Goodness Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“But goodness alone is never enough. A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Albert Schweitzer
“A man does not have to be an angel to be a saint.”
Albert Schweitzer

“As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate. (39)”
Ravi Ravindra, The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra

Gordon B. Hinckley
“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others… In this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

Billie Letts
“...tell them that we have some good in us, too. And the only thing worth living for is the good. That’s why we’ve got to make sure we pass it on.”
Billie Letts, Where the Heart Is

Arthur Golden
“I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Albert Camus
“On the whole, men are more good than bad; that, however, isn't the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance that fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. The soul of the murderer is blind; and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness.”
Albert Camus

J.S.B. Morse
“A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.”
J.S.B. Morse, Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Elisabeth Elliot
“God will never disappoint us… If deep in our hearts we suspect that God does not love us and cannot manage our affairs as well as we can, we certainly will not submit to His discipline. …To the unbeliever the fact of suffering only convinces him that God is not to be trusted, does not love us. To the believer, the opposite is true.”
Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

Marie Lu
“Why can’t I be like that? Why can’t I be the father who just shrugs off the love of his daughter? Why can’t I be the Lead Inquisitor who enjoys watching his pleading victims burn at the stake? Why can’t I be the one who befriends a lonely, lost girl and then casts her out? Why can’t I be the one to strike first, to hit so early and with such fury that my enemies cower before they can ever think of turning on me? What is so great about being good?”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

John Stuart Mill
“I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures; and if such a creature can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, to hell I will go .”
John Stuart Mill, An examination of Sir William Hamilton's philosophy, and of the principal philosophical questions discussed in his writings

Joe Hill
“Gold don't come off. What's good stays good no matter how much of a beating it takes.”
Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Steve Maraboli
“Do not compromise yourself and put your goodness in the same impermanent category as whatever circumstance happening. Be the best you in every circumstance.”
Steve Maraboli

Ruta Sepetys
“I felt as if I were riding a pendulum. Just as I would swing into the abyss of hopelessness, the pendulum would swing back with some small goodness.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Epictetus
“Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?”
Epictetus

Emm Cole
“...our souls may be consumed by shadows, but that doesn't mean we have to behave as monsters.”
Emm Cole, The Short Life of Sparrows

Daniel Webster
“The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil. ”
Daniel Webster, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster: Diplomatic Papers and Miscellaneous Letters

Clarence Darrow
Robert G. Ingersoll was a great man. a wonderful intellect, a great soul of matchless courage, one of the great men of the earth -- and yet we have no right to bow down to his memory simply because he was great. Great orators, great soldiers, great lawyers, often use their gifts for a most unholy cause. We meet to pay a tribute of love and respect to Robert G. Ingersoll because he used his matchless power for the good of man.

{Darrow's eulogy for Ingersoll at his funeral}”
Clarence Darrow

Milan Kundera
“True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Stephen King
“It’s better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a tremendous cost.”
Stephen King

Sylvain Reynard
“God wants to rescue us, not destroy us. You don't have to be afraid of being happy, thinking that he wants to take that happiness away from you That's not who he is." "How can you be sure?" "Because when you've had a taste of goodness, it helps you recognize the difference between good and evil. I believe that people like Grace and St. Francis and a whole host of other kind, loving people show us what God is like. He isn't waiting to punish you and he doesn't give you blessings just to strip them away.”
Sylvain Reynard, Gabriel's Redemption

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Life isn't all grand, but it isn't all miserable either.  There's both sweet and sour in every day.  So why focus on the ugly when you can gaze at what's beautiful?  Concentrate on the good.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Theodore Dalrymple
“Feeling good about yourself is not the same thing as doing good. Good policy is more important than good feelings.”
Theodore Dalrymple

W.H. Auden
“Moreover, if great men are the only hope of the Evolutionary Process, they are morally bound to rule over the masses for their own good -- we are all here on earth to help others: what on earth the others are here for, I don't know -- and the masses have no right whatsoever to resist them.”
W.H. Auden

Nenia Campbell
“Fairytales by nature only talk about the victors. The survivors. Nobody speaks about what happens to those who failed, except in the abstract: as cautionary tales to guide others onto the path to success. How many brave knights fell to the dragon before he was slayed by the noble prince? How many children burned to a crisp and eaten before the wicked witch received her due? These stories are lost, but the lesson behind them is not: it is not enough to be merely pure and good.”
Nenia Campbell, Evergloom

Criss Jami
“I cannot encourage any fabrication even for the sake of making people feel good. If I were to fabricate consciously and knowingly, I would not only be ordaining myself their enemy, but also ordaining myself God's enemy.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

David Almond
“Everybody's got the seam of goodness in them, Kit," said Grandpa. "Just a matter of whether it can be found and brought out into the light.”
David Almond, Kit's Wilderness

C.S. Lewis
“Badness is only spoiled goodness.”
C.S. Lewis

Leo Tolstoy
“Every man had his personal habits, passions, and impulses toward goodness, beauty, and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“You push the TRUTH off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the TRUTH under water, but it will not drown. You can place the TRUTH in the fire, but it will survive. You can bury the TRUTH beneath the ground, but it will arise. TRUTH always prevails!”
Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

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