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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 enlarges the term of his own existence.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

The soul is strong that trusts in goodness.
      - Philip Massinger

There are people whose good qualities shine brightest in the darkness, like the ray of a diamond; but there are others whose virtues are only brought out by the light, like the colors of a silk.
      - Justin Huntly McCarthy

A real man is he whose goodness is a part of himself.
      - Mencius

He whose goodness is part of himself, is what is called a real man.
      - Mencius

Human nature is good, just as water seeks low ground. There is no man who is not good, just as there is no water that does not flow downward.
      - Mencius

Great hearts alone understand how much glory there is in being good.
      - Jules Michelet

Abash'd the devil stood,
  And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
    Virtue in her shape how lovely.
      - John Milton

Goodness thinks no ill where no ill seems.
      - John Milton

My heart contains of good, wise, just, the perfect shape.
      - John Milton

O goodness! that shall evil turn to good.
      - John Milton

None
  But such as are good men can give good things,
    And that which is not good, is not delicious
      To a well-governed and wise appetite.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 702)

If then his providence
  Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
    Our labour must be to pervert that end,
      And out of good still to find means of evil;
        Which ofttimes may succeed so as perhaps
          Shall grieve him, if I fail not, and disturb
            His inmost counsels from their destined aim.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 162)

Since good, the more
  Communicated, more abundant grows.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 71)

Who is only good that others may know it, and that he may be the better esteemed when 'tis known, who will do well but upon condition that his virtue may be known to men, is one from whom much service is not to be expected.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

How goodness heightens beauty!
      - Hannah More

The scent of flowers does not travel against the wind; but the odor of good people travels; even against the wind: a good man pervades every place.
      - (Friedrich) Max Muller

Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr

A glass is good, and a lass is good,
  And a pipe to smoke in cold weather;
    The world is good and the people are good,
      And we're all good fellows together.
      - John O'Keeffe, Sprigs of Laurel
         (act II, sc. 1)

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

It is all a mistake that we cannot be good and manly without being scrupulously and studiously good. There is too much mechanism about our virtue.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Experience makes us see a wonderful difference between devotion and goodness.
      - Blaise Pascal

He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
      - William Penn

I know and love the good, yet ah! the worst pursue.
      - Francesco Petrarch, To Laura in Life
         (canzone XXI)

And so it happens oft in many instances; more good is done without our knowledge than by us intended.
  [Lat., Itidemque ut saepe jam in multis locis,
    Plus insciens quis fecit quam prodens boni.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Captivi Prologue (XLIV)


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