- This page relates to the concept of actions performed. For the legal document conveying property, see Deed.
- All your better deeds
Shall be in water writ, but this in marble.
- Beaumont and Fletcher, Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding (c. 1609; printed 1629), Act V, scene 3.
- For now the field is not far off
Where we must give the world a proof
Of deeds, not words.
- Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part I (1663-64), Canto I, line 867.
- Deeds, not words.
- 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.
- Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto V, Stanza 8.
- See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,
With joy and love triumphing.
- Nor think thou with wind
Of æry threats to awe whom yet with deeds
Thou canst not.
- I on the other side
Us'd no ambition to commend my deeds;
The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the doer.
- Les belles actions cachées sont les plus estimables.
- From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
The place is dignified by the doer's deed:
Where great additions swell's and virtue none,
It is a dropsied honour. Good alone
Is good without a name.
- He covets less
Than misery itself would give; rewards
His deeds with doing them, and is content
To spend the time to end it.
- I never saw
Such noble fury in so poor a thing;
Such precious deeds in one that promis'd nought
But beggary and poor looks.
- There shall be done
A deed of dreadful note.
- The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
Unless the deed go with it.
- Unnatural deeds
Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
- How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
- O, would the deed were good!
For now the devil, that told me I did well,
Says that this deed is chronicled in hell.
- They look into the beauty of thy mind,
And that, in guess, they measure by thy deeds.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXIX.
- I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts,
And will with deeds requite thy gentleness.
- Go in, and cheer the town; we'll forth and fight;
Do deeds worth praise and tell you them at night.
- One good deed dying tongueless
Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that.
Our praises are our wages.
- You must take the will for the deed.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation (c. 1738), Dialogue II.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 184-87.
- Who doth right deeds
Is twice born, and who doeth ill deeds vile.
- Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia (1879), Book VI, line 78.
- L'injure se grave en métal; et le bienfait s'escrit en l'onde.
- An injury graves itself in metal, but a benefit writes itself in water.
- Jean Bertaut.
- Qui facit per alium facit per se.
- Anything done for another is done for oneself.
- Boniface VIII, Maxim. Sexti. Corp. Jur, Book V. 12. Derived from Paulus, Digest, Book I. 17. (Quod jessu alterius solvitur pro eo est quasi ipsi solutum esset).
- 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, Chapter V.
- 'Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do.
- Robert Browning, Saul, XVIII.
- Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
Make our earth an Eden like the heaven above.
- Julia A. Carney, Little Things. (Originally "make this pleasant earth below").
- His deedes 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, scene 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, scene 1.
- Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
- Earl of Chesterfield, letters (March 10, 1746).
- The will for the deed.
- Colley Cibber, The Rival Fools (1709), Act III.
- Facta ejus cum dictis discrepant.
- His deeds do not agree with his words.
- Cicero, De Finibus, Book II. 30.
- This is the Thing that I was born to do.
- Samuel Daniel, Musophilus, Stanza 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.
- Thy Will for Deed I do accept.
- Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Divine Weekes and Workes, Second Week (1584), Third Day, Part II.
- Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
- George Eliot, Adam Bede, Chapter XXIX.
- Our deeds still travel with us from afar.
And what we have been makes us what we are.
- George Eliot, Motto to Middlemarch, Chapter LXX.
- Things of to-day?
Deeds which are harvest for Eternity!
- Ebenezer Elliott, Hymn, line 22.
- Go put your creed into your deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ode, Concord (July 4, 1857).
- Did nothing in particular,
And did it very well.
- W. S. Gilbert, Iolanthe.
- Und künftige Thaten drangen wie die Sterne
Rings um uns her unzählig aus der Nacht.
- And future deeds crowded round us as the countless stars in the night.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Iphigenia auf Tauris, II. 1. 121.
- For as one star another far exceeds,
So souls in heaven are placèd 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. Same idea in Cato and Musonius.
- 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, The Iliad, Book XXII. Bryant's translation.
- 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, scene 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 deeds he has sent before him.
- 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.
- For men use, if they have an evil tourne, to write it in marble; and whoso doth us a good tourne we write it in duste.
- Sir Thomas More, Richard III and his miserable End.
- Actis ævum implet, non segnibus annis.
- He fills his lifetime with deeds, not with inactive years.
- Ovid, Ad Liviam, 449. Adapted probably from Albinovanus Pedo, contemporary poet with Ovid.
- Ipse decor, recti facti si præmia desint,
- Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.
- Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, II. 3. 13.
- Di pia facta vident.
- The gods see the deeds of the righteous.
- Ovid, Fasti, II. 117.
- The deed I intend is great,
But what, as yet, I know not.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Sandy's translation.
- Acta deos nunquam mortalia fallunt.
- The deeds of men never escape the gods.
- Ovid, Tristium, I. 2. 97.
- Dictis facta suppetant.
- Let deeds correspond with words.
- Plautus, Pseudolus, Act I. 1.
- Nequam illud verbum est, Bene vult, nisi qui benefacit.
- "He wishes well" is worthless, unless the deed go with it.
- Plautus, Trinummus, II. 4. 38.
- We'll take the good-will for the deed.
- François Rabelais, Works, Book IV, Chapter XLIX.
- Your deeds are known,
In words that kindle glory from the stone.
- Friedrich Schiller, The Walk.
- Wer gar zu viel bedenkt wird wenig leisten.
- He who considers too much will perform little.
- Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell, III. 1.
- Nemo beneficia in calendario scribit.
- Nobody makes an entry of his good deeds in his day-book.
- Seneca the Younger, De Beneficiis, I. 2.
- You do the deeds,
And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
- Sophocles, Electra, line 624. Milton's translation.