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1 "By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship and rebels against divine truth." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

2 "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)

3 "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)

4 "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)

5 "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)

6 "A perceiving appreciation of things, which is the first indispensable element of experience, evokes reverence; and reverence is a key virtue; in fact, I think it is the keyest of all virtues." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

7 "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.)

8 "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary." Hillel (fl. 30 bce – 10 ad), from the Talmud Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

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

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

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

12 "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)

13 "Nature (capital N) gives us life and calls for our respect and reverence." Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

14 "Universal fellowship needs to be cultivated." The Kingdom of the Shining Ones (Flower A. Newhouse)

15 "A global ethic must be anchored both in an understanding of human nature and an understanding of the rest of Nature." The Sacred Depths of Nature (Ursula Goodenough)

16 "It is the moral context of relationships that allows marriages, families and communities to persist with some certainty that there are agreed-upon standards of right and wrong that we can count on and that are not subject to incessant renegotiation." Robert Bellah, 'Habits of the Heart' Who Needs God (Harold Kushner)

17 "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)

18 "God made all things to be helpful for virtue." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

19 "The great law which St. Paul states 'Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap' does work; it eternally works." The Unfinished Autobiography (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "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)

21 "Consideration is the greatest of all virtues, for in consideration all virtues are born. Veneration for God, courtesy towards others, respect of those who deserve it, kindness to those who are weak and feeble, sympathy with those who need it, all these come from consideration." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

22 "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)

23 "Humaneness, which is obedience to the law of love in thought, feeling, word and deed, is the only way to lasting world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

24 "Greek democracy was based on the idea that through enlightenment and reason each citizen would become capable of self-government and would make no moral errors." The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

25 "The mind should be devoid of duplicity and should think of the welfare of all." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite