An Appeal to Reason, From Saints and Sages of All Religions

Love

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”
— Mother Teresa

“Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.”
— Euripides

“It is not a matter of thinking a great deal but of loving a great deal, so do whatever arouses you most to love.”
—St. Teresa of Avila

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”
—Benjamin Disraeli

“Where there is love there is life.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
—Martin Luther King

Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”
—Corrie Ten Boom

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

Kindness

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
—Albert Schweitzer

“He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
—Saint Basil

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
—William Wordsworth

Peace

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Peace has its victories, but it takes a brave man to win them.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Peace hath higher tests of manhood
Than battle ever knew.”
—John Greenleaf Whittier

“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”
—Jawaharlal Nehru

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
—Galatians 5:22-23

“Mental violence has no potency and injures only the person whose thoughts are violent. It is otherwise with mental non-violence. It has potency which the world does not yet know.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

Truth

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night.”
—Henry David Thoreau

On the desirability of avoiding lawsuits

Above all things, St. Francis of Sales hated lawsuits, and strictly commanded all ecclesiastics to avoid them, and refer all disputes to arbitration. He said they were such occasions of sins against charity, that, if any one during the course of a lawsuit had escaped them, that alone would suffice for his canonization.

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
—Romans 12:18

“Make friends with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way.”
—Matthew 5:25

“Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Actually then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?”
—1 Corinthian 6:1, 7

 

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