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1 "Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

2 "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)

3 "The eye or voice of conscience…is the eye of the Self within." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

4 "As long as any one injures another, though he should possess the greatest wealth, and all the acres of land which the earth contains, he is still poor." Porphyry (233-304), Greek scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher, 'De Abstinentia' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

5 "The health and the happiness of all sentient beings depend upon their mutual, humane relationship. We are all dependent upon one another for our well-being, progress, fulfilment." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

6 "The most needed thing for us today is to do our utmost to bring about a renascence, a rebirth, in the minds of all of the truth that this universe of ours is under the most strict cosmical moral law, in other words, of harmony; for what in the universe is harmony, in the human soul we call ethical instinct." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

7 "The recognition that every plant, every insect, stones even, participate in the dharma and need to be treated, not as spoils for human appetites, but as companions in terms both of origin and ultimate destiny, conditioned all the Native Americans' ideas of what is right and wrong." Huston Smith, 'What They Have That We Lack: A Tribute to the Native Americans via Joseph Epes Brown', from 'Sophia' The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (Philip Zaleski, editor)

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

9 "Humility, unostentatiousness, non-injuring, forgiveness, simplicity, purity, steadfastness, self-control; this is declared to be wisdom; what is opposed to this is ignorance." Bhagavad Gita (ca. 500 bce) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

10 "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)

11 "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)

12 "The truly important ingredients of life are still the same as they always have been – true love and real friendship, honesty and faithfulness, sincerity, unselfishness, the concept that it is better to give than to receive, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These principles are still around; they haven't gone away." Nancy Reagan Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

13 "In so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or waking, or what it may." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

14 "Harmlessness is the expression of the life of the man who realizes himself to be everywhere." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

15 "Morality..is a function of the human soul, as old as humanity itself. Morality is not imposed from outside; we have it in ourselves from the start." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

16 "Love is to the moral nature exactly what the sun is to the earth." Honore deBalzac Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

17 "The call to be of service to one another, the intuition that prompts us to use our power to help others, is wired into our physical and spiritual nature." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

18 "The 'Golden Rule' is, after all, found at the core of the teachings of every great religious tradition, in almost identical words." William Metzger, 'Toward a New Spiritual World Order?' The Quest (various)

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

20 "Compassion knows that the One is the Many, that the One is expressed equally in each and every being, and so each is to be treated with compassion and care…because each being, exactly as it is, is a perfect manifestation of Spirit. Thus compassion sees that the One is the Many." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

21 "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)

22 "The wisest people of all times have believed in the reality of spiritual values." Healing: The Divine Art (Manly P. Hall)

23 "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)

24 "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest….whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report….think on these things, these things do, and the God of peace shall be with you." Elizabeth Clinton (1574-1630?), English author, Letters The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite