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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 "Wherever we are, whoever we are, the responsibility for the integrity and beauty of our personalities cannot be shirked. I must get up each morning, take life into my own hands, and put my own distinct, unique, and unrepeatable stamp on it. I must freely decide to create the mood of the day rather than let the circumstances and conditions of the day rule my life. With my spirit (the breath of God in me) I will transform the raw matter of my life and make it beautiful. That is my human vocation and my moral duty." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

3 "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)

4 "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)

5 "Man has received from heaven a nature innately good, to guide him in all his movements. By devotion to this divine spirit within himself, he attains an unsullied innocence that leads him to do right with instinctive sureness." I Ching, Hexagram 25 The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

6 "It is not by casting about here and there, outside itself, that the soul will understand morality and ethical conduct. It knows them of its own nature, as welling out of itself." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

7 "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)

8 "The path has been charted – compassion and justice – imbued by vision. And it's up to each individual." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

9 "Every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such every living entity is intended to serve the Supreme Lord by his own constitution." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

10 "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)

11 "Virtue is nothing but action according to the laws of our own nature, and is the effort to preserve our being….virtue is understanding." W. H. White, Translator Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

12 "Our ancestors survived not by ripping one another apart but by helping one another hunt, gather food, and defend against predators. The simple act of one individual's keeping watch while others sleep has huge survival advantages. Altruism facilitated all forms of cooperation, sharing, and communication – key forces that shaped human evolution." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

13 "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)

14 "Morality is of more importance to us than any or all other attainments." Ethan Allen (1738-1789) Alchemy, The Medieval Alchemists and their Royal Art (Johannes Fabricius)

15 "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)

16 "Moral values and meanings are not mere rules invented by man to regulate human society. They are rather man's awareness and understanding of the eternal Moral Order." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

17 "The moral law is universally and equally binding on all persons….the moral law commands us to respect the dignity of the human person, ourselves and others alike," The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

18 "Humility, obedience, simplicity – these are the virtues on which the divine friendship, as well as human friendships, alone can thrive." R. H. Benson, 'Christ in the Church' (20th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

19 "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)

20 "At the moment in which man realizes that he is embedded within the total organism of the earth…at that moment there exists an objective basis for morality." Rudolf Steiner The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

21 "Man's art offers the gift of music out of mere sound, of wisdom out of awareness, of love out of indifference. These are difficult transmutations. They are accomplished by the alchemy of only the purest motivation." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

22 "The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue…Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime." Aristotle (384-322bc), Greek philosopher, 'Nicomachean Ethics', bk. 1, 1098a 16 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

23 "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)

24 "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)

25 "The supreme ethical imperative of compassion is an imperative because it is simply the ethical expression of the universe's unity." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite