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1 "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)

2 "The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others." Honore de Balzac, 'Seraphita' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

3 "Free will in man includes as its most relevant part man's ethical behavior." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'Why Not Talk Physics?' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

4 "Morality is the observance of the rights of others." Dagobert D. Runes (1902-1982), American philosopher, 'Treasury of World Literature' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

5 "Man is as surely clothed in the garments of virtue as he is in the garments of the physical; they are vehicles of his expression no less real than are the members formed of bone, flesh, or sinew." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "Ideas of what is right and wrong vary from age to age and from place to place, but the significant thing is that there is a distinction between right and wrong. The inner compusion to do right and the shame we feel when we are aware of having done wrong are an experience of God." Leslie J. Tizard, 'Facing Life and Death' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

9 "The ten commandments not only describe the main features of the Judaeo-Christian superego but are, when broadly interpreted, a pretty good approximation of the archetypal moral sensibility of humankind." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

10 "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)

11 "Pursue the line of conduct marked out by the strictest integrity, as regards the interests of the whole." Last words of Lorenzo de Medici (d. 1492), poet and prince of Florence, Italy Last Words of Saints and Sinners (Herbert Lockyer)

12 "Kindness will eventually transform the entire existence of an individual, having reverberations in the community and the world. Let us allow ourselves to be refashioned by the effective and beautiful quality of kindness." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

13 "No mystical training is authentic unless it results in a total commitment to other beings and to the service of justice and compassion in all forms in the creation." Teachings of the Christian Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

14 "Veracity is the heart of morality." Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), 'Universities, Actual and Ideal' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

15 "We're in good hands and in gratitude for that fact it would be good if we bore one another's burdens." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

16 "There was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous." Benjamin Franklin One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

17 "We as individuals can undertake to cultivate our intuitive nature and so develop moral insight." Gertrude Reif Hughes, Introduction Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom (Rudolf Steiner)

18 “Give to others that which you would wish for yourself.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

19 "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)

20 "Every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such every living entity is intended to serve the Supreme Lord by his own constitution." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

21 "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)

22 "Kindness…is an eternal absolute. It is the bond connecting all beings in the great web of interdependence in which we all participate and by which we are sustained." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

23 "By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship and rebels against divine truth." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

24 "In happiness and suffering, in joy and in grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves." Yogashastra, 2:20 (Jain scripture) Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

25 "With respect to other people, you must keep your conscience pure by not doing to them anything that you hate and that you do not want them to do to you." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'The Three Methods of Prayer' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite