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1 “Brotherhood extends to all corners of the earth, including all races and species without distinction.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

2 "Every sound spiritual practice begins with moral development. This is as true of Buddhism and the mystical traditions of Christianity as it is of Anthroposophy…Esoteric schooling never has as its goal the accumulation of spiritual treasures for personal gain. If one seeks for oneself, one actually achieves nothing. Every striving, every accomplishment is properly placed only when it is placed at the service of others." Christopher Bamford, Afterword How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

3 "Virtue – the readiness to regulate one's actions according to the relationships of universal love." Michail Kuzmin (1872-1936), Russian writer and translator The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

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

5 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

6 "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)

7 "Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another." Isaac Pennington (1616-1679), English Quaker The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

8 "The mind should be devoid of duplicity and should think of the welfare of all." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

9 "A land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as Thoreau's 'Walden', and as comprehensive as the sensitive science of ecology. It should stress the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help logic of the great chain of life." Stewart Lee Udall (b. 1920), 'The Quiet Crisis' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

10 "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)

11 "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)

12 "Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another." Isaac Penington, 'The Art of Living' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

13 "Understand that obedience to the laws of God as these have been set forth by the great prophets and teachers of all time in the sacred scriptures of the world will lead you to the place where you can move forward in the cycles of self-mastery that are even now unfolding." The Human Aura (Kuthumi and Djwal Kul)

14 "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)

15 "Man is as surely clothed in the garments of virtue as he is in the garments of the physical; they are vehicles of his expression no less real than are the members formed of bone, flesh, or sinew." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

16 "In happiness and suffering, in joy and in grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves." Yogashastra, 2:20 (Jain scripture) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

17 "The Law of Right Human Relations and the Law of Group Endeavor are of the utmost importance. This is a time in which cooperation, companionship along the Way, and love between the sexes, races, nations, and all other groups of individuals will reveal itself as containing the highest living ideals of a spiritual life in the material world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

18 "We have the innate need of harmony in the moral relations; this is our glory, and the stamp of the Divine upon our nature." Felix Adler (1851-1933), founder of the American Ethical Union A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

19 "The active expression of virtue gives rise to the keenest intelligence." Sri Yukteswar, Indian spiritual teacher Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

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

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 "St. Augustine taught that once the soul is noble, harmonious, and ordered, it is capable of seeing the source from which all truth flows." Antoine Faivre Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

23 "If we become aware that forgiveness is the higher path than vengeance, a part of our psyche and soul becomes relentless in reminding us of that truth whenever we must choose forgiveness or vengeance. When it comes to soul knowledge, 'We are born already knowing what we need to know.'" Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

24 "Ethics are no mere human convention; morals are rooted in the very fabric and stuff of universal nature herself." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

25 "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto other which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5, 1517 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite