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

2 "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)

3 "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)

4 "We do know what the virtues are through the rudimentary ways they surface in us. Ones that come immediately to mind are the Greek ternary of the good, the true, and the beautiful; India's existence, consciousness, and bliss; the creativity and compassion that Yahweh so steadfastly exemplifies; and in their full sweep, Islam's ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah. Christian love should not be overlooked, nor should the power that in God climaxes in omnipotence." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

5 "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)

6 "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)

7 "The ideas of the moral order and of God belong to the ineradicable substrate of the human soul." 'General Aspects of Dream Psychology' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

8 "Once we accept that everything exists in relationship to everything else, we learn to be respectful." Stone Age Wisdom, The Healing Principles of Shamanism (Tom Crockett)

9 "Human individuals, with the moral ideas belonging to their nature, are the prerequisites of a moral world order." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

10 "May we grant one another the opportunity to live out our dreams, to care for the wounded child in one another, and to pass on to others still unborn an earth as alive and diverse and wondrous as the one we have inherited." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

11 "God can be seen as infinite generosity, ever and always giving him- or herself away like the sun gives away light – or, to use biblical imagery, like a burning bush that is not consumed by its flame. As manifestations of the sacred, created so to speak in the image and likeness of God, our very nature is generosity. The more access we have to the inexhaustible source of love and goodness at the center of our being, the easier and more natural it is to give some of it away." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

12 "The question was once put to him [Aristotle], how we ought to behave to our friends; and the answer he gave was, 'As we should wish our friends to behave to us.'" Diogenes Laertius (fl. 200 ad), Biographer of Greek philosophers, 'Aristotle' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

13 "Morality is the observance of the rights of others." Dagobert D. Runes (1902-1982), American philosopher, 'Treasury of World Literature' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

14 "The most needed thing for us today is to do our utmost to bring about a renascence, a rebirth, in the minds of all of the truth that this universe of ours is under the most strict cosmical moral law, in other words, of harmony; for what in the universe is harmony, in the human soul we call ethical instinct." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

15 "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)

16 "Ethical actions are those taken with consideration and compassion for others. The Golden Rule of ethics appears in all religions." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

17 "That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self." Dadistan-i-dinik, 94:5 (Zoroastrian) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "When we treat others as we would like to be treated, we are creating a basis for living together in peace. From that very solid beginning, we can agree to cooperate, adapt, compromise and share." Born For Love: Reflections on Loving (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

19 "One of the toughest roots of all evil is unconsciousness, and I could wish that the saying of Jesus, 'Man, if thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed, but if thou knowest not, thou art accursed, and a transgressor of the law,' were still in the gospels….It might well be the motto for a new morality." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

20 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment….For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God….His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

21 "To create meaning in our lives, we have to go back to basics….It's morality. It's doing the right thing. It's choosing the right way to be for the good of the whole." Terry Lynn Taylor Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

22 "A perceiving appreciation of things, which is the first indispensable element of experience, evokes reverence; and reverence is a key virtue; in fact, I think it is the keyest of all virtues." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

23 "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)

24 "Socrates believed in a divine principle, expressed through an inner voice that directs our actions along the path of morality. He taught us to explore our thinking and behaviors that are unworthy of us." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

25 "Charity [love] safeguards the development of the universe and keeps it to the true path of its progress. Moral effort is the continuation in our souls of the same dynamic effort that gave us our bodies." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite