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.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.
Author: Chinese Proverb
Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin