2. "If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past."
- Quote by Bodhidharma
3. "Such, in all modesty, is the reward of virtue."
- Stephan Talty, Operation Cowboy: The Secret American Mission to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II
4. "What they do at 6:00 a.m. is anyone's guess. I only know that they're incredibly self-righteous about it and talk about the dawn as if it's a personal reward, bestowed on account of their great virtue."
- David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames
5. "The key to peace is authority—peace is the fruit of an obedient, righteous life."
- Beth Moore, Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender
6. "Karma once done is never wasted in a crore of kalpas and one must enjoy or suffer the fruit of every deed. Evil karma gets one to hell, karma that is only good, to heaven. Mixed karma results in a human birth and the birth is good or evil according to the proportion of the mixture."
- Ramesh Menon, SIVA PURANA
8. "How the temptation to sin always aids our progress. You should know that the impulse to sin always brings great benefit for someone who is righteous. Now listen to this. Imagine two individuals, one of whom is the type of person who experiences little or no temptation while the other is the type who is much troubled by temptation. The mere presence of certain things rouses their outer self so that they are moved to anger, to vanity or to sensuality, according to the nature of the stimulus. But with their higher powers they remain steadfast and unmoved, and determined not to give in to their weakness, whether it be losing their temper or any other sin, and they strongly resist it. Perhaps it is a question of a weakness which is rooted in their own nature, just as certain people are irascible or vain or whatever but do not wish to commit the sin. These are far worthier of praise and deserving of a far greater reward, and are far nobler than the first type, for the perfection of virtue"
- Meister Eckhart, Selected Writings
9. "The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one."
- Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. "XXVIII. And these your professed politicians, the only true practical philosophers of the world, (as they think of themselves) so full of affected gravity, or such professed lovers of virtue and honesty, what wretches be they in very deed; how vile and contemptible in themselves? O man! what ado doest thou keep?"
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations