Nature does not bestow
to be good is an art.
have done a good deed that another has had
the benefit of, why do you need a third reward--as
fools do--praise for having done well or
looking for a favor in return. -Marcus
Give in to goodness now and then. I
don't mean masochistic self-sacrifice.
I mean the
deliberate performance of an act that has ethical value:
helping someone in need, righting a wrong, forgiving an enemy.
For best results, the act should be one that
can't possibly benefit you. . . .
if we give in to
goodness once in a while, we gain strength.
consistently refuse, we're at cross-purposes with
including our deepest nature. People not
only have the capacity
for ethical behavior, they have a
built-in need for it.
If you give in to goodness
reasonably often, you won't have
to seek self-renewal.
It will come to you.
-anonymous, quoted by Arthur Gordon
You'll always have to deal with
bastards, being lied to, deceived,
ridiculed, but that's to be expected
and you must thank
heaven when you meet the exception.
his collection of Bengali poems, Gitanjali, Rabindranath Tagore writes
the song he wanted to sing has never happened because he spent his days
"stringing and unstringing" his instrument. Whenever I
read these lines
a certain sadness enters my soul. . . . I get so preoccupied with the
and pressure of my schedule, with the hurry and worry of life, that I
the song of goodness which is waiting to be sung through me.
not wait for extraordinary circumstances
to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
-Jean Paul Richter
Nothing is rarer than real goodness.
If you see
good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which
uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this
habit, this energy will turn into a steady flow of
love. -Annamalai Swami
Every good that you
do, every good that you say, every good thought you think,
vibrates on and on and never ceases. The evil remains only
until it is overcome by good, but the good remains
It is a grand
mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce
it as certain that there was never yet a truly great person who
was not at the same time truly virtuous. -Benjamin
Franklin, "The Busy-Body Papers"
is a moral universe, which means that despite all the evidence
that seems to be to the contrary, there is no way that evil and
injustice and oppression and lies can have the last word. . . that
is what has upheld the morale of our people, to know that in the
end good will prevail. -Desmond
when we come to think of it, goodness is uneventful. It
does not flash, it glows. It is deep, quiet, and very
simple. It passes not with oratory, it is commonly
foreign to riches,
nor does it often sit in the places of
the mighty: but may be felt in the touch of a friendly
hand or the look of a kindly eye.
Conquer a person who never gives by gifts;
Subdue untruthful people by truthfulness;
Vanquish an angry person by gentleness;
And overcome the evil person by goodness.
The refuge from
pessimism is the
good men and women
at any time
in the world,
faith and happiness alive. -Charles E. Norton
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
We ought to do good to others as
simply and as naturally
as a horse runs, or a bee makes
honey, or a vine bears grapes
season after season without
thinking of the grapes it has borne.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of
others cannot keep it from themselves.
greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action
stealth and to have it found out by accident.
actions are the invisible
hinges on the doors of heaven.
consists not in the outward things
we do, but in the
inward thing we are.
--To be good is the great thing.
I did and still do find a
serious error in the emphasis of spiritual masters
and hagiographers of all faiths on self-denial and austerity as an end
instead of a means. L'art pour l'art. We must do the good
because it is good,
not because it is difficult. -Ada Bathune
Good will is a power that can be used every day of
the year and
every hour of the day. It is instantly available. By
good will we cultivate a deep subconscious habit of good will.
becomes a pattern of our response in all situations.
Good will works as silently as the sun and with as much power.
the ice and snow of resistance and indifference. It warms and
human hearts. It draws forth the best in others as flowers are
drawn from the soil. It stimulates growth.
-Wilferd A. Peterson
differently American business would function were our faith in the
power of goodness to replace our faith in the power of money.
Huge industries would no longer make billions of dollars on
activities that diminish the well-being and safety of our
children, our health, and our environment, on the pretext that
it's "just business." To put money before goodness
is idolatry, and the laws of the universe ensure that in the end
all idols will fall.
goodness there are all kinds of wisdom.
While I crawl upon this planet I think myself
obliged to do
what good I can, in my narrow domestic spheres, to my
fellow creatures, and to wish them all the good I cannot do.
If one is to do good one must
do it in the minute particulars. General good is the plea of the
hypocrite, the flatterer and the scoundrel.
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