It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
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.
Author: Marcus Aurelius (121-80 AD)
Profession: Roman Emperor, Philosopher
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.
Author: Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)
Profession: Russian Political Theorist
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
Author: Saul Bellow (1915)
Profession: American Novelist
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Profession: German Dramatist, 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.
Author: Emily Bronte (1818-1848)
Profession: British Novelist, Poet
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.
Author: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Profession: American Minister, Poet
We all have known good critics, who have stamped out poet's hopes; Good statesmen, who pulled ruin on the state; Good patriots, who, for a theory, risked a cause; Good kings, who disemboweled for a tax; Good Popes, who brought all good to jeopardy; Good Christians, who sat still in easy-chairs; And damned the general world for standing up. Now, may the good God pardon all good men!
Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
Profession: British Poet
As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do.
Author: Elias Canetti (1905)
Profession: Austrian Novelist, Philosopher
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
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.
Author: Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
Profession: Spanish Cellist, Conductor, Composer
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher
It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom.
Profession: Greek Tragic Poet
The devil himself is good when he is pleased.
Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)
Profession: British Clergyman, Author