„The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway!“


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„If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway!“

—  Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997
Context: People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. This is a variant or paraphrase of The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, student activist, first composed in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders, which had hung on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta, India, and have sometimes become misattributed to her. The version posted at his site http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com begins:

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„Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.“

— Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

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„The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. “

— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

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„The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.“

— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

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„Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. “

— Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman,... 1706 - 1790

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„Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.“

— Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
"somewhat less sinister ducks" Blog entry (23 April 2004) http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/04/somewhat-less-sinister-ducks.asp

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„There is a maxim, 'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' It is a maxim for sluggards. A better reading of it is, 'Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow,' because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.“

— Aaron Burr American Vice President and politician 1756 - 1836
Reported in Marshall Brown, Wit and Humor of Bench and Bar (1899), p. 67. Alternately reported as "Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done", reported in Jacob Morton Braude, The Complete Art of Public Speaking‎ (1970), p. 84.

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„Let today be the day … You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.“

— Steve Maraboli 1975
Context: How would your life be different if … You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day … You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same. p. 109