"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)
"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)
"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."
"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)
"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
"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)
"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)
"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)
"All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author
(Richard M Bucke)
"By humble, ordinary good works the love of God is nourished in many hearts."
Toward A Perfect Love