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It wasn't the reaction I was expecting. I thought a couple of things might have landed on my head
Dennis Wise

Justice is truth in action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Poverty must have its satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people
Don Herold

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

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A Barker

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
Jean Paul Richter

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss
Noam Chomsky

A strange, a perverted creed that has a queer attraction both for the most primitive and for the most sophisticated societies.
Harold McMillan

Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action.
Henry Chester

All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.
Carl Sandburg

What should move us to action is human dignity: the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable
Dominique De Menil

The most subtle flattery that a woman can receive is by actions, not by words.
Suzanne Curchod Necker

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

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.
W H Auden

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
Dwight Eisenhower

One of the problems now, I have to say more on the Blair side than on the Brown side, is that many of the Blair supporters couldn't care a damn about the Labour Party. They care about their own faction, their own ideas, their own leader and that is corrosive for the Party's interests.
Roy Hattersley

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
Mahatma Gandhi

The kind of attacks made for instance against me - the Welsh windbag - did produce in the Labour movement an over-reaction which was understandable.
Neil Kinnock

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

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

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all.
Woodrow Wilson

Every law is an infraction of liberty.
Jeremy Bentham

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

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Charlotte Bronte

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

The great principle of human satisfaction is engagement
William Paley

I think that one of the great challenges of teaching these days is actually being free to teach with all the distractions that surround the profession.
Marilyn Hacker

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

I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.
Alan Greenspan

To invoke a Kierkegaardesque figure of speech, the beauty of the language of the Bible can be like a set of dentist's instruments nearly laid out on a table and hanging on a wall, intriguing in their technological complexity and with their stainless steel highly polished--until they set to work on the job for which they were originally designed. Then all of a sudden my reaction changes from 'How shiny and beautiful they all are!' to 'Get that damned thing out of my mouth!'
Jaroslav Pelikan

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

The only cure for grief is action
G H Lewes

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

The bowler is Holding, the batsmen's Willey - (unfortunate description of the cricketing action!)
Brian Johnston

Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity
Johann Lavater

A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action.
David Seabury

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway

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

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
Gail Sheehy

Action is the parent of results; dormancy, the brooding mother of discontent.
Dinah Maria Mulock

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

Tragedy is thus a representation of an action that is worth serious attention, complete in itself and of some amplitude... by means of pity and fear bringing about the purgation of such emotions.
Aristotle

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Duke Ellington

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

What's now urgently needed [to stop environmental disaster] is the international political commitment to take action to avoid dangerous climate change.
David Miliband

Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvellously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex.
Alice Childress

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



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