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1 "Ultimately, morality and ethics are not modes of conduct arising from constraint, from law or fear: the conduct arises from love." The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

2 "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)

3 "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)

4 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged; forgive and you shall be forgiven; be merciful, and you shall obtain mercy; for with the same measure that you mete withal, it shall be measured to you again." The Epistle of Polycarp to the Phillipians, ch. 1, v. 10b The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

5 "The moral law inscribed in the human soul – Kant's categorical imperative – signifies the reality of the presence in the human being of what the Bible calls the 'image and likeness of God', that is, the principal archetype of Man." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

6 "Truly blessed is the man who seeks virtue and pursues it and inquires diligently into its nature, since it is through virtue that he approaches God and enters into spiritual communion with Him." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

7 "Much of our normal living is….permeated with intuitive insights. Deep within each of us is the conviction that love is better than hate; beauty better than ugliness; justice better than injustice." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

8 "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)

9 "He who knows God is truly moral." Friedrich vonSchelling Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

10 "'Selflessness emphasizes relationships through recognition of the interdependency of all things', as one contemporary Zen master has said." In Silence: Why We Pray (Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)

11 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

12 "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)

13 "Platonist and Neo-Platonist thinkers have traditionally asserted that humans are secretly rooted in Divinity and can realize that fact through the practice of virtue, the pursuit of beauty, and philosophic inquiry (or dialectic). 'God', wrote Plotinus, 'is outside of none.'" The Future of the Body, Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature (Michael Murphy)

14 "The open heart is the garden in which the medicinal plants of core values grow. These plants include love, forgiveness, compassion, empathy." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

15 "Life really is a miracle, every moment of it, and..the only appropriate way to respond to the gift that we have been given is to be mindful of that gift at every moment and to be caring toward everyone we meet." Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

16 "St. Augustine taught that once the soul is noble, harmonious, and ordered, it is capable of seeing the source from which all truth flows." Antoine Faivre Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

17 "Virtue means nothing but acting according to the laws of our own nature." Baruch Spinoza, 'Foundations of the Moral Life' Man and Spirit, The Speculative Philosophers (Saxe Commins and Robert N. Linscott, editors)

18 "Follow the universal principles that are stressed in the scriptures of both East and West. Let your mind dwell on: 'What can I do for others? How can I be honest, truthful, straightforward? How can I be kind? How can I be generous and unselfish?' These are principles that lead us Godward." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

19 "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)

20 "The love-giving Spirit brings with Himself all virtues: 'Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.' (Galatians 5:22)" Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel - on Prayer' (Thomas Dubay, S.M.)

21 "With incarnation comes responsibility; beings need each other's help." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

22 "God…built a law of truthfulness into His world even as He built in a law of gravity, so that if we violate either one, we suffer the consequences." Who Needs God (Harold Kushner)

23 "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)

24 "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)

25 "Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world." Euripides, 'Oedipus' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite