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Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou, poet


Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. Henry Ford, industrialist


You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people. Nadia Comaneci, athlete


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


How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss, writer


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader


A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. Vincent Van Gogh, painter


There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn. Chinese Proverbs,


Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours. Marcus Aurelius, emperor


It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more. Woody Allen, director


If you can't return a favor, pass it on. Louise Brown, celebrity


It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions. Aristotle, philosopher


That best portion of a good man's life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth, poet


Look for no reward in goodness but goodness itself. Source Unknown,


Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds. Buddha, leader


We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela, statesman


What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy, novelist


We are the children of our own deeds. Victor Hugo, author


The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. Charles Lamb, critic


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


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


Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot, author


The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason. TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, poet


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


Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are. George Eliot, author


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


To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task. Sophocles, poet


Mighty in deeds and not in words. Anonymous,


Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds. Johann von Goethe, writer


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


My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine, writer


The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention Source Unknown,


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


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


The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. Dalai Lama, leader


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


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, clergyman


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


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


In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom. Euripides, poet


The devil himself is good when he is pleased. Thomas Fuller, clergyman


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


Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden. Blaise Pascal, philosopher


Nothing leads to good that is not natural. Friedrich von Schiller, poet


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, scientist


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


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


Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem. Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort,


In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress. Leonard Cohen, musician


It is very hard to be simple enough to be good. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. Garrison Keillor, writer


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


Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is. Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher


Everyone whose deeds are more than his wisdom, his wisdom endures; and everyone whose wisdom is more than his deeds, his wisdom does not endure. The Talmud,


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


For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too. Desmond Tutu, leader


Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis good works make the man. Eliza Cook, poet


Affection is the most important thing. And the quality of affection - with your friends, your lovers, your family. But particularly for your own generation. Allen Ginsberg, poet


Happy is the man whose deeds are greater than his learning Midrash,


The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration. Jos,


Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combination. Sir Joshua Reynolds,


There are few good women who do not tire of their role. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer


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


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


Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. Dodie Smith, dramatist


She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again. CharlesMaurice de Talleyrand,


Good deeds from good intentions flow; but good intentions only; build for us a place below. Source Unknown,


One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good. H. G. [Herbert George] Wells,


Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue. John Dryden, poet


Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. Beatrix Potter, author


Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness. Athenaeus, author


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, politician


Those who shine in the second rank, are eclipsed by the first. Proverbs,


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, revolutionary


A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward. St. Basil,


He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars. William Blake, poet


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, novelist


What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just deed -- and not for pay? Absurd -- or insincere? Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia, author


No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good. Mandell Creighton, historian


And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world. Anne Frank, diarist


Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse. Kahlil Gibran, artist


Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature. G. W. F. Hegel,


To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness. Ali IbnAbiTalib,


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, writer


Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. James Russell Lowell, poet


Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds. Sir Walter Raleigh,


To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient; it must be made to succeed among men. To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed. Ernest Renan, philosopher


The measure of your holiness is proportionate to the goodness of your will. Jan Van Ruysbroeck,


Men of real merit, whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge are not yet to be endured when they vaunt their own actions. Schines,


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, poet


What makes saintliness in my view, as distinguished from ordinary goodness, is a certain quality of magnanimity and greatness of soul that brings life within the circle of the heroic. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author


After the verb 'to Love,' 'to Help' is the most beautiful verb in the world. Bertha von Suttner, novelist


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, author


If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life. Henry David Thoreau, author


The man who has accomplished all that he thinks worthwhile has begun to die. E. T. Trigg,


O Lord, how many read the Word, and yet from vice are not deterred. Source Unknown,


Only happy people can learn. Only happy people can teach. Our religion should put a sparkle in our eyes and a tone in our voice, and a spring in our step that bears witness of our faith and confidence in the goodness of God. Source Unknown,


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, philosopher


Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie. Mae West, actress


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, dramatist


To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability. Oscar Wilde, dramatist


I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for... Thornton Wilder, novelist


Thank God, I never was cheerful. I come from the happy stock of the Mathers, who, as you remember, passed sweet mornings reflecting on the goodness of God and the damnation of infants. Henry Adams, historian


Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be loved. Michael Jackson, musician


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, writer


Being part of the natural world reminds me that innocence isn't ever lost completely; we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it. Jewel, musician


It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous. Aldous Huxley, novelist


Listen to people and treat people as you find them. There's an inherent goodness in most people. Don't pre-judge people - that was me Mam's advice anyway. Sean Bean, actor


Well, all I can say is thank goodness I had 15 years of theater before ever I did film roles. You build technique that you can rely on. Chris Cooper, actor


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, lawyer


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, actress


You can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world, or walk through life afraid of anyone who thinks different than you and trying to convert them to your way of thinking. Rosie O'Donnell, comedian


I don't need the fillers, additives, excessive amounts of sugars, fats, salts and other measures taken to taint the natural goodness of real food. Mark Hyman,


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


Goodness is beauty in the best estate. Christopher Marlowe, dramatist


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, politician


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, novelist


Serve the dinner backward, do anything - but for goodness sake, do something weird. Elsa Maxwell, writer


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, philosopher


Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher


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, philosopher


The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow does he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less does it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours. Lao Tzu, philosopher


An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. Maurice Maeterlinck, dramatist


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


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


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


You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty. Louisa May Alcott, novelist


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, writer


We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. Josephine Hart, writer


Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


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, actor


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, actor


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, politician


We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it. John Ruskin, writer


Its goodness is a decision for the mouth to make. Lu Yu, author


When there is life and mankind, a person will live striving for good deeds, liberty and a bright life, and wish that goodness and justice will reign in the world. Islom Karimov, statesman


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, statesman


My goodness, everyone is planting grapes, even a neighbor with only five acres. Doc Severinsen, musician


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, dramatist


It's sort of a feeling of power onstage. It's really the ability to make people smile, or just to turn them one way or another for that duration of time, and for it to have some effect later on. I don't really think it's power... it's the goodness. Robert Plant, musician


Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. Matthew Henry, clergyman


Mornin' ladies, my goodness don't you look happy. Must be cuttin' somebody up pretty good. Andy Griffith, actor


I believe in one God, the first and great cause of goodness. I also believe in Jesus Christ, the rebirth of the world. I also believe in the Holy Ghost, the comforter. Daniel Morgan, soldier


When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always. Mahatma Gandhi, leader


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


He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) C.S. Lewis, novelist


The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction. Chanakya, politician


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, president


Goodness means the highest degree of popularity. Heinrich Mann, novelist


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