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1 "Nature (capital N) gives us life and calls for our respect and reverence." Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

2 "Every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

3 "Is there one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness. Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you." Confucian Analects, 15, 23 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

4 "Compassion and service are the ethical expression of Unity, awarness of the illusive nature of all that seems to separate and differentiate." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

5 "Those needing our help are there for us to see….the world hunger, the millions of homeless, desolate and lost friends – all beings who are a part of us – are giving us the opportunity to view a need and do something about fulfilling that need." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

6 "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)

7 "Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke (1629-1695) The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

8 "Virtue – the readiness to regulate one's actions according to the relationships of universal love." Michail Kuzmin (1872-1936), Russian writer and translator The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

9 "In ancient times, the Greeks and Chinese, the Hebrews and the Hindus knew that virtue brings happiness." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

10 "Politeness serves a purpose…civility and kindness are moral imperatives." Jane Austen Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

11 "St. Augustine taught that once the soul is noble, harmonious, and ordered, it is capable of seeing the source from which all truth flows." Antoine Faivre Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

12 "Once we accept that everything exists in relationship to everything else, we learn to be respectful." Stone Age Wisdom, The Healing Principles of Shamanism (Tom Crockett)

13 "Moral logic, the logic of divine wisdom,…comes about in the human being from the union – or even fusion – of the thinking of head and heart." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

14 "The elders told us that this is the road of life that we are walking down. We're supposed to be holding up one another, supporting each other, having our arm underneath our brother's arms while walking down the road of life." Reuben Snake, Winnebago medicine man The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

15 "In so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or waking, or what it may." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327), The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

16 "By cultivating one's nature one will return to virtue." Chuang-Tzu Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

17 "Our task is to reject any thought that secretly vilifies a fellow being." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Fourth Century' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

18 "Harmlessness is the expression of the life of the man who realizes himself to be everywhere." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

19 "The key to the redemption of the social system lies in the victory of divine law in the being of individuals. What the individual becomes, the collective world is." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

20 "Every sound spiritual practice begins with moral development. This is as true of Buddhism and the mystical traditions of Christianity as it is of Anthroposophy…Esoteric schooling never has as its goal the accumulation of spiritual treasures for personal gain. If one seeks for oneself, one actually achieves nothing. Every striving, every accomplishment is properly placed only when it is placed at the service of others." Christopher Bamford, Afterword How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

21 "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)

22 "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)

23 "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)

24 "Art at its most elevated is not so dependent upon skill as upon virtue. Virtue is pre-eminent dedication to a life of truth." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

25 "Visualize the Law of Right Human Relations as two clasped hands encircling a bright, glowing planet Earth. Contemplate and consider the implications of Right Human Relations. Make a plan as to how you may demonstrate Right Human Relations individually in the world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite