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1 "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)

2 "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)

3 "With respect to other people, you must keep your conscience pure by not doing to them anything that you hate and that you do not want them to do to you." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'The Three Methods of Prayer' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

4 "Our action is truly ethical when it is moved spontaneously by unconditional love and compassion." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

5 "God gives us a realm of responsibility and moral freedom. We must make our choices and live with the consequences. That's how God teaches." Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Founder of Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights Genesis: A Living Conversation (Bill Moyers)

6 "The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due." Justinian I (483-565 ad), Byzantine emperor, 'The Institutes of Justinian', Title I, bk. 1 The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

7 "We are spiritually responsible for each other and we are meant to discover and nurture the divine that exists within each person." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

8 "To create meaning in our lives, we have to go back to basics….It's morality. It's doing the right thing. It's choosing the right way to be for the good of the whole." Terry Lynn Taylor Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

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 "Great becomes the fruit, great the advantage of earnest contemplation, when it is set round with upright conduct." Buddha (563-483 bce), 'The Dialogues' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

11 "Living morally and honestly, one maintains his balance and doesn't topple into the reactive world of negative effects." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

12 "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)

13 "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)

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

15 "The elders told us that this is the road of life that we are walking down. We're supposed to be holding up one another, supporting each other, having our arm underneath our brother's arms while walking down the road of life." Reuben Snake, Winnebago medicine man The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

16 "The sum of our souls is the potentiality of Some Thing, not yet made, which is to emerge from their mass. Collective aspirations accompany and assist this organic work, greater than ourselves, which is effected in each one of us. It is the function of Morality to guide our free decisions into fruitful and obedient co-operation in this task." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "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)

18 "The constructions of culture, the moral and esthetic laws that we fashion and revere, though shot through with human frailty, ignorance, and local variation, are actually fashioned in response to a divine presence always imperfectly known, but THERE to witness and measure the justice in our answer to its call." Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

19 "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.)

20 "Somehow or other, things do eventually 'balance out' in the moral realm; each moral action produces, eventually, its quite specific moral reaction." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist', 'The Self in Transformation' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

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 "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)

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

24 "Is there one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness. Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you." Confucian Analects, 15, 23 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

25 "Pursuing virtue is an essential part of wisdom….Wisdom is more than just the acquisition of knowledge; rather, it is the ability to apply knowledge, through the considered merit of virtue and values." 366 Celt: A Year and A Day of Celtic Wisdom and Lore (Carl McColman)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite