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1 "That we must give if we are to receive is not a rule, as is so oftern supposed, in defiance of Nature. Rather all the processes of Nature reflect its unconscious action. Life could sustain its being in no other way." Hugh l'Anson Fausset (1895-1965), English critic, poet, 'Proving of Psyche' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

2 "Life is always a moral question that lies before us sweetly, dependent on our gratitude and constant struggle to cause as little suffering as possible to all and everything around us." Paul Hawken, entrepreneur and environmentalist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

3 "We're in good hands and in gratitude for that fact it would be good if we bore one another's burdens." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

4 "Humans…are pretty wonderful beings. In a community where there were no rules, no regulations, and no requirements, there would still be plenty of people who would do the things that need to be done. In fact, there would be very few who would not, for they would be uncomfortable being known as non-contributors." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

5 "Love is to the moral nature exactly what the sun is to the earth." Honore deBalzac Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

6 "Kindness should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man." Mirrors of the Soul (Kahlil Gibran)

7 "Core values such as forgiveness, understanding, compassion, and lovingkindness are essential human values….they come from the heart. These values embody the natural energy of the human heart." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

8 "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)

9 "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)

10 "Consideration is the greatest of all virtues, for in consideration all virtues are born. Veneration for God, courtesy towards others, respect of those who deserve it, kindness to those who are weak and feeble, sympathy with those who need it, all these come from consideration." Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), Sufi master musician, 'The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

11 "Compassion is simply expressing in action the interrelatedness of all life, all being." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

12 "How could anyone observe the mighty order with which our God governs the universe without feeling himself inclined…to the practice of all virtues, and to the beholding of the Creator himself, the source of all goodness, in all things and before all things?" Copernicus Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

13 "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." Cicero, 'Oratio Pro Cneao Plancio, XXXIII Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

14 "Everything on earth, every creature and plant wants to live without pain, so do them no harm. Treat all people in creation with respect; all is sacred." Linda Hogan, 'Mean Spirit' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

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 "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)

17 "Actions motived by love, service and unselfishness produce a growing freedom of self-expression." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "All the virtues grow through the practice of any one of them, and all the vices grow through the practice of any one of them likewise." Ascent of Mount Carmel (St. John of the Cross)

19 "We as individuals can undertake to cultivate our intuitive nature and so develop moral insight." Gertrude Reif Hughes, Introduction Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom (Rudolf Steiner)

20 "God made all things to be helpful for virtue." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

21 "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)

22 "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)

23 "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)

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 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite