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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 ]

Be good, my child, and let who will be clever;
  Do noble deeds, not dream them all day long;
    And so make life, death, and that vast forever
      One grand, sweet song.
      - Charles Kingsley

Nothing that man ever invents will absolve him from the universal necessity of being good as God is good, righteous as God is righteous, and holy as God is holy.
      - Charles Kingsley

Be good . . . and let who will be clever.
      - Charles Kingsley, A Farewell

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;
  Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long;
    And so make Life, and Death, and that For Ever,
      One grand sweet song.
      - Charles Kingsley, Farewell,
        version in ed. of 1889

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;
  Do noble things, not dream them all day long;
    And so make life, death, and that vast forever,
      One grand, sweet song.
      - Charles Kingsley, Farewell--To C.E.G.

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy, than happiness makes them good. We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment; the course is then over, the wheel turns round but once; while the reaction of goodness and happiness is perpetual.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Little men build up great ones, but the snow colossus soon melts; the good stand under the eye of God, and therefore stand.
      - Walter Savage Landor

He is a truly good man who desires always to bear the inspection of good men.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Nothing rarer than real goodness.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Every day should be distinguished by at least one particular act of love.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Know this, that every country can produce good men.
  [Ger., Weiss
    Dass alle Lander gute Menschen tragen.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (II, 5)

I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you are, be a good one.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Men have less lively perception of good than of evil.
  [Lat., Segnius homines bona quam mala sentiunt.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXX, 21)

God's livery is a very plain one; but its wearers have good reason to be content. If it have not so much gold-lace about it as Satan's, it keeps out foul weather better, and is besides a great deal cheaper.
      - James Russell Lowell

While tenderness of feeling and susceptibility to generous emotions are accidents of temperament, goodness is an achievement of the will and a quality of the life.
      - James Russell Lowell

The soil out of which such men as he are made is good to be born on, good to die for and to be buried in.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--Second Series--Garfield

If honest fame awaits the truly good; if setting aside the ultimate success of excellence alone is to be considered, then was his fortune as proud as any to be found in the records of our ancestry.
  [Lat., Si veris magna paratur
    Fama bonis, et si successu nuda remoto
      Inspicitur virtus, quicquid laudamus in ullo
        Majorum, fortuna fuit.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (IX, 593)

How many people would like to be good, if only they might be good without taking trouble about it! They do not like goodness well enough to hunger and thirst after it, or to sell all that they have that they may buy it; they will not batter at the gate of the kingdom of heaven; but they look with pleasure on this or that aerial castle of righteousness, and think it would be rather nice to live in it.
      - George MacDonald

There is a warp of evil woven in the woof of good.
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius)

That which is good to be done, cannot be done too soon; and if it is neglected to be done early, it will frequently happen that it will not be done at all.
      - Richard Mant

Whatever any one does or says, I must be good; just as if the emerald were always saying this: "Whatever any one does or says, I must still be emerald, and keep my color."
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus),
        Meditations (ch. VII)

The crest and crowning of all good,
  Life's final star, is Brotherhood.
      - Edwin Markham, Brotherhood

Goodness is beauty in its best estate.
      - Christopher Marlowe


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