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1 "There is no existing thing that does not have some virtue….The effects of the unfailing virtue of God proceed both to human beings and to animals, and to plants and to all natural things." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Dionysius's Divine Names', n. 751, 755 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

2 "The need to establish Right Human Relations is paramount." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

3 "To obey the laws of nature is the only safe and sure road to the spiritual evolution of the senses of the soul." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

4 "Confucius said: When a man carries out the principals of conscientousness and reciprocity he is not far from the universal law. What you do not wish others should do unto you, do not do unto them." The Golden Mean of Tsesze XIII Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

5 "Mutual help is the law of nature." French proverb Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

6 "Life should be governed by the grand ethical instincts of the human soul, which are based on the orderliness of nature's own structure and processes." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

7 "Much of our normal living is….permeated with intuitive insights. Deep within each of us is the conviction that love is better than hate; beauty better than ugliness; justice better than injustice." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

8 "If man speaks or acts with a pure mind, joy follows him as his own shadow." The Dhammapada (3rd century bce), 'The Path to Perfection' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

9 "Being of service is not an option, it is a biological necessity. Every kind action we do for someone is a reanimation of our own life force – and of the other person's. Many spiritual traditions share the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated.'" Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

10 "Sublime virtue is profound, is immense…It will bring about a state of universal freedom." Lao Tsze (c. 604-531bc) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

11 "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)

12 "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)

13 "A truly ethical decision, large or small, releases me from my imprisonment in self-interest and allows me to glimpse the eternity of the self." The Soul's Religion, Cultivating a Profoundly Spiritual Way of Life (Thomas Moore)

14 "Humaneness, which is obedience to the law of love in thought, feeling, word and deed, is the only way to lasting world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

15 "Charity [love] safeguards the development of the universe and keeps it to the true path of its progress. Moral effort is the continuation in our souls of the same dynamic effort that gave us our bodies." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

16 "Though we may differ greatly in how, who and what we worship, the basic code of behavior is common to all. It is this common denominator which binds us together in humanity and has helped us to continue to grow and survive." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

17 "The laws of ecology are the laws of energy. Everything is interconnected; every action, every movement of forces, changes the universe." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

18 "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)

19 "We have a responsibility to give back the cherished blessing of our lives with grace and gratitude. We must return blessing for blessing. Generativity and creativity have been built into the universe from the start." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

20 "Always be kinder than the situation demands. Earth's greatest Teachers and Sages have taught this." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

21 "The mystics reassure us, as the Buddha taught, 'On life's journey, faith is nourishment and virtuous deeds a shelter.'" Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

22 "The life of virtue [is] a climb from the many to the One." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica' 1-2, 71, 1 (13th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

23 "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)

24 "The open heart is the garden in which the medicinal plants of core values grow. These plants include love, forgiveness, compassion, empathy." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite