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1 "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)

2 "The individual who becomes aware of his true standard of what is Good finds himself free." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

3 "Divine good exists in every particular creature." Thomas Aquinas, In Mt 3, p. 36 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

4 "A life of love and effort on behalf of the collective good promises the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you were born to do." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

5 "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)

6 "Natural law is a certain quality planted in humanity by nature, which leads them to do what is good." Rufinus, 'Summa Decretorum' (12th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

7 "God has created all things for good; all things for their greatest good; everything for its own good." John Henry Newman (1801-1890), 'Meditations and Devotions' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

8 "Goodness communicates its lights to men and remakes them to the likeness of His Sovereign Perfection." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

9 "In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong: honor that; rejoice in it." John Ruskin (1819-1909) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

10 "No effort for human good is wasted, no good work fails. The form in which the work is embodied may crumble, but the life remains." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

11 "Eternal Good does not have to come into the soul, for It is already there." 'Theologia Germanica' (ca. 1350) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

12 "Good deeds that are done for a good motive are the dead that live even in the grave; they are flowers that withstand the storm, they are stars that know no setting." Matthias Claudius (1740-1815), German poet The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

13 "You were born with an in-built recognition of your own goodness. You were born with an inner recognition of your rightness in the universe…You are born loving. You are born compassionate….You are born seeking to add value to the quality of life, to add characteristics, energies, abilities to life that only you can individually contribute to the world, and to attain a state of being that is uniquely yours, while adding to the value fulfillment of the world." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

14 “Good continually inclines toward unity or wholeness.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

15 "The mind is drawn quite naturally to the ideal of Truth; the heart or our values, is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of Beauty; the guts or will is quite naturally drawn to the ideal of the Good." Keith Critchlow, 'Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

16 "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)

17 "To find the child of true Humanity within or to put on the perfect Human means to come to know that one's true self is a spiritual being whose roots are nourished by the transcendent Good." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

18 "All organized beings, even the very lowest, steer themselves and progress towards that quarter in which the greatest measure of well-being is to be found." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

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

20 "According to each part, both soul and body, the human being was made good by a good God." St. Augustine, 'On Continence' Heaven, A History (Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang)

21 "From you, O God, come all good things." Confessions (St. Augustine)

22 "I see on an immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome." John Burroughs (1837-1921), 'Accepting the Universe' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

23 "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)

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite