Good deeds never dies doing good deeds makes a person famous

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I don't think doing good deeds makes a person famous, although heroic feats will gain a person his fifteen minutes of fame, it does not last. However your reputation is important. Doing good deeds will lead others to respect you and trust you and fife you a good reputation.
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I think that depends on your definition of good deeds and your definition of famous. If by famous, you mean that a person will be remembered for their deed then I would say it's possible. I don't think that a person who does good deeds will necessarily end up on the news or remembered by people uninvolved in the situation. It is possible that the people who are invovled might not even remember the good samaritan's name, but they will likely remember the deed itself. For instance, I remember the kindness of a local fireman that helped my family in a tornado. I do not remember his name and he was never recognized in any news media, but I do remember his kindness. In a way, he is famous to our family. It really depends on your definition of famous as to whether good deeds lead to fame.
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The idea that doing good deeds would lead to fame is an ancient and honorable one. Often, though, the "good deeds" imagined are the kind that benefit society at large. Small acts of kindness and goodness are not likely to make anyone famous, although they may make that person respected within his or her own social circle. Milton wrestles with this problem, in a way, in his poem "Lycidas," and argues that the kind of fame that truly matters is the admiration of God. Many philosophers would argue that good deeds are their own reward and are valuable in and of themselves, no matter whether or not they bring fame.

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A lifetime of doing good deeds may be able to make one famous, but frankly their fame often has to do with self-promotion. Many people who have done a lot of good in their lives have lived and died out of the spotlight. Certainly doing good deeds can earn the appreciation of the beneficiaries of these deeds. Yet as the first response implied, usually we think of good deeds as the things that we do without any expectation of reward.

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I have to agree that simply doing good deeds does not make a person famous. If it did, we would have far more famous people than are acknowledged now. That being said, some people, as noted by pohnpei, have become famous through good deeds.

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Many things can make a person famous.  I don't think that there are very many people who are famous simply for good deeds.  Mother Teresa is one.  Mahatma Gandhi is another.  Perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr.  I suppose Florence Nightingale.  But many more people become famous for gaining positions of power.

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