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

2 "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)

3 "Do not lose by saving but gather in by scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give to others." St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, Sermon 43 Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours (various)

4 "The urge for service to others is very much on the upswing, in terms of people's general orientation to life. Many people…are finding an inner void that can only be filled through creating some focus of contribution to the greater whole of humanity. This urge to serve – this need to help heal the planet and its people – will require the implementation of the Law of Right Human Relations." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

5 "Every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

6 "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)

7 "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.)

8 "To those who are good to me I am good; and to those who are not good to me I am also good; and thus all get to be good." Tao The Ching The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

9 "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)

10 "I know myself now, and I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience." William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright and poet The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

11 "One reaches one's ultimate end by acts of the virtues, for happiness is assigned as a reward for virtue." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', III, ch. 148, n. 5 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

12 "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)

13 "The produce of the world, the natural resources of the planet and its riches, belong to no one nation but should be shared by all." The Externalization of the Hierarchy (Alice A. Bailey)

14 "Somehow or other, things do eventually 'balance out' in the moral realm; each moral action produces, eventually, its quite specific moral reaction." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist', 'The Self in Transformation' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

15 "There is no existing thing that does not have some virtue….The effects of the unfailing virtue of God proceed both to human beings and to animals, and to plants and to all natural things." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Dionysius's Divine Names', n. 751, 755 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

16 "Compassion knows that the One is the Many, that the One is expressed equally in each and every being, and so each is to be treated with compassion and care…because each being, exactly as it is, is a perfect manifestation of Spirit. Thus compassion sees that the One is the Many." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

17 "The ethic of relation of man to man is not something apart by itself: it is only a particular relation which results from the universal one." Albert Schweitzer The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

18 "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)

19 "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)

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

21 "Compassion and service are the ethical expression of Unity, awarness of the illusive nature of all that seems to separate and differentiate." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

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

23 "The purpose of the moral life is to promote overall good, the good of the One Life of which we are all part." William Metzger, 'Choosing: Karma & Dharma in the 21st Century' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

24 "No matter what we believe, we are all bound to seek justice, to think and act with genuine kindness, and to have humility of heart." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

25 "The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite