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Action quotes (148)
... Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.
Bhagavad-Gita Category: Action
Never mistake motion for action.
Ernest Hemingway Category: Action
Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci Category: Action
The materials are indifferent but the use we make of them is not a matter of indifference.
Epictetus Category: Action
Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Action
However brilliant an action it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Category: Action
All mens gains are the fruit of venturing.
Herodotus Category: Action
Every action is measured by the depth of the sentiment from which it proceeds.
Douglas Jerrold Category: Action
The busier we are the more acutely we feel that we live the more conscious we are of life.
Immanuel Kant Category: Action
The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost Category: Action
We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about unthinkable things because when things become unthinkable thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
James William Fulbright Category: Action
Rightness expresses of actions what straightness does of lines; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight lines.
Herbert Spencer Category: Action
Whatever you do do it with all your might. Work at it early and late in season and out of season not leaving a stone unturned and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.
PhineasTaylor Barnum Category: Action
Whatever our creed we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded no evil deed unpunished.
Orison Swett Marden Category: Action
Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought thought by action cannot falter and if he does will soon find his way back to the right road.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Action
Before every action ask yourself. Will this bring more monkeys on my back. Will the result of my action be a blessing or a heavy burden?
Alfred Armand Montapert Category: Action
Thought is action in rehearsal.
Sigmund Freud Category: Action
Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
Francis Quarles Category: Action
The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
Eric Hoffer Category: Action
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth As to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value And commendation to virtue.
Marcus Tullius Cicero Category: Action
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
Napoleon Hill Category: Action
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Friedrich Engels Category: Action
Sow a Thought and you reap an Act; Sow an Act and you reap a Habit; Sow a Habit and you reap a Character; Sow a Character and you reap a Destiny.
Charles Reade Category: Action
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
Anatole France Category: Action
The ultimate most holy form of theory is action.
Nikos Katzenzakis Category: Action
I have always thought the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke Category: Action
Action so to speak is the genius of nature.
Robert Blair Category: Action
Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. Thats the only thing.
Ernest J. Gaines Category: Action
We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
William Hazlitt Category: Action
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
Thomas Category: Action
The magnitude of an action may change not only the strength of its impact but the direction. If you became a dentist for example you would certainly be an asset to our society. But what if everyone became a dentist? Who would bake the bread? Who would build the houses?
Marilyn vos Savant Category: Action
Action without a name a who attached to it is meaningless.
Hannah Arendt Category: Action
Courage follows action.
Mack R. Douglas Category: Action
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Dr. Samuel Johnson Category: Action
Preachers say Do as I say not as I do.
John Selden Category: Action
You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.
John H. Holcomb Category: Action
Remember this that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Category: Action
If your ship doesn't come in swim out to it.
Jonathan Winters Category: Action
Words divide us actions unite us.
Proverb Category: Action
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you want to receive a great deal you first have to give a great deal. If each individual will give of himself to whomever he can wherever he can in any way that he can in the long run he will be compensated in the exact proportion that he gives.
R. A. Hayward Category: Action
The man is quiet but firm as a rock yet sensitive to the first imperceptible signs of impending changes. He does not delay in taking action.
I Ching Category: Action
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Thomas Carlyle Category: Action
Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.
Jean Paul Richter Category: Action
Volatility of words is carelessness in actions; words are the wings of actions.
Johann Kaspar Lavater Category: Action
The shortest answer is doing.
George Herbert Category: Action
If you do what youve always done youll get what youve always gotten.
Anthony (Tony) Robbins Category: Action
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity ordinary actions to habit and mean actions to fear.
Friedrich Nietzsche Category: Action
If you can control a mans thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status for he will seek it himself . If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door his very nature will demand one.
George G. Woodson Category: Action
Judge not of actions by their mere effect; Dive to the center and the cause detect. Great deeds from meanest springs may take their course And smallest virtues from a mighty source.
Alexander Pope Category: Action
A man is not good or bad for one action.
Thomas Fuller Category: Action
You judge yourself by what you think you can achieve others judge you by what have achieved.
Kung Fu-tzu Confucius Category: Action
I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair.
Lord Alfred Tennyson Category: Action
Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.
Mary Beard Category: Action
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
William Shakespeare Category: Action
The most decisive actions of our life I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future are more often than not unconsidered.
Andre Gide Category: Action
Action is transitorya step a blow; The motion of a muscle this way or that.
William Wordsworth Category: Action
Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Action
This is a world of action And not for moping and droning in.
Charles Dickens Category: Action
The truly innocent are those who not only are guiltless themselves but who think others are.
Josh Billings Category: Action
It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
Al Batt Category: Action
When action grows unprofitable gather information; when information grows unprofitable sleep.
Ursula K. LeGuin Category: Action
The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm.
Samuel Johnson Category: Action
To live is not merely to breathe: it is to act; it is to make use of our organs senses facultiesof all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence.
Jean Jacques Rousseau Category: Action
The emotions arent always immediately subject to reason but they are always immediately subject to action.
William James Category: Action
We have to understand the world can only be grasped by action not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye...The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
Jacob Bronowski Category: Action
Thoughts lead to acts acts lead to habits habits lead to character and our character will determine our eternal destiny.
Ezra Taft Benson Category: Action
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm the great devotion who spends himself in a worthy cause who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Action
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
W. Clement Stone Category: Action
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
George Eliot Category: Action
Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power vigor and activity of mans nature.
Robert South Category: Action
But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
Francis Bacon Category: Action
Action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Category: Action
Get the action habit you do not need to wait until conditions are perfect.
David. J. Schwartz PhD Category: Action
The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to attain non-action. One must not wish to leap over everything and penetrate directly.
