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1 "The truly important ingredients of life are still the same as they always have been – true love and real friendship, honesty and faithfulness, sincerity, unselfishness, the concept that it is better to give than to receive, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These principles are still around; they haven't gone away." Nancy Reagan Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

2 "Ultimately, morality and ethics are not modes of conduct arising from constraint, from law or fear: the conduct arises from love." The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

3 "Almost all the principles that are associated with religious thought are shared by every religion. The Golden Rule, Love Thy Neighbor, Honor Thy Father and Mother, Speak Truth, It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive – these principles and others are common to all religions and are very similarly expressed in each." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

4 "All our dignity consists in thought. Let us labor, then, to think well. That is the principle of morality." Pascal One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

5 "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto other which would cause you pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5, 1517 The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

6 "God made all things to be helpful for virtue." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

7 "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)

8 "Moral goodness has its eternal value in itself." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

9 "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)

10 "Authentic morality, in Jesus' living experience, flowed naturally and spontaneously from authentic and realized divine love." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

11 "Compassion is simply expressing in action the interrelatedness of all life, all being." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

12 "Our acts of lovingkindness not only matter, they are the medium through which we can bring the world together in a new era of human relationship." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

13 "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)

14 "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." Cicero, 'Oratio Pro Cneao Plancio, XXXIII Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

15 "The wisest people of all times have believed in the reality of spiritual values." Healing: The Divine Art (Manly P. Hall)

16 "It is perfectly true that safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other. It is one of the most important truths in the world." Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)

17 "Our ancestors survived not by ripping one another apart but by helping one another hunt, gather food, and defend against predators. The simple act of one individual's keeping watch while others sleep has huge survival advantages. Altruism facilitated all forms of cooperation, sharing, and communication – key forces that shaped human evolution." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

18 "Kindness will eventually transform the entire existence of an individual, having reverberations in the community and the world. Let us allow ourselves to be refashioned by the effective and beautiful quality of kindness." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

19 "Kindness should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man." Mirrors of the Soul (Kahlil Gibran)

20 "To obey the laws of nature is the only safe and sure road to the spiritual evolution of the senses of the soul." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

21 "The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue…Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime." Aristotle (384-322bc), Greek philosopher, 'Nicomachean Ethics', bk. 1, 1098a 16 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

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

23 "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))

24 "'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' To this I would add, 'Give unto God and the world all that you are and all that you can be.'" Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

25 "The supreme value in human life should be seen in the achievement of an ethical and spiritual personality for the individual, and the fellowship of such individuals with each other and with God." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite