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1 "All things are interdependent and interrelated and therefore mutually responsible. An act that harms anyone harms us all." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

2 "Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

3 "Universal fellowship needs to be cultivated." The Kingdom of the Shining Ones (Flower A. Newhouse)

4 "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)

5 "The Law of Right Human Relations and the Law of Group Endeavor are of the utmost importance. This is a time in which cooperation, companionship along the Way, and love between the sexes, races, nations, and all other groups of individuals will reveal itself as containing the highest living ideals of a spiritual life in the material world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

6 "To create meaning in our lives, we have to go back to basics….It's morality. It's doing the right thing. It's choosing the right way to be for the good of the whole." Terry Lynn Taylor Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

7 "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)

8 "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)

9 "Jesus tells those who listen, 'Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.' (Matthew 7:12)" Conversion & The Enneagram (Bernard Tickerhoof, T.O.R.)

10 "As Aristotle says, 'man is a civic animal', wherefore he is required not only to be useful to himself but also to others." Dante Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

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

12 "Though we may differ greatly in how, who and what we worship, the basic code of behavior is common to all. It is this common denominator which binds us together in humanity and has helped us to continue to grow and survive." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

13 "Morality is generally regarded as a system of actions and relationships that are biologically secondary, less immediate and less physical than material or vital relationships. This is a great mistake. One has only to study, from the point of view of creative union, its role in the evolution of living beings, in order to see how profound is the morphogenic power of the Good." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

14 "We must willingly cooperate with the intentions of evolution and spiritual destiny. Our moral failure to develop spiritual cognition would render this future barren." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

15 "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)

16 "What I do unto the least of these my brothers and sisters, I do unto the Divine." Companions on the Inner Way (Morton T. Kelsey)

17 "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)

18 “In truth, we are all one, and that which you do for another, you do for yourself. This is why the greatest teaching ever given is: Do unto others as you would have it done unto you.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

19 "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)

20 “Brotherhood extends to all corners of the earth, including all races and species without distinction.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

21 "Mutual help is the law of nature." French proverb Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

22 "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)

23 "See yourself in others, then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

24 "Confucius and Mencius maintained that the very core of the truly good life is a life lived in obedience to the moral law and in the awareness that the moral law is grounded in the Eternal." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

25 "Humility, obedience, simplicity – these are the virtues on which the divine friendship, as well as human friendships, alone can thrive." R. H. Benson, 'Christ in the Church' (20th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite