| Who doth right deeds|
Is twice born, and who doeth ill deeds vile.
Edwin ArnoldLight of Asia. Bk. VI. L. 78.
|Deeds, not words.|
Beaumont and FletcherLovers Progress. Act III. Sc. 6.
| All your better deeds|
Shall be in water writ, but this in marble.
Beaumont and FletcherPhilaster. Act V. Sc. 3.
| Linjure se grave en métal; et le bienfait sescrit en londe.|
An injury graves itself in metal, but a benefit writes itself in water.
|Qui facit per alium facit per se.|
Anything done for another is done for oneself.
Boniface VIIIMaxim. Sexti. Corp. Jur. Bk. V. 12. Derived from PaulusDigest. Bk. 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 BrowneHydriotaphia. Ch. V.
|Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do.|
Robert BrowningSaul. XVIII.
|For now the field is not far off|
Where we must give the world a proof
Of deeds, not words.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 867.
|Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,|
Make our earth an Eden like the heaven above.
Julia A. CarneyLittle 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 mens facts.
George ChapmanBussy dAmbois. Act I. Sc. 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 ChapmanBussy dAmbois. Act I. Sc. 1.
| Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.|
Earl of ChesterfieldLetters. March 10, 1746.
|The will for the deed.|
Colley CibberThe Rival Fools. Act III.
|Facta ejus cum dictis discrepant.|
His deeds do not agree with his words.
CiceroDe Finibus. Bk. II. 30.
|This is the Thing that I was born to do.|
Samuel DanielMusophilus. St. 100.
|Deeds are males, words females are.|
Sir John DaviesScene of Folly. P. 147.
|I worked for men, my Lord will say,|
When we meet at the end of the Kings highway;
I walked with the beggar along the road,
I kissed the bondsman stung by the goad,
I bore my half of the porters load.
And what did you do, my Lord will say,
As you traveled along the Kings highway?
Robert DaviesMy Lord and I.
|Thy Will for Deed I do accept.|
Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. Second Week. Third Day. Pt. II.
|Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.|
George EliotAdam Bede. Ch. XXIX.
|Our deeds still travel with us from afar.|
And what we have been makes us what we are.
George EliotMotto to Middlemarch. Ch. LXX.
| Things of to-day?|
Deeds which are harvest for Eternity!
Ebenezer ElliottHymn. L. 22.
|Go put your creed into your deed,|
Nor speak with double tongue.
EmersonOde. Concord. July 4, 1857.
|Did nothing in particular,|
And did it very well.
W. S. GilbertIolanthe.
|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.
GoetheIphigenia auf Tauris. II. 1. 121.
|For as one star another far exceeds,|
So souls in heaven are placèd by their deeds.
Robert GreeneA Maidens Dream.
|If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains.|
If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.
George HerbertChurch 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.
HomerIliad. Bk. XXII. Bryants trans.
| 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 KingsleySaints 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 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.
|We are our own fates. Our own deeds|
Are our doomsmen. Mans life was made
Not for mens creeds,
But mens actions.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)Lucile. Pt. II. Canto V. St. 8.
|See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,|
With joy and love triumphing.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. III. L. 336.
| Nor think thou with wind|
Of æry threats to awe whom yet with deeds
Thou canst not.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VI. L. 282.
| I on the other side|
Usd no ambition to commend my deeds;
The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the doer.
MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 246.
| 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 MoreRichard III and his miserable End.
|Actis ævum implet, non segnibus annis.|
He fills his lifetime with deeds, not with inactive years.
OvidAd 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.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. II. 3. 13.
|Di pia facta vident.|
The gods see the deeds of the righteous.
OvidFasti. II. 117.
| The deed I intend is great,|
But what, as yet, I know not.
OvidMetamorphoses. Sandys trans.
|Acta deos nunquam mortalia fallunt.|
The deeds of men never escape the gods.
OvidTristium. I. 2. 97.
| Les belles actions cachées sont les plus estimables.|
Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
PascalPensées. I. IX. 21.
|Dictis facta suppetant.|
Let deeds correspond with words.
PlautusPseudolus. Act I. 1.
|Nequam illud verbum est, Bene vult, nisi qui benefacit.|
He wishes well is worthless, unless the deed go with it.
PlautusTrinummus. II. 4. 38.
|Well take the good-will for the deed.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. IV. Ch. XLIX.
| Your deeds are known,|
In words that kindle glory from the stone.
|Wer gar zu viel bedenkt wird wenig leisten.|
He who considers too much will perform little.
SchillerWilhelm Tell. III. 1.
|Nemo beneficia in calendario scribit.|
Nobody makes an entry of his good deeds in his day-book.
SenecaDe Beneficiis. I. 2.
|From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,|
The place is dignified by the doers deed:
Where great additions swells and virtue none,
It is a dropsied honour. Good alone
Is good without a name.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 132.
| He covets less|
Than misery itself would give; rewards
His deeds with doing them, and is content
To spend the time to end it.
Coriolanus. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 130.
| I never saw|
Such noble fury in so poor a thing;
Such precious deeds in one that promisd nought
But beggary and poor looks.
Cymbeline. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 7.
| There shall be done|
A deed of dreadful note.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 43.
|A deed without a name.|
Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 49.
|The flighty purpose never is oertook,|
Unless the deed go with it.
Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 146.
| Unnatural deeds|
Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 79.
|How far that little candle throws his beams!|
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Merchant of Venice. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 90.
| O, would the deed were good!|
For now the devil, that told me I did well,
Says that this deed is chronicled in hell.
Richard II. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 115.
|They look into the beauty of thy mind,|
And that, in guess, they measure by thy deeds.
|I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts,|
And will with deeds requite thy gentleness.
Titus Andronicus. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 236.
|Go in, and cheer the town; well forth and fight;|
Do deeds worth praise and tell you them at night.
Troilus and Cressida. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 92.
| One good deed dying tongueless|
Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that.
Our praises are our wages.
Winters Tale. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 92.
| You do the deeds,|
And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
SophoclesElectra. L. 624. Miltons trans.
|You must take the will for the deed.|
SwiftPolite Conversation. Dialogue II.