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1 "In the domain of morality the Divine and the Terrestrial meet and are fused into one." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

2 "True glory is in virtue. Ah, I would willingly give all the applause I have received to have performed one good action more." Last words of Lupe de Vega (1562-1635), Spanish actor and dramatist Last Words of Saints and Sinners (Herbert Lockyer)

3 "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)

4 "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.)

5 "Ethical actions are those taken with consideration and compassion for others. The Golden Rule of ethics appears in all religions." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "A man obtains a proper rule of action by looking at his neighbor as himself." The Mahabharata Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

9 "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)

10 "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary." Hillel (fl. 30 bce – 10 ad), from the Talmud Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

11 "The whole fabric of human society, its laws and its ethics, is based on the dignity of every human being." Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest, author, social activist, 'Making a Difference' A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

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

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 "Peace… is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632-1677), 'Theological-Political Treatise' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

15 "'Who is thy neighbor?' It is the sufferer, wherever, whoever, whatsoever he be. Wherever you hear the cry of distress, wherever you see any one brought across your path by the chances and changes of life (that is, by the Providence of God), whom it is in your power to help, - he, stranger or enemy though he be – HE is your neighbor." Arthur P. Stanley (1815-1882) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

16 "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)

17 "Ultimately, morality and ethics are not modes of conduct arising from constraint, from law or fear: the conduct arises from love." The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

18 "The key to the redemption of the social system lies in the victory of divine law in the being of individuals. What the individual becomes, the collective world is." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

19 "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)

20 "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)

21 "In ancient times, the Greeks and Chinese, the Hebrews and the Hindus knew that virtue brings happiness." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

22 "May our lives be filled with the ongoing truth in which we are saturated with love, caring, and kindness. And may we serve the world from the level of awareness." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

23 "Moral logic, the logic of divine wisdom,…comes about in the human being from the union – or even fusion – of the thinking of head and heart." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

24 "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)

25 "The mind is drawn quite naturally to the ideal of Truth; the heart or our values, is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of Beauty; the guts or will is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of the Good." Keith Critchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite