"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)
"There is never an end, as there is never a beginning, to the good which God does: just as the property of light is to illuminate, so the property of God is to do good." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'
The Philokalia, volume 2
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)
"This world's no blot for us, Nor blank; it means intensely, and means good; To find its meaning is my meat and drink." Robert Browning, 'Fra Lippo Lippi'
Living Quotations for Christians
(Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)
"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)
"All things – not only those that have knowledge, but also those without….All things are destined and directed by God to good, and this is done in such a way that in each one is a principle by which it tends of itself to good as if seeking good itself, as if reaching for it of its own accord. For this reason it is said in the Book of Wisdom (8:1) that divine wisdom 'orders all things sweetly' because each one by its own motion tends to that for which it has been divinely destined." Thomas Aquinas, 'On Truth', q. 22, a. 1
Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality
"It is perfectly right to exalt the role of a good intention as the necessary start and foundation of all else; - it is the golden key which unlocks our inward personal world to God's presence."
The Divine Milieu
(Pierre Teilhard deChardin)
"The absolute good is, as in the 'Divine Comedy', the final cause or ultimate end of the motions of the universe. It is 'the Alpha and Omega', Dante says, 'of every scripture that Love reads to me.'"
The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1
(Mortimer J. Adler, editor)
"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)
"There is something basically good about our existence as human beings. Unless we can discover that ground of goodness in our own lives, we cannot hope to improve the lives of others."
"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)
"God has created all things for good; all things for their greatest good; everything for its own good." John Henry Newman (1801-1890), 'Meditations and Devotions'
The Quotable Spirit
(Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)
"As Julian of Norwich wrote, all will be well; everything will, at last, be well."
In Silence: Why We Pray
(Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)
“Good, possessing the virtue of unity, must ever increase until it includes everything within its own nature.”
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
(Manly P. Hall)
"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)