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1 "By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him to do what is good and avoid what is evil. Everyone is obliged to follow this law, which makes itself heard in conscience and is fulfilled in the love of God and of neighbor. Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

2 "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)

3 "Humaneness, which is obedience to the law of love in thought, feeling, word and deed, is the only way to lasting world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

4 "The constructions of culture, the moral and esthetic laws that we fashion and revere, though shot through with human frailty, ignorance, and local variation, are actually fashioned in response to a divine presence always imperfectly known, but THERE to witness and measure the justice in our answer to its call." Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

5 "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." Cicero, 'Oratio Pro Cneao Plancio, XXXIII Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

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 "Almost all the principles that are associated with religious thought are shared by every religion. The Golden Rule, Love Thy Neighbor, Honor Thy Father and Mother, Speak Truth, It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive – these principles and others are common to all religions and are very similarly expressed in each." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

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

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "When we treat others as we would like to be treated, we are creating a basis for living together in peace. From that very solid beginning, we can agree to cooperate, adapt, compromise and share." Born For Love: Reflections on Loving (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

12 "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)

13 "The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue…Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime." Aristotle (384-322bc), Greek philosopher, 'Nicomachean Ethics', bk. 1, 1098a 16 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

14 "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)

15 "True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods." Aristotle (384-322 bce), 'Politics' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

16 "What we know as the Golden Rule has been stated and restated through the ages by every religion and every ethical philosophy. In ancient Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel told a young seeker, 'What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.' In China, Confucius echoed Hillel: 'What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.' Islam puts it this way: 'No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.' In Leviticus it reads as a commandment, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' words repeated by Jesus when the Pharisees challenged him, and later reframed in the Sermon on the Mount as, 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you.' Perhaps Jesus had heard that Aristotle had said, three hundred years earlier, 'We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

17 "A land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as Thoreau's 'Walden', and as comprehensive as the sensitive science of ecology. It should stress the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help logic of the great chain of life." Stewart Lee Udall (b. 1920), 'The Quiet Crisis' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

18 "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)

19 "Morality is a universal attribute of the human psyche." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

20 "What then can we do practically to help great national affairs? This at least: that when in our presence unkind or sneering remarks are made about other nations, we can make a point of always putting forward considerations on the other side, and saying something kindly." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

21 "Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." Confucius (551-479 bce), 'The Confucian Analects', bk. 7:29 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

22 "I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the 'oughtness' that forever confronts him." Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, December 11, 1964 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

23 "True glory is in virtue. Ah, I would willingly give all the applause I have received to have performed one good action more." Last words of Lupe de Vega (1562-1635), Spanish actor and dramatist Last Words of Saints and Sinners (Herbert Lockyer)

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

25 "Truly blessed is the man who seeks virtue and pursues it and inquires diligently into its nature, since it is through virtue that he approaches God and enters into spiritual communion with Him." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite