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From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
  The place is dignified by th' doer's deed.
    Where great additions swell's, and virtue none,
      It is a dropsied honor. Good alone
        Is good without a name; vileness is so:
          The property by what it is should go,
            Not by the title.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (King of France at II, iii)

He covets less
  Than misery itself would give; rewards
    His deeds with doing them; and is content
      To spend the time to end it.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Cominius at II, ii)

I never saw
  Such noble fury in so poor a thing,
    Such precious deeds in one that promised naught
      But beggary and poor looks.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at V, v)

Ere the bat hath flown
  His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate's summons
    The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
      Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done
        A deed of dreadful note.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, ii)

A deed without a name.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Witches at IV, i)

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
  Unless the deed go with it.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at IV, i)

Unnatural deeds
  Do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds
    To their deaf pillow will discharge their secrets.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Doctor of Physic at V, i)

They look into the beauty of thy mind,
  And that in guess they measure by thy deeds;
    Then, churls, their thoughts, although their eyes were kind,
      To thy fair flower add the rank smell of weeds:
        But why thy odor matcheth not thy show,
          The soil is this, that thou dost common grow.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXIX

Go in and cheer the town. We'll forth and fight;
  Do deeds worth praise and tell you them at night.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Hector at V, iii)

That light we see is burning in my hall;
  How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)

O, would the deed were good!
  For now the devil, that told me that I did well,
    Says that this deed is chronicled in hell.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Exton at V, v)

One good deed dying tongueless
  Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that.
    Our praises are our wages.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Hermione at I, ii)

Titus Andronicus, for thy favors done
  To us in our election this day
    I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts,
      And will with deeds requite thy gentleness:
        And for an onset, Titus, to advance
          Thy name and honorable family,
            Lavinia will I make my emperess,
              Rome's royal mistress, mistress of my heart,
                And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse.
                  Tell me, Andronicus, doth this motion please thee?
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Saturninus at I, i)

You do the deeds,
  And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
      - Sophocles, Electra (l. 624),
        (Milton's translation)

Every one may know that to will and not to do, when there is opportunity, is in reality not to will; and that to love what is good and not to do it, when it is possible, is in reality not to love it. Will, which stops short of action, and love, which does not do the good that is loved, is a mere thought separate from will and love, which vanishes and comes to nothing.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

You must take the will for the deed.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)

Always do right. That will gratify some of the people and astonish the rest.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Deeds alone suffice.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

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