"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)
“Seeing the universe at root as fundamentally benign is the common perception of the mystic suffused with divine love.”
(Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney)
"The world is made up of all kinds of good things, and gives sufficient indication of the great good in store for the one for whom all this was provided." Tertullian (c.150-212), North African church father
The Lion Christian Quotation Collection
(Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)
"The Christian 'unio mystico', Jewish 'devekut', Muslin 'fana', Hindu 'samadhi', and Zen 'Kensho' manifest the same intense consciousness of ultimate reality's underlying unity and goodness."
Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning
"A bank of self-existing energy is always available to you – beyond any circumstance. It actually comes from nowhere, but is always there. It is the energy of basic goodness."
"I see on an immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome." John Burroughs (1837-1921), 'Accepting the Universe'
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition
"As Julian of Norwich wrote, all will be well; everything will, at last, be well."
In Silence: Why We Pray
(Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)
"To those who are good to me I am good; and to those who are not good to me I am also good; and thus all get to be good." Tao The Ching
The Ancient Wisdom
"Good and evil are the light and shade of the same thing."
"I believe that the world records everything good and useful that is done in it; it notes and assimilates to itself every movement and every impulse that is fitted to harmonize with its own becoming, of whose real goodness there can be no doubt."
Writings in Time of War
(Pierre Teilhard deChardin)
"According to each part, both soul and body, the human being was made good by a good God." St. Augustine, 'On Continence'
Heaven, A History
(Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang)
"Strength and calm and wisdom come to those who behold with opened eyes the glory of the Good Law."
The Ancient Wisdom