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1 "What I do unto the least of these my brothers and sisters, I do unto the Divine." Companions on the Inner Way (Morton T. Kelsey)

2 "Kindness should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man." Mirrors of the Soul (Kahlil Gibran)

3 "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 (Paul Roland)

4 "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)

5 "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)

6 "He [Black Elk] related that Buffalo Calf Woman said:…'You must always remember that the two-leggeds and all the other peoples who stand upon this earth are sacred and should be treated as such.'" One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

7 "Follow the universal principles that are stressed in the scriptures of both East and West. Let your mind dwell on: 'What can I do for others? How can I be honest, truthful, straightforward? How can I be kind? How can I be generous and unselfish?' These are principles that lead us Godward." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

8 "The exterior acts of virtue proceed from interior choice." Thomas Aquinas, In Ethics II, L. 5, p. 136 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "Pursue the line of conduct marked out by the strictest integrity, as regards the interests of the whole." Last words of Lorenzo de Medici (d. 1492), poet and prince of Florence, Italy Last Words of Saints and Sinners (Herbert Lockyer)

12 "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)

13 "The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

14 "Virtue means nothing but acting according to the laws of our own nature." Baruch Spinoza, 'Foundations of the Moral Life' Man and Spirit, The Speculative Philosophers (Saxe Commins and Robert N. Linscott, editors)

15 "We are still young and growing is not easy. But there seems to be a prevailing virtue in us, a conscience, which recalls us from our vagrancies and draws us toward the light." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

16 "Our acts of lovingkindness not only matter, they are the medium through which we can bring the world together in a new era of human relationship." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "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.)

20 "Our capacity to birth – including the birthing of virtue – derives from the very Creator and artist of all things, including the human being." Matthew Fox Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

21 "Cultivate a state of goodwill to all. Never by thought or word or deed hurt another." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

22 "Life really is a miracle, every moment of it, and..the only appropriate way to respond to the gift that we have been given is to be mindful of that gift at every moment and to be caring toward everyone we meet." Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

23 "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)

24 "The purpose of the moral life is to promote overall good, the good of the One Life of which we are all part." William Metzger, 'Choosing: Karma & Dharma in the 21st Century' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite