Quotes and Sayings about Deeds



"The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds and prays that God will bless him is in the position of a farmer who, having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat."
- James Allen
(Related: God, Thoughts, Deeds, Harvest, Man, Will, Wrong)

"All I ever seek from good deeds is a measure of respect."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Deeds, Measure, Respect)

"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Time, Deeds, Jokes, Mind, Relaxation)

"In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds."
- Aristotle
(Related: Life, Comfort, Deeds, Friends, Old, Poverty, Weakness)

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."
- Philip James Bailey
(Related: Time, Heart, Thoughts, Deeds, Years)

"Let each man think himself an act of God, His mind a thought, his life a breath of God; And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds, To show the most of Heaven he hath in him."
- Philip James Bailey
(Related: Life, God, Thought, Thoughts, Act, Deeds, Heaven, Man, Mind)

"We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours."
- James Baldwin
(Related: Experience, Thought, Beliefs, Deeds)

"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
(Related: Love, Friendship, Courtesy, Deed, Deeds, Kindness, Man, Plants)

"Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Life, People, Thoughts, Values, Deeds)

"According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Blessings, Deeds, Evil, Result)

"The genius of America is that we are still a land of undiscovered shores, and we are at our best when we open our hearts and allow the night winds to bring renewed visions of great deeds."
- Phil Bredesen
(Related: Genius, America, Deeds, Land, Night, Open, Visions)

"Honest people don't hide their deeds."
- Emily Bronte
(Related: People, Deeds)

"Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing - where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do."
- Phillips Brooks
(Related: Soul, Thoughts, Day, Deeds, Desire, Man, Thinking, Will)

"Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds?"
- Robert Browning
(Related: Men, Deeds, Words)

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."
- Buddha
(Related: Wisdom, Life, Virtue, Deeds, Earth, Guidance, Light, Mind, Needs)

"Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth."
- Abraham Cahan
(Related: Deeds, Learning, Reality, World, Worth)

"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Thoughts, Beginning, Deeds)

"The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Life, Thought, Heart, Deeds, Man, Vanity)

"It is thought and feeling which guides the universe, not deeds."
- Edgar Cayce
(Related: Thought, Deeds, Feeling, Universe)

"Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Actions, Deeds, Sons)

"In great deeds something abides."
- Joseph L. Chamberlain
(Related: Deeds)

"The power of noble deeds is to be preserved and passed on to the future."
- Joshua Chamberlain
(Related: Power, Deeds, Future)

"Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Deeds, Worth)

"A man is great by deeds, not by birth."
- Chanakya
(Related: Deeds, Man)

"If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds, it is stored up for the guidance of the future."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Belief, Deeds, Future, Guidance, Open)

"Success in crime always invites to worse deeds."
- Edward Coke
(Related: Success, Crime, Deeds)

"The man of sensibility is too busy talking about his feelings to have time for good deeds."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Time, Feelings, Deeds, Man, Sensibility, Talking)

"Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Legal, Care, Deeds, Genocide, Obligation, Right, Sense, Words, Wrong)

"Words without deeds is an affront to the principle that guides our Nation and makes a mockery of the values we as public servants claim to love."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Love, Values, Deeds, Nation, Public, Words)

"Members will hear me say repeatedly words are important; deeds are a reality."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Deeds, Reality, Will, Words)

"Your ability to rationalize your own bad deeds makes you believe that the whole world is as amoral as you are."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Ability, Deeds, World)

"Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame, which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind."
- George William Curtis
(Related: Intelligence, Thoughts, Approval, Deeds, Fame, Mankind, Reputation)

"Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds."
- Democritus
(Related: Deeds)

"One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart."
- John Dewey
(Related: Heart, Conscience, Deeds, Intentions)

"Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are."
- George Eliot
(Related: Travel, Deeds)

"Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds."
- George Eliot
(Related: Deeds)

"Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Deeds, Existence, Fate, Nothing, State)

"One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for."
- Euripides
(Related: Time, Friend, Deeds, Nothing, Word)

"Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still."
- Frederick William Faber
(Related: Thoughts, Being, Deeds, Thinking, Words)

"And now may the blessing of God rest upon all men. I have told unto them the Epic of Kings, and the Epic of Kings is come to a close, and the tale of their deeds is ended."
- Ferdowsi
(Related: God, Men, Deeds, Kings, May, Now, Rest)

"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Deeds, Reputation)

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: History, Act, Nation, Will)

"The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of the Indians."
- Geronimo
(Related: Government, Soldiers)

"Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Love, Deeds, Desire, Spirit)

"For as one star another far exceeds, So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds."
- Robert Greene
(Related: Deeds, Heaven)

"He is not wise to me who is wise in words only, but he who is wise in deeds."
- Saint Gregory
(Related: Deeds, Words)

"In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims."
- William Greider
(Related: Time, Finance, Crime, Deeds, Prison, Victims)

"Initial reports are encouraging. In the end of the day, it's going to be deeds, not words, that matter."
- Stephen Hadley
(Related: Encouraging, Day, Deeds, End, Words)

"Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving."
- Lee H. Hamilton
(Related: Deeds, Democracy, Monuments, Needs)

"Life is short and if you're looking for extension, you had best do well. 'Cause there's good deeds and then there's good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Life, Deeds, Heaven, Hell, Intentions)

"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks."
- Herodotus
(Related: Deeds)

"Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds."
- Hesiod
(Related: Deeds, Man)

"It was not the path I was to take. Because of my deeds, I will never know peace again."
- Hiawatha
(Related: Peace, Deeds, Will)

"A key to the mentality of the left is that it judges itself by its best intentions, and judges its opponents - America chief among them - by their worst deeds."
- David Horowitz
(Related: America, Deeds, Intentions, Judges, Key, Opponents)

"Thinking good thoughts is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good examples is enough."
- Douglas Horton
(Related: Thoughts, Deeds, Thinking)

"Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target, the bulls-eye is heaven."
- Douglas Horton
(Related: Thoughts, Deeds, Heaven, Words)

"I hope to God that the inner strength that will vindicate my deeds will in good time spring forth from my own people. I have done as I had to on the prompting of my inner voice."
- Kurt Huber
(Related: Time, God, People, Hope, Strength, Deeds, Spring, Voice, Will)

"Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Children, Deeds)

"A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever."
- Jesse Jackson
(Related: Death, Men, Deeds, Justice, Man, Reality)

"Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars."
- Tama Janowitz
(Related: Deeds, Will)

"Let the professors of Christianity recommend their religion by deeds of benevolence - by Christian meekness - by lives of temperance and holiness."
- Richard Mentor Johnson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Christianity, Benevolence, Deeds, Holiness, Temperance)

"I ask every Communist individually to set an example, by deeds and without pretense, a real example worthy of a man and a Communist, in restoring order, starting normal life, in resuming work and production, and in laying the foundations of an ordered life."
- Janos Kadar
(Related: Life, Work, Deeds, Example, Man, Order, Production)

"When there is life and mankind, a person will live striving for good deeds, liberty and a bright life, and wish that goodness and justice will reign in the world."
- Islom Karimov
(Related: Life, Deeds, Goodness, Justice, Liberty, Mankind, Will, World)

"The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds."
- R. D. Laing
(Related: Change, Thoughts, Deeds)

"Better have a black face than be worried about black deeds."
- Robert N. Lee
(Related: Deeds)

"Be prepared, and be careful not to do your good deeds when there's no one watching you."
- Tom Lehrer
(Related: Deeds)

"Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Talent, Performance, Circumstances, Deeds, Spirit, Stupidity)

"Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time."
- John Locke
(Related: Time, People, Day, Deeds, Disguise)

"So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds."
- Lucretius
(Related: Religion, Deeds, Evil)

"In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure."
- Malcolm X
(Related: Success, Time, Failure, Deeds, Respect, Value)

"I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds; who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it."
- David Mallet
(Related: Deeds, Fame, Will)

"Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."
- Peter Marshall
(Related: Deeds)

"Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Men, Action, Greatness, Deeds, Dignity, Famous, Talk)

"Where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words."
- Zell Miller
(Related: Deeds, Words)

"The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby."
- John Milton
(Related: Character, Deeds, Man, Order, Past, sayings)

"Man is remembered by his deeds."
- Knute Nelson
(Related: Deeds, Man)

"The Israeli government has proved over the past year its commitment to peace, both in words and deeds. By contrast, the Palestinians are posing preconditions for renewing the diplomatic process in a way they have not done over the course of 16 years."
- Benjamin Netanyahu
(Related: Government, Peace, Commitment, Contrast, Deeds, Past, Words, Years)

"The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh."
- John Owen
(Related: Life, Power, Comfort, Deeds, Spiritual)

"For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words, but for a lifetime John McCain has inspired with his deeds."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Deeds, Words)

"Little deeds are like little seeds, they grow to flowers or to weeds."
- Daniel D. Palmer
(Related: Deeds, Flowers)

"There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance."
- Gilbert Parker
(Related: Deeds, Memory, Remorse, Repentance, Spirits, World)

"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
- Rosa Parks
(Related: Deeds, Memories, Will)

"Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Deeds)

"Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Actions, Deeds, Sons)

"The men who have furnished me with my greatest inspiration have not been men of wealth, but men of deeds."
- James Cash Penney
(Related: Men, Inspiration, Wealth, Deeds)

"Great deeds give choice of many tales. Choose a slight tale, enrich it large, and then let wise men listen."
- Pindar
(Related: Men, Choice, Deeds)

"Let deeds match words."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Deeds, Words)

"Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly."
- Plutarch
(Related: Deeds)

"It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything."
- Plutarch
(Related: Deeds, Man, Risk)

"No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things to them unwillingly."
- Protagoras
(Related: Deeds, Evil, Man)

"When deeds speak, words are nothing."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Deeds, Nothing, Words)

"Time, which wears down and diminishes all things, augments and increases good deeds, because a good turn liberally offered to a reasonable man grows continually through noble thought and memory."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Time, Thought, Deeds, Man, Memory)

"Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows."
- Charles Reade
(Related: Men, Women, Day, Deeds, Earth, Words)

"We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: People, Deeds, Motives)

"Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Art, Deeds, Nations, Words)

"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(Related: Happiness, Deeds, Joy, Zest)

"Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty."
- Sallust
(Related: Money, Honesty, Deeds, Friends, Merit, Soldiers)

"The living Church of the redeemed is his book. He founded a religion of the living spirit, not of a written code, like the Mosaic law. Yet his words and deeds are recorded by as honest and reliable witnesses as ever put pen to paper."
- Philip Schaff
(Related: Religion, Church, Deeds, Law, Living, Pen, Spirit, Words)

"Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Deed, Deeds, Talking, Words)

"How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!"
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Deeds, Sight)

"The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy."
- Florence Scovel Shinn
(Related: Life, Thoughts, Accuracy, Deeds, Words)

"Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression."
- Dodie Smith
(Related: Deeds, Depression)

"Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express."
- George A. Smith
(Related: Power, Habit, Conscience, Deeds, Enemies, Evil, Malice, Memories, Past, Pride, Selfishness)

"Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds."
- Sophocles
(Related: Men, Money, Cities, Deeds, Mankind)

"To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task."
- Sophocles
(Related: Deeds, Man)

"For shameful deeds are taught by shameful deeds."
- Sophocles
(Related: Deeds)

"It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds."
- Sophocles
(Related: Life, Care, Deeds, Words)

"If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too."
- Sophocles
(Related: Deeds, End, Will)

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Related: Deeds, Tears, Words)

"I don't believe in devils. Indifference and misunderstandings can create evil situations. Most of the time, people who appear to be evil are really victims of evil deeds."
- Max von Sydow
(Related: Time, People, Deeds, Evil, Indifference, Victims)

"Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: People, Deeds, Old)

"What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: People, Deeds, Old)

"The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Men, God, Deeds, Difference, Words)

"Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Actions, Deeds, Destiny, Fate)

"Great acts are made up of small deeds."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Deeds)

"Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again."
- Evelyn Underhill
(Related: Evil, Interest, Thinking)

"The supply of words in the world market is plentiful but the demand is falling. Let deeds follow words now."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Deeds, Now, Words, World)

"It is our duty to watch over the actions and activities of this government and to insist that, in words as well as in deeds, the interests of our constituency primarily and of the Nation ultimately are served."
- Diane Watson
(Related: Government, Actions, Deeds, Duty, Nation, Words)

"Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Time, Deeds, Will, Words)

"Big words seldom accompany good deeds."
- Charlotte Whitton
(Related: Deeds, Words)

"Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Truth, People, Ideas, Deeds, Impulses, Memories, Shadows, Words)

"Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Quality, Deeds, Grace, Moments, Words)

"Sometimes the way you respond to horrific, evil deeds is the measure of one's self as a man, as a nation, as people, as a community."
- James Woods
(Related: People, Community, Deeds, Evil, Man, Measure, Nation, Self)

"A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words."
- Kong Fu Zi
(Related: Deeds, Gentleman, Words)

"The thought is a deed. Of all deeds she fertilizes the world most."
- Emile Zola
(Related: Thought, Deed, Deeds, World)