"In so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or waking, or what it may." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327),
The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics
(H. A. Reinhold, editor)
"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)
"The truly important ingredients of life are still the same as they always have been – true love and real friendship, honesty and faithfulness, sincerity, unselfishness, the concept that it is better to give than to receive, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These principles are still around; they haven't gone away." Nancy Reagan
Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles
(John Marks Templeton)
"Kindness should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man."
Mirrors of the Soul
"Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain: and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss." T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien (Taoist)
"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
"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)
"Not until mankind shall transcend dualism and phenomenal appearances, and realize the natural at-one-ment of all living creatures, will they be able to formulate a sound standard of morality."
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
(W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)
"Compassion is simply expressing in action the interrelatedness of all life, all being."
Finding Deep Joy
"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)
"True morality is concerned with the 'weightier things of the law – justice, integrity and mercy.' True morality is about justice, which implies the distribution of creation's pleasures."
WHEE! We, wee All the Way Home
"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.)