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1 "'We are all', as Schopenhauer avers, 'one and the same single Being.' And the sentiment proper to this selfless realization is compassion." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

2 "When we treat others as we would like to be treated, we are creating a basis for living together in peace. From that very solid beginning, we can agree to cooperate, adapt, compromise and share." Born For Love: Reflections on Loving (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

3 "Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

4 "Authentic morality, in Jesus' living experience, flowed naturally and spontaneously from authentic and realized divine love." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

5 "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

6 "Greek democracy was based on the idea that through enlightenment and reason each citizen would become capable of self-government and would make no moral errors." The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

7 "The elders told us that this is the road of life that we are walking down. We're supposed to be holding up one another, supporting each other, having our arm underneath our brother's arms while walking down the road of life." Reuben Snake, Winnebago medicine man The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

8 "The bodhisattva seeds are in every being, and man is capable of an exalted vision leading to noble action because the universe is the natural abode of every virtue that man can discover in his own soul." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

9 "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)

10 "What then can we do practically to help great national affairs? This at least: that when in our presence unkind or sneering remarks are made about other nations, we can make a point of always putting forward considerations on the other side, and saying something kindly." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

11 "External joys are shallow without the corresponding internal joys. The internal values of charity, love, wisdom, and truth – which issue from the divine – make the external delights eternally joyful." Heaven, A History (Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang)

12 "What, then, is real virtue? Anything wrought in the soul by divine love alone." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

13 "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)

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

15 "All things are interdependent and interrelated and therefore mutually responsible. An act that harms anyone harms us all." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

16 "Folklore and fairy tales are filled with lessons about the values of love, compassion, generosity, and caring for family, friends, the sick, and the elderly. These are the virtues that matter to heaven. These are the virtues that matter even if there is no heaven. And these are the virtues we are required to develop and refine on our spiritual journey." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

17 "By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him to do what is good and avoid what is evil. Everyone is obliged to follow this law, which makes itself heard in conscience and is fulfilled in the love of God and of neighbor. Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

18 "The Alchemists…knew long ago that the whole Universe is one homogeneous whole and that we, being members of the whole, serve our ends best by living for others." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

19 "Do not do anything you hate to another." Saying of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (monks and nuns of the Egyptian desert) The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

20 "Politeness serves a purpose…civility and kindness are moral imperatives." Jane Austen Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

21 "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)

22 "Moral existence is a response to the Lord's loving initiative. It is the acknowledgement and homage given to God and a worship of thanksgiving. It is cooperation with the plan God pursues in history." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

23 "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)

24 "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)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite