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1 "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)

2 "Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe." Talmudic saying Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

3 "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)

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

5 "Even in its very worst and lowest aspects the world is improving." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

6 "It's important to realize that there's good in everything and everyone." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

7 “Let us look at the world through the eyes of those dreamers who have dared to believe that the good in human nature would ultimately blossom forth and regenerate the entire social system.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

8 "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)

9 "The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man: insomuch, that if it issue not towards men, it will take unto other living creatures." Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English lawyer and philosopher, 'Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature' Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

10 "Every being is good, since He who is the Creator of all being whatever is supremely good." St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion' The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

11 "If you actually look, if you take your whole being apart and examine it, you find that you are genuine and good as you are." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

12 "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)

13 "When a man constantly does good he becomes a centre of harmonious vibrations which, enjoyed by the people around him, naturally create warmth and love in their hearts." Maharishi Mahesh Yogi On The Bhagavad-Gita (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

14 "A person's true wealth is the good he does in this world." Muhammad The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

15 "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)

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 "Sow everywhere the good seed given to you." Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833), Russian monk The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

18 "A life of love and effort on behalf of the collective good promises the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you were born to do." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

19 "Peace must be based on an educated goodwill, which will lead inevitably to right human relations, and, therefore, to the establishment (figuratively speaking) of lines of light between nation and nation, religion and religion, group and group." The Reappearance of the Christ (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "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)

21 "God has made good will the basis upon which our supernatural growth is founded. The pure heart, the right intention, are the organs of the higher life towards which all the soul's hopes are directed." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

22 "All is well, always has been and will always be." C. M. C., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

23 "The energy that creates individual essence, life and wisdom, and in general makes and sustains created beings, is identical with the divine volitions and the divine participable principles and the gifts of supernal Goodness, the Cause of all." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

24 "God is of one nature with the Good." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

25 "The Good is the one thing which is the source of all things, and supplies all things at all times." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite