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1 "Love of truth shows itself in this, that a man knows how to find and value the good in everything." Goethe One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

2 "Everything is prepared for the good of human beings." Yi-Pao Mei, ancient Chinese philosopher, 'Motse' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

3 "God governs all His creatures in goodness." St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Abbess, visionary The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

4 "Whatsoever is good shall no one take unto himself as his own, seeing that it belongs to the Eternal Goodness only." Theologia Germanica, 14th century The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

5 "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)

6 “Behind visible nature is a Universal Principle of good accomplishing all things through wisdom, strength, and beauty.” Healing: The Divine Art (Manly P. Hall)

7 "Basic goodness is what we have, what we are provided with. It is the natural situation that we have inherited from birth onwards." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

8 “Having ultimately attained through right thinking, right feeling, and right living to the condition of the beautiful within ourselves, with enraptured vision we can respond in perfect measure to the eternal beauty which flows from the inexhaustible fountain of the one Good.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

9 "The fountain of blessing wells up unceasingly." Gregory of Nyssa (b.335) The Holy Fire, the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church (Robert Payne)

10 "In any situation, there is some good….In the most hopeless and heartless situation, even a concentration camp, some opportunity for good remains, if only, as for Betsie tenBoom [holocaust survivor], the opportunity to love and undergo a purifying ordeal." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

11 "The sphere of undeveloped good in man's constitution must be developed." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

12 "This essential Good, by the very fact of its existence, extends goodness into all things. Think of how it is with our sun….by the very fact of its existence it gives light to whatever is able to partake of its light. So it is with the Good. Existing far above the sun, an archetype far superior to its dull image, it sends the rays of its undivided goodness to everything with the capacity to receive it. These rays are responsible for all intelligible and intelligent beings, for every power and every activity….Their longing for the Good makes them what they are and confers on them their well-being. Shaped by what they yearn for, they exemplify goodness and, as the Law of God requires of them, they share with (all) the good gifts which have come their way." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

13 "The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), 'The Divine Comedy' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

14 "In the long run, the good triumphs over the evil." The City of God (St. Augustine)

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

16 "Reality is not only more unified but better than it seems to us. As God told the medieval mystic Dame Julian of Norwich, 'You will see for yourself that every sort of thing will be all right." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

17 "Every being in its essence is good and participates in the divine goodness Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

18 "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)

19 "Every act of good, no matter how small, helps radiate the Divine throughout the world." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

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

21 "The Good is the cause of life, of thought, of being." Plotinus, 'Beauty' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

22 "Natural law is a certain quality planted in humanity by nature, which leads them to do what is good." Rufinus, 'Summa Decretorum' (12th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

23 "Ever-unfolding good is actually the natural order of the universe." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

24 "Will-to-good has carried all creation on toward a greater glory and a steadily deepening, intelligent responsiveness." The Reappearance of the Christ (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "The existence of sentient creatures has a goal and purpose which is ultimately the supreme good of every one of them." The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite