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1 "Life is always a moral question that lies before us sweetly, dependent on our gratitude and constant struggle to cause as little suffering as possible to all and everything around us." Paul Hawken, entrepreneur and environmentalist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

2 "What is not beneficial to all can never be truly beneficial to any." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

3 "Do unto others and not do unto others what you would have the others do unto you and not do unto you. The others are to include other species, other entities, other beings in this universe." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

4 "Virtue is a gift from God implanted in our nature." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith' (8th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

5 "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.)

6 "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)

7 "No matter what we believe, we are all bound to seek justice, to think and act with genuine kindness, and to have humility of heart." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

8 "The ideas of the moral order and of God belong to the ineradicable substrate of the human soul." 'General Aspects of Dream Psychology' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

9 "There is a moral purpose in evolution." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

10 "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.)

11 "The Law of Right Human Relations and the Law of Group Endeavor are of the utmost importance. This is a time in which cooperation, companionship along the Way, and love between the sexes, races, nations, and all other groups of individuals will reveal itself as containing the highest living ideals of a spiritual life in the material world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

12 "Ethics are no mere human convention; morals are rooted in the very fabric and stuff of universal nature herself." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

13 "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)

14 "Morality is generally regarded as a system of actions and relationships that are biologically secondary, less immediate and less physical than material or vital relationships. This is a great mistake. One has only to study, from the point of view of creative union, its role in the evolution of living beings, in order to see how profound is the morphogenic power of the Good." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

15 "The mystics reassure us, as the Buddha taught, 'On life's journey, faith is nourishment and virtuous deeds a shelter.'" Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

16 "Through active virtue desire is brought under control and anger is bridled." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

17 "God can be seen as infinite generosity, ever and always giving him- or herself away like the sun gives away light – or, to use biblical imagery, like a burning bush that is not consumed by its flame. As manifestations of the sacred, created so to speak in the image and likeness of God, our very nature is generosity. The more access we have to the inexhaustible source of love and goodness at the center of our being, the easier and more natural it is to give some of it away." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

18 "A good conscience confers on us the power of love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

19 "Ethics is rooted in the dynamism of love." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

20 "Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another." Isaac Pennington (1616-1679), English Quaker The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

21 "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)

22 "In the domain of morality the Divine and the Terrestrial meet and are fused into one." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

23 "It is perfectly true that safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other. It is one of the most important truths in the world." Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)

24 "The open heart is the garden in which the medicinal plants of core values grow. These plants include love, forgiveness, compassion, empathy." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

25 "Socrates believed in a divine principle, expressed through an inner voice that directs our actions along the path of morality. He taught us to explore our thinking and behaviors that are unworthy of us." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite