"Each one vaguely apprehends a good in which the mind may be at rest, and desires it; wherefore to attain unto it each doth strive." Dante, 'Purgatorio', xvii. 127-129
Dante and the Mystics
(Edmund G. Gardner)
"Once a person truly awakens to the hidden holiness that underlies and unifies creation, his or her inevitable behavioral response is goodness, or treating others as the 'self' that all share."
Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning
"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)
"Man is provided with the means of shaping his own nature, so that his inborn potentialities for good can be completely realized."
I Ching or The Book of Changes
(Richard Wilhelm, translator)
"In speaking to those who have had near-death experiences and deathbed visions in which they rise out of the myopia of daily life, we are told that all events happen for the greater good, that nothing is accidental or without the capacity to spur our evolution as loving co-creators with God."
Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic
(Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)
"The mass of straight goodness and vision in the world is enormous and the amount of clear, humanitarian thinking is unbounded; it is in the hands of the masses of good little men and the millions of right thinking people in every land that the salvation of the world lies."
The Reappearance of the Christ
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Everything that is natural is the work of divine creation and is excellent: 'And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'
The Philokalia, volume 2
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)
"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)
"See the highest potential of good in everyone….for by seeing the good in another person, one is able to bring it out."
"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)
"As Mencius put it: 'The tendency of man's nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downwards. There are none but have this tendency to good, just as all water flows downwards.'"
The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions
(August Karl Reischauer)
“The infinite goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it.” Dante