"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)
"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)
"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)
"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."
"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)
"In the long run, the good triumphs over the evil."
The City of God
"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)
(Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)
"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