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Experiments that crash atoms together could start a chain reaction that erodes everything on Earth.
Sir Martin Rees

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

A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
Anthony Robbins

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

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

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

Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience.
Albert Bandura

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Florence Nightingale

The only cure for grief is action
G H Lewes

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

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

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

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

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

Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.
John Akers

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

Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I felt zilch for him. I mean, he is not my type of guy. I never go for looks or you know I never go for image-type people. You know, it took a while before that attraction built. [on David Beckham]
Rebecca Loos

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

If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.
Indira Gandhi

Doing a radio show like this means that you must be able to respond to how the guest comes across and their reactions to your questions which can be a little unpredictable at times!
Terry Gross

It was frustrating as I prefer face-to-face action [on missing boyfriend Any Scott-Lee whilst on a TV show]
Michelle Heaton

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

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

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

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

[He should] Consider his position... the question is of the use or misuse of public resources [recommending a course of action for David Blunkett]
Theresa May

My initial reaction is that I do not believe it is true. But the integrity of the sport is bigger than anyone playing it and if someone undermines the integrity of a sport then I find that offensive. (on Rusedski's drug trial)
Andrew Castle

Justice is truth in action.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Suit the action to the world, the world to the action, with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature.
Joan Rivers

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

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

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

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
Norman Vincent Peale

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Herbert Hoover

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

Dissatisfaction with the world in which we live and determination to realize one that shall be better, are the prevailing characteristics of the modern spirit. (The Greek View of Life)
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

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

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
Virginia Woolf

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

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

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

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

To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theatre. It lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.
Anna Pavlova

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

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

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

Communities that insist on clinging to traditional, extraction-based economies are asking for stagnation.
Thomas Power

One gets tired of the role critics are supposed to have in this culture: It's like being the piano player in a whorehouse; you don't have any control over the action going on upstairs.
Robert Hughes



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