An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just deed -- and not for pay? Absurd -- or insincere?


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis "good works" make the man.


Eliza Cook (1818-1889, British poet)


The best way to find out if a man has done something is to advise him to do it. He will not be able to resist boasting that he has done it without being advised.


Comtesse Diane


Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


I Resolve: to strive to contribute something to the world, its work and the people in it, to spend and be spent in worthy service; to adhere, the best I can, to the Golden Rule.


B.C. Forbes


Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Verily, the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


I prefer to be remembered for what I have done for others, not what others have done for me.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Let thy alms go before, and keep heaven's gate Open for thee, or both may come too late.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


We are the children of our own deeds.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


I really want to leave the world better than I found it.


Sebastian S. Kresge


I should like to feel that the hearts of those who help the poor are warmed toward them.


Rose Hawthorne Lathrop


I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Happy is the man whose deeds are greater than his learning


Midrash (Jewish biblical commentary)


Mighty in deeds and not in words.




Many people wait throughout their whole lives for the chance to be good n their own fashion.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Live in the present.  Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day.  The future will unfold.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Those who shine in the second rank, are eclipsed by the first.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


The news of a good deed travels far, but the news of a bad one travels even farther.


Polish Proverb (Sayings of Polish origin)


Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combination.


Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792, British artist, critic)


Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.


Dodie Smith


To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward.


St. Basil (329-379, Bishop of Caesarea)


Everyone whose deeds are more than his wisdom, his wisdom endures; and everyone whose wisdom is more than his deeds, his wisdom does not endure.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


I would have you learn this great fact: That a life of doing right is the wisest life there is.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 4:11


Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Hebrews 10:24


As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


The man who has accomplished all that he thinks worthwhile has begun to die.


E. T. Trigg


Good deeds from good intentions flow; but good intentions only, build for us a place below.


Author Unknown


Men of real merit, whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge are not yet to be endured when they vaunt their own actions.


Author Unknown


O Lord, how many read the Word, and yet from vice are not deterred.


Author Unknown


The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention


Author Unknown


A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


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