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1 "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)

2 "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.)

3 "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)

4 "Virtue is to the soul what health is to the body." Francois de LaRochefoucauld, 'Maximes Posthumes', No. 541 Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

5 "Art at its most elevated is not so dependent upon skill as upon virtue. Virtue is pre-eminent dedication to a life of truth." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

6 "Virtue – the readiness to regulate one's actions according to the relationships of universal love." Michail Kuzmin (1872-1936), Russian writer and translator The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

7 "If we treat everything as alive, intelligent and part of the One Life, our own life is greatly enriched." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

8 "Man is as surely clothed in the garments of virtue as he is in the garments of the physical; they are vehicles of his expression no less real than are the members formed of bone, flesh, or sinew." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

9 "Primal Virtue is deep and far. It leads all things back toward the great oneness." Lao Tzu Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

10 "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)

11 "Virtues are virtues because they give joy once they are practised. If a virtue does not give joy, it is not a virtue." 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)

12 "Nature has established laws for the government of all its creations, and it has endowed man with faculties by which he can understand these laws and live in harmony with them." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

13 "The coming Lord is kindness, and when this gracious power directs our conduct, the wounds caused by cruelty will be naturally healed." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

14 "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)

15 "A mathematical concept or a moral concept may lead as certainly toward a sense of beauty as may a strictly aesthetic one." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

16 "The highest wisdom is kindness." The Talmud (ca. 500) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

17 "As Aristotle says, 'man is a civic animal', wherefore he is required not only to be useful to himself but also to others." Dante Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

18 "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)

19 "The supreme value in human life should be seen in the achievement of an ethical and spiritual personality for the individual, and the fellowship of such individuals with each other and with God." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

20 "We're in good hands and in gratitude for that fact it would be good if we bore one another's burdens." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

21 "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto other which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5, 1517 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

22 "Every sound spiritual practice begins with moral development. This is as true of Buddhism and the mystical traditions of Christianity as it is of Anthroposophy…Esoteric schooling never has as its goal the accumulation of spiritual treasures for personal gain. If one seeks for oneself, one actually achieves nothing. Every striving, every accomplishment is properly placed only when it is placed at the service of others." Christopher Bamford, Afterword How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

23 "Service to others is not only a social ideal, it is a spiritual ideal and a spiritual necessity. Virtually all world spiritual traditions tell us that we serve the divine through caring for other people." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

24 "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)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite