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1 “Nothing is of higher worth than to do good.” Chrysippus, Fragment 1192 The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

2 "In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong: honor that; rejoice in it." John Ruskin (1819-1909) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

3 "Even matter, as a potentiality to good, has the nature of good." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

4 "Good is everywhere, ever abiding; and evil, so-called, is the ignorance in ourselves impelling us to violate the patterns for human growth that exist forever in the Infinite Mind." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

5 "Do not think of the faults of others, but of what is good in them." St. Teresa of Jesus, 'Maxims' (16th century), The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

6 "The goodness of God keeps the wheels of the universe whirring;…We set our feet on a road because there is goodness at the end of it; we keep our hands at a task because the goodness at the end of it makes all the labor well worthwhile; our minds probe into every corner of the universe because our hearts are hungry for the goodness to be discovered in the universe and its Maker." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

7 "A life of love and effort on behalf of the collective good promises the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you were born to do." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

8 "There is a little sense of justice and of mercy in the vilest men of earth. By taking heed to what you do and say and trusting in the guidance of the Holy Breath, you may inspire this sense to grow." ch. 113, v. 21,22 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

9 "See the highest potential of good in everyone….for by seeing the good in another person, one is able to bring it out." Sealed Orders (Agnes Sanford)

10 "The laws of God work only for your good, and there are no other laws beside His." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

11 "Eternal Good does not have to come into the soul, for It is already there." 'Theologia Germanica' (ca. 1350) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

12 "Man has the privilege and possesses the possibilities of choosing the good." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

13 "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)

14 "God is and all is well." John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), 'Snowbound' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

15 "You do not possess basic goodness but you ARE the basic goodness itself." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

16 "The Supreme Good is the centre of universal convergence towards which everything tends." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

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

18 "Every human being has a basic nature of goodness, which is undiluted and unconfused. That goodness contains tremendous gentleness and appreciation." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

19 "Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection….Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God's infinite wisdom and goodness." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

20 "All organized beings, even the very lowest, steer themselves and progress towards that quarter in which the greatest measure of well-being is to be found." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

21 "Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe." Talmudic saying Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

22 "The goodness of God knows how to use our disordered wishes and actions, often lovingly turning them to our advantage while always preserving the beauty of His order." St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 'Letters', 90,6 (12th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

23 "A seed for transformation exists within the soul of each act of goodness." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

24 "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)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite