Goodness Quotes

The way of a man's heart will be foreshadowed by what goodness lies in him - coming from above, and from around; but a way foreshadowed is not a way made.-Donald G. Mitchell


There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.-Francois de La Rochefoucauld


There are very few misanthropes, thank goodness!-Ivor Novello


There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.-Leo Tolstoy


There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.-Henry David Thoreau


There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.-Samuel Butler


There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.-Friedrich Nietzsche


There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.-Richard Le Gallienne


There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.-Herman Melville


To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.-William Hazlitt


To be frank, I suspect that today there is little respect for Christianity as source of moral teaching about goodness.-Timothy Radcliffe


To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.-Ali ibn Abi Talib


Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick.-Lin Yutang


Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.-Lao Tzu


True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.-Milan Kundera


True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.-Albert Einstein


True revolutionaries are like God - they create the world in their own image. Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.-Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


True, He is infinite Majesty, but He is also infinite Goodness and infinite Love. There can be no greater Lord than God; neither can there be a more ardent lover than He.-Alphonsus Liguori


Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Unfortunately, goodness and honor are rather the exception than the rule among exceptional men, not to speak of geniuses.-Cesare Lombroso


Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness. - Blaise Pascal


God's Wisdom and God's Goodness! Ah, but fools Mis-define thee, till God knows them no more. Wisdom and goodness they are God! what schools Have yet so much as heard this simpler lore. This no Saint preaches, and this no Church rules: 'Tis in the desert, now and heretofore. - Matthew Arnold


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


Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained. - Lao Tzu [Lao Tse, Laozi]


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


Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do. - Khalil Gibran


Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile. (King Lear) - William Shakespeare


Love is not getting, but giving. Not a wild dream of pleasure and a madness of desire, oh, no, love is not that! It is goodness and honour and peace and pure living Yes, love is that and it is the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest. - Henry Van Dyke


Every germ of goodness will at last struggle into bloom and fruitage, true success follows every right step. - Orison Swett Marden


Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may.-William Cobbett


No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will.-Francois de La Rochefoucauld


No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.-Phillips Brooks


No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.-Alan Alda


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


Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.-Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.-Thomas Carlyle


Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.-Francis Bacon


Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost.-Donald Rumsfeld


One goes through school, college, medical school and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success.-Ashley Montagu


Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.-E. M. Forster


Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.-Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


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


Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance.-Hans Urs von Balthasar


Our surest protection against assault from abroad has been not all our guards, gates and guns, or even our two oceans, but our essential goodness as a people. Our richest asset has been not our material wealth but our values.-Theodore C. Sorensen


People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don't know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.-Anne Rice


Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice.-Abu Bakr


Plato stands for the union of truth and goodness in the supreme idea of God.-James M. Baldwin


Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?-Cesar Chavez


Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.-Edward Bond


I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected.-Louise Brown


I encountered among my comrades the most varied human traits, from frankness to reserve, from goodness, uprightness and kindness, to brutality and baseness.-Georg Brandes


I have good looking kids. Thank goodness my wife cheats on me.--Rodney Dangerfield


I have often felt a motion of love to leave some hints in writing of my experience of the goodness of God, and now, in the thirty-sixth year of my age, I begin this work.-John Woolman


I hope to goodness I would not still be working in the corporate world - the money is OK but it is no life at all.-Nigel Dennis


I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.-Grover Cleveland


I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me - spiritually and financially.-Denzel Washington


I still believe in the nonviolent Jesus and the basic human goodness present in all of us.-Martin Sheen


I think the most that I've learned has been, how do I put this? The innate goodness inside of all of us.-Brian Behlendorf


I would never describe Charlotte as a prude - maybe at the start, but that was in comparison to the other girls. She wasn't willing to do the stuff they were doing - and I mean, thank goodness!-Kristin Davis


I'd get 3-4 cheap home runs every year. You know, little 'wood shots' down either line. They would be pop flies in any other park. But, goodness me, they didn't count the number of long outs!-Bobby Thomson


I'm fighting a losing battle here: I'm trying to lose some weight. I love chocolate; that's one of my biggest downfalls. I haven't gotten a whole lot of chocolate, thank goodness, because I'd probably be about 300 pounds.-Carrie Underwood


If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use.-John Woolman


If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.-Nelson Mandela


In order to set forth the goodness of God towards myself, I have thought it prudent to record some of the leading incidents of my life, as a means of setting forth to my children that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.-William Rowley


In our open society, we are inclined to give to the less fortunate for the pure goodness of giving. We open our home to those who are alone on this holiday to spread some warmth into the life of another.-Jeff Miller


In the end, nature is inexorable: it has no reason to hurry and, sooner or later, it takes what belongs to it. Unconsciously and inflexibly obedient to its own laws, it doesn't know art, just as it doesn't know freedom, just as it doesn't know goodness.-Ivan Turgenev


In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.-Edward Bond


It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.-Benjamin Franklin


It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.-Leo Tolstoy