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1 "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)

2 "Everything begins with God as fountain-fullness, out of goodness overflowing first to perfect expression, the Word, and then through the Word exploding outward into a numberless variety of creatures." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

3 "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)

4 "There is always local confirmation of good at hand if we persistently look for it." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

5 "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)

6 "Nothing at all, not even the least thing, shall exist except that good may come from it." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

7 "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)

8 "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)

9 "Trust that behind all events, no matter how painful, there is a reason from which good can come." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

10 "Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe." Talmudic saying Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

11 "Each one vaguely apprehends a good in which the mind may be at rest, and desires it; wherefore to attain unto it each doth strive." Dante, 'Purgatorio', xvii. 127-129 Dante and the Mystics (Edmund G. Gardner)

12 "Despite the chaos and confusion around us, everything is all right." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

13 "Our true mind is not restricted to our intellectual or cognitive power, but is a fundamental goodness or 'good heart' that is at the core of every being." Christine Longaker, founding director of the Buddhist Rigpa Fellowship, 'What Counts at the Moment of Death' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

14 "The Laws of Life work for the highest good of all." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

15 "From the feelings proper to it, humanity's nature is constituted for the practice of what is good." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.5-6 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

16 "The Mind of the Universe is constantly speaking through all life and for the greater good of all life." Kinship With All Life (J. Allen Boone)

17 "Sow good things in your souls, that you may find them in your life." Testament of Levi, ch. IV, v. 6 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

18 "God is of one nature with the Good." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

19 "The old saying is justified that ALL things, even the most unlikely-looking are in reality working together for good." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

20 "There is a truth and a goodness, a redeeming joy in which this world rests." God and The Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution (James Redfield, Michael Murphy and Sylvia Timbers)

21 "Sow everywhere the good seed given to you." Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833), Russian monk The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

22 "Contemplate within yourself the implications of Goodwill as they are carried out by a conscious Humanity. Make a plan as to how you may demonstrate Goodwill in your own way in the world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

23 "Goodness is the full expression of divine activity within us…In goodness the beauty that is according to God's likeness is made manifest." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

24 "All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

25 "By humble, ordinary good works the love of God is nourished in many hearts." Toward A Perfect Love (Walter Hilton)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite