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1 "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)

2 "A mathematical concept or a moral concept may lead as certainly toward a sense of beauty as may a strictly aesthetic one." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

3 "Visualize the Law of Right Human Relations as two clasped hands encircling a bright, glowing planet Earth. Contemplate and consider the implications of Right Human Relations. Make a plan as to how you may demonstrate Right Human Relations individually in the world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

4 "Everything we do COUNTS. There is really no such thing as a small act of service or goodness. This is in accord with most of the world's spiritual traditions." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

5 "Virtue is a kind of spiritual path that assures a life of quality and purpose." Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

6 "Because all creatures contain the Word of God and express it, there is a radical equality of being that needs to be reverenced." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

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

8 "Light is given to the sun not to shine alone on itself but also on the whole earth. So too, God wills that all our gifts of wealth, power, knowledge should benefit others." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 1, p. 301 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

9 "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)

10 "Authentic morality, in Jesus' living experience, flowed naturally and spontaneously from authentic and realized divine love." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

11 "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)

12 "Cultivate a state of goodwill to all. Never by thought or word or deed hurt another." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "My own inner being actually exists in every living creature as truly and immediately as known to my consciousness only in myself. This realization, for which the standard formula in Sanskrit is 'tat tvam asi', is the ground of that compassion upon which all true, that is to say unselfish, virtue rests and whose expression is in every good deed." Arthur Schopenhauer, 'On The Foundation of Morality' The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

14 "The command to love is written in the material structure of our everyday life. Mutuality is not just a shiny ideal that catches the eye of a few idealists. It is the demand of the historic process. It is not merely a moral obligation, which can be set aside because of more urgent practical necessities. It is the most urgently practical need of our life. It is a moral obligation precisely because it is also a material necessity." Gregory Vlastos (b. 1909), Canadian professor of philosophy, 'Christian Faith and Democracy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

15 "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)

16 "Life should be governed by the grand ethical instincts of the human soul, which are based on the orderliness of nature's own structure and processes." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

17 "Veracity is the heart of morality." Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), 'Universities, Actual and Ideal' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

18 "Almost all the principles that are associated with religious thought are shared by every religion. The Golden Rule, Love Thy Neighbor, Honor Thy Father and Mother, Speak Truth, It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive – these principles and others are common to all religions and are very similarly expressed in each." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

19 "Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke (1629-1695) The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

20 "If man speaks or acts with a pure mind, joy follows him as his own shadow." The Dhammapada (3rd century bce), 'The Path to Perfection' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

21 "The forms of Virtue are: justice, courage, magnificence, magnanimity, liberality, gentleness, prudence, wisdom." Aristotle, (384-322 bce), Greek philosopher, 'Rhetoric', Bk. II The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

22 "The ultimate aim of the quest…must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and power to serve others." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

23 “In truth, we are all one, and that which you do for another, you do for yourself. This is why the greatest teaching ever given is: Do unto others as you would have it done unto you.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

24 "Virtue increases by being exercised. If it is not exercised it grows weak." Thomas Aquinas, In Mt 25, p. 232 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite