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1 "Acts of lovingkindness, over the long run, will bring a higher level of consciousness to everyone in the world." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

2 "There is a moral purpose in evolution." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

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

4 "Man's nature as a social being tends to make him feel it one of his natural wants that there should be harmony between his feelings and aims and those of his fellow-creatures." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

5 "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)

6 "Incline us, oh God!....to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness, and to judge of all they say and do with that charity which we would desire from them ourselves." Jane Austen (1775-1817), English novelist The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

7 "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)

8 "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)

9 "There was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous." Benjamin Franklin One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

10 "Ethics is rooted in the dynamism of love." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

11 "Our task is to reject any thought that secretly vilifies a fellow being." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Fourth Century' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

12 "Not guided missiles but guided morals constitute our great need today." George L. Ford Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

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

14 "God…built a law of truthfulness into His world even as He built in a law of gravity, so that if we violate either one, we suffer the consequences." Who Needs God (Harold Kushner)

15 "This is the law from the beginning, that he who would have virtue must choose it." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

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

17 "This is the way of happiness and of the fulfilment of life: 'He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.' (Matthew 23:11)." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "Only if God is reinstated in the heart of the world will he furnish mankind and its leaders with ethical guidance through the dangers and pitfalls of the space age." Wernher vonBraun Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

19 "However little of anything you have, you can always find someone who has less. Find that someone, and give to them from the abundance that is yours." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

20 "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain: and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss." T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien (Taoist) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

21 "The Talmud states, 'All are responsible for each other.' And Jesus taught, 'That which you do to the least of these my brethren you do unto me.'" Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

22 "A wise test of right action is this: What is the effect of this action on people seven generations from today?" A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity (Matthew Fox)

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

24 "The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due." Justinian I (483-565 ad), Byzantine emperor, 'The Institutes of Justinian', Title I, bk. 1 The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

25 "That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self." Dadistan-i-dinik, 94:5 (Zoroastrian) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite