Do What’s “Right and Good and True”

If you’re anything like me, I sometimes find myself spending hours on the computer. Literally everything and anything you want to know about is right at your fingertips. And let’s not forget the rather addicting social media venues.

I came across an inspiring booklet, The Paradoxical Commandments, written in 1968 by a young man named Kent M. Keith. His challenge was simple: “to always do what is right and good and true, even if others don’t appreciate it. You have to keep striving, no matter what, because if you don’t, many of the things that need to be done in our world will never get done.”

Such a profound statement that applies to every aspect of our lives, doesn’t it?  I find it doesn’t take much to reach out and extend a helping hand, a listening ear or even a simple hello to brighten someone’s day.  I often find myself walking away smiling!

Be inspired as you read The Paradoxical Commandments below. Visit Dr. Keith’s webpage for additional reading:

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

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

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

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

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

“Count Your Blessings”



  1. I have always loved this, thanks for reminding me!

    • Good reminder indeed Paula! I loved it! 🙂

      • We all need to remember these words of wisdom AND, checked out his website. Handsome man he was at Harvard, present day as well!

      • Didn’t you love his website! Amazing the vision of one young man who is still doing great things!

  2. Susan Clark Denny

    Love it, love it, love it! Thanks for sharing this, Catherine!

  3. So much truth … and would that everyone would live by them… Diane

    • Completely agree, Diane. Refreshing concept and easy to apply. C Enjoy your day!

  4. Oh, I love this! I’ve read it before but I can always benefit from a reread.

    • First time I ever read and was glad I did! Like you, refreshing reread! Have a great day!

  5. These are beautiful!

    • Glad you enjoyed! Refreshing! Have a great day!

  6. Passing this on to my husband as he is always doing good and never expecting reward

    • 🙂 You and your husband are good examples to many, no doubt! Feel well and enjoy your day!

  7. Words to live by!

    • Indeed! 🙂 Enjoy your day!

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