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However resplendent an action may be, it should not be accounted great unless it is the result of a great design
Duc De La Rochefoucauld

In the West audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories.
Chow Yun-Fat

It is energy - the central element of which is will - that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action.
Samuel Smiles

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Ronald Reagan

No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.
Samuel Johnson

I never want to be an action hero that's, you know, slick.
Maria Bello

The action replay showed it to be worse than it actually was!
Ron Atkinson

Custom has furnished the only basis which ethics have ever had, and there is no conceivable human action which custom has not at one time justified and at another condemned.
Joseph Wood Krutch

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Action based only on principles isn't always good even if it feels good.
John Chancellor

"The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen. It's my way of saying, Don't mess with me."
Glenn Close

I had to double the dose of my anti-inflammatories the last few days because my shoulder was painful, and it's probably I just had a very bad reaction to that
Justine Henin-Hardenne

A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors.
Daniel Boone

The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.
Harry S Truman

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.
Orison Swett Marden

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
Arthur Koestler

Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.
W B Yeats

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.
Karl Von Clausewitz

Even among the married, sexual satisfaction must not be sought in a way which disregards man's character as a person and degrades him to the animal level.
Francis Arinze

To overcome a fear, here's all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.
Peter McWilliams

Our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven
St Francis Of Assisi

They have most satisfaction in themselves, and consequently the sweetest relish of their creature comforts
Matthew Henry

Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Sean O'Casey

Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.
Sir John Denham

Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire.
Pope John Paul II

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Socrates

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts.
Harold McMillan

I always received much more satisfaction as a defense attorney in obtaining an acquittal for a client than I ever have as a D.A. in obtaining a conviction.
Jim Garrison

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
Henry Adams

All adventure is now reactionary.
William F Buckley Jr

At that moment I hated Gordon Banks more than any man in soccer. [on Pele's reaction to his save]
Simon Kuper

The reaction to me out on the stump was quite hostile.
Tony Banks

Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.
Tryon Edwards

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
Theodore Roosevelt

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

It seems absolutely wrong that people should be able to profit in this cynical way from an event that is designed to highlight the need for action on poverty in Africa, and for which so many artists and others are donating their valuable time for nothing [on people selling Live8 concert tickets on eBay]
James Purnell

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

We already know enough to begin to cope with all the major problems that are now threatening human life and much of the rest of life on earth. Our crisis is not a crisis of information; it is a crisis of decision of policy and action.
George Wald

[on his Tom Paris action figure] It has big muscles, so I'm happy.
Robert Duncan McNeill

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
W Clement Stone

What a man calls his 'conscience' is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love.
Helen Rowland

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends
Jawaharlal Nehru

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.
Sigmund Freud

Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world. [The Categorical Imperative]
Imannuel Kant

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force... Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
George Washington

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions - or what is called the 'text' in literary terms.
Tony Conrad

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
Anais Nin

Deeds are better things than words are, Actions mightier than boasting
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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