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Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles
John Marks Templeton

1 "To be a happy and useful person, it is important to understand and practice the Laws of Life. These laws are simply the set of rules by which we should live. They come from a vast array of sources – the major Scriptures of the world; various schools of philosophical thought, both ancient and modern; storytellers, such as Aesop; scientists, such as Isaac Newton; and from various artists and historians – to name a few."

2 "Every time we hold our tongue instead of returning the sharp retort, show patience for another's faults, show a little more love and kindness; we are helping to stockpile more of these peace-bringing qualities in the world." Constance Foster

3 "Love is the 'spiritual glue' that holds everything together."

4 "Everyone on the face of the globe is worthy of being loved."

5 "The Laws of Life work for the highest good of all."

6 "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."

7 "In our uniqueness and diversity there is a deep unifying, underlying unity that moves in and through all people."

8 "In 'Man's Search for Meaning', Victor Frankl tells of his experience in a Nazi concentration camp. He reflects on the irony that he never felt so free as he did during that dreadful period. How could that be true? Even though all obvious freedoms had been taken away from him and he was living in constant threat of sickness, torture, and death, he discovered a depth of freedom inside of himself that he had never before experienced. We are free spirits, and our minds are not bound to anything unless we think we are."

9 "As you begin to realize that God is lovingly in charge of your life, you may also understand that there is really nothing to fear."

10 "All conditions and circumstances in affairs and body are attracted to us to accord with the thoughts we hold steadily in consciousness."

11 "You can begin now to understand that people on 'the other side' of the world are just like you and me – they only want to be free to be happy and useful."

12 "Love is the ideal and the dream, in some manner of expression, of every person who lives, for in the Creator's Love were our souls conceived and in Love lies our destiny to express."

13 "Shakespeare wrote, 'There is a destiny that will shape our end, rough hew it how we will.' This statement seems to mean that there may be an ultimate goal, or a divine plan, established for each person who comes into this world."

14 "There is no one without love to give."

15 "Look around you. Find an avenue where you can offer the gift of yourself."

16 "Your answers lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust. You'll tend to forget all this. You can remember anytime you wish." Author unknown

17 "When we truly understand that no one can make us think or feel anything unless we give them permission, we begin to understand the vastness of our freedom. No person or circumstance has the power to change that truth."

18 "Through the ages, the wise and thoughtful among us have said that there is good in everything and everyone if we just take the time to look for it."

19 "There is in reality one Mind….This Mind is the life, intelligence, power, and creativity in the entire universe."

20 "We are a part of the wholeness of creation. We do not walk our path of life alone. The whole universe walks with us, and we, as a human race, are coming to a greater realization that we are all 'one' in spirit."

21 "Love, founded on truth and not on someone's mood, knows by its own fires of devotion how to make calamities serve a useful purpose."

22 "Love is an inner quality that sees good everywhere and in everybody. It insists that all is good, and by refusing to see anything but good, it tends to cause that quality to appear uppermost in itself and in other things."

23 "Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe – the open sesame to every human soul." Elizabeth Cady Stanton, speech at tenth National Woman's Rights Convention

24 "The true universal, 'higher' self within us is an individualized center of God-consciousness."

25 "It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness." Motto of the Christophers

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite