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1 "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)

2 "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)

3 "Each bestirs itself and all are stirred to do and to will whatever it is they do and will because of the yearning for the Beautiful and the Good…..The divine longing is Good seeking good for the sake of the Good." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

4 "The law of God and also the way to life is written in our hearts; it lies in no man's supposing, nor in any historical opinion, but in a good will and well doing." Jacob Boehme (1571-1624), 'The Confessions' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

5 "There is but one unconditional commandment, which is that we should seek incessantly so to act as to bring about the very largest total universe of good which we can see." William James (1842-1910), 'The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

6 "All good exists as One." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

7 "Nothing hinders anything from sharing in the Good to the extent it is able." Plotinus, 'The Descent of the Soul' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

8 "If he does not know what is good, a man cannot be true to himself….He who learns to be his true self is one who finds out what is good and holds fast to it." Tsesze, Chinese philosopher, grandson of Confucius, 'The Golden Mean of Tsesze' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

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

10 "We are rooted in an earth that God has proclaimed good. Here on this good earth we have become flesh with the seed of God hidden in us." A Tree Full of Angels (Macrina Wiederkehr)

11 "We must visualize the highest good we can imagine – peace on earth, brotherhood, a clean environment. For what we together focus on, we will create." Saint Germain's Prophecy for the New Millennium (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

12 "I see on an immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome." John Burroughs (1837-1921), 'Accepting the Universe' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

13 "As the root of the word 'good' hints – 'ge', the same root as in the words 'gather' and 'together' – 'goodness' involves fitting rightly, 'fitting' not in the sense of some mere conformity but in the sense of discovering and embracing the whole of which one is part." The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham)

14 "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)

15 "This essential Good, by the very fact of its existence, extends goodness into all things. Think of how it is with our sun….by the very fact of its existence it gives light to whatever is able to partake of its light. So it is with the Good. Existing far above the sun, an archetype far superior to its dull image, it sends the rays of its undivided goodness to everything with the capacity to receive it. These rays are responsible for all intelligible and intelligent beings, for every power and every activity….Their longing for the Good makes them what they are and confers on them their well-being. Shaped by what they yearn for, they exemplify goodness and, as the Law of God requires of them, they share with (all) the good gifts which have come their way." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

16 "All things, taken one by one, are good, and all things, taken together, are very good. For our God has made all things very good." Confessions (St. Augustine)

17 "God's Will is the Will of the Good." The Kingdom of the Shining Ones (Flower A. Newhouse)

18 "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)

19 "God so communicates the divine goodness to created beings that one thing that receives it can transfer it to another." Thomas Aquinas, CG II, ch. 59 n. 16 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

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

21 "According to each part, both soul and body, the human being was made good by a good God." St. Augustine, 'On Continence' Heaven, A History (Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang)

22 "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)

23 "There is a truth and a goodness, a redeeming joy in which this world rests." God and The Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution (James Redfield, Michael Murphy and Sylvia Timbers)

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

25 "The Divine purpose for continuous creation is to bestow goodness among humanity….everything that exists in the external world is for the purpose of developing and serving goodness within yourself and within all creation." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite