward a sense of beauty as may a strictly aesthetic one." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

2 "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)

3 "Humility, obedience, simplicity – these are the virtues on which the divine friendship, as well as human friendships, alone can thrive." R. H. Benson, 'Christ in the Church' (20th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

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

5 "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)

6 "Ultimately, morality and ethics are not modes of conduct arising from constraint, from law or fear: the conduct arises from love." The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

7 "Charity [love] safeguards the development of the universe and keeps it to the true path of its progress. Moral effort is the continuation in our souls of the same dynamic effort that gave us our bodies." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

8 "You are a part of the Infinite. This is your nature. Hence you are your brother's keeper." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

9 "Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

10 "Universal fellowship needs to be cultivated." The Kingdom of the Shining Ones (Flower A. Newhouse)

11 "Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

12 "The great truths without which man's moral life is impossible – for example, knowledge of God's existence, the freedom of the will, etc. – belong to the domain of common sense, as consequences immediately deducible (proximate conclusions) from primary data apprehended by observation and first principles apprehended by the intellect. All people, unless spoiled by a faulty education or by some intellectual vice, possess a natural certainty of these truths." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

13 "May our lives be filled with the ongoing truth in which we are saturated with love, caring, and kindness. And may we serve the world from the level of awareness." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

14 "A land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as Thoreau's 'Walden', and as comprehensive as the sensitive science of ecology. It should stress the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help logic of the great chain of life." Stewart Lee Udall (b. 1920), 'The Quiet Crisis' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

15 "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)

16 "The Golden Rule is so simple, so universal….To apply it in everyday life, round the world, would solve most problems. Treat others the way you want to be treated yourself." Sacred Origins of Profound Things (Charles Panati)

17 "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." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "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)

19 "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)

20 "We are spiritually responsible for each other and we are meant to discover and nurture the divine that exists within each person." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

21 "The moral law is universally and equally binding on all persons….the moral law commands us to respect the dignity of the human person, ourselves and others alike," The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

22 "God…built a law of truthfulness into His world even as He built in a law of gravity, so that if we violate either one, we suffer the consequences." Who Needs God (Harold Kushner)

23 "Tsze-kung asked, saying, 'Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life? The Master said, 'Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Confucius (551-479 bce), Chinese sage, 'Analects' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

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

25 "The idea of 'hybris', individual imprudence…runs through the philosophical as well as religious thinking of all high civilizations. There is a moral law, and it must be obeyed." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite