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1 "Correct attitudes and directions in life can open one's eyes to the existence of the harmonious rhythm of all things in the universe, and can inspire one to seek to coexist with all living things." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

2 "God gives us a realm of responsibility and moral freedom. We must make our choices and live with the consequences. That's how God teaches." Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Founder of Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights Genesis: A Living Conversation (Bill Moyers)

3 "Humaneness, which is obedience to the law of love in thought, feeling, word and deed, is the only way to lasting world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

4 "There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature, and of nations." Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish politician and orator The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

5 "We are spiritually responsible for each other and we are meant to discover and nurture the divine that exists within each person." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

6 "There is a moral purpose in evolution." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

7 "Nature has established laws for the government of all its creations, and it has endowed man with faculties by which he can understand these laws and live in harmony with them." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

8 "We are to work steadily and softly to plant in our lives the values of the Kingdom: the integrity of the earth; the dignity of human persons in body, in mind, in spirit and in community; justice; wisdom; peace." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

9 "Our action is truly ethical when it is moved spontaneously by unconditional love and compassion." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

10 "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)

11 "'Only One Cosmos' – this slogan, indeed, is a guide for truly human behavior." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

12 "The Law of Right Human Relations and the Law of Group Endeavor are of the utmost importance. This is a time in which cooperation, companionship along the Way, and love between the sexes, races, nations, and all other groups of individuals will reveal itself as containing the highest living ideals of a spiritual life in the material world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

13 "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)

14 "If you identify with all human beings, you will strive to treat all people fairly and compassionately, regardless of race, sex, color, or creed. If your identity expands to embrace the Kosmos, you will treat all sentient beings with respect and kindness, for they are all perfect manifestations of the same radiant Self, which is your very own Self as well. This comes to you in a direct realization of the Supreme Identity, precisely because identity can span the entire spectrum of consciousness, matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, with each expansion bringing a greater moral embrace, until the All itself is embraced with passionate equanimity." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

15 "Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

16 "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)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "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.)

20 "Tsze-kung asked, saying, 'Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life? The Master said, 'Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Confucius (551-479 bce), Chinese sage, 'Analects' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

21 "To be a happy and useful person, it is important to understand and practice the Laws of Life. These laws are simply the set of rules by which we should live. They come from a vast array of sources – the major Scriptures of the world; various schools of philosophical thought, both ancient and modern; storytellers, such as Aesop; scientists, such as Isaac Newton; and from various artists and historians – to name a few." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

22 "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)

23 "Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but is virtue itself." Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher, 'Ethics' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

24 "Living morally and honestly, one maintains his balance and doesn't topple into the reactive world of negative effects." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite