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A good disposition I far prefer to gold; for gold is the gift of fortune; goodness of disposition is the gift of nature. I prefer much rather to be called good than fortunate.
  [Lat., Bono ingenio me esse ornatam, quam auto multo mavolo.
    Aurum fortuna invenitur, natura ingenium donum.
      Bonam ego, quam beatam me esse nimio dici mavolo.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (I, 2, 90)

Real excellence, indeed, is most recognized when most openly looked into.
      - Plutarch

The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the breeze; but the fragrance of human virtues diffuses itself everywhere.
      - Ramayana

Good deeds ring clear through heaven, like a bell.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Good men can more easily see through bad men than the latter can the former.
  [Ger., Gute Menschen konnen sich leichter in schlimme hineindenken als diese injene.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (IV)

You're good for Madge or good for Cis
  Or good for Kath, maybe:
    But what's to me the good of this
      While you're not good for me?
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti,
        Jessie Cameron (st. 3)

He preferred to be good, rather than to seen so.
  [Lat., Esse quam videri bonus malebat.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catlina (LIV)

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon also be beautiful.
      - Sappho, Fragment (101)

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of their way, but must accept their lot calmly, even if people roll a few stones upon it.
      - Albert Schweitzer

It is not goodness to be better than the very worst.
  [Lat., Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium

To love the public, to study universal good, and to promote the interest of the whole world, as far as lies within our power, is the height of goodness, and makes that temper which we call divine.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

We may have an excellent ear for music, without being able to perform in any kind; we may judge well of poetry, without being poets, or possessing the least of a poetic vein; but we can have no tolerable notion of goodness without being tolerably good.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good. The goodness that is cheap in beauty makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of your complexion, should keep the body of it ever fair.
      - William Shakespeare

'Tis a kind of good deed to say well,
  And yet words are no deeds.
      - William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

There lives within the very flame of love
  A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it;
    And nothing is at a like goodness still;
      For goodness, growing to a plurisy,
        Dies in his own too-much.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, vii)

But I remember now
  I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
    Is often laudable, to do good sometime
      Accounted dangerous folly.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Wife at IV, ii)

You sent me Deputy for Ireland,
  Far from his succor, from the king, from all
    That might have mercy on the fault thou gav'st him;
      Whilst your great goodness, out of holy pity,
        Absolved him with an axe.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Surrey at III, ii)

There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
  Would men observingly distill it out;
    For our bad neighbor makes us early stirrers,
      Which is both healthful, and good husbandry.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

My meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at I, iii)

If for anything he loved greatness, it was because therein he might exercise his goodness.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

No good thing is ever lost. Nothing dies, not even life which gives up one form only to resume another. No good action, no good example dies. It lives forever in our race. While the frame moulders and disappears, the deed leaves an indelible stamp, and molds the very thought and will of future generations.
      - Samuel Smiles

For who is there but you? who not only claim to be a good man and a gentleman, for many are this, and yet have not the power of making others good. Whereas you are not only good yourself, but also the cause of goodness in others.
      - Socrates, Plato,
        (Jowett's translation), said to Protagoras

It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good.
      - Sophocles

He that is a good man is three-quarters of his way towards the being a good Christian, wheresoever he lives, or whatsoever he is called.
      - Bishop Robert South

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