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