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1 "All things are administered from above for good." Clement of Alexandria The Holy Fire, the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church (Robert Payne)

2 "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)

3 "For nearly two thousand years the first sentence a Chinese child, living in the direct light of Confucius, was taught to read was…'Human beings are by nature good.' We may smile at the undisguised moralizing, but every nation needs it.'" The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

4 "We are all capable of bringing about what we set our minds to if it is for the good of the whole." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

5 "God governs all His creatures in goodness." St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Abbess, visionary The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

6 "Think good thoughts about what is good by nature, and think well of every man." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Third Century' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

7 "Good is an expanding force, capable of opening up the soul to the limitless vistas of the Divine Being." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

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

9 "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)

10 "There is Good going on everywhere." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

11 "The urge-to-good pervades every aspect of the planetary Life from the smallest atom of substance, through all the intermediate living forms, on and up to the Logos Himself." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "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)

13 “Everything we can do for good, however tiny, will not be lost.” Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

14 "Love is an inner quality that sees good everywhere and in everybody. It insists that all is good, and by refusing to see anything but good, it tends to cause that quality to appear uppermost in itself and in other things." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

15 "Deep down the universe is benign." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

16 "A bank of self-existing energy is always available to you – beyond any circumstance. It actually comes from nowhere, but is always there. It is the energy of basic goodness." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

17 "Just as an apple tree works to produce fruit, so man works to produce good acts." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

18 "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)

19 "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)

20 "God has given us no quality that cannot be used for good." Sidney Greenberg, author and social commentator, 'Say Yes to Life' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

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

22 "People need to accept the spiritual freedom, life, and peace that they already possess because their true nature is rooted in the Good." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

23 "The discovery of Wisdom is the surpassing good. When this is found, all the people will sing." Philo The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

24 "All good things which exist are the fruits of originality." John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), 'On Liberty' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

25 "In the final analysis, Creation is basically good." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite