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1 "From self-evident propositions, by necessary consequences, as incontestible as those in mathematics, the measures of right and wrong might be made out, to any one that will apply himself with the same indifferency and attention to the one as he does to the other of these sciences." John Locke (1629-1695) The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

2 "The idea of 'hybris', individual imprudence…runs through the philosophical as well as religious thinking of all high civilizations. There is a moral law, and it must be obeyed." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

3 "One of the toughest roots of all evil is unconsciousness, and I could wish that the saying of Jesus, 'Man, if thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed, but if thou knowest not, thou art accursed, and a transgressor of the law,' were still in the gospels….It might well be the motto for a new morality." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

4 "Correct attitudes and directions in life can open one's eyes to the existence of the harmonious rhythm of all things in the universe, and can inspire one to seek to coexist with all living things." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

5 "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)

6 "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)

7 "In the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, the Golden Rule was a proverb sacred to Maat, the Mother of Justice, 'Do the other good, that he may do good to you.'" The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

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

9 "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)

10 "We do know what the virtues are through the rudimentary ways they surface in us. Ones that come immediately to mind are the Greek ternary of the good, the true, and the beautiful; India's existence, consciousness, and bliss; the creativity and compassion that Yahweh so steadfastly exemplifies; and in their full sweep, Islam's ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah. Christian love should not be overlooked, nor should the power that in God climaxes in omnipotence." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

11 "The character structure of the mature and integrated personality, the productive character, constitutes the source and the basis of virtue." Erich Fromm Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

12 "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)

13 "Moral logic, the logic of divine wisdom,…comes about in the human being from the union – or even fusion – of the thinking of head and heart." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

14 "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)

15 "Authentic morality, in Jesus' living experience, flowed naturally and spontaneously from authentic and realized divine love." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

16 "We must willingly cooperate with the intentions of evolution and spiritual destiny. Our moral failure to develop spiritual cognition would render this future barren." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

17 "Individual ethics and collective morality are both part of the social and cultural web; they arise in the human psyche rather than being imposed upon it by an external culture." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

18 "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)

19 "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.)

20 "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)

21 "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)

22 "What we know as the Golden Rule has been stated and restated through the ages by every religion and every ethical philosophy. In ancient Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel told a young seeker, 'What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.' In China, Confucius echoed Hillel: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.' Islam puts it this way: 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' In Leviticus it reads as a commandment, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' words repeated by Jesus when the Pharisees challenged him, and later reframed in the Sermon on the Mount as, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.' Perhaps Jesus had heard that Aristotle had said, three hundred years earlier, 'We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

23 "How could anyone observe the mighty order with which our God governs the universe without feeling himself inclined…to the practice of all virtues, and to the beholding of the Creator himself, the source of all goodness, in all things and before all things?" Copernicus Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

24 "Be merciful and you shall obtain mercy; forgive, and you will be forgiven: as you do, so shall it be done unto you: as you give, so shall it be given unto you: as you judge, so shall you be judged;…..with what measure you mete, with the same shall it be measured to you again." First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, ch. VII, v. 4 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

25 "The exterior acts of virtue proceed from interior choice." Thomas Aquinas, In Ethics II, L. 5, p. 136 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite