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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 ]

O, if the good deeds of human creatures could be traced to their source, how beautiful would even death appear; for how much charity, mercy, and purified affection would be seen to have growth in dusty graves!
      - Charles Dickens

For ever and ever, my darling, yes
  --Goodness and love are undying;
    Only the troubles and cares of earth
      Are winged from the first for flying.
        Our way we plough
          In the furrow now;"
            But after the tilling and growing the sheaf;
              Soil for the root, but the sun for the leaf--
                And God keepeth watch forever.
      - Mary Mapes Dodge

Who soweth good seed shall surely reap;
  The year grows rich as it groweth old,
    And life's latest sands are its sands of gold!
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr,
        To the "Bouquet Club"

Look around the habitable world, how few
  Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
      - John Dryden, Juvenal (satire X)

To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power.
      - Tryon Edwards

When what is good comes of age, and is likely to live, there is reason for rejoicing.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

All men in the abstract are just and good.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who loves goodness harbors angels, reveres reverence, and lives with God.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good or ill of man lies within his own will.
      - Epictetus

If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.
      - Epictetus, Fragments, (Long's translation)

For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
  Do all the good you can,
    To all the people you can,
      In all the ways you can,
        As long as ever you can.
      - Epitaph,
        tombstone inscription in Shrewsbury, England, a favorite of Mr. Moody

We know the good, we apprehend it clearly, but we can't bring it to achievement.
      - Euripides

Happy were men if they but understood
  There is no safety but in doing good.
      - John Fountain

Hard was their lodging, homely was their food,
  For all their luxury was doing good.
      - Sir Samuel Garth

For all their luxury was doing good.
      - Sir Samuel Garth, Cleremont (l. 149)

Experience has convinced me that there is a thousand times more goodness, wisdom, and love in the world than men imagine.
      - Gehler

We cannot rekindle the morning beams of childhood; we cannot recall the noontide glory of youth; we cannot bring back the perfect day of maturity; we cannot fix the evening rays of age in the shadowy horizon; but we can cherish that goodness which is the sweetness of childhood, the joy of youth, the strength of maturity, the honor of old age, and the bliss of saints.
      - Henry Giles

A good man, through obscurest aspirations
  Has still an instinct of the one true way.
    [Ger., Ein guter Mensch, in seinem dunkeln Drange,
      Ist sich des rechten Weges sohl bewusst.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Prolog in Himmel--Der Herr
         (l. 88)

Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity. One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

And learn the luxury of doing good.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 22)

Impell'd with steps unceasing to pursue
  Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view,
    That, like the circle bounding earth and skies,
      Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 25)

Do good, and dispapear.
      - Genevieve Hennet de Goutel

Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)


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