"Soul is the same thing in all living creatures, although the body of each is different." Hippocrates (460-377 bce), 'Regimen', bk. 1, sec. 28
"Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion." William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), 'W. P. and F. J. T. Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison', vol. III
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley (1703-1791), 'John Wesley's Rule'
"He prays well who loves well, both man and bird and beast." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"From the feelings proper to it, humanity's nature is constituted for the practice of what is good." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.5-6
"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
"Live innocently; God is here." Linnaeus (Carl vonLinne) (1707-1778), inscribed above the door of his bedroom
"We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones to make a better day." Lionel Richie (b. 1950), 'We Are the World'
"Philosophy is written in this grand book – I mean the universe – which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth." Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 'Il Saggiatore'
"Peace… is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632-1677), 'Theological-Political Treatise'
"Do justice, that you may live long upon earth. Calm the weeper, do not oppress the widow, do not oust a man from his father's property,….beware of punishing wrongly; do not kill, for it will not profit you." 'The Teaching for Merikare, par. 8 (cs. 2135-2040 bce), a treatise on kingship addressed by a king of Heracleopolis, whose name is lost, to his son and successor Merikare
"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944
"And what if all of animated nature be but organic harps diversely framed, that tremble into thought, as over them sweeps plastc and vast, one intellectual breeze, at once the Soul of each, and God of All?" Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), 'Letters to a Young Poet'
"Great emegencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed." William James (1842-1910), 'The Letters of William James'
"Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23
"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'
"He is Father. Even more, God is Mother." Pope John Paul I (1912-1978), Sunday Angelus blessing, St. Peter's Square, September 17, 1978
"What is God? Everything." Pindar (518-438 bce), Fragment 140d
"Full of Zeus are all streets and all gathering places, and full are the sea and harbors. Everywhere we all have need of Zeus. For we are also his offspring." Aratus (ca. 315-240 bce), 'Phaenomena, sec. 1
"Creator uncreated, sole one, unique one, who traverses eternity…with millions under his care; Your splendor is like heaven's splendor." Suti and Hor (15th to 14th centuries bce), architects to Amenhotep III, 'First Hymn to the Sun God'
"There are no dead." Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), 'The Blue Bird', act IV, sc. ii
"We cannot in any better manner glorify the Lord and Creator of the universe than that in all things, how small soever they appear to our naked eyes, but which have yet received the gift of life and power of increase, we contemplate the display of his omnificence and perfections with the utmost admiration." Anton vanLeeuwenhoeck (1632-1723), 'Select Works'
"All Nature wears one universal grin." Henry Fielding (1707-1754), 'Tom Thumb', act I, sc. 1