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1 "God has made good will the basis upon which our supernatural growth is founded. The pure heart, the right intention, are the organs of the higher life towards which all the soul's hopes are directed." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

2 "The world is built on truth and filled with goodness." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

3 “The sure and eternal path winds through the illusion and leads ultimately to the attainment of perfect good.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

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 "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)

6 "I find good people good and I find bad people good, if I am good enough." Lao-Tzu (6th century bce), Chinese founder of Taoism, 'The Way of Life' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

7 "The absolute good is, as in the 'Divine Comedy', the final cause or ultimate end of the motions of the universe. It is 'the Alpha and Omega', Dante says, 'of every scripture that Love reads to me.'" The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

8 "Morality is generally regarded as a system of actions and relationships that are biologically secondary, less immediate and less physical than material or vital relationships. This is a great mistake. One has only to study, from the point of view of creative union, its role in the evolution of living beings, in order to see how profound is the morphogenic power of the Good." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

9 "Good encompasses evil and transmutes it, showing its place in the total scheme of things." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

10 "The natural inclination of every creature is an inclination to good." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

11 "Let me tell you why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and….he desired that all things should be as like himself as they could be. This is in the truest sense the origin of creation and of the world, as we shall do well in believing on the testimony of wise men. God desired that all things should be good." Plato, 'Timaeus' The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

12 "It is only when we human beings fully acknowledge that we are good precisely as God made us that we can relate properly to the Creator." Thomas Aquinas, Spiritual Master (Robert Barron)

13 "The only cause of all created things, whether heavenly or earthy, whether visible or invisible, is the goodness of the Creator, the one true God; and nothing exists but Himself that does not derive its existence from Him." St. Augustine (354-430) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

14 "Everything we do COUNTS. There is really no such thing as a small act of service or goodness. This is in accord with most of the world's spiritual traditions." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

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

16 "A creative acceptance of life's patterns can grow out of an alert awareness of the eternally constructive purpose in the universe." James S. Perkins, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

17 "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)

18 "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)

19 "There is something basically good about our existence as human beings. Unless we can discover that ground of goodness in our own lives, we cannot hope to improve the lives of others." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

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

21 "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)

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 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)

24 “Nothing is of higher worth than to do good.” Chrysippus, Fragment 1192 The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

25 "God fulfills all things with His goodness." On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite