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Quotes of the day: Goodness

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 2:46 PM EDT
Jun 30 2015

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
-John Updike

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
-Anthony Burgess

Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.
-Michel de Montaigne

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

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

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

Goodness... You got to make it out of badness... Because there isn't anything else to make it out of.
-Robert Penn Warren

I believe in the basic goodness of my species, because that appears to be a positive tactic and quality that leads to better chances of survival- and in spite of our foolishness, we seem to have survived.
-James Randi

I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.
-Michel de Montaigne

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

Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets headlines.
-Eugene H. Peterson

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

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

Only those few people who practice it believe in goodness.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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 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 (Ted) Sorensen

People always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.
-Eugene Ionesco

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed.
-William Saroyan

She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
-Virginia Woolf

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
-Leo Tolstoy

We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime.
-Franz Kafka

We too often forget that not only is there 'a soul of goodness in things evil,' but very generally also, a soul of truth in things erroneous.
-Herbert Spencer

When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.


(July 1 is also the birthday of G.C. Lichtenberg and George Sand.)

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