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1 "Man must renounce all wars and settle his differences by peaceful means. This means, of course, that there must be mutual trust and confidence that agreements made in the interest of peace will be kept. But this, in short, requires a real regard for moral and spiritual values such as the major religions of mankind have always stressed." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

2 "Every time we get in touch with the truth source we carry within, there is a net moral gain for all concerned." A Hidden Wholeness, The Journey Toward An Undivided Life (Parker J. Palmer)

3 "Virtue is nothing but action according to the laws of our own nature, and is the effort to preserve our being….virtue is understanding." W. H. White, Translator Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

4 “Brotherhood extends to all corners of the earth, including all races and species without distinction.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

5 "Our capacity to birth – including the birthing of virtue – derives from the very Creator and artist of all things, including the human being." Matthew Fox Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

6 "We are still young and growing is not easy. But there seems to be a prevailing virtue in us, a conscience, which recalls us from our vagrancies and draws us toward the light." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

7 "The most needed thing for us today is to do our utmost to bring about a renascence, a rebirth, in the minds of all of the truth that this universe of ours is under the most strict cosmical moral law, in other words, of harmony; for what in the universe is harmony, in the human soul we call ethical instinct." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

8 "There is a profound relationship between creativity and quality of human character." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

9 "Compassion knows that the One is the Many, that the One is expressed equally in each and every being, and so each is to be treated with compassion and care…because each being, exactly as it is, is a perfect manifestation of Spirit. Thus compassion sees that the One is the Many." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

10 "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)

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

12 "Always be kinder than the situation demands. Earth's greatest Teachers and Sages have taught this." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "The laws of ecology are the laws of energy. Everything is interconnected; every action, every movement of forces, changes the universe." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

14 "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)

15 "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)

16 "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.)

17 "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)

18 "The command to love is written in the material structure of our everyday life. Mutuality is not just a shiny ideal that catches the eye of a few idealists. It is the demand of the historic process. It is not merely a moral obligation, which can be set aside because of more urgent practical necessities. It is the most urgently practical need of our life. It is a moral obligation precisely because it is also a material necessity." Gregory Vlastos (b. 1909), Canadian professor of philosophy, 'Christian Faith and Democracy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

19 "Because all creatures contain the Word of God and express it, there is a radical equality of being that needs to be reverenced." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

20 "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)

21 "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

22 "With incarnation comes responsibility; beings need each other's help." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

23 "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.)

24 "The sum of our souls is the potentiality of Some Thing, not yet made, which is to emerge from their mass. Collective aspirations accompany and assist this organic work, greater than ourselves, which is effected in each one of us. It is the function of Morality to guide our free decisions into fruitful and obedient co-operation in this task." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite