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1 "Virtue is nothing but action according to the laws of our own nature, and is the effort to preserve our being….virtue is understanding." W. H. White, Translator Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

2 "Mutual help is the law of nature." French proverb Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

3 "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)

4 "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.)

5 "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)

6 "By cultivating one's nature one will return to virtue." Chuang-Tzu Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

7 "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)

8 "'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' To this I would add, 'Give unto God and the world all that you are and all that you can be.'" Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

9 "The life of virtue [is] a climb from the many to the One." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica' 1-2, 71, 1 (13th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

10 "Core values such as forgiveness, understanding, compassion, and lovingkindness are essential human values….they come from the heart. These values embody the natural energy of the human heart." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

11 "Humility, unostentatiousness, non-injuring, forgiveness, simplicity, purity, steadfastness, self-control; this is declared to be wisdom; what is opposed to this is ignorance." Bhagavad Gita (ca. 500 bce) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

12 "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)

13 "Ethics are no mere human convention; morals are rooted in the very fabric and stuff of universal nature herself." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

14 "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)

15 "Do unto others and not do unto others what you would have the others do unto you and not do unto you. The others are to include other species, other entities, other beings in this universe." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

16 "In the domain of morality the Divine and the Terrestrial meet and are fused into one." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "Virtues are virtues because they give joy once they are practised. If a virtue does not give joy, it is not a virtue." 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)

20 "The great truths without which man's moral life is impossible – for example, knowledge of God's existence, the freedom of the will, etc. – belong to the domain of common sense, as consequences immediately deducible (proximate conclusions) from primary data apprehended by observation and first principles apprehended by the intellect. All people, unless spoiled by a faulty education or by some intellectual vice, possess a natural certainty of these truths." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

21 "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)

22 "Moral logic, the logic of divine wisdom,…comes about in the human being from the union – or even fusion – of the thinking of head and heart." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

23 "Life is always a moral question that lies before us sweetly, dependent on our gratitude and constant struggle to cause as little suffering as possible to all and everything around us." Paul Hawken, entrepreneur and environmentalist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

24 "Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke (1629-1695) The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite