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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Goodness (45 Quotations)

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A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly.
~ Emily Bronte

 

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A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

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As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do.
~ Elias Canetti

 

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At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done
~ Simone Weil

 

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Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.
~ Sappho

 

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Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.
~ Iris Murdoch

 

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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. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
~ Pablo Casals

 

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Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
~ Mikhail Bakunin

 

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

 

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Good is a product of the ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced.
~ Aldous Huxley

 

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

 

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Goodness is the only investment which never fails.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.
~ David Grayson

 

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Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts
~ Tibetan Proverb

 

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How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good dead in a naughty world.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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How sick one gets of being ''good,'' how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours; embody selfishness.
~ Alice James

 

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If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.
~ William Hazlitt

 

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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

 

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In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom.
~ Euripides

 

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In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived; but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.
~ Plato

 

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