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1 "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)

2 "The active expression of virtue gives rise to the keenest intelligence." Sri Yukteswar, Indian spiritual teacher Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

3 "Peace… is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632-1677), 'Theological-Political Treatise' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

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 "Great becomes the fruit, great the advantage of earnest contemplation, when it is set round with upright conduct." Buddha (563-483 bce), 'The Dialogues' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "The supreme value in human life should be seen in the achievement of an ethical and spiritual personality for the individual, and the fellowship of such individuals with each other and with God." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "Moral values and meanings are not mere rules invented by man to regulate human society. They are rather man's awareness and understanding of the eternal Moral Order." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

12 "You are a part of the Infinite. This is your nature. Hence you are your brother's keeper." Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

13 "Man's art offers the gift of music out of mere sound, of wisdom out of awareness, of love out of indifference. These are difficult transmutations. They are accomplished by the alchemy of only the purest motivation." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

14 "Wisdom and morality alike consist in recognizing that one is NOT separate at all, but rather completely and intimately related to the rest of creation." William Ophuls, 'Political Values For an Age of Scarcity: Buddhist Politics' The American Theosophist (various)

15 "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)

16 "Morality..is a function of the human soul, as old as humanity itself. Morality is not imposed from outside; we have it in ourselves from the start." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "Human virtue is a participation in the divine power." Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II, q. 129, a. 1 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

20 "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)

21 "Meditation upon a virtue causes a man gradually to grow into the possession of that virtue; as finely said in the Hindu Scriptures: 'What a man thinks on, that he becomes.'" The Mental Body (Arthur E. Powell)

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

23 "The moral law is universally and equally binding on all persons….the moral law commands us to respect the dignity of the human person, ourselves and others alike," The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

24 "The laws of ecology are the laws of energy. Everything is interconnected; every action, every movement of forces, changes the universe." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

25 "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.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite