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1 "Acts of lovingkindness, over the long run, will bring a higher level of consciousness to everyone in the world." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

2 "The bodhisattva seeds are in every being, and man is capable of an exalted vision leading to noble action because the universe is the natural abode of every virtue that man can discover in his own soul." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

3 "Ethical actions are those taken with consideration and compassion for others. The Golden Rule of ethics appears in all religions." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

4 "The purpose of the moral life is to promote overall good, the good of the One Life of which we are all part." William Metzger, 'Choosing: Karma & Dharma in the 21st Century' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

5 "Our acts of lovingkindness not only matter, they are the medium through which we can bring the world together in a new era of human relationship." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

6 "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)

7 "The urge for service to others is very much on the upswing, in terms of people's general orientation to life. Many people…are finding an inner void that can only be filled through creating some focus of contribution to the greater whole of humanity. This urge to serve – this need to help heal the planet and its people – will require the implementation of the Law of Right Human Relations." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

8 "One reaches one's ultimate end by acts of the virtues, for happiness is assigned as a reward for virtue." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', III, ch. 148, n. 5 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

9 "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)

10 "Compassion and service are the ethical expression of Unity, awarness of the illusive nature of all that seems to separate and differentiate." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

11 "Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but is virtue itself." Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher, 'Ethics' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

12 "The Alchemists…knew long ago that the whole Universe is one homogeneous whole and that we, being members of the whole, serve our ends best by living for others." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

13 "The wisest people of all times have believed in the reality of spiritual values." Healing: The Divine Art (Manly P. Hall)

14 "The whole fabric of human society, its laws and its ethics, is based on the dignity of every human being." Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest, author, social activist, 'Making a Difference' A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

15 "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)

16 "As Aristotle says, 'man is a civic animal', wherefore he is required not only to be useful to himself but also to others." Dante Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

17 "To be a happy and useful person, it is important to understand and practice the Laws of Life. These laws are simply the set of rules by which we should live. They come from a vast array of sources – the major Scriptures of the world; various schools of philosophical thought, both ancient and modern; storytellers, such as Aesop; scientists, such as Isaac Newton; and from various artists and historians – to name a few." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

18 "Once a person truly awakens to the hidden holiness that underlies and unifies creation, his or her inevitable behavioral response is goodness, or treating others as the 'self' that all share." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

19 "True morality is concerned with the 'weightier things of the law – justice, integrity and mercy.' True morality is about justice, which implies the distribution of creation's pleasures." WHEE! We, wee All the Way Home (Matthew Fox)

20 "I know myself now, and I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience." William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright and poet The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

21 "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)

22 "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)

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

24 "Devotional service is a process of spiritual understanding....Devotional service to the Lord and the Lord Himself are one and the same because they are...manifesting the internal energy of the Supreme Lord." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite