Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
Great deeds give choice of many tales. Choose a slight tale, enrich it large, and then let wise men listen.
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
The men who have furnished me with my greatest inspiration have not been men of wealth, but men of deeds.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing – where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do.
Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds and then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell.
Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame, which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind.
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Words without deeds is an affront to the principle that guides our Nation and makes a mockery of the values we as public servants claim to love.
Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another.
I don’t believe in devils. Indifference and misunderstandings can create evil situations. Most of the time, people who appear to be evil are really victims of evil deeds.
The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
Thinking good thoughts is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good examples is enough.
Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.
Sometimes the way you respond to horrific, evil deeds is the measure of one’s self as a man, as a nation, as people, as a community.
A key to the mentality of the left is that it judges itself by its best intentions, and judges its opponents – America chief among them – by their worst deeds.
Your ability to rationalize your own bad deeds makes you believe that the whole world is as amoral as you are.
A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words, but for a lifetime John McCain has inspired with his deeds.