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

2 "The knowledge of one who sees in every living entity one undivided spiritual nature, which is divided into innumerable forms, should be understood to be in the mode of goodness." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 18, v. 20 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

3 "Good deeds that are done for a good motive are the dead that live even in the grave; they are flowers that withstand the storm, they are stars that know no setting." Matthias Claudius (1740-1815), German poet The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

4 "The Universe is basically good and throughout it great forces are at work striving to bring about a greater unity of all living things." Kenneth D. Kaunda (b. 1924), former president of the Republic of Zambia The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

5 "Once a person truly awakens to the hidden holiness that underlies and unifies creation, his or her inevitable behavioral response is goodness, or treating others as the 'self' that all share." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

6 "Looking for the good in a situation allows us to call it by its right name. Dear reader, do you know what a marvel lies hidden in these words, a marvel that you can put to the test and see for yourself before this day is over?" The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

7 "Every being is good, since He who is the Creator of all being whatever is supremely good." St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion' The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

8 "A person's true wealth is the good he does in this world." Muhammad The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

9 "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)

10 "According to Wisdom 7:23f., Wisdom is a 'vapour of the power of God and a certain pure emanation of the glory of almighty God…the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God's majesty, and the image of his goodness.'" Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

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

12 "The energy that creates individual essence, life and wisdom, and in general makes and sustains created beings, is identical with the divine volitions and the divine participable principles and the gifts of supernal Goodness, the Cause of all." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

13 "It is possible to see God's good in everything. Everything pertaining to the Mystery has to do with looking for good everywhere." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

14 "Morality is generally regarded as a system of actions and relationships that are biologically secondary, less immediate and less physical than material or vital relationships. This is a great mistake. One has only to study, from the point of view of creative union, its role in the evolution of living beings, in order to see how profound is the morphogenic power of the Good." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

15 "Do the good that you know." Emanuel Swedenborg The Inner West, An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West (Jay Kinney, editor)

16 "The only cause of all created things, whether heavenly or earthy, whether visible or invisible, is the goodness of the Creator, the one true God; and nothing exists but Himself that does not derive its existence from Him." St. Augustine (354-430) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

17 "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley (1703-1791), 'John Wesley's Rule' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

18 "The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man: insomuch, that if it issue not towards men, it will take unto other living creatures." Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English lawyer and philosopher, 'Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature' Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

19 "By turning toward the Good, the soul comes to follow its true spiritual nature." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

20 "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)

21 "The wise man recognizes the idea of the good within him." Plotinus Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

22 "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)

23 "Each bestirs itself and all are stirred to do and to will whatever it is they do and will because of the yearning for the Beautiful and the Good…..The divine longing is Good seeking good for the sake of the Good." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

24 "Strength and calm and wisdom come to those who behold with opened eyes the glory of the Good Law." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite