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Each goodly thing is hardest to begin.
      - Edmund Spenser

Forever all goodness will be most charming; forever all wickedness will be most odious.
      - Thomas Sprat

How pleasant is Saturday night,
  When I've tried all the week to be good,
    Not spoken a work that is bad,
      And obliged every one that I could.
      - Nancy Dennis Sproat (Mrs. James Sproat),
        How Pleasant is Saturday Night

One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy--if I may.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Christmas Sermon

Goodness and love mould the form into their own image, and cause the joy and beauty of love to shine forth from every part of the face.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)

O, yet we trust that somehow good
  Will be the final goal of ill,
    To pangs of nature, sins of will
      Defects of doubt and taints of blood.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (LIV, 1)

'Tis only noble to be good.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Lady Clara Vere de Vere

From seeming evil still educing good.
      - James Thomson (1), Hymn (l. 114)

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
      - Henry David Thoreau

If I knew that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
      - Henry David Thoreau

It is pleasant to be virtuous and good, because that is to excel many others; it is pleasant to grow better, because that is to excel ourselves; it is pleasant to mortify and subdue our lusts, because that is victory; it is pleasant to command our appetites and passions, and to keep them in due order within the bounds of reason and religion, because this is empire.
      - John Tillotson

Man should be ever better than he seems.
      - Sir Aubrey de Vere, A Song of Faith

Goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun, as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

Real goodness does not attach itself merely to this life; it points to another world.
      - Daniel Webster

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
      - Daniel Webster

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.
      - John Wesley

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.
      - Mae West

Roaming in thought over the Universe, I saw the little that is
  Good steadily hastening towards immortality,
    And the vast all that is called Evil I saw hastening to merge itself and become lost and dead.
      - Walt Whitman, Roaming in Thought,
        after reading Hegel

A charmed life old goodness hath; the tares may perish, but the grain is not for death.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

What is good-looking, as Horace Smith remarks, but looking good? Be good, be womanly, be gentle, generous in your sympathies, heedful of the well-being of all around you; and, my word for it, you will not lack kind words of admiration.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
      - William Wordsworth

The nature of man is evil; his goodness is the result of his activity.
      - Xunsi

Who does the best that circumstance allows,
  Does well, acts nobly, angels could no more.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night II, l. 90)

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