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1 "God deliberately brings about multitude and distinction in order that the divine goodness may be brought forth and shared in many measures. There is beauty in the very diversity." Thomas Aquinas, CT 1, 102 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

2 "Everything which is, is good; and everything which is, is true." Robert Grosseteste (ca.1175-1253), 'On Truth' Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

3 "The Laws of Life work for the highest good of all." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

4 "We experience glimpses of goodness all the time, but we often fail to acknowledge them. When we see a bright color, we are witnessing our own inherent goodness. When we hear a beautiful sound, we are hearing our own basic goodness." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

5 "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)

6 "You were born with an in-built recognition of your own goodness. You were born with an inner recognition of your rightness in the universe…You are born loving. You are born compassionate….You are born seeking to add value to the quality of life, to add characteristics, energies, abilities to life that only you can individually contribute to the world, and to attain a state of being that is uniquely yours, while adding to the value fulfillment of the world." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

7 "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)

8 "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)

9 "All is of God that is, and is to be; and God is good." John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

10 "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)

11 "There is always local confirmation of good at hand if we persistently look for it." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

12 "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)

13 "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)

14 "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)

15 "In the final analysis, Creation is basically good." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

16 "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)

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

18 "In addition to the properties of length, breadth, and thickness, every object has also a quality extension toward the nature of perfect Good." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

19 "The love of goodness is the first experience of the natural man, and all spiritual advancement is an extension of the soul's journey through its great distance." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

20 "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)

21 "Every creature intends to acquire its own perfection, which is the likeness of the divine perfection and goodness. Therefore the divine goodness is the end of all things." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

22 "In the final good designed by Him not a cell of Being will be found missing or unfulfilled." R. H. J. Steuart, S.J. (1874-1948), English priest, 'The Inward Vision' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

23 "There is Good going on everywhere." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

24 "Whatever befalls you, receive these experiences as good, knowing that nothing happens without God." 'The Letter of Barnabas', late 1st to early 2nd century The Apostolic Fathers (Jack Sparks, editor)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite