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

No good deed goes unpunished.
      - Clare Boothe Luce

We are our own fates. Our own deeds
  Are our doomsmen. Man's life was made
    Not for men's creeds,
      But men's actions.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto V, st. 8)

Deeds survive the doers.
      - Horace Mann

See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,
  With joy and love triumphing.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 336)

Nor think thou with wind
  Of aery threats to awe whom yet with deeds
    Thou canst not.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VI, l. 282)

I on the other side
  Us'd no ambition to comment my deeds;
    The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the doer.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 246)

Don't take the will for the deed; get the deed.
      - Lewis Mumford

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr

He fills his lifetime with deeds, not with inactive years.
  [Lat., Actis aevum implet, non segnibus annis.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ad Liviam

Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.
  [Lat., Ipse decor, recti facti si praemia desint,
    Non movet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 3, 13)

The gods see the deeds of the righteous.
  [Lat., Di pia facta vident.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (II, 117)

The deed I intend is great,
  But what, as yet, I know not.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses,
        (Sandy's translation)

The deeds of men never escape the gods.
  [Lat., Acta deos nunquam mortalia fallunt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 2, 97)

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensee (I, IX, 21)

Do what good thou canst unknown, and be not vain of what ought rather to be felt than seen.
      - William Penn

Let deeds correspond with words.
  [Lat., Dictis facta suppetant.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Pseudolus
         (act I, 1)

"He wishes well" is worthless, unless the deed go with it.
  [Lat., Nequam illud verbum est, Bene vult, nisi qui benefacit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (II, 4, 38)

We'll take the good-will for the deed.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. IV, ch. XLIX)

A mighty deed is like the Heaven's thunder,
  That wakes the nation's slumberers from their rest.
      - Ernst Benjamin Salomo Raupach (used pseudonym Emil Leutner)

Your deeds are known,
  In words that kindle glory from the stone.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        The Walk

He who considers too much will perform little.
  [Ger., Wer gar zu viel bedenkt wird wenig leisten.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (III, 1)

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.
      - Elias Schwartz

Nobody makes an entry of his good deeds in his day-book.
  [Lat., Nemo beneficia in calendario scribit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (I, 2)

Foul deeds will rise,
  Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.
      - William Shakespeare

'Tis deeds must win the prize.
      - William Shakespeare

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