The world, as transformed by this creative deed, is better than it would have been had all else remained the same, but had that deed of treason not been done at all.
God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.
If I look to see what I ever did that, for all I now know, some other man might not have done, I am utterly unable to discover the certainly unique deed.
Who made the world I cannot tell; ‘Tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed.
The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
We spend our lives, all of us, waiting for the great day, the great battle, or the deed of power. But that external consummation is not given to many: nor is it necessary. So long as our being is tensed, directed with passion, towards that which is the spirit of all things, then that spirit will emerge from our own hidden, nameless effort.
While we have entertained the contention that a deed may make more propaganda than hundreds of speeches, thousands of articles, and tens of thousands of pamphlets, we have held that an arbitrary act of violence will not necessarily have such an effect.
The purpose firm is equal to the deed.
Here is he laid to whom for daring deed, nor friend nor foe could render worthy meed.