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1 "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)

2 "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)

3 "The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

4 "A man obtains a proper rule of action by looking at his neighbor as himself." The Mahabharata Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

5 "In happiness and suffering, in joy and in grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves." Yogashastra, 2:20 (Jain scripture) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

6 "Jesus tells those who listen, 'Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.' (Matthew 7:12)" Conversion & The Enneagram (Bernard Tickerhoof, T.O.R.)

7 "Virtue is to the soul what health is to the body." Francois de LaRochefoucauld, 'Maximes Posthumes', No. 541 Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

8 "Human virtue is a participation in the divine power." Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II, q. 129, a. 1 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

9 "The virtuous man or woman attracts other people of virtue. The virtuous always seek out those who have attained this morally vibrant consciousness, for this company stimulates and reinforces their own commitment." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

10 "Not until mankind shall transcend dualism and phenomenal appearances, and realize the natural at-one-ment of all living creatures, will they be able to formulate a sound standard of morality." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

11 "The ten commandments not only describe the main features of the Judaeo-Christian superego but are, when broadly interpreted, a pretty good approximation of the archetypal moral sensibility of humankind." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

12 "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)

13 "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto other which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5, 1517 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

14 "The ultimate aim of the quest…must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and power to serve others." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

15 "If man speaks or acts with a pure mind, joy follows him as his own shadow." The Dhammapada (3rd century bce), 'The Path to Perfection' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

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

17 "No mystical training is authentic unless it results in a total commitment to other beings and to the service of justice and compassion in all forms in the creation." Teachings of the Christian Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

18 "Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick. Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled….raise up and awaken those who sleep. For you are this understanding, which encourages." The Gospel of Truth and the Valentinian Speculation (2nd century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

19 "Actions motived by love, service and unselfishness produce a growing freedom of self-expression." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

20 "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)

21 "Do not do anything you hate to another." Saying of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (monks and nuns of the Egyptian desert) The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

22 "Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world." Euripides, 'Oedipus' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

23 "Every sound spiritual practice begins with moral development. This is as true of Buddhism and the mystical traditions of Christianity as it is of Anthroposophy…Esoteric schooling never has as its goal the accumulation of spiritual treasures for personal gain. If one seeks for oneself, one actually achieves nothing. Every striving, every accomplishment is properly placed only when it is placed at the service of others." Christopher Bamford, Afterword How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

24 "The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others." Honore de Balzac, 'Seraphita' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

25 "Primal Virtue is deep and far. It leads all things back toward the great oneness." Lao Tzu Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite