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

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

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

I was annoyed and I was crying [her honest reaction to losing a tennis match at the US Open]
Shahar Peer

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

[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

The most drastic, and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
William Burnham

The real fun part was trying to cast our women. They asked who I would like and my first reaction was Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon and Halle Berry. The first three names I threw out ended up being in the film
Larenz Tate

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

It has been a fantastic ride for the past 20 years. Ups and downs, to be sure, but filled with great satisfaction in building this wonderful creator of classic American culture into one of the premier entertainment-orientated companies in the world. [resignation speech]
Michael Eisner

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

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists
Edward De Bono

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

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

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

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

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

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

I like any reaction I can get with my music.
Jim Morrison

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

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

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

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.
Victor Hugo

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

The irresistible attraction of pets is that their love can be earned
Robert Brault

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

It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
Edward Gibbon

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

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

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

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

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

Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: 'You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.'
Cesare Pavese

Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality.
Maxwell Maltz

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

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

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

It is always wise with a course of action to consider the likely consequences before going ahead with it.
George Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

The Führer alone is the present and future German reality and its law. Learn to know ever more deeply: from now on every single thing demands decision, and every action responsibility.
Martin Heidegger



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