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1 "The best way to see truly is to begin determinedly to look always for the good in every one." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

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

3 "The mind is drawn quite naturally to the ideal of Truth; the heart or our values, is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of Beauty; the guts or will is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of the Good." Keith Critchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

4 "Only God, only an infinite being, can satisfy man's infinite craving for all the good there is." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

5 "Seek contact with Him now in the goodness and splendour which is in other people." Evelyn Underhill, 'The Letters of Evelyn Underhill' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

6 "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)

7 "The Eternal Goodness is ever most graciously guiding and drawing us." Theologia Germanica, 14th century The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

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

9 "Through the ages, the wise and thoughtful among us have said that there is good in everything and everyone if we just take the time to look for it." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

10 "Our true mind is not restricted to our intellectual or cognitive power, but is a fundamental goodness or 'good heart' that is at the core of every being." Christine Longaker, founding director of the Buddhist Rigpa Fellowship, 'What Counts at the Moment of Death' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

11 “There is nothing in the world without a share of the Beautiful and the Good.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

12 "We are rooted in an earth that God has proclaimed good. Here on this good earth we have become flesh with the seed of God hidden in us." A Tree Full of Angels (Macrina Wiederkehr)

13 "Goodness has power – indeed, ultimate power." The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Huston Smith)

14 "A bank of self-existing energy is always available to you – beyond any circumstance. It actually comes from nowhere, but is always there. It is the energy of basic goodness." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

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 ancients could get along with the Greek wisdom of the ages: Exaggerate nothing, all good lies in right measure.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "According to each part, both soul and body, the human being was made good by a good God." St. Augustine, 'On Continence' Heaven, A History (Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang)

18 "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)

19 "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)

20 "Each one vaguely apprehends a good in which the mind may be at rest, and desires it; wherefore to attain unto it each doth strive." Dante, 'Purgatorio', xvii. 127-129 Dante and the Mystics (Edmund G. Gardner)

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

22 "The Divine One is himself the Good (in the primary and proper sense of the word), whose very nature is goodness." Gregory of Nyssa (331-396) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

23 "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)

24 "Contemplate within yourself the implications of Goodwill as they are carried out by a conscious Humanity. Make a plan as to how you may demonstrate Goodwill in your own way in the world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

25 "From you, O God, come all good things." Confessions (St. Augustine)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite