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What does the saying" no good deed goes unpunished" mean... Shouldn't it be "no bad deed goes unpunished" or " no good deed goes unrewarded"

just had something good I did backfire. on me... should I quit trying to do good deeds??

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It is a sarcastic remark. Often times people don't appreciate help and that is why there is this saying.

Keep doing good things. I have had good deeds backfire, but I know in my heart what i did was right and if someone is too self-centered or too wrapped up in whatever to know that it is their problem, not yours.

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Great answer gator! It is that way at my work.
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Thanks for taking the time to answer me... I've heard this saying all my life, but the absurdity of what it says never hit home until it was quoted to me at a painful happening in my life...it must be meant as saracasm as it makes no sense otherwise!!
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No kidding. Sometimes I wonder if they are trying to squelch us when we do good things for others because we are making them look bad. Something like that.
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It means sometimes you just can't win.

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I know that feeling very well, bubbs. Sometimes it's just the way it is. So I'll just do good things for the greater good and get self satisfaction in knowing that doing good things for others is a good way to roll.
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Kb, you can't get much sweeter than that. For real! ; )
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Boy... At this occasion I agree with the sentiment you expressed... Wish the cant win times were less than the times you win... Thanks for commenting... The nicest part of asking the question was you guys trying to help!!
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Awww.. Thanks K! My pleasure!
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you should never stop trying to do good deeds and like gatorblu said it is a sarcastic remark so don't let the nay Sayers get you down keep being and doing good

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Great answer!
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It helps to think of it as saracasm but I think the person quoting it to me at a particularly painful time didn't mean it as such... When I became angry at such a stupid comment, that person said it was a old saying so it must be right... Don't think I'll ever quote an "old saying" again without thinking what it says... In this case, the "saying" really hurt!!
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ya it does hurt especially when you do all you can and they just want more or take advantage but you keep you head up and do what is in your heart and you will be fine no matter what the saying, I like to look them up myself I also use urban dictionary a lot trying to keep up with the younger generation :)

thank you kb.....
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You are correct. It is poorly phrased. Perhaps it is a poor translation from another language with a better word than "unpunished". However in a way any deed in general is a punishment. When one goes through life he or she chooses from a set of doors. When one chooses a door, even if it is the obvious best, we cannot go back on it forcing us to live with the results.

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Thanks for agreeing it is poorly phrased, and taking the time to help! I kept thinking of our children and Our other daughter, Beth, is a cardiac nurse at Central Baptist Hospital. Becky is an accountant and is office manager here in Paintsville for a non- profit agency that helps the WORkINg poor with transportation and home repairs... They are going to let her work three days from Lexington, and come back here1-2 days a week. We will keep Landon those two days and get him to school, etc. Their home has been for sale over 3 yrs. and she's decided she can't go on living in Paintsville.. Absolutely hates it and having in-law trouble! So we will have them in our home until their house sells and they find a new one... Could be years... Our life is truly gonna change!!grandchildren being taught good deeds always get punished... That is the exact opposite of what I've tried to teach mine. But people quote things like this "old saying" without even thinking what it says
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Somehow parts of a personal message to a friend got inserted in the middle of that comment, SO PLEASE, pLEASE IGNORE..cannot figure any way to delete it!! THANK!!
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A lot of times good intentions and actions are not taken the right way and the person doing the good deed usually gets in trouble instead of being appreciated.

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I would have to say "AMEN" to that!!!
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An excellent concise answer to the meaning of this statement.
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It's kinda like the pessimist's view of karma: every time you do something good, something bad must happen to you to balance it out.

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WoW... I certainly hope that's not true, but sometimes it certainly seems that way... I could be the poster child for that!!!!
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Let's try this verse. I think it's a much better verse to live by:

The Golden Rule:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets."
Matthew 7:12
Remember also, all the good that you do in life will come back to you in spades.

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Great answer, Jan!
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Thankyou :)
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I've quoted this scripture hundreds of times in my life... Doesnt it say exactly the opposite of the "old saying" I asked about.... Then why does it continue to be quoted when it is obviously in direct opposite of what we believe ... I wonder if we even listen to ourselves!! Just puzzled why we use it!! The person that quoted it to me at a very painful time said it must be true because it's been around for generations!!
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Might want to rephrase that to match a little reality. "Do onto others before they do onto you... Just saying..
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I don't think I can top First Born's answer above. It has just become such a selfish world out there...

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Thankyou. Yes I agree with you. Check out a question I just answered about "good actions ever rewarded" if you get a free moment.
This question fits right in to your answer. Be sure to read the very last sentence of the fine print carefully.
Greeeenie and a smile. Hope you have a really great week. :)
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I'll check it out. I'm just working my fanny off and they keep loading your favorite mule here up with OT. : )
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I couldn't find it but we are so much alike that I'll take your word on it. Since ask put out that recent update my app has been rather squirrely.
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I contacted Cust. Support because since the update, Ask has been constantly crashing on me, and others too I hear. Hope they update their update soon. Lol
Don't work too hard now. :)
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Thanks guys... At least you seem to share my pain!!
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Yes...ask junkies unite!!! We want to soar not crash!!
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No good deed is ever punished! Appearance of rewards can be deceptive. And there can often be blessings in disguise. However, men must not do good just to fill up the tab of rewards & incentive. You ought to do good because that's the best thing to do. And doing good is a reward in itself.

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Yours is the best, clearest answer.
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You are right! Who made up that saying anyway?
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I did.
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I don't expect to be rewarded for my good deeds.. I have to look at myself in the mirror and know I've tried to do good... But I surely don't expect to be punished for them ... Thanks for letting me "vent"!!
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Ky, you will do fine. I just do good things for others and tell 'em that's the way I roll.
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How about this? Let's start a "good deeds are their own award" club and a "walk down the road paved with good intentions proving it does not lead to Hell" club. That way when someone just puts their mouth in gear without their brain being likewise engaged we can give them a better quote to live by. By the way, I wonder where the road paved with bad intentions ends up?

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One should not do good, one should not do bad. Zenwise you do consciously, no string attached, karma free. Good Karma and Bad Karma is Karma bound.
1. If a person has done bad, and they are living their bad Karma and you do good to them, prepare to take the punishment, from whence it might come.
2. If you do a conscious deed that results in the bettering of someone else's position, but your intention is neutral, the other person, owes you. If they don't come to level, they suffer for it. But, since you are not doing a "good" deed, just a deed, you're karma free. But for this, the deed has to be conscious.
3. Good doers and bad doers are habit bound people. Conscious people are habit free.
Habit substitutes consciousness. Karma deals in habit and unconsciousness.
Repeat, a conscious deed is not a good or bad deed. The bad and the good are unconscious entanglements. It's not about freeing from bad Karma, but from freeing out of all Karma (the good and bad game) through consciousness.

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