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[ Also see Accomplishments Achievement Action Behavior Hand Inactivity Intention Labor Well-doing Will Work ]

All that we do is done with an eye to something else.
      - Aristotle

Who doth right deeds
  Is twice born, and who doeth ill deeds vile.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. VI, l. 78)

Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study.
      - James H. Aughey

One improper word or act will neutralize the effect of many good ones; and one base deed, after years of noble service, will cover them all with shame.
      - James H. Aughey

Deeds, not words.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Lover's Progress (act III, sc. 6)

All your better deeds
  Shall be in water writ, but this in marble.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Philaster (act V, sc. 3)

An injury graves itself in metal, but a benefit writes itself in water.
  [Fr., L'injure se grave en metal; et le bienfait s'escrit en l'onde.]
      - Jean Bertaut

Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.
      - Bible, so-called "Golden Rule",
        Matthew and Luke (paraphrase)

We ought to do our neighbour all the good we can. If you do good, good will be done to you; but if you do evil, the same will be measured back to you again.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay), Dabschelim and Pilpay
         (chap. i)

Anything done for another is done for oneself.
  [Lat., Qui facit per alium facit per se.]
      - Pope Boniface VIII,
        Maxim--Sexti--Corp. Jur. (bk. V, 12)

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
      - Book of Common Prayer, General Confession

To be nameless in worthy deeds, exceeds an infamous history.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

'Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do.
      - Robert Browning, Saul (XVIII)

For now the field is not far off
  Where we must give the world a proof
    Of deeds, not words.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 867)

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
  Make our earth an Eden like the heaven above.
      - Mrs. Julia A. Fletcher Carney,
        Little Things,
        a version in later compilations

Men pass away, but their deeds abide.
      - Augustin-Louis Cauchy, his last words,
        "Mathematical Circles Revisited" by H. Eves

His deeds inimitable, like the Sea
  That shuts still as it opes, and leaves no tracts
    Nor prints of Precedent for poore men's facts.
      - George Chapman, Bussy d'Ambois
         (act I, sc. 1)

So our lives
  In acts exemplarie, not only winne
    Ourselves good Names, but doth to others give
      Matter for virtuous Deedes, by which wee live.
      - George Chapman, Bussy d'Ambois
         (act I, sc. 1)

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,

The will for the deed.
      - Colley Cibber, The Rival Fools (act III)

His deeds do not agree with his words.
  [Lat., Facta ejus cum dictis discrepant.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus (bk. II, 30)

This is the Thing that I was born to do.
      - Samuel Daniel, Musophilus (st. 100)

Deeds are males, words females are.
      - Sir John Davies, Scene of Folly (p. 147)

"I worked for men," my Lord will say,
  When we meet at the end of the King's highway;
    "I walked with the beggar along the road,
      I kissed the bondsman stung by the goad,
        I bore my half of the porter's load.
          And what did you do," my Lord will say,
            "As you traveled along the King's highway?"
      - Robert Davies, My Lord and I

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