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1 "Goodness communicates its lights to men and remakes them to the likeness of His Sovereign Perfection." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

2 "Good encompasses evil and transmutes it, showing its place in the total scheme of things." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

3 "God has created all things for good; all things for their greatest good; everything for its own good." John Henry Newman (1801-1890), 'Meditations and Devotions' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

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

5 "Once a person truly awakens to the hidden holiness that underlies and unifies creation, his or her inevitable behavioral response is goodness, or treating others as the 'self' that all share." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

6 "All individual acts of the will rest upon, depend upon, the final and all-embracing desire for the good itself – which is none other than God." Introduction Thomas Aquinas, Spiritual Master (Robert Barron)

7 "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)

8 "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)

9 "Humans are inclined to do good." Introduction to Theology (Thomas P. Rausch, editor)

10 "The anticipation of Good's appearing has everything to do with seeing good appear tangibly on the scene where it seems absent." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

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 "In all that they did, our Indian ancestors acknowledged the goodness of the Creator and of all creation, including themselves." George Tinker, Osage-Lutheran scholar, 'Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation', speech given to the World Council of Churches in Seoul, Korea in 1991 The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

13 "In speaking to those who have had near-death experiences and deathbed visions in which they rise out of the myopia of daily life, we are told that all events happen for the greater good, that nothing is accidental or without the capacity to spur our evolution as loving co-creators with God." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

14 "Affirm the good that is really there. This is the key to reconciling full engagement with life." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

15 “Behind visible nature is a Universal Principle of good accomplishing all things through wisdom, strength, and beauty.” Healing: The Divine Art (Manly P. Hall)

16 "Before beginning and without end, is fixed a Power divine which moves to good, only its laws endure." Sir Edwin Arnold, 'The Light of Asia' The Eternal Dance (LaVedi Lafferty and Bud Hollowell, Ph.D.)

17 "The soul has an urge to a good which is beyond its judgment." St. Augustine (b. 354) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

18 "Goodness expresses perfection, which is something desirable, and hence it expresses something final." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

19 "Experienced spiritual researchers know what strength they gain by always looking for the good in everything and withholding their critical judgment. This practice should not remain simply an outer rule of life, but must take hold of the innermost part of the soul." How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

20 "Good deeds that are done for a good motive are the dead that live even in the grave; they are flowers that withstand the storm, they are stars that know no setting." Matthias Claudius (1740-1815), German poet The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

21 "From the beginning of all things prevailed divine goodness, without which nothing could have continued to exist." 'Haggadah' (early Kabbalah) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

22 "However terrible the sin and sorrow on earth may be, all things are somehow working together for the eventual good of all." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "We're each part of something that's much bigger and better than what meets the eye, and if we keep that in mind, our hearts will be in the right place. Life will be all right, because its ups and downs will be seen as what they are – threads in a great fabric whose beauty depends on bright and dark colors." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

24 "Goodness is our inherent nature." Cheri Huber, Zen teacher, 'There Is Nothing Wrong with Us' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

25 "People need to accept the spiritual freedom, life, and peace that they already possess because their true nature is rooted in the Good." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite