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

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.

Author: David Grayson (1870-1946)

Profession: American Journalist and Writer

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.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.

Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)

Profession: German Philosopher

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

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib


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.

Author: Alice James (1848-1892)

Profession: American Diarist, Sister of Henry, William James

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

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

There are few good women who do not tire of their role.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

The Crucifixion and other historical precedents notwithstanding, many of us still believe that outstanding goodness is a kind of armor, that virtue, seen plain and bare, gives pause to criminality. But perhaps it is the other way around.

Author: Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)

Profession: American Author, Critic

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

Author: Iris Murdoch (1919)

Profession: British Novelist, Philosopher

What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

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

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

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.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

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

Author: Chinese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin