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

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favourite of fortune.
Francis Quarles

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

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

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
Zig Ziglar

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

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.
Edwin Markham

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

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

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.
Meister Eckhart

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

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
Frank Churchill

The majority of Americans - the ones who never elected you - are not fooled by your weapons of mass distraction.
Michael Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The life of man is made up of action and endurance; and life is fruitful in the ratio in which it is laid out in noble action or in patient perseverance
Henry Liddon

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

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

Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.
Indira Gandhi

Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
Will Rogers

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
Dale Evans

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Andrew Jackson

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

There is no defence for my actions which I sincerely regret. [on an affair with nanny Daisy Wright]
Jude Law

Goodness is love in action, love with its hand to the plough, love with the burden on its back, love following his footsteps who went about continually doing good.
James Hamilton

"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

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

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
Billie Jean King

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

Every law is an infraction of liberty.
Jeremy Bentham

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Adlai Stevenson

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

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

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
George Washington

A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.
Thornton Wilder

Our planet... consists largely of lumps of fall-out from a star-sized hydrogen bomb... Within our bodies, no less than three million atoms rendered unstable in that event still erupt every minute, releasing a tiny fraction of the energy stored from that fierce fire of long ago.
James Lovelock

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



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