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1 "There is no exception to service in the society of living beings....In fact, no living being is exempted from rendering service to others. Service is a constant companion of the living being, and so we may conclude that rendering service is the eternal religion of the eternal living entity." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

2 "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)

3 "The 'Golden Rule' is, after all, found at the core of the teachings of every great religious tradition, in almost identical words." William Metzger, 'Toward a New Spiritual World Order?' The Quest (various)

4 "The idea of 'hybris', individual imprudence…runs through the philosophical as well as religious thinking of all high civilizations. There is a moral law, and it must be obeyed." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

5 "The highest wisdom is kindness." The Talmud (ca. 500) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

6 "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)

7 "There is a moral purpose in evolution." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

8 "Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick. Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled….raise up and awaken those who sleep. For you are this understanding, which encourages." The Gospel of Truth and the Valentinian Speculation (2nd century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "Human individuals, with the moral ideas belonging to their nature, are the prerequisites of a moral world order." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

12 "One of the toughest roots of all evil is unconsciousness, and I could wish that the saying of Jesus, 'Man, if thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed, but if thou knowest not, thou art accursed, and a transgressor of the law,' were still in the gospels….It might well be the motto for a new morality." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

13 "Only if God is reinstated in the heart of the world will he furnish mankind and its leaders with ethical guidance through the dangers and pitfalls of the space age." Wernher vonBraun Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

14 "We do know what the virtues are through the rudimentary ways they surface in us. Ones that come immediately to mind are the Greek ternary of the good, the true, and the beautiful; India's existence, consciousness, and bliss; the creativity and compassion that Yahweh so steadfastly exemplifies; and in their full sweep, Islam's ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah. Christian love should not be overlooked, nor should the power that in God climaxes in omnipotence." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

15 "Morality will conquer war, even as it has conquered human sacrifices, slavery, feuds, head-hunting and cannibalism." Max Nordau (1849-1923), German physician, author 'Morals and the Evolution of Man' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

16 "The whole fabric of human society, its laws and its ethics, is based on the dignity of every human being." Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest, author, social activist, 'Making a Difference' A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

17 "We all have a duty of care towards our fellow beings within the Divine Unity, especially those who are less well off than ourselves." The Essence of Sufism (John Baldock)

18 "Life should be governed by the grand ethical instincts of the human soul, which are based on the orderliness of nature's own structure and processes." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

19 "It is the moral context of relationships that allows marriages, families and communities to persist with some certainty that there are agreed-upon standards of right and wrong that we can count on and that are not subject to incessant renegotiation." Robert Bellah, 'Habits of the Heart' Who Needs God (Harold Kushner)

20 "A perceiving appreciation of things, which is the first indispensable element of experience, evokes reverence; and reverence is a key virtue; in fact, I think it is the keyest of all virtues." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

21 "Moral existence is a response to the Lord's loving initiative. It is the acknowledgement and homage given to God and a worship of thanksgiving. It is cooperation with the plan God pursues in history." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

22 "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)

23 "Man's nature as a social being tends to make him feel it one of his natural wants that there should be harmony between his feelings and aims and those of his fellow-creatures." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

24 "Wherever we are, whoever we are, the responsibility for the integrity and beauty of our personalities cannot be shirked. I must get up each morning, take life into my own hands, and put my own distinct, unique, and unrepeatable stamp on it. I must freely decide to create the mood of the day rather than let the circumstances and conditions of the day rule my life. With my spirit (the breath of God in me) I will transform the raw matter of my life and make it beautiful. That is my human vocation and my moral duty." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

25 "If man speaks or acts with a pure mind, joy follows him as his own shadow." The Dhammapada (3rd century bce), 'The Path to Perfection' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite