There’s no absolute definition of good and bad. You can describe your side of the story with kind words and good justifications, and make any action look positive. You can also make any action look inappropriate by just adding a few negative words or by eliminating the positive facts.
What we say does not matter, what happens is what matters, and how truthful we are to our own selves that matters. This is because the more we lie to our own selves, the more we get accustomed with lying and bad deeds.
Here are seven powerful and wise quotes that might give us a clear idea about goodness:
- Thich Thien-An says : “In Zen Buddhism an action is considered good when it brings happiness and well-being to oneself and others, evil when it brings suffering and harm to oneself and others.”
- “We read in the Bhagavad-Gita again and again that we must all work incessantly. All work is by nature composed of good and evil. We cannot do any work which will not do some good somewhere; there cannot be any work which will not cause some harm somewhere. Every work must necessarily be a mixture of good and evil; yet we are commanded to work incessantly. Good and evil will both have their results, will produce their Karma. Good action will entail upon us good effect; bad action, bad. But good and bad are both bondages of the soul. The solution reached in the Gita in regard to this bondage-producing nature of work is that, if we do not attach ourselves to the work we do, it will not have any binding effect on our soul. We shall try to understand what is meant by this ‘non-attachment to’ to work.”
– Swami Vivekananda
- “This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.”
– Pope Francis
- “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
– Dalai Lama
- “Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.”
– Anne Frank
- “Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.”
– Lao Tzu
- “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
– Bertrand Russell