Good Quotes


There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.

City of Glass

Cassandra Clare

City of Glass
Bad    Good    Life

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Bad    Charming    Good    Tedious

At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.

Evil    Good    Knowledge    Power

But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.

Evil    Good

He felt that there is a loose balance of good and evil, and that the art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil.

Balance    Evil    Good

Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger? asked Scrimgeour.
No, I’m not, retorted Hermione. I’m hoping to do some good in the world!

it's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.

I know [Umbridge] by reputation and I'm sure she's no Death Eater-"
"She's foul enough to be one..."
"Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.

The worst memories stick with us, while the nice ones always seem to slip through our fingers.

My Soul to Save

Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Save
Bad    Good    Life    Memories

The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I'm thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.

Anais    Bad    Erica    Girl    Good    Jong    Lovers    Nin    Sexuality    Women

Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.

Evil    Good    History    Invincibility    Tyrants    Victory

I used to think that finding the right one was about the man having a list of certain qualities. If he has them, we'd be compatible and happy. Sort of a checkmark system that was a complete failure. But I found out that a healthy relationship isn't so much about sense of humor or intelligence or attractive. It's about avoiding partners with harmful traits and personality types. And then it's about being with a good person. A good person on his own, and a good person with you. Where the space between you feels uncomplicated and happy. A good relationship is where things just work. They work because, whatever the list of qualities, whatever the reason, you happen to be really, really good together.

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains ... an unuprooted small corner of evil.
Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the
evil inside a human being
(inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
Evil    Good    Heart    Religion

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.

Ethics    Evil    Good    Morality    Reality

You need to know it's your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.

Actions    Desire    Good

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

When good people consider you the bad guy, you develop a heart to help the bad ones. You actually understand them.

I do not forget any good deed done to me & I do not carry a grudge for a bad one.

Frankl    Good    Grudge    Life    Meaning    Viktor

But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.

Evil    Good    Humanity    Light    Man    Self righteousness    Zarathustra

I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.

Danger    Good    Love    Wild    Win    Yes

It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once.

Good    Hurt    Inspirational    Love    Music    Power of music

Who are you then?"
"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.

Faust. Eine Tragödie

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faust. Eine Tragödie
Devil    Evil    Faust    Good

One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..

The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it - I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.

Evil    Good

To light a candle is to cast a shadow...

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea
Balance    Equilibrium    Evil    Good    Knowledge    Taoism

I told him I was going to betray you, and betray Lyra, and he believed me because I was corrupt and full of wickedness; he looked so deep I felt sure he'd see the truth. But I lied too well. I was lying with every nerve and fiber and everything I'd ever done...I wanted him to find no good in me, and he didn't. There is none.

Das Bernstein-Teleskop

Philip Pullman (Author)

Das Bernstein-Teleskop
Evil    Good    Lies    Love    Mrs coulter    Truth

So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.

Evil    Good    Humanity

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil... Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.

Bad    Devil    God    Good    Religion

Most people are good and occasionally do something they know is bad. Some people are bad and struggle every day to keep it under control. Others are corrupt to the core and don’t give a damn, as long as they don’t get caught. But evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.

Bad    Delusions    Evil    Good

You know how confusing the whole good-evil concept is for me.

Evil    Good    Good and evil    Humor    Morality

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange
Evil    Good    Humanity    Humans

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.

Acts    Death    Deeds    Evil    Good    Legacy    Remembrance    Reputation

Some are born virtuous, some become virtuous. To be good by nature is indeed fortunate but to become good is like walking on a double-edged sword; it takes a longer time and is more painful.

Good    Islam    Pain    Peer e kamil    Spiritual    Sword

God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can't. If a thing is free to be good it's also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they've got to be free.
Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently, He thought it worth the risk. (...) If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will -that is, for making a real world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings- then we may take it it is worth paying.

Evil    Free will    Good

Risk means 'shit happens' or 'good luck

Good    Life    Luck    Risk    Uncertainty

Tell me there is still good in the world. Tell me there is still hope for all of us.

Champion

Marie Lu

Champion
Good    Hope

Though I obviously have no proof of this, the one aspect of life that seems clear to me is that good people do whatever they believe is the right thing to do. Being virtuous is hard, not easy. The idea of doing good things simply because you're good seems like a zero-sum game; I'm not even sure those actions would still qualify as 'good,' since they'd merely be a function of normal behavior. Regardless of what kind of god you believe in--a loving god, a vengeful god, a capricious god, a snooty beret-wearing French god, or whatever--one has to assume that you can't be penalized for doing the things you believe to be truly righteous and just. Certainly, this creates some pretty glaring problems: Hitler may have thought he was serving God. Stalin may have thought he was serving God (or something vaguely similar). I'm certain Osama bin Laden was
positive
he was serving God. It's not hard to fathom that all of those maniacs were certain that what they were doing was right. Meanwhile, I
constantly
do things that I
know
are wrong; they're not on the same scale as incinerating Jews or blowing up skyscrapers, but my motivations might be worse. I have looked directly into the eyes of a woman I loved and told her lies for no reason, except that those lies would allow me to continue having sex with another woman I cared about less. This act did not kill 20 million Russian peasants, but it might be more 'diabolical' in a literal sense. If I died and found out I was going to hell and Stalin was in heaven, I would note the irony, but I couldn't complain. I don't make the fucking rules.

God    Good    Hell    Virtues

You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.

Balance    Equilibrium    Evil    Fantasy    Good    Taoism

What would your good do if evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?

Evil    Good    Shadow

Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.

Good    Live

Hell wasn't a major reservoir of evil, any more then Heaven, in Crowley's opinion, was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.

Evil    Good    Heaven    Hell

And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are. All we can say is that this is a good deed, because it helps someone or that's an evil one because it hurts them. People are too complicated to have simple labels.

Believe in yourself    Complicated    Deed    Evil    Good    Labels    Name    People

This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive, as feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.

Affections    Bad    Cities    Cities and countries    City    Good    Payne    Roman    Soul    Travel    Voyage

There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.

Evil    Good    Illusion

In this treacherous world
Nothing is the truth nor a lie.
Everything depends on the color
Of the crystal through which one sees it

Absolutes    Evil    Good    Lies    Perception    Truth

I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.

Civil disobedience    Education    Evil    Good    Humane    Morality    Rights    Vegan

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