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To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words. (Abigail Adams)

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us. (James Truslow Adams)

By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water. (Aeschylus)

Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. (Aristotle)

Man is born for deeds of kindness. (Marcus Aurelius)

No longer talk at all about the kind of man that a good man ought to be, but be such. (Marcus Aurelius)

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. (Marcus Aurelius)

When a person tells others 'Be good,' he conveys to his hearers the feeling that he is good and they are not. (Meher Baba)

A phrase is born into the world both good and bad at the same time. The secret lies in a slight, an almost invisible twist. The lever should rest in your hand, getting warm and you can only turn it once, not twice. (Isaac Babel)

You can only be as good as you dare to be bad. (John Barrymore)

Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art. (Charles Baudelaire)

I am such a good man, at bottom, such a good man, how is it that nobody ever noticed it? (Samuel Beckett)

Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love. (Saul Bellow)

There are three values: Feel good, be good, and do good. (Yogi Bhajan)

A fascinating theory is that each positive model has a negative, or shadow manifestation... We all want to be 'good' archetypes, but there's a lot to be learned from our inner 'bad boy' or 'bad girl' if we can just find the courage to make his or her acquaintance. (Eleanor Blair)

All wholesome food is caught without a net or trap. (William Blake)

The good is the end toward which all things tend. (Boethius)

The activities of drawing, eating and drinking, all involve assimilations by the self of desirable elements from the world, a transfer of goodness from without to within. (Alain de Botton)

Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand. (Bertolt Brecht)

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. (Warren Buffett)

How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feels is unjust chills the ardor to excel. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong. (Anthony Burgess)

We can overcome evil with greater good. (Laura Bush)

True goodness is the innocence of a virgin heart and mind. (Tony Calderone)

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. (Thomas Carlyle)

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. (Pablo Casals)

We all know that a good person can be a bad artist. But no one will ever be a genuine artist unless he is a great human being and thus also a good one. (Marc Chagall)

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We, too, are the victims of our own contemplation. (John Jay Chapman)

Good and bad men are less than they seem. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

One good turn usually gets the whole blanket. (E. Joseph Cossman)

From the youngest of ages, we are oriented to prefer altruistic others and to engage in altruistic acts. Of course, we all engage in these behaviors, but sometimes they become obscured amidst all the other input we encounter on a nearly constant basis. (Richard J. Davidson)

You cannot have a good character today and at the same time have a small mind and a little heart. You cannot have a good character today and be merely a petty reformer. (A. Powell Davies)

When I am good, I don't have to try to do good... I simply need to be who I am. (Jan Denise)

If you are to be kept right, you must possess either good friends or red-hot enemies. The one will warn you, the other will expose you. (Diogenes of Sinope)

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. (Benjamin Disraeli)

They say everything in the world is good for something. (John Dryden)

Privilege is the greatest enemy of right. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Have regard for your name, since it will remain for you longer than a great store of gold. (Ecclesiasticus)

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

If you're naturally kind, you attract a lot of people you don't like. (William Feather)

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank)

Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough. (Arthur Freed)

The image my work invokes is the image of good – not evil; the image of order – not chaos; the image of life – not death. And that is all the content of my constructions amounts to. (Naum Gabo)

The good man is the friend of all living things. (Mahatma Gandhi)

He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies on the creation of what is good. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. (Vincent van Gogh)

Good, bad, and indifferent - It takes all sorts to make a world. (Kenneth Grahame)

The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good. (Robert Graves)

If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes. (Thomas Gray)

In this life, so much of what we cannot control is caustic. The intrusive things we see, hear and smell make their way into our lives on a regular basis. If a painting can take you away from the crap out there, and help you scrape the day away, that's appeal. (Gail Griffiths)

Nothing is more heartbreaking than people who undervalue your good will. (Daniel Hanequand)

The criterion for what is good is based on whether it relieves someone, brings joy, or soothes a distress. (Bert Hellinger)

Conscience is the window of our spirit; evil is the curtain. (Douglas Horton)

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. (Vernon Howard)

I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men. (Thomas H. Huxley)

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don't want to do. (William James)

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. (Franz Kafka)

It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost. (Stephen King)

Good art maketh glad the heart of man. (Jeff Krewson)

