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1 "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)

2 "The coming Lord is kindness, and when this gracious power directs our conduct, the wounds caused by cruelty will be naturally healed." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

3 "Outwardly practised and inwardly cherished virtue produces peace of soul." Blessed John Tauler (1300-1361), German scholar, mystic The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

4 "The elders told us that this is the road of life that we are walking down. We're supposed to be holding up one another, supporting each other, having our arm underneath our brother's arms while walking down the road of life." Reuben Snake, Winnebago medicine man The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

5 "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)

6 "Lord Buddha's admonition to us was to serve by helping those who suffer physically to overcome physical sufferings, those who are in fear to overcome fear, those who suffer mentally to overcome mental suffering. Be of service to all living beings." A. T. Ariyaratne, Buddhist social and spiritual activist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

7 "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))

8 "The idea of 'hybris', individual imprudence…runs through the philosophical as well as religious thinking of all high civilizations. There is a moral law, and it must be obeyed." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

9 "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)

10 "We have the innate need of harmony in the moral relations; this is our glory, and the stamp of the Divine upon our nature." Felix Adler (1851-1933), founder of the American Ethical Union A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

11 "The recognition that every plant, every insect, stones even, participate in the dharma and need to be treated, not as spoils for human appetites, but as companions in terms both of origin and ultimate destiny, conditioned all the Native Americans' ideas of what is right and wrong." Huston Smith, 'What They Have That We Lack: A Tribute to the Native Americans via Joseph Epes Brown', from 'Sophia' The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (Philip Zaleski, editor)

12 "'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.)

13 "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)

14 "What we know as the Golden Rule has been stated and restated through the ages by every religion and every ethical philosophy. In ancient Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel told a young seeker, 'What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.' In China, Confucius echoed Hillel: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.' Islam puts it this way: 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' In Leviticus it reads as a commandment, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' words repeated by Jesus when the Pharisees challenged him, and later reframed in the Sermon on the Mount as, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.' Perhaps Jesus had heard that Aristotle had said, three hundred years earlier, 'We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

15 "The key to the redemption of the social system lies in the victory of divine law in the being of individuals. What the individual becomes, the collective world is." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

16 "The mind should be devoid of duplicity and should think of the welfare of all." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

17 "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)

18 "Confucius replied….'wisdom, compassion and courage – these are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man." Tze-sze (ca. 335-288 bce), Chinese philosopher, grandson of Confucius, 'The Golden Mean of Tze-sze' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

19 "This is the way of happiness and of the fulfilment of life: 'He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.' (Matthew 23:11)." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

20 "Love is to the moral nature exactly what the sun is to the earth." Honore deBalzac Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

21 "Man has received from heaven a nature innately good, to guide him in all his movements. By devotion to this divine spirit within himself, he attains an unsullied innocence that leads him to do right with instinctive sureness." I Ching, Hexagram 25 The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

22 "By kindness alone can man ratify the fact of the unity of Life." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "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)

24 "Sublime virtue is profound, is immense…It will bring about a state of universal freedom." Lao Tsze (c. 604-531bc) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

25 "God made all things to be helpful for virtue." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite