C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Deeds alone suffice.


Deeds, not words.

Beaumont and Fletcher.

’Tis deeds must win the prize.


Deeds survive the doers.

Horace Mann.

The gods see the deeds of the righteous.


Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.


Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.


“He wishes well” is worthless, unless the deed go with it.


Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study.


Contemplation is necessary to generate an object, but action must propagate it.


Heaven ne’er helps the man who will not help himself.


A stirring dwarf we do allowance give before a sleeping giant.


The deeds of men never escape the gods.


Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.


  • Foul deeds will rise,
  • Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
  • And, though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
  • Congreve.

  • Who doth right deeds
  • Is twice born, and who doeth ill deeds vile.
  • Edwin Arnold.

  • How far that little candle throws his beams!
  • So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
  • Shakespeare.

  • The flighty purpose never is o’ertook,
  • Unless the deed go with it.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Things of to-day?
  • Deeds which are harvest for Eternity!
  • Ebenezer Elliott.

    Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.

    George Eliot.

  • Go put your creed into your deed,
  • Nor speak with double tongue.
  • Emerson.

  • For as one star another far exceeds,
  • So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds.
  • Robert Greene.

  • Your deeds are known,
  • In words that kindle glory from the stone.
  • Schiller.

    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.

  • Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
  • Make our earth an Eden like the heaven above.
  • Julia A. Carney.

  • A mighty deed is like the Heaven’s thunder,
  • That wakes the nation’s slumberers from their rest.
  • Raupach.

  • ’Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do.
  • Robert Browning.

    However resplendent an action may be, it should not be accounted great unless it is the result of a great design.

    La Rochefoucauld.

  • I on the other side
  • Us’d no ambition to commend my deeds;
  • The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the doer.
  • Milton.

  • 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 Lytton.

    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.


    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.


  • 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.

    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.