A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on beauty, goodness, and illusions

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on beauty, belief, despair, earth, eternity, god, goodness, happiness, heaven, innocence, learning, life, purpose, secrets, sorrow, spirit, and worship

Vain are the beliefs and teachings that make man miserable, and false is the goodness that leads him into sorrow and despair, for it is man's purpose to be happy on this earth and lead the way to felicity and preach its gospel wherever he goes. He who does not see the kingdom of heaven in this life will never see it in the coming life. We came not into this life by exile, but we came as innocent creatures of God, to learn how to worship the holy and eternal spirit and seek the hidden secrets within ourselves from the beauty of life.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: Wisdom of Gibran

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A Quote by Joseph Zeitlin on awareness, beauty, duty, divinity, goodness, growth, hatred, injustice, life, men, nations, peace, reflection, relationships, truth, war, and world

As long as men and nations are aware of their divine origin, that human beings are a reflection of the source of all life, then it follows that it is the beholden duty of man to increase goodness, beauty, truth and peace in the world. But when men and nations deny the relationship of man to the divine, then the soil is fertile for the growth of hatred, injustice, strife and war.

Joseph Zeitlin

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on body and goodness

She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation

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A Quote by John S. Stokes, Jr. on beauty, christianity, creation, divinity, faith, god, goodness, legends, plants, purpose, sharing, teaching, and truth

Christianity sees plants and flowers as created by God to show forth and share with humans the divine goodness, beauty and truth - the purpose of all Creation. In this flowers may be enjoyed simply and directly in themselves as showing forth God's goodness and beauty, or, more fully, as archetypes, signatures, symbols, and bearers of legends, mirroring the revealed articles of Christian faith - thereby serving as means for their teaching, recollection, contemplation and celebration.

John S. Stokes

Source: Flower Theology II

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A Quote by John Milton on goodness, resignation, simplicity, suspicion, and wisdom

And oft, though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book iii. Line 686.

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A Quote by John Milton on devil, goodness, and virtue

Abash'd the devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 846.

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A Quote by John Milton on children, clarity, day, death, force, goodness, husbands, laws, love, mind, purity, saints, sons, and trust

Methought I saw my late espoused saint Brought to me, like Alcestis, from the grave, Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gave, Rescued from death by force, though pale and faint. Mine, as whom washed from spot of child-bed taint Purification in the Old Law did save, And such, as yet once more I trust to have Full sight of her in Heav'n without restraint, Came vested all in white, pure as her mind: Her face was veiled, yet to my fancied sight Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined So clear, as in no face with more delight. But O, as to embrace me she inclined, I waked, she fled, and day brought back my night.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet XXIII, On His Deceased Wife

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A Quote by Joaquin Miller on divinity, god, goodness, and men

In men whom men condemn as ill I find so much of goodness still, In men whom men pronounce divine I find so much of sin and blot, I do not dare to draw a line Between the two, where God has not.

Joaquin Miller (1837 - 1914)

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A Quote by Jane Taylor on birth, children, christianity, goodness, grace, and happiness

I thank the goodness and the grace Which on my birth have smiled, And made me, in these Christian days, A happy Christian child.

Jane Taylor (1783 - 1824)

Source: A Child's Hymn of Praise.

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