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To do a little good is more than to accomplish great conquests.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
      - John Calvin

There are plagues, and there are victims, and it's the duty of good men not to join forces with the plagues.
      - Albert Camus

How indestructibly the good grows, and propagates itself, even among the weedy entanglements of evil.
      - Thomas Carlyle

No good Book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Novalis

Seek for good, but expect evil.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Can one desire too much of a good thing?
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. I, ch. VI)

Live for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy, on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year; you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.
      - Thomas Chalmers

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are. To be is the great thing.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

He that loveth God will do diligence to please God by his works, and abandon himself, with all his might, well for to do.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

This is a proof of a well-trained mind, to rejoice in what is good and to grieve at the opposite.
  [Lat., Ergo hoc proprium est animi bene constituti, et laetari bonis rebus, et dolere contrariis.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Amicitia (XIII)

Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
  [Lat., Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt, quam salutem hominibus dando.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Quinto Ligario (XII)

What's the good of it? for whose advantage?
  [Lat., Cui bono?]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Sextio Roscio Amerino (XXX),
        quoted from Lucius Cassius' "Second Philippic"

He who believes in goodness has the essence of all faith. He is a man "of cheerful yesterdays and confident to-morrows."
      - James Freeman Clarke

See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Good and bad men are each less so than they seem.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Goodness is generous and diffusive; it is largeness of mind, and sweetness of temper,--balsam in the blood, and justice sublimated to a richer spirit.
      - Jeremy Collier

Natural good is' so intimately connected with moral good, and natural evil with moral evil, that I am as certain as if I heard a voice from heaven proclaim it, that God is on the side of virtue. He has learnt much, and has not lived in vain, who has practically discovered that most strict and necessary connection, that does and will ever exist between vice and misery, and virtue and happiness.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

All men are born good.
      - Confucius

He, who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.
      - Confucius

That good diffused may more abundant grow.
      - William Cowper, Conversation (l. 441)

Doing good,
  Disinterested good, is not our trade.
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. I, The Sofa, l. 673)

Now, at a certain time, in pleasant mood,
  He tried the luxury of doing good.
      - George Crabbe, Tales of the Hall (bk. III)

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
      - Christopher Dawson,
        The Judgement of the Nations

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