Being Good Quotes

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“Something caught in her throat at this second thanks, when she'd threatened him so brutally. When you're a monster, she thought, you are thanked and praised for not behaving like a monster. She would like to restrain from cruelty and receive no admiration for it.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

“A monster that refused, sometimes, to behave like a monster. When a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else?”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

“Every day is getting worse
Do the same things and they hurt
I don't know if I should cry
All I know is that I'm tryin'
I wanna believe in you, I wanna believe in you
So why can't you be, be good to me....”
Grace Norwich

P.L. Travers
“I hate being good.
-Mary Poppins”
P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins

Jim Butcher
“Molly, you are a good person. Don't let anyone take that away from you. Not even yourself.”
Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Jen Wang
“If you think you’re good people, and if you are, how would you know? Is it something you always knew? Or was it something you found? Some people are naturally good at it […]. Is it worth trying to be something you’re not? Just because it’s right?”
Jen Wang, Koko Be Good

Holly Black
“I thought I was supposed to be good and follow the rules,” I say. “But I am done with being weak. I am done with being good. I think I am going to be something else.”
Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

“There are two missions we are obligated to carry out during our life journey. The first, is to seek Truth throughout our lifetime. The second, is simply to be good. Engrave it in your mind that life is just one big board game where you have to make it from start to finish by being good. That is all you have to do. The hardest part, is dealing with all the obstacles that prevent smooth sailing. The trick is, to always strive to be the right person in all situations – regardless of personal cost to you. Your aim is to make sure the right book on your shoulder weighs more that the bad book on the left. The scales are real. Regardless of your chosen faith, there is a measurement system to be found in all of the world's religions. After all, does it make sense for all souls, good or bad, to end up in the same place? Of course not. To really secure the very best setting in the afterlife, the vibrations of your good deeds must surpass your death.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

L.M. Montgomery
“It would be so much easier to be good if one’s hair was handsome auburn, don’t you think?”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“What's the use of being good if you are not good to yourself?”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Shannon L. Alder
“Praying for the people that hurt you may not change them, but it will change you.”
Shannon L. Alder

Jeffrey Fry
“Being good is making it look easy, but getting good is never easy.”
Jeffrey Fry

“To choose not to be part of a team or religion does not make me non-religious; for my religion is Truth and I am very much in love with God. I do not need to align myself with a specific messenger if I already understand God’s message. And the way I think is not considered ‘New Age’, since common sense is not new. So long as you act and speak with love and truth in you, and are good to your fellow man — in that you treat everybody as you would want yourself to be treated, your heart will stand by God regardless of the label you have assigned to your mind.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Seanan McGuire
“I watch him go, and wonder if being good isn't its own punishment as much as it's supposed to be its own reward.”
Seanan McGuire, Carniepunk

“Striving to be good is the ultimate struggle of every man. Being bad is easy, but being good requires sincere commitment, discipline and strength. We have to work hard every day just to remain good.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Garry Kasparov
“The phrase "it's better to be lucky than good" must be one of the most ridiculous homilies ever uttered. In nearly any competitive endeavor, you have to be damned good before luck can be of any use to you at all.”
Garry Kasparov, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Gudjon Bergmann
“At the end of the day, developing goodness comes down to a simple question: Will this emotion, thought or action, increase or decrease my capacity for goodness?”
Gudjon Bergmann, Experifaith: At the Heart of Every Religion; An Experiential Approach to Individual Spirituality and Improved Interfaith Relations

Lionel Shriver
“His weight makes him a social pariah. It reduces the likelihood he’ll remarry. It has grave implications for his health. But it isn’t evil. Just like all that exercise of yours has nothing to do with being good. I know you think it does. It makes you feel good, and feel good about yourself, and feel superior to people who slob around all day. But it’s mostly a waste of time that doesn’t do anything for anybody else but you.”
Lionel Shriver

Jen Wang
“Settle down and be Good forever. Find the hardest things to accept in me, and reconcile what I am with what I hope to be.”
Jen Wang, Koko Be Good

Andrew Galasetti
“Do good and be a good person because that’s just what the Lord expects. There just ain’t nothing special about being and doing good. It’s what the Lord expects…”
Andrew Galasetti, These Colors Don't Run

Abby Rosmarin
“The modeling world – and the world at large – is a pretty cruel place. It’s up to you to decide whether or not that turns you into a cruel person as well. Are you going to be mean and selfish because some of the people around you are, or are you going to overcome that and walk away a decent human being? The world gives you every reason in the book to become callous. It’s your job not to become that way as well.”
Abby Rosmarin, I'm Just Here for the Free Scrutiny: One Model's Tale of Insanity and Inanity in the Wonderful World of Fashion

“Humanity can never achieve perfection, but it can be beautiful, herein lies our consolation. - On Our Destiny”
Lamine Pearlheart, Aether

“In a fight between our ideals and reality, the module of reality tends to win, but our ideals once reinforced and no longer surprised tend to kick reality’s derriere. - On Ideals and Reality”
Lamine Pearlheart

Lisa Marie Basile
“nostalgia will kill the good girl.
the truth is you should not waste your time on being good.”
Lisa Marie Basile, APOCRYPHAL

Elizabeth Gilbert
“I did believe that my behavior made me unusual - because it didn't seem to match the behavior of other women - but I didn't believe it made me bad...I could have spent the rest of the life trying to prove that I was a good girl - but that would have been unfaithful to who I really was. I believed that I was a good person, if not a good girl...So I gave up on the idea of denying myself what I truly wanted. Then I sought ways to delight myself...Anyway, at some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls

Ufuoma Apoki
“We see so much bad and evil that we forget there could still be good left, somewhere. If you think you deserve to be treated well, it’s a sign that there still so much good left. People only treat us as best as their ability allows them; if you deserve more, try as much as you can to treat them better.”
Ufuoma Apoki

Gudjon Bergmann
“If you are able to show goodness to yourself, your family, friends, and maybe to some in your community, you are doing better than most. In fact, it can be harder to show goodness to those who stand close to you than to those who are in faraway places. If more people tended to their own gardens, all of society would flourish as a result.”
Gudjon Bergmann, Experifaith: At the Heart of Every Religion; An Experiential Approach to Individual Spirituality and Improved Interfaith Relations

Caroline George
“We try to be perfect to meet other people's expectations. But making good choices--I think that's on us. We do good because we see value in good.”
Caroline George, The Summer We Forgot

Sonia Choquette
“All her life she had striven to do the right thing, but right according to whom?”
Sonia Choquette, The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul