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1 "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)

2 "Confucius regarded ethical values and ideals as grounded not simply in human nature as such but rather in the superhuman realm, in 'Heaven' or Ultimate Reality." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

3 "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)

4 "Confucius replied….'wisdom, compassion and courage – these are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man." Tze-sze (ca. 335-288 bce), Chinese philosopher, grandson of Confucius, 'The Golden Mean of Tze-sze' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

5 "The eye or voice of conscience…is the eye of the Self within." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

6 "It is the moral context of relationships that allows marriages, families and communities to persist with some certainty that there are agreed-upon standards of right and wrong that we can count on and that are not subject to incessant renegotiation." Robert Bellah, 'Habits of the Heart' Who Needs God (Harold Kushner)

7 "If we become aware that forgiveness is the higher path than vengeance, a part of our psyche and soul becomes relentless in reminding us of that truth whenever we must choose forgiveness or vengeance. When it comes to soul knowledge, 'We are born already knowing what we need to know.'" Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

8 "All our dignity consists in thought. Let us labor, then, to think well. That is the principle of morality." Pascal One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

9 "At the moment in which man realizes that he is embedded within the total organism of the earth…at that moment there exists an objective basis for morality." Rudolf Steiner The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

10 "God made all things to be helpful for virtue." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

11 "Life should be governed by the grand ethical instincts of the human soul, which are based on the orderliness of nature's own structure and processes." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

12 "Kindness…is an eternal absolute. It is the bond connecting all beings in the great web of interdependence in which we all participate and by which we are sustained." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

13 "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.)

14 "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)

15 "The question was once put to him [Aristotle], how we ought to behave to our friends; and the answer he gave was, 'As we should wish our friends to behave to us.'" Diogenes Laertius (fl. 200 ad), Biographer of Greek philosophers, 'Aristotle' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

16 "Man's nature as a social being tends to make him feel it one of his natural wants that there should be harmony between his feelings and aims and those of his fellow-creatures." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

17 "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)

18 "Our ancestors survived not by ripping one another apart but by helping one another hunt, gather food, and defend against predators. The simple act of one individual's keeping watch while others sleep has huge survival advantages. Altruism facilitated all forms of cooperation, sharing, and communication – key forces that shaped human evolution." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

19 "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)

20 "Man's art offers the gift of music out of mere sound, of wisdom out of awareness, of love out of indifference. These are difficult transmutations. They are accomplished by the alchemy of only the purest motivation." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

21 "What then can we do practically to help great national affairs? This at least: that when in our presence unkind or sneering remarks are made about other nations, we can make a point of always putting forward considerations on the other side, and saying something kindly." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

22 "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 (Caroline Myss)

23 "The Lakota [Native American tribe] could despise no creature, for all were of one blood, made by the same hand, and filled with the essence of the Great Mystery." Luther Standing Bear (Sioux Native American) One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

24 "Esoteric studies reveal Cosmos as a vast hierarchy of lives evolving through Law." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

25 "Veracity is the heart of morality." Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), 'Universities, Actual and Ideal' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite