"The laws of God work only for your good, and there are no other laws beside His."
A Course in Miracles
(Helen Schucman and William Thetford)
"All things are created by God and all, as He Himself says, are 'wholly good and beautiful' (Gen. 1:31)." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On the Practice of the Virtues'
The Philokalia, volume 4
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)
"Good will is the harmony of the cosmos made audible in human consciousness. It is that good will which is the true end and meaning of every human life." Jay G. Williams, Ph.D., Chair of the Dept. of Religion at Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y.
Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power
(Maria Parisen, compiler)
"Whatever befalls you, receive these experiences as good, knowing that nothing happens without God." 'The Letter of Barnabas', late 1st to early 2nd century
The Apostolic Fathers
(Jack Sparks, editor)
"Good is latent in every living thing, and simply needs to be called into active expression through the gracious application of respect, sympathetic understanding, gentleness and love."
Kinship With All Life
(J. Allen Boone)
"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)
“Having ultimately attained through right thinking, right feeling, and right living to the condition of the beautiful within ourselves, with enraptured vision we can respond in perfect measure to the eternal beauty which flows from the inexhaustible fountain of the one Good.”
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
(Manly P. Hall)
"He who made me is good, and he is my good. Before him I rejoice for all these goods out of which I had my being even as a child."
"Such is the organic cosmos; do but survey it and you will perchance hear something like this: 'I am fashioned by a God. From that God I issued perfect, lacking nothing, fitted for that which I am to do. In myself I contain all that exists, every plant and every living creature, and all created objects, and all beings of the spirit realm, and risen souls, and all men who trust in the Good….Everything within me strives toward the Good. Every part of my diversity, in its own measure, attains. From that Centre, that Good, the heavens depend, and my own soul, and the Divinity that is in my every part, and all that lives and grows." Plotinus
Men Who Have Walked With God
"Ah! Divine, infinite, sovereign good, which is origin and fulfillment of all good! To your holy goodness, O Lord, I give reverence and honor." Ramon Llull, 'The Book of the Gentile and the Three Wise Men'
Ramon Lull and the Secret of Life
"All shall be well and…All manner of thing shall be well…When the tongues of flame are in-folded…Into the crowned knot of fire…and the fire and the rose are one." T. S. Eliot, 'Little Gidding'
Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations
(Margaret Pepper, editor)
"The Supreme Good is the centre of universal convergence towards which everything tends."
Science and Christ
(Pierre Teilhard deChardin)