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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 ]

A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends.
      - Joseph Hall

Never be afraid of What is good; the good is always the road to what is true.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Nothing good bursts forth all at once. The lightning may dart out of a black cloud; but the day sends his bright heralds before him, to prepare the world for his coming.
      - Augustus William Hare

True goodness is like the glow-worm in this, that it shines most when no eyes except those of heaven are upon it.
      - Julius Charles Hare

Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        in Hans Zinsser's "As I Remember Him," p. 40

If goodness leade him not, yet wearinesse
  May tosse him to my breast.
      - George Herbert, The Pulley (st. 4)

We can do more good by being good, than in any other way.
      - Rowland Hill

A bad man is like an earthen vessel,--easy to break, and hard to mend. A good man is like a golden vessel, hard to break, and easy to mend.
      - Hitopadesa

Everything good in a man thrives best when properly recognized.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Who is a good man? He who keeps the decrees of the fathers, and both human and divine laws.
  [Lat., Vir bonus est quis?
    Qui consulta patrum, qui leges juraque servat.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 16, 40)

In the heraldry of heaven goodness precedes greatness; so on earth it is more powerful. The lowly and the lovely may frequently do more in their own limited sphere than the gifted.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

God whose gifts in gracious flood
  Unto all who seek are sent,
    Only asks you to be good
      And is content.
      - Victor Hugo,
        God whose Gifts in Gracious Flood

The true and good resemble gold.
      - Hermann Jacobi

He was so good he would pour rose-water on a toad.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Jerrold's Wit--A Charitable Man

As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

As the greatest liar tells more truths than falsehoods, so may it be said of the worst man, that he does more good than evil.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The good of our present state is merely comparative, and the evil which every man feels will be sufficient to disturb and harass him if he does not know how much he escapes.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The two great movers of the human mind are the desire for good, and the fear of evil.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

What is good only because it pleases cannot be pronounced good till it has been found to please.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A good man will avoid the spot of any sin. The very aspersion is grievous, which makes him choose his way in his life, as he would in his journey.
      - Ben Jonson

Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times.
      - Ben Jonson

Heaven prepares good men with crosses; but no ill can happen to a good man.
      - Ben Jonson

How near to good is what is fair!
      - Ben Jonson,
        Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly

There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment.
      - Joseph Joubert

The good, alas! are few: they are scarcely as many as the gates of Thebes or the mouths of the Nile.
  [Lat., Rari quippe boni: numero vix sunt totidem quot
    Thebarum portae, vel divitis ostia Nili.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 26)


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