"Everything that is natural is the work of divine creation and is excellent: 'And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'
The Philokalia, volume 2
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)
"The Law of the Universe…is to all eternity the good of the whole and naught can arrest this happening."
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Love is an inner quality that sees good everywhere and in everybody. It insists that all is good, and by refusing to see anything but good, it tends to cause that quality to appear uppermost in itself and in other things."
Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles
(John Marks Templeton)
"The goodness of God keeps the wheels of the universe whirring;…We set our feet on a road because there is goodness at the end of it; we keep our hands at a task because the goodness at the end of it makes all the labor well worthwhile; our minds probe into every corner of the universe because our hearts are hungry for the goodness to be discovered in the universe and its Maker."
My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone
(Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)
"The Deity has taken its abode in man with the obvious intention of realizing Its Good in man."
C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
(Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)
"The Supreme Good is the centre of universal convergence towards which everything tends."
Science and Christ
(Pierre Teilhard deChardin)
"The love of goodness is the first experience of the natural man, and all spiritual advancement is an extension of the soul's journey through its great distance."
Lamps of Western Mysticism
(Arthur Edward Waite)
"Such is the organic cosmos; do but survey it and you will perchance hear something like this: 'I am fashioned by a God. From that God I issued perfect, lacking nothing, fitted for that which I am to do. In myself I contain all that exists, every plant and every living creature, and all created objects, and all beings of the spirit realm, and risen souls, and all men who trust in the Good….Everything within me strives toward the Good. Every part of my diversity, in its own measure, attains. From that Centre, that Good, the heavens depend, and my own soul, and the Divinity that is in my every part, and all that lives and grows." Plotinus
Men Who Have Walked With God
"If he does not know what is good, a man cannot be true to himself….He who learns to be his true self is one who finds out what is good and holds fast to it." Tsesze, Chinese philosopher, grandson of Confucius, 'The Golden Mean of Tsesze'
The Choice Is Always Ours
(Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)
"All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author
(Richard M Bucke)
"There is only one way for a man to be true to himself. If he does not know what is good, a man cannot be true to himself." Confucius (551-479 bce), Chinese sage, 'The Doctrine of Mean'
The Great Thoughts
(George Seldes, compiler)
"Experienced spiritual researchers know what strength they gain by always looking for the good in everything and withholding their critical judgment. This practice should not remain simply an outer rule of life, but must take hold of the innermost part of the soul."
How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation
"All things are created by God and all, as He Himself says, are 'wholly good and beautiful' (Gen. 1:31)." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On the Practice of the Virtues'
The Philokalia, volume 4
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)
"The goodness of God knows how to use our disordered wishes and actions, often lovingly turning them to our advantage while always preserving the beauty of His order." St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 'Letters', 90,6 (12th century)
The Book of Catholic Quotations
(John Chapin, Editor)
"What you are is genuinely, basically good."