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Action quotes (148)

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.
Jean Paul Richter   Category: Action

A man is not good or bad for one action.
Thomas Fuller   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

Unfortunately sometimes people don't hear you until you scream.
Stefanie Powers   Category: Action

This is a world of action And not for moping and droning in.
Charles Dickens   Category: Action

Don't wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.
Stevenson   Category: Action

Rather than love than money than fame give me truth.
Henry David Thoreau   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

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

We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.
Abigail Smith Adams   Category: Action

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
Bob Wells   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

For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Steven Wright   Category: Action

... 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

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

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

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

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

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Friedrich Engels   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

My own mind is my own church.
Thomas Paine   Category: Action

The young feel tired at the end of an action; The old at the beginning.
T. S. Eliot   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

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   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

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

Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.
Mary Beard   Category: Action

Volatility of words is carelessness in actions; words are the wings of actions.
Johann Kaspar Lavater   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

You can if you think you can.
George Reeves   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

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

Our acts make or mar us we are the children of our own deeds.
Victor Hugo   Category: Action

A rolling stone can gather no moss.
Publilius Syrus   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

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

Every action is measured by the depth of the sentiment from which it proceeds.
Douglas Jerrold   Category: Action

Action without a name a who attached to it is meaningless.
Hannah Arendt   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

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

Action so to speak is the genius of nature.
Robert Blair   Category: Action

Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez   Category: Action

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Unknown   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

The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.
Florynce Kennedy   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

The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!
Ashleigh Brilliant   Category: Action

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
Francis Quarles   Category: Action

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doers need.
Pedro Calderon   Category: Action

Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.
William Feather   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

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

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

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 materials are indifferent but the use we make of them is not a matter of indifference.
Epictetus   Category: Action

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Jawaharlal Nehru   Category: Action

I have always thought the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke   Category: Action

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
Ayn Rand   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

Human action can be modified to some extent but human nature cannot be changed.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Action

Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Action

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind But great actions speak to all mankind.
Emily P. Bissell   Category: Action

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
George Eliot   Category: Action

If you do what youve always done youll get what youve always gotten.
Anthony (Tony) Robbins   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

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

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
W. Clement Stone   Category: Action

Action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer   Category: Action

Thought is action in rehearsal.
Sigmund Freud   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

If your ship doesn't come in swim out to it.
Jonathan Winters   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

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
Anatole France   Category: Action

Never mistake motion for action.
Ernest Hemingway   Category: Action

Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   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

No action is without its side effects.
Barry Commoner   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

Those graceful acts Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions.
John Milton   Category: Action

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
Al Batt   Category: Action

Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
H. H. Williams   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

Do or do not. There is no try.
Yoda   Category: Action

Words divide us actions unite us.
Proverb   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

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

We are not put into this world to sit still and know; we are put into it to act.
Woodrow Wilson   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

Get the action habit you do not need to wait until conditions are perfect.
David. J. Schwartz PhD   Category: Action

You become just by performing just actions temperate by performing temperate actions brave by performing brave actions.
Aristotle   Category: Action

Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin   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

In our era the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
Dag Hammarskjöld   Category: Action

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Herbert Clark Hoover   Category: Action

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson   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

We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
William Hazlitt   Category: Action

The truly innocent are those who not only are guiltless themselves but who think others are.
Josh Billings   Category: Action

43. Promptly report your action to the one who requested it.
Morton C. Blackwell   Category: Action

Actions lie louder than words.
Carolyn Wells   Category: Action

It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.
Horace Mann   Category: Action

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
Thomas   Category: Action

The emotions arent always immediately subject to reason but they are always immediately subject to action.
William James   Category: Action

All mens gains are the fruit of venturing.
Herodotus   Category: Action

When action grows unprofitable gather information; when information grows unprofitable sleep.
Ursula K. LeGuin   Category: Action

The world behaves differently when I take action to go after what I want.
Price Pritchett   Category: Action

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost   Category: Action

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power vigor and activity of mans nature.
Robert South   Category: Action

We see the world not as it is but as we are.
Charles Lamb   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

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

Courage follows action.
Mack R. Douglas   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

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

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Action

I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair.
Lord Alfred Tennyson   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

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

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

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

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 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

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
John Newton Mitchell   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

We cannot seek or attain health wealth learning justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific concrete individualized unique.
John Dewey   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

The ultimate most holy form of theory is action.
Nikos Katzenzakis   Category: Action

The brightest blades grow dim with rust The fairest meadow white with snow.
Oliver Wendell Holmes   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

Preachers say Do as I say not as I do.
John Selden   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

Action may not always bring happiness; But there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli   Category: Action

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. Thats the only thing.
Ernest J. Gaines   Category: Action

Think like a man of action act like a man of thought.
Henri Louis Bergson   Category: Action

The shortest answer is doing.
George Herbert   Category: Action

Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
Sophocles   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

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

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

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

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 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

Actions are the seed of Fate Deeds grow into Destiny.
A. L. Linall Jr.   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

A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
John Galsworthy   Category: Action

For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
Henri-Frederic Amiel   Category: Action

Action is transitorya step a blow; The motion of a muscle this way or that.
William Wordsworth   Category: Action