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1 "The Great Law works for Good." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

2 "Do not think of the faults of others, but of what is good in them." St. Teresa of Jesus, 'Maxims' (16th century), The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

3 "In the view of every wisdom tradition, the essence of the universe is love and light and goodness. Our grand purpose is to awaken to our essential nature, which is the very same love and light and goodness." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

4 "Human beings have basic goodness, not next door, but IN them already." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

5 “Seeing the universe at root as fundamentally benign is the common perception of the mystic suffused with divine love.” Hidden Wisdom (Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney)

6 "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)

7 "The wise man recognizes the idea of the good within him." Plotinus Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

8 "Our true mind is not restricted to our intellectual or cognitive power, but is a fundamental goodness or 'good heart' that is at the core of every being." Christine Longaker, founding director of the Buddhist Rigpa Fellowship, 'What Counts at the Moment of Death' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

9 "The existence of sentient creatures has a goal and purpose which is ultimately the supreme good of every one of them." The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

10 "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)

11 "The love of goodness is the first experience of the natural man, and all spiritual advancement is an extension of the soul's journey through its great distance." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

12 "The world's Creator is the source of the love that will finally triumph. And the evidence for that living, driving, reasonable expectation is the existence and the force of effective goodness in the world. It does not give up; it does make a difference." In Silence: Why We Pray (Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)

13 "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)

14 "Let Spirit flow through you in little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy. These deeds will add to the planet's fund of good will." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

15 "Whatsoever is good shall no one take unto himself as his own, seeing that it belongs to the Eternal Goodness only." Theologia Germanica, 14th century The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

16 "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)

17 "The principal good in things themselves is the perfection of the universe." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

18 "All creatures have a certain good of their own, to the completeness and perfection of their nature." St. Augustine (b.354) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

19 "Let me tell you why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and….he desired that all things should be as like himself as they could be. This is in the truest sense the origin of creation and of the world, as we shall do well in believing on the testimony of wise men. God desired that all things should be good." Plato, 'Timaeus' The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

20 "Good is everywhere, ever abiding; and evil, so-called, is the ignorance in ourselves impelling us to violate the patterns for human growth that exist forever in the Infinite Mind." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

21 “The infinite goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it.” Dante Mary Within (David Richo)

22 "In spite of everything, 'all will be well' and, in some way, already IS well." The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

23 "The will-to-good of the world knowers is the magnetic seed of the future." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

24 "The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), 'The Divine Comedy' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite