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One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time. John Wanamaker
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

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In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist. Rene Char
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle. Georg C. Lichtenberg

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As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. Andrew Carnegie
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. John Dewey

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Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps. Helmut Schmidt
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing. William Shakespeare

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The search for the perfect venture can turn into procrastination. Your idea may or may not have merit. The key is to get started. Anonymous
Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do, if it were my last of life. Edward Edwards
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. Horace

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I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts. Horace Mann
When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, ''Action, Action, Action.'' Plutarch

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Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning. Benjamin Franklin
One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more. John Roger

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As you make your bed, so you must lie in it. English Proverb
When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down. Proverb

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When all is said and done, more is said than done. Lou Holtz
It was prettily devised of Aesop, ''The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise! '' Francis Bacon
Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing. David Letterman
Action is the foundational key to all success. Anthony Robbins
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly. Robert H. Schuller
A man's action is only a picture book of his creed. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Consult: To seek approval for a course of action already decided upon. - Ambrose Bierce
The only way you can bring in the harvest in the fall is to plant in the spring, and to water, weed, fertilize in the summer. Anonymous
Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over. Percy Ross
When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking. Georges Clemenceau
Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue. Giuseppe Garibaldi
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going. Napoleon Hill
It doesn't do any good to sit up and take notice if you keep on sitting. Anonymous
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a be general natural law. Immanuel Kant
What you are will show in what you do. Thomas A. Edison
Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Ted Turner
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted. Samuel Smiles
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
The successful men of action are not sufficiently self-observant to know exactly on what their success depends. Joseph Jacobs
Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deed we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel. Edgar F. Magnin
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. Theodore Roosevelt
Be great in act, as you have been in thought. William Shakespeare
The best way to get something done is to begin. Anonymous
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. Peter F. Drucker
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. - Aristotle
Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward. Ovid
Suit the action to the world, the world to the action, with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature. William Shakespeare
Let us be tried by our actions. Motto
You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth. Pat Riley
The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Francis Hutcheson
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike you, do not wait until he has struck before you crush him. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. W. Clement Stone
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen. Lee Iacocca
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds. Victor Hugo
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Mother Teresa
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute. Edward Gibbon
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action. Dag Hammarskjold
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. Sydney Smith
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought. Heinrich Heine
From small beginnings come great things. American Proverb
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
What really matters is what you do with what you have. Shirley Lord
Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions. - Albert Camus
No sooner said than done -- so acts your man of worth. Quintus Ennius
If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen. Joe Dimaggio
Call on God, but row away from the rocks. Indian Proverb
No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. Harry Emerson Fosdick
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men. Jean De La Bruyere
Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do. - Amelia Earhart
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. Peter Marshall
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. Jean Paul Richter
Believe in boys and girls and men and women of a great tomorrow that what so ever the boy soweth the man shall reap. Anonymous
Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth. Johann G. Fichte
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects. Herman Melville
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. Lewis Cass
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. Marcus Aurelius
The deed is everything, the glory is naught. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. H. Ross Perot
The dog that trots about finds a bone. Gypsy Proverb
There is a tendency for things to right themselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some people grin and bear it; others smile and do it. Anonymous
The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching. Dennis Green
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Benjamin Disraeli
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? Dante (Alighieri)
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends. Jawaharlal Nehru
He who strikes first, strikes twice. Mexican Proverb
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig. Marcus Aurelius
Action is the product of the qualities inherent in nature. Bhagavad Gita
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Russell C. Taylor
It is better to rust out than wear out. George Whitefield
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it. John Galsworthy
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. Red Auerbach
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought. Marjorie Holmes
Better to try something and fail than to try nothing and succeed. Anonymous
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can't start at the top. Samuel Levenson
It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state. Ching Ning Chu
If it were done when 'tis done, then t'were well. It were done quickly. William Shakespeare
It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation. Pir