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful. (Ninon de L'Enclos)

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. (Dalai Lama)

Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being... (Dalai Lama)

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good. (Walter Savage Landor)

A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. (Abraham Lincoln)

Whatever you are, be a good one. (Abraham Lincoln)

There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral. (Walter Lippmann)

Evil is only good perverted. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom. (Maurice Maeterlinck)

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. (Nelson Mandela)

-Life of Pi, 2001...
For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart. (Yann Martel)

-b.372 BC d.289 BC...
Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. (Mencius)

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. (Mohammed)

There are three ingredients to the good life; learning, earning, and yearning. (Christopher Morley)

No need to repent, no need to forgive - reverse 'evil' to live. (Chris Murphy)

What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.' (Barack Obama)

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings. (George Orwell)

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

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. (Fritz Perls)

There's no such thing as a bad Picasso, but some are less good than others. (Pablo Picasso)

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. (Plato)

The good is the beautiful. (Plato)

Let's start with what we can be thankful for, and get our mind into that vibration, and then watch the good that starts to come. Because one good thought leads to another good thought. (Bob Proctor)

Bad is never good until worse happens. (Danish proverb)

An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes. (Ayn Rand)

A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

If utopian fiction became the new trend, I wouldn't read it. (Veronica Roth)

All around the world, people believe that there is a great conflict between good and evil. Well, it's true that there's a conflict, but it only exists in the human mind. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Good and bad are mixed. If you don't have both, you don't belong with us. (Rumi)

All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another, and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it. (John Ruskin)

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others. (Herbert Samuel)

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. (William Saroyan)

Nothing leads to good that is not natural. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Every good man progressively becomes God. To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself, are expressions that are synonymous. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

You're a good man, Charlie Brown. (Charles Schulz)

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it. (Albert Schweitzer)

People who believe they cause good things tend to like themselves better than people who believe good things come from other people or circumstances. (Martin Seligman)

Goodness is nothing in the furnace of art. (Peter Shaffer)

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (William Shakespeare)

Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. (William Shenstone)

If a worm goes to heaven the devil is ashamed. (Herbert Siebner)

You have not lived a perfect day, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you. (Ruth Smeltzer)

For who is there but you? Who not only claim to be a good man and a gentleman, for many are this, and yet have not the power of making others good. Whereas you are not only good yourself, but also the cause of goodness in others. (Socrates)

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. (Baruch Spinoza)

Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them. (Madame de Stael)

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good. (Rabindranath Tagore)

In this world whatever is called good is comparatively with other things of its kind, or with the evil mingled in its composition: so he is a good man that is better than men comparatively are, or in whom the good qualities are more than the bad. (Sir William Temple)

To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Be not simply good; be good for something. (Henry David Thoreau)

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. (Henry David Thoreau)

As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution. (Henry David Thoreau)

Develop a benevolent world-view; look for the good in the people and circumstances around you. (Brian Tracy)

Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it. (Brian Tracy)

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting. (Harry S. Truman)

Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. (Desmond Tutu)

God has put something noble and good into every heart His hand created. (Mark Twain)

-Following the Equator...
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. (Mark Twain)

Goodwill cannot be purchased, it must be earned. (Frank Tyger)

A small good deed is better then the grandest intention. (Author unknown)

Our actions are neither so good nor so evil as our impulses. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. (Voltaire)

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for? (Alice Walker)

Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous - not just to some people in some circumstances - but to everyone all the time. (Thomas J. Watson, Jr.)

I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could. (Orson Welles)

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. (Mae West)

When I'm good, I'm very very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better. (Mae West)

-on public service broadcasting...
To make the good popular, and the popular good. (Huw Wheldon)

I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. (Walt Whitman)

Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. (Oscar Wilde)

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. (Oscar Wilde)

There are no 'good' or 'bad' people. Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice. A blindness to what is going on in each other's hearts... (Tennessee Williams)

Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that's dynamic and expressive - that's what's good for you if you're at all serious in your aims. (Tennessee Williams)

- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test...
Put your good where it will do the most! (Tom Wolfe)

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

If we are able to meet these two requirements - regularity in meditation and leading a good life in society, day-to-day a good life - then nothing would be unattainable by us. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable. (Xun Zi)


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