Good Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old good quotes, good sayings, and good proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed.     

Charles Dickens

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.     

Mother Teresa

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.     

Vincent Van Gogh

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.     

Mark Twain

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

William Shakespeare

This time, like all times, is a very good time - if we but know what to do with it.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good words are worth much, and cost little.      

George Herbert

When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.     


A good horse makes short miles.      

George Eliot

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.     

Benjamin Disraeli

A good king knows when to save his strength and when to destroy his enemies.     

George R. R. Martin

The good of man is the active exercise of his souls faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them.     


Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.     

Rollo May

It's good to have money and the things that money will buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money won't buy.     

George Horace Lorimer

Making good judgments when one has complete data, facts, and knowledge is not leadership - it's bookkeeping.     

Dee Hock

Law is order, and good law is good order.     


A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.     

Nelson Mandela

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.     

Charles H. Spurgeon

Good ideas often take wings and fly beyond our reach, while bad ones will cling to us like barnacles to a vessel.      

James Lendall Basford

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, "Huh. It works. It makes sense.     

Barack Obama

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.     

Carl Rogers

A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.     

Herbert Hoover

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.     

Abraham Lincoln

Wishing good, merely, is a lukewarm charity; but doing good is divine.      

James Lendall Basford

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.     

Will Rogers

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.     

Arnold H. Glasgow

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.     


The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.     

Thomas Carlyle

If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.     

Bill Gates

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

William Wordsworth

The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.     

Bob Marley

At the end of the day it's not ‘what looks good' that matters, it's ‘what feels' good.     

Maddy Malhotra

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.     

Rene Descartes

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.     

Saint Basil

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.     

Publilius Syrus

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.     

Shanina Shaik

That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.     

Jean de la Bruyère

If you would not cease to love mankind you must not cease to do them good.     

Marie Dubsky