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1 "The great law which St. Paul states 'Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap' does work; it eternally works." The Unfinished Autobiography (Alice A. Bailey)

2 "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)

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

4 "Follow the universal principles that are stressed in the scriptures of both East and West. Let your mind dwell on: 'What can I do for others? How can I be honest, truthful, straightforward? How can I be kind? How can I be generous and unselfish?' These are principles that lead us Godward." Sri Daya Mata, disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, 'The Soul's Need for God' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

5 "'We are all', as Schopenhauer avers, 'one and the same single Being.' And the sentiment proper to this selfless realization is compassion." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

6 "The need to establish Right Human Relations is paramount." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

7 "Folklore and fairy tales are filled with lessons about the values of love, compassion, generosity, and caring for family, friends, the sick, and the elderly. These are the virtues that matter to heaven. These are the virtues that matter even if there is no heaven. And these are the virtues we are required to develop and refine on our spiritual journey." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

8 "The Lakota [Native American tribe] could despise no creature, for all were of one blood, made by the same hand, and filled with the essence of the Great Mystery." Luther Standing Bear (Sioux Native American) One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

9 "Virtue is a gift from God implanted in our nature." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith' (8th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

10 "There are many persons today who have the capacity for profounder insight into themselves. Such self-knowledge is of prime importance, because through it we approach that fundamenal stratum or core of human nature where the instincts dwell. Here are those pre-existent dynamic factors which ultimately govern the ethical decisions of our consciousness." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

11 "I see that, in general, those individuals whose conduct is ethically positive are happier and more satisfied than those who neglect ethics." 'Ancient Wisdom, Modern World' The Path to Freedom: Freedom in Exile & Ancient Wisdom, Modern World (The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso)

12 "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.)

13 "Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another." Isaac Penington, 'The Art of Living' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

14 "The Golden Rule is so simple, so universal….To apply it in everyday life, round the world, would solve most problems. Treat others the way you want to be treated yourself." Sacred Origins of Profound Things (Charles Panati)

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

16 "Pursuing virtue is an essential part of wisdom….Wisdom is more than just the acquisition of knowledge; rather, it is the ability to apply knowledge, through the considered merit of virtue and values." 366 Celt: A Year and A Day of Celtic Wisdom and Lore (Carl McColman)

17 "Codes of law and morality do not exist independently of human beings, to be restrictively imposed upon us. We ourselves create the codes." Intuitive Thinking As A Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom (Rudolf Steiner)

18 "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)

19 "Kindness should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man." Mirrors of the Soul (Kahlil Gibran)

20 "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)

21 "All the virtues grow through the practice of any one of them, and all the vices grow through the practice of any one of them likewise." Ascent of Mount Carmel (St. John of the Cross)

22 "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary." Hillel (fl. 30 bce – 10 ad), from the Talmud Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

23 "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)

24 "Virtue is to the soul what health is to the body." Francois de LaRochefoucauld, 'Maximes Posthumes', No. 541 Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

25 "Life really is a miracle, every moment of it, and..the only appropriate way to respond to the gift that we have been given is to be mindful of that gift at every moment and to be caring toward everyone we meet." Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite