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

He did each single thing as if he did nothing else.
      - Charles Dickens

Thy Will for Deed I do accept.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes
         (second week, third day, pt. II)

Our deeds are like children born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. Children may be strangled, but deeds never.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Adam Bede (ch. XXIX)

Our deeds still travel with us from afar.
  And what we have been makes us what we are.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Motto to Middlemarch (ch. LXX)

Things of today?
  Deeds which are harvest for Eternity!
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer"),
        Hymn (l. 22)

The manly part is to do with might and main what you can do.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go put your creed into your deed,
  Not speak with double tongue.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ode--Concord

Let us resolve to do the best we can with what we've got.
      - William Feather

Contemplation is necessary to generate an object, but action must propagate it.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Well done is better than well said.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
      - Giuseppe Garibaldi

Did nothing in particular,
  And did it very well.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Iolanthe

And future deeds crowded round us as the countless stars in the night.
  [Ger., Und kunftige Thaten drangen wie die Sterne
    Rings um uns her unzahlig aus der Nacht.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (II, 1, 121)

For as one star another far exceeds,
  So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds.
      - Robert Greene, A Maiden's Dream

If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains.
  If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.
      - George Herbert, Church Porch (last lines)

My hour at last has come;
  Yet not ingloriously or passively
    I die, but first will do some valiant deed,
      Of which mankind shall hear in after time.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXII), (Bryant's translation)

Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and especially on their destinies, as what they do.
      - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
      - Henrik Ibsen

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
      - Charles Kingsley

Oh! 'tis easy
  To beget great deeds; but in the rearing of them--
    The threading in cold blood each mean detail,
      And furze brake of half-pertinent circumstance--
        There lies the self-denial.
      - Charles Kingsley, Saint's Tragedy
         (act IV, sc. 3)

When a man dies they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks what good deed he has sent before him.
      - Koran

A word that has been said may be unsaid; it is but air. But when a deed is done, it cannot be undone, nor can our thoughts reach out to all the mischiefs that may follow.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

But the good deed, through the ages
  Living in historic pages,
    Brighter grows and gleams immortal,
      Unconsumed by moth or rust.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Norman Baron

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