Action Quotes

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Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation. And honour the reward of action.
Francis Quarles

We had one fan who made action figures of all of us. Mine had a mirror, which I thought was a bit cheeky.
Ian Watkins

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Benedict Spinoza

The life of action is nobler than the life of thought
Dinah Maria Mulock

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

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
W B Yeats

The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
Henry Miller

The reaction he (Hodgson) has had to face, while predictable, has been blown out of all proportion. [on England v France in the 2005 Six Nations]
Jonny Wilkinson

Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret.
Mary McCarthy

When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, 'Action, Action, Action.'
Plutarch

"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

As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
Arthur Schopenhauer

It is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of a nation.
Lord John Russell

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

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.
John Hancock

I am apt to suspect... all the other species of men... to be naturally inferior to white. There never was a civilzation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent either in action or speculation.
David Hume

Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction.
Jawaharlal Nehru

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead.
John Acton

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

There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.
B C Forbes

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness of the greatest number
Francis Hutcheson

Here's the point - you're looking at affirmative action, and you're looking at marijuana. You legalize marijuana, no need for quotas, because really, who's gonna wanna work?
Jon Stewart

We cannot assume the injustice of any actions which only create offense, and especially as regards religion and morals. He who utters or does anything to wound the conscience and moral sense of others, may indeed act immorally; but, so long as he is not guilty of being importunate, he violates no right.
Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
Howard Zinn

You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.
Jean Paul Richter

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold Geneen

That is totally unacceptable to us and we have no option but to lodge a formal complaint [on the actions of football agent Peter Harrison]
Keith Lamb

Instead of a clear call for repentance we have been offered warms words of sentimentality for those who have shown no godly sorrow for their actions.
Peter Akinola

An action doesn't have to be wrong just because it is not logical. It doesn't have to be right just because it has its logic.
Lion Feuchtwanger

You may fail to shine, in the opinion of others, both in your conversation and actions, from being superior, as well as inferior to them
Fulke Greville

A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumnity, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principal has taken full effect on this state favourite.
Isaac Disraeli

President Bush gave his first-ever presidential radio address in both English and Spanish. Reaction was mixed, however, as people were trying to figure out which one was which.
Dennis Miller

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

Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust.
Barbara Bush

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

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
Anais Nin

This is 29, Acacia Road. And this is Eric, the schoolboy who leads an exciting double ... Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action
Bananaman

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be noblest
Thomas Carlyle

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.
Arthur Rimbaud

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?
Anthony Robbins

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

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
Camille Paglia

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

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

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
Peter F Drucker

This [Labour] government will never turn talk into action, it is time for a government that will.
Michael Howard

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Conrad Hilton

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.
Orison Swett Marden



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