83 Good Deeds Quotes

Oluwatosin Michael
Feb 08, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Oct 12, 2022
Edited by Shivangi Singh
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Check out some of the best good deed quotes on karma, doing good, kindness, and more below.
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A good deed can be an act or gesture, whether big or small, to help someone without anticipating something in return.

Good actions positively affect our lives and those whom we have helped. Imagine how better the world would be if people took a tiny step forward every day and did something nice for one another.

The act of a good deed brings happiness to both the doer and the recipient of these good actions. The recollection of doing a good deed invokes feelings of love and gratefulness, restores belief in humanity, and enlightens others to do the same. It inspires people to live virtuously and treat everyone fairly. To understand more about what good deeds entail, read this collection of some of the best good deeds quotes below.

Good Deeds Quotes on Karma

If a good deed has been done, it will positively impact society as a whole, and the reward of a good deed represents a sense of contentment in the doer.

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” - Charles de Lint.

“Live a good and honorable life. Then, when you are older, you can look back and enjoy it a second time.” - Dalai Lama.

“If you give a good thing to the world, then over time your karma will be good, and you’ll receive good.” - Russell Simmons.

“Good deeds return to the house of their author.” - Persian proverb.

“When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life.” - Keanu Reeves.

“It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.” - Daisaku Ikeda.

“The best deed of a great man is to Forgive and Forget.” - Hazrat Ali (AS).

"The more love you give away, the more love you will receive." - Anonymous.*

“Everything we do will come back to us. If we sow good deeds, kindness, friendship, and help to others, then these acts will come back to us and we will receive friendship, kindness, help, and goodness.” - 'Fate And Karma In A Nutshell', Else Byskov.

“Realize that everything connects to everything else.” - Leonardo da Vinci.

“The love you send into the world, you will find, is the love that returns to you.” - Avina Celeste.

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.” - Peyton Conway March.

"Karma: getting what you deserve and deserving what you get." - Anonymous.*

“Focus on the good in each and every day, no matter what happens there is good to be found.” - Catherine Pulsifer.

Good Deeds Quotes on Kindness

Kindness is the quality of being amiable, helpful, and thoughtful towards others, so, spread a bit of kindness to make this world a better place, as these quotes indicate.

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.” - Helen James.

“Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; ‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, ‘Til in Heaven the deed appears – Pass it on.” - Henry Burton.

“Change the world one good deed at a time.” - 'The Path To A Meaningful Life', Frank Sonnenberg.

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” - Scott Adams.

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” - Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

"You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” - Publilius Syrus.

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” - Eric Hoffer.

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” - William Wordsworth.

“No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” - Kevin Heath.

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” - Saint Basil, Bishop Of Cesarea.

“Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.” - Emanuel Swedenborg.

“There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others.” - Swami Kriyananda.

“The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one’s existence, to have a good heart.” - Tenzin Gyatso.

“In life, you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.” - Brian Tracy, 1994.

“A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind.” - Richard Dehmel.

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” - Rachel Joy Scott.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” - Nathaniel Branden.

“Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always.” - Rod Williams.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Diana Spencer.

“Encourage one another daily so that each one of you will find the energy to do good works.” - Lailah Gifty Akita.

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” - Jackie Chan.

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” - Harold S. Kushner.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” - Oscar Wilde.

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” - Charles Glassman.

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” - Amelia Earhart.

Quotes About Doing Good Deeds

(Here are some of the best collections of good deeds quotes to inspire you to make a difference!)

Performing good acts brings about a sense of accomplishment. When you help someone in need, you make a positive difference in this world, hence even the smallest good deed will lead to a significant change.

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” - Benjamin Franklin.

“Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” - Dennis Prager.

“The true nature of all wealth is temporary; those who have wealth must here and now do good deeds that will live for a long time.” - Thiruvalluvar.

“Belief sustains a person, but behavior sustains a society.” - 'Honor He Wrote: 100 Sonnets For Humans Not Vegetables', Abhijit Naskar.

“Big words seldom accompany good deeds.” - Charlotte Whitton.

“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” - Simone de Beauvoir.

“Let each man think himself an act of God, His mind a thought, his life a breath of God; And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds, To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.” - Philip James Bailey.

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - 'The Merchant Of Venice', William Shakespeare.

“This world is very good as if we do good deeds then we will get its fruits. World is bitter for those who are live their life with corruption or sins.” - Rahman Baba.

“All I ever seek from good deeds is a measure of respect.” - Walter Annenberg.

“To begin with, I had never done any good deeds; besides, even if I had simply fabricated a few, I would not have enjoyed going on about them.” - M. Ageyev.

“I have never believed in keeping bouncers. Even as an actor, I walk alone without star tantrums. My work and good deeds for the country will be my shield.” - Binnu Dhillon.

“To be successful in struggle requires remembrance of the Creator and the doing of good deeds. This is important because successful struggle demands that there be a kind of social consciousness.” - H. Rap Brown.

“The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.” - Ali Ibn Abi Talib A.S.

“If you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.” - 'The Horse And His Boy', C.S. Lewis.

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.” - John Burroughs.

“To see good in the world, we must first be the good in the world.” - 'High Voltage Habib: Gospel Of Undoctrination', Abhijit Naskar.

“Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds.” - 'The Count Of Monte Cristo', Alexandre Dumas

“Reason, not faith. Good deeds, not faith. Knowledge, not faith. In these signs, we shall triumph.” - Adam Weishaupt.

“Good words alone do not make a person good, but good deeds make a person great.” - Gift Gugu Mona.

“When you do good things for people, you’ve created something to cherish and bank on the memory wall. But if there are no good deeds, later in life when you reflect on the past, the halls will be dreary and fruitless.” - Anthony Liccione.

“Instead of worrying about evil, worry about losing the power to do good!” - 'The Sun At Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries Of The Ahlul Bayt Sufis', Laurence Galian.

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day.” - 'Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, And Grumblings For Every Day Of The Year', Richelle E. Goodrich.

“If you want good success, you have to sow the seeds of good thoughts and deeds, and be patient.” - Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu.

“To be sure our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, not seeking reward.” - 'Life Application New Testament Commentary', Livingstone.

“One should choose to follow or select good deeds because it is the right things to do, not because of the reward.” - 'The Theological Universe', William Bailey.

“Make someone happy! Goodness goes round. Happiness is infectious. Good deeds create more good deeds. Good deeds bring happiness to giver and receiver alike.” - 'Earth Wisdom: A Heart-Warming Mixture Of The Spiritual And The Practical', Glennie Kindred.

Famous Bragging About Good Deeds Quotes

Doing a good deed makes you feel good about your contribution as it helps those who need it. But is bragging about a good deed actually good? Read the quotes below to find the answer.

“Noble deeds that are concealed are the most esteemed.” - Blaise Pascal.

“My wife sent me a Valentine card that said, 'Take my heart, take my lips, take my soul.' That's just like her. She kept the good parts for herself.” - Milton Berl.

“Every man who praises himself brushes the luster from his best efforts.” - Ellen G. White.

“Hopes, dreams, faith, and a sense of mission enable us to open up our lives.” - Daisaku Ikeda.

“Deeds are fruits, words are leaves.” - English Proverbs.

“One good deed has many claimants.” - Yiddish Proverb.

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.” - Japanese Proverbs.

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” - Jana Stanfield.

“A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.” - Jesse Jackson.

"Good deeds should be done with intention, not for attention."

“A good deed is not a good deed if you brag about it.” - Jeffrey Bernardo.

“Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.” - Muhammad Ali.

“There is no need to boast of your accomplishments and what you can do. A great man is known, he needs no introduction.” - CherLisa Biles.

“Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?” - Epictetus.

“The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.” - Criss Jami.

“Ignore your pain at your peril. Your most potent lessons are often wrapped within its uncomfortable embrace ...” - Simon Boylan.

“Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.” - Charles Dickens.

“A good deed dies when it's spoken out.” - Arab proverb.


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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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