Lu Yen Category: Action
The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.
Florynce Kennedy Category: Action
Action may not always bring happiness; But there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli Category: Action
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
John Galsworthy Category: Action
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Elinor Smith Category: Action
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
Henri-Frederic Amiel Category: Action
Say not that honour is the child of boldness nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due but to the manner of performing it.
Akhenaton Category: Action
If thou wilt be observant and vigilant thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart for something is born to thee in consequence of every action.
Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi Category: Action
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Jawaharlal Nehru Category: Action
If you create an act you create a habit. If you create a habit you create a character. If you create a character you create a destiny.
Andre Maurois Category: Action
You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.
Robert Collier Category: Action
The world behaves differently when I take action to go after what I want.
Price Pritchett Category: Action
Seize the day put no trust in the morrow. Seize the day trust as little as possible in tomorrow. Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero (Odes I.xi.1)
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace Category: Action
Our only true course is to let the motive for action be in the action itself never in its reward; not to be incited By the hope of the result nor yet indulge a propensity for inertness.
H. P. Blavatsky Category: Action
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Herbert Clark Hoover Category: Action
My own mind is my own church.
Thomas Paine Category: Action
Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind But great actions speak to all mankind.
Emily P. Bissell Category: Action
There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday so few that we feel like doing today.
Mignon McLaughlin Category: Action
Our acts make or mar us we are the children of our own deeds.
Victor Hugo Category: Action
Think like a man of action act like a man of thought.
Henri Louis Bergson Category: Action
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not limited to a system of beliefs; it is a plan of action.
Howard W. Hunter Category: Action
For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Steven Wright Category: Action
Do or do not. There is no try.
Yoda Category: Action
In our era the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
Dag Hammarskjöld Category: Action
The brightest blades grow dim with rust The fairest meadow white with snow.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Category: Action
A man foreseeing that another will do a certain act and in nowise controlling or even influencing him may use that Action as an instrument to effect his own purposes.
Albert Pike Category: Action
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson Category: Action
This body full of faults Has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life Depends upon ones actions.
Nagarjuna Category: Action
Our life is composed greatly from dreams from the unconscious and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
Anaïs Nin Category: Action
The young feel tired at the end of an action; The old at the beginning.
T. S. Eliot Category: Action
Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.
Oscar Wilde Category: Action
The only things in which we can be said to have any property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad yet produce no poison; they may be good yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken away by misfortune our reputation by malice our spirits by calamity our health by disease our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone we cannot say that we shall carry nothing with us when we die neither that we shall go naked out of the world.
Charles Caleb Colton Category: Action
Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez Category: Action
Mark this well ye proud men of action! ye are after all nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
Heinrich Heine Category: Action
I am beholden to calumny that she hath so endeavored to belie me.It shall make me set a surer guard on myself and keep a better watch upon my actions.
Ben Jonson Category: Action
We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.
Abigail Smith Adams Category: Action
In every case the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it. BEING CLEAR KILLS FEAR. Make it thy business to know thyself which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Category: Action
We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks but by his actions.
Isaac Bashevis Singer Category: Action
A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doers need.
Pedro Calderon Category: Action
To act and act wisely when the time for action comes to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs) so that with nature and law at his back and truth and beneficence as his beacon light he may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand and depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of the tides when he should be their Master.
Helena Petrova Blavatsky Category: Action
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
James Russell Lowell Category: Action
True fortitude of understanding consists in not suffering what we do know to be disturbed by what we do not know.
Rev. William Paley Category: Action
The non-action of the wise man is not inaction. It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything. The sage is quiet because he is not moved not because he wills to be quiet.... Joy does all things without concern. For emptiness stillness tranquillity tastelessness silence and non-action are the root of all things.
Chuang Tzu Category: Action
No action is without its side effects.
Barry Commoner Category: Action
Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
H. H. Williams Category: Action
Human action can be modified to some extent but human nature cannot be changed.
Abraham Lincoln Category: Action
A rolling stone can gather no moss.
Publilius Syrus Category: Action
Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of a field in hope that the cow will back up to them.
Elbert Hubbard Category: Action
Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.
William Feather Category: Action
Unfortunately sometimes people don't hear you until you scream.
Stefanie Powers Category: Action
For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
Bob Wells Category: Action
Actions lie louder than words.
Carolyn Wells Category: Action
Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
Sophocles Category: Action
Iron rusts from disuse stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
George H. Allen Category: Action
Rather than love than money than fame give me truth.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Action
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
Ayn Rand Category: Action
We cannot seek or attain health wealth learning justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific concrete individualized unique.
John Dewey Category: Action
We are not put into this world to sit still and know; we are put into it to act.
Woodrow Wilson Category: Action
You can if you think you can.
George Reeves Category: Action
A wise person does at once what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
John Dalberg Lord Acton Category: Action
Don't wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.
Stevenson Category: Action
Those graceful acts Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions.
John Milton Category: Action
Its the action not the fruit of the action thats important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power may not be in your time that therell be any fruit. But that doesnt mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing there will be no result.
Mahatma Gandhi Category: Action
A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
Georges Bernanos Category: Action
You become just by performing just actions temperate by performing temperate actions brave by performing brave actions.
Aristotle Category: Action
The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!
Ashleigh Brilliant Category: Action
We see the world not as it is but as we are.
Charles Lamb Category: Action
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Unknown Category: Action
Actions are the seed of Fate Deeds grow into Destiny.
A. L. Linall Jr. Category: Action
43. Promptly report your action to the one who requested it.
Morton C. Blackwell Category: Action
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
Peter Marshall Category: Action
It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Action
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Category: Action
It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.
Horace Mann Category: Action
You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
John Newton Mitchell Category: Action