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1 "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)

2 "Hold for certain that what happens to you internally and externally is for the best." J. P. deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest, teacher The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

3 "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)

4 "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)

5 "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)

6 "All is well, always has been and will always be." C. M. C., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

7 "All creation is subject to infinite, unconquerable goodness." The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

8 "There is but one unconditional commandment, which is that we should seek incessantly so to act as to bring about the very largest total universe of good which we can see." William James (1842-1910), 'The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

9 "Our will, the faculty of our desire and our love, is in ceaseless pursuit of goodness." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

10 "The child looks out to the world for its instruction. The adult turns within and struggles there until, when the Divine Child is found, he looks outward again in new and constant anticipation of Good." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

11 "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)

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 "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)

14 "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

15 "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)

16 "The Great Law works for Good." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "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)

20 "God is the source and ground of all supernal goodness." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

21 "I see on an immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome." John Burroughs (1837-1921), 'Accepting the Universe' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

22 "The goodness in everyone's heart CAN be realized without doubt." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

23 "All creatures have a certain good of their own, to the completeness and perfection of their nature." St. Augustine (b.354) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

24 "As Mencius put it: 'The tendency of man's nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downwards. There are none but have this tendency to good, just as all water flows downwards.'" The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite