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1 "Goodness is the full expression of divine activity within us…In goodness the beauty that is according to God's likeness is made manifest." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

2 "Since we were originally created by God as 'very good' (Genesis 1:31), we owe it to God to be such." St. Theodoros, the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

3 "God fulfills all things with His goodness." On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

4 ""The characteristic note of all goodness is its desirability; its demand is for love, which is no more than the recognition of the heart-filling character of goodness." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

5 "Let Spirit flow through you in little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy. These deeds will add to the planet's fund of good will." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

6 "Groups are forming now in their thousands and are to be found in every land, and they will eventually blend and fuse together into one great movement of goodwill, which is spirit in actual expression." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

7 "Whatever befalls you, receive these experiences as good, knowing that nothing happens without God." 'The Letter of Barnabas', late 1st to early 2nd century The Apostolic Fathers (Jack Sparks, editor)

8 "God deliberately brings about multitude and distinction in order that the divine goodness may be brought forth and shared in many measures. There is beauty in the very diversity." Thomas Aquinas, CT 1, 102 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

9 "To find the child of true Humanity within or to put on the perfect Human means to come to know that one's true self is a spiritual being whose roots are nourished by the transcendent Good." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

10 "Good will is the harmony of the cosmos made audible in human consciousness. It is that good will which is the true end and meaning of every human life." Jay G. Williams, Ph.D., Chair of the Dept. of Religion at Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y. Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

11 "I find good people good and I find bad people good, if I am good enough." Lao-Tzu (6th century bce), Chinese founder of Taoism, 'The Way of Life' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

12 "Divine good exists in every particular creature." Thomas Aquinas, In Mt 3, p. 36 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

13 "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)

14 "For nearly two thousand years the first sentence a Chinese child, living in the direct light of Confucius, was taught to read was…'Human beings are by nature good.' We may smile at the undisguised moralizing, but every nation needs it.'" The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

15 "However terrible the sin and sorrow on earth may be, all things are somehow working together for the eventual good of all." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

16 "Trust that behind all events, no matter how painful, there is a reason from which good can come." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

17 "He [Buddha] declared that in spite of all the sorrow and misery of the world, the great scheme of which man is a part is a scheme of eternal justice, and that the law under which we are living is a good law, and needs only that we should understand it and adapt ourselves to it." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

18 "The old saying is justified that ALL things, even the most unlikely-looking are in reality working together for good." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

19 "The allure of the good is an ennobling invitation; for it is essentially a promise that we can become a part of this loved thing or make it a part of ourselves." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

20 "Good is latent in every living thing, and simply needs to be called into active expression through the gracious application of respect, sympathetic understanding, gentleness and love." Kinship With All Life (J. Allen Boone)

21 "Seen in perspective, the world is ultimately benign." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

22 "All shall be well and…All manner of thing shall be well…When the tongues of flame are in-folded…Into the crowned knot of fire…and the fire and the rose are one." T. S. Eliot, 'Little Gidding' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

23 “Everything we can do for good, however tiny, will not be lost.” Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

24 "The world in which you find yourself in inherently good. Every person is the best of all people, and every occurrence is meant to happen." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

25 "All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite