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1 "Always be kinder than the situation demands. Earth's greatest Teachers and Sages have taught this." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

2 "What I do unto the least of these my brothers and sisters, I do unto the Divine." Companions on the Inner Way (Morton T. Kelsey)

3 "The health and the happiness of all sentient beings depend upon their mutual, humane relationship. We are all dependent upon one another for our well-being, progress, fulfilment." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

4 "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)

5 "Human virtue is a participation in the divine power." Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II, q. 129, a. 1 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

6 "A good conscience confers on us the power of love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

7 "When all things are perceived as infinite and holy, what motive can we have for covetousness or self-assertion, for the pursuit of power or the drearier forms of pleasure." Aldous Huxley Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

8 "Devotional service is a process of spiritual understanding....Devotional service to the Lord and the Lord Himself are one and the same because they are...manifesting the internal energy of the Supreme Lord." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

9 "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)

10 "Socrates believed in a divine principle, expressed through an inner voice that directs our actions along the path of morality. He taught us to explore our thinking and behaviors that are unworthy of us." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

11 "The Talmud states, 'All are responsible for each other.' And Jesus taught, 'That which you do to the least of these my brethren you do unto me.'" Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

12 "Ethics is rooted in the dynamism of love." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

13 "Everything we do COUNTS. There is really no such thing as a small act of service or goodness. This is in accord with most of the world's spiritual traditions." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

14 "With incarnation comes responsibility; beings need each other's help." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

15 "We are to work steadily and softly to plant in our lives the values of the Kingdom: the integrity of the earth; the dignity of human persons in body, in mind, in spirit and in community; justice; wisdom; peace." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

16 "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)

17 "That we must give if we are to receive is not a rule, as is so oftern supposed, in defiance of Nature. Rather all the processes of Nature reflect its unconscious action. Life could sustain its being in no other way." Hugh l'Anson Fausset (1895-1965), English critic, poet, 'Proving of Psyche' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

18 "Acts of lovingkindness, over the long run, will bring a higher level of consciousness to everyone in the world." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

19 "Man's art offers the gift of music out of mere sound, of wisdom out of awareness, of love out of indifference. These are difficult transmutations. They are accomplished by the alchemy of only the purest motivation." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

20 "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)

21 "He who knows God is truly moral." Friedrich vonSchelling Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

22 "Do not lose by saving but gather in by scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give to others." St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, Sermon 43 Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours (various)

23 "'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.)

24 "Jesus replied,…Everyone has the command of his own tongue, to speak both good and bad, let him look to it." The Gospel of Nicodemus, ch. 2, v. 5 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

25 "The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite