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GOODNESS
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[ Also see Badness Benefit Character Charity Evil Excellence Favors Gifts Good Grace Humanity Kindness Liberality Meanness Merit Mischief Morality Perfection Philanthropy Piety Saints Vice Virtue Well-doing Wickedness Worth ]

To do good and be evil spoken of, is kingly.
  [Lat., Bene facere et male audire regium est.]
      - Unattributed Author,
        on the town hall of Zittau, Saxony

It is of unspeakable advantage to possess our minds with an habitual good intention, and to aim all our thoughts, words, and actions at some laudable end.
      - Joseph Addison

What good I see humbly I seek to do,
  And live obedient to the law, in trust
    That what will come, and must come, shall come well.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, The Light of Asia
         (bk. VI, l. 273)

Know, man hath all which nature hath, but more, and in that more lie all his hopes of good.
      - Matthew Arnold

"Good and stupid," is a common saying. I have found that only the judicious are really good. Only clever men know what is good for others; and at the first appearance of disadvantage to himself, the stupid man deserts.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Goodness conditions usefulness. A grimy hand may do a gracious deed, but a bad heart cannot. What a man says and what a man is must stand together,--must consist. His life can ruin his lips or fill them with power. It is what men see that gives value to what we say. Paul had the right order, "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine." Being comes before saying or doing. Well may we pray, "Search me, O God! Reveal me to myself. Cleanse me from secret faults, that those who are acquainted with me, who know my down-sittings and my uprisings, may not see in me the evil way that gives the lie to my words."
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Why is it that the bad side of life seems so much more conspicuous than the good? Is it because predominance of evil makes it more common, or that we being evil see it more readily, or that the abnormal, by its nature, stands out excrescent and disfiguring? Whatever the answer, it should be the ambition of every lover of goodness to make much of goodness, to sound its praises, to flavor his words with its appreciation. Part of hating evil is ignoring it, neglecting it. Thinking of things of good report and speaking of, them strengthens good. Shutting our mouths as well as our ears against the bruit of evil, in the scorn of silence, weakens its hold upon us. What the redeemed of the Lord say should strengthen the side of the Lord of the redeemed.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Goodness admits of no excess, but error.
      - Francis Bacon

Goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. This of all the virtues and dignities of the mind, is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
      - Francis Bacon

Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
      - Francis Bacon

Because indeed there was never law, or sect, or opinion, did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.
      - Francis Bacon,
        Essays--Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature

All are of the race of God, and have in themselves good.
      - Philip James Bailey

For the cause that lacks assistance,
  The wrong that needs resistance,
    For the future in the distance,
      And the good that I can do.
      - George Linnaeus Banks, What I Live For

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

We may be as good as we please, if we please to be good.
      - Isaac Barrow

Men have never been good, they are not good and they never will be good.
      - Karl Barth

Scream as we may at the bad, the good prevails.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
      - Giambattista Basile

And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
      - Bible, John (ch. I, v. 46)

The good he scorned
  Stalked off reluctant, like an ill-used ghost,
    Not to return; or if it did, in visits
      Like those of angels, short and far between.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (pt. II, l. 586)

Some good we all can do; and if we do all that is in our power, however little that power may be, we have performed our part, and may be as near perfection as those whose influence extends over kingdoms, and whose good actions are felt and applauded by thousands.
      - Dr. Thomas Bowdler

One may not doubt that, somehow Good
  Shall come of Water and of Mud;
    And sure, the reverent eye must see
      A purpose in Liquidity.
      - Rupert Brooke, Heaven

There shall never be one lost good! What was shall live as before;
  The evil is null, is nought, is silence implying sound;
    What was good shall be good, with, for evil, so much good more;
      On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round.
      - Robert Browning, Abt Vogler (IX)

Let no man think lightly of good, saying in his heart, It will not benefit me. Even by the falling of waterdrops a water-pot is filled; the wise man becomes full of good, even if he gather it little by little.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)


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