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1 "We are in this world to do something good for all mankind." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

2 "Since we were originally created by God as 'very good' (Genesis 1:31), we owe it to God to be such." St. Theodoros, the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

3 "The world is built on truth and filled with goodness." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

4 "At any given point in evolutionary development a basis of essential goodness underlies human personality." The Springs of Creative Living, A Study of Human Nature and God (Rollo May)

5 "You know, all mystics – Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion – are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well." Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality (Anthony deMello)

6 "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)

7 "Goodness is the full expression of divine activity within us…In goodness the beauty that is according to God's likeness is made manifest." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

8 "The Law of the Universe…is to all eternity the good of the whole and naught can arrest this happening." Esoteric Astrology (Alice A. Bailey)

9 "To those who are good to me I am good; and to those who are not good to me I am also good; and thus all get to be good." Tao The Ching The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

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

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

12 "Small efforts can bring about such great good. Glory be to God." The Light of Love (Patricia Devlin)

13 "The Good is the cause of life, of thought, of being." Plotinus, 'Beauty' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

14 "No effort for human good is wasted, no good work fails. The form in which the work is embodied may crumble, but the life remains." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

15 "All that is, is good; indeed, all that is, is God." Centering Prayer, Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.)

16 "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)

17 "To find the child of true Humanity within or to put on the perfect Human means to come to know that one's true self is a spiritual being whose roots are nourished by the transcendent Good." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

18 "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)

19 "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)

20 "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)

21 "The knowledge of one who sees in every living entity one undivided spiritual nature, which is divided into innumerable forms, should be understood to be in the mode of goodness." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 18, v. 20 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

22 "Groups are forming now in their thousands and are to be found in every land, and they will eventually blend and fuse together into one great movement of goodwill, which is spirit in actual expression." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

23 "Cultivate an unshakable trust in the good powers of existence." How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

24 "We are all capable of bringing about what we set our minds to if it is for the good of the whole." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

25 "Everything begins with God as fountain-fullness, out of goodness overflowing first to perfect expression, the Word, and then through the Word exploding outward into a numberless variety of creatures." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite