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platoGood people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

 - Plato

BuddhaA dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

 - Gautama Buddha

BuddhaWhatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

 - Gautama Buddha

John AdamsIt is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.

 - John Adams

Charles de LintEverybody's got the potential for great good and great wrong in them, but it's the choices we make that define who we really are.

 - Charles de Lint

BuddhaSet your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.

 - Gautama Buddha

Maya AngelouSome people cannot see a good thing when it is right here, right now. Others can sense a good thing coming when it is days, months, or miles away.

 - Maya Angelou

Bernard BaruchPeace is never long preserved by weight of metal or by an armament race. Peace can be made tranquil and secure only by understanding and agreement fortified by sanctions. We must embrace international cooperation or international disintegration. Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human dignity.

 - Bernard Baruch

The friendships formed between good and evil men differ. The friendship of the good, at first faint like the morning light, continually increases; the friendship of the evil at the very beginning is like the light of midday, and dies away like the light of evening.

 - Bhartrhari

In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.

 - Bill Bernbach

Joseph AddisonContent thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor Is a private station.

 - Joseph Addison

Edmund BurkeWhen bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

 - Edmund Burke

BuddhaLet no man think lightly of good, saying in his heart, It will not benefit me. Even by the falling of water drops a water-pot is filled; the wise man becomes full of good, even if he gather it little by little.

 - Gautama Buddha

Michel de MontaigneLife in itself is neither good nor evil, it is the scene of good or evil, as you make it.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Blaise PascalWe sometimes learn more from the sight of evil than from an example of good; and it is well to accustom ourselves to profit by the evil which is so common, while that which is good is so rare.

 - Blaise Pascal

Carrie FisherNo motive is pure. No one is good or bad, but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.

 - Carrie Fisher