"When all things are perceived as infinite and holy, what motive can we have for covetousness or self-assertion, for the pursuit of power or the drearier forms of pleasure." Aldous Huxley
Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages
"We must recognize that our development and survival ride on our ability to experience life as an integrated community of explorers…..We need to understand the creative potential of people, processes, and information living connected and exercising our gifts as wise, ethical creatures."
Breaking the Mind Barrier
"God made all things to be helpful for virtue." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection'
(John E. L. Oulton, editor)
"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.)
"The moral law is universally and equally binding on all persons….the moral law commands us to respect the dignity of the human person, ourselves and others alike,"
The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1
(Mortimer J. Adler, editor)
"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)
"Morality will conquer war, even as it has conquered human sacrifices, slavery, feuds, head-hunting and cannibalism." Max Nordau (1849-1923), German physician, author 'Morals and the Evolution of Man'
The Great Thoughts
(George Seldes, compiler)
"Peace… is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632-1677), 'Theological-Political Treatise'
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition
"Man's art offers the gift of music out of mere sound, of wisdom out of awareness, of love out of indifference. These are difficult transmutations. They are accomplished by the alchemy of only the purest motivation."
Creative Vision for Art and for Life
"Ultimately, morality and ethics are not modes of conduct arising from constraint, from law or fear: the conduct arises from love."
The Hidden Jesus: A New Life
(Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)
"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)
"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)
"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)
"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