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

2 "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

3 "God takes to himself our good endeavours, so that he may repay us with his good things." Irenaeus (130-202ad), Bishop of Lyons The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

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

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 "Will-to-good has carried all creation on toward a greater glory and a steadily deepening, intelligent responsiveness." The Reappearance of the Christ (Alice A. Bailey)

7 "Basic goodness is what we have, what we are provided with. It is the natural situation that we have inherited from birth onwards." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

8 "To know the nature of all things is to realize that all things are good." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

9 "In any situation, there is some good….In the most hopeless and heartless situation, even a concentration camp, some opportunity for good remains, if only, as for Betsie tenBoom [holocaust survivor], the opportunity to love and undergo a purifying ordeal." 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 "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)

12 "This world's no blot for us, Nor blank; it means intensely, and means good; To find its meaning is my meat and drink." Robert Browning, 'Fra Lippo Lippi' Living Quotations for Christians (Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom, editors)

13 "The good of nothing less than the whole collectively or of all distributively can be taken as the common or general good." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

14 "There is never an end, as there is never a beginning, to the good which God does: just as the property of light is to illuminate, so the property of God is to do good." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

15 "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)

16 "A seed for transformation exists within the soul of each act of goodness." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

17 "God fulfills all things with His goodness." On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

18 "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)

19 "The best way to see truly is to begin determinedly to look always for the good in every one." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

20 "The Universe is basically good and throughout it great forces are at work striving to bring about a greater unity of all living things." Kenneth D. Kaunda (b. 1924), former president of the Republic of Zambia The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

21 "Every atom in the quadrillion-mile universe and every 'chance' event in its trillion-year history is deliberately and perfectly planned and controlled by God for the ultimate end of our good, our heavenly joy. Galaxies revolve and dinosaurs breed and rain falls and people fall in love and uncles smoke cheap cigars and people lose their jobs and we all die - for our good, the finished product, God's work of art." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

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

23 "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)

24 "There is something good, for goodness sake, in everyone." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite