A person who performs good deeds because he wants to fulfill the Almighty’s wishes will be happy if he hears others are doing even more than him. If, however, one feels pain when hearing others have accomplished more than him in spiritual matters, it shows he is basically motivated by desire for personal aggrandizement.
There is no depression for good deeds, and that is all that business consists of, and that is our real business.
Good words shall again you honor in the marketplace; but good deeds shall gain you friends among men.
Who is a righteous man and who is an evil man? Many people think a righteous man is one who does not transgress, and the evil person is one who constantly transgresses. But even the very righteous also transgress and even the very wicked perform good deeds. The essential difference between the two is that a righteous person tries to overcome his desires to do wrong and the evil person does not.
Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel.
Every good act is charity. Your smiling in your brother's face, is charity; an exhortation of your fellow-man to virtuous deeds, is equal to alms-giving; your putting a wanderer in the right road, is charity; your removing stones, and thorns, and other obstructions from the road, is charity; your giving water to the thirsty, is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter, is the good he does in this world to his fellow-man. When he dies, people will say, "What property has he left behind him?" but the angels will ask, "What good deeds has he sent before him."
Pride looks back upon its past deeds, and calculating with nicety what it has done, it commits itself to rest; whereas humility looks to that which is before, and discovering how much ground remains to be trodden, it is active and vigilant. Having gained one height, pride looks down with complacency on that which is beneath it; humility looks up to a higher and yet higher elevation. The one keeps us on this earth, which is congenial to its nature; the other directs our eye, and tends to lift us up to heaven.
Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ.
Some people ask why the righteous suffer in this world. To a great extent the question is based on a misconception. Often, the criteria people use to judge whether another person is living a good life or not is by his financial standard of living... A truly righteous person by definition lives a happy life. Such a person has internalized the awareness that all the occurrences in his life are for the good, and he has satisfaction from his life. His life has meaning and purpose. His whole being is focused on spiritual elevation. He deeply feels that the good life is to fulfill the will of the Almighty and hence he feels great pleasure in the good deeds that he performs.
The genius - in his works, in his deeds - is necessarily a prodigal: his greatness lies in the fact that he expends himself.
I believe we are here on earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place... Life is to be lived to its fullest so that death is just another chapter. Memories of our lives, our works and our deeds will continue in others.
The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds.
If a person constantly keeps his mind focused on doing good deeds, his mind will be free from thoughts that lead to sadness.
It does not good to offer consoling words to a man in distress; his real friend in a pinch is a friend in deed, when deeds are needed.
By mutual confidence and mutual aid great deeds are done, and great discov'ries made.
The grandest of heroic deeds are those which are performed within four walls and in domestic privacy.
I grew up among wise man and found that there is nothing better for man than silence. Knowledge is not the main thing, but deeds.
Nobody enters his good deeds in his day-book.
How can you clarify if you do good deeds because they are right or merely to gain honor and approval? Ask yourself: “Would I do this if I were all alone and no one would ever find out about my good deed?”
The world is judged by the majority of its people, and an individual by the majority of his deeds. Happy he who performs a good deed: that may tip the scale for him and the world.