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1 "To love the good in another from good in one's self is genuine love towards the neighbour; for then the goods mutually kiss and are united with each other." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

2 "In each of us there is something of this Entity. Wherever you may be, you have only to open to this omnipresent Good the faculty in you which is capable of drawing from it: your share flows to you." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

3 "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)

4 "The universe is impersonally invested in evolving toward goodness and uses any available conduit for the purposes of doing so." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

5 "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)

6 "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)

7 "Everything which is, is good; and everything which is, is true." Robert Grosseteste (ca.1175-1253), 'On Truth' Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

8 "There is plenty of good in the world, and it is better to think of that, for your thought strengthens that of which you think." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

9 "As the root of the word 'good' hints – 'ge', the same root as in the words 'gather' and 'together' – 'goodness' involves fitting rightly, 'fitting' not in the sense of some mere conformity but in the sense of discovering and embracing the whole of which one is part." The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham)

10 "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.)

11 "Every creature intends to acquire its own perfection, which is the likeness of the divine perfection and goodness. Therefore the divine goodness is the end of all things." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

12 "Looking for the good in a situation allows us to call it by its right name. Dear reader, do you know what a marvel lies hidden in these words, a marvel that you can put to the test and see for yourself before this day is over?" The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

13 "Goodness expresses perfection, which is something desirable, and hence it expresses something final." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

14 "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)

15 "Every act of good, no matter how small, helps radiate the Divine throughout the world." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

16 "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 (Sheldon Cheney)

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

18 "Goodness has power – indeed, ultimate power." The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Huston Smith)

19 "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 (Amador Vega)

20 "Every human being has a basic nature of goodness, which is undiluted and unconfused. That goodness contains tremendous gentleness and appreciation." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

21 "The allure of the good is an ennobling invitation; for it is essentially a promise that we can become a part of this loved thing or make it a part of ourselves." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

22 "It's important to realize that there's good in everything and everyone." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

23 "Even matter, as a potentiality to good, has the nature of good." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

24 "The final end of all things is the divine goodness, toward which as toward a goal all journeys and particular ends toward which things are naturally inclined are ordered." Thomas Aquinas, DDN, n. 858, pp. 321-322 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

25 “The all-sufficiency of Universal Good is all-sufficing.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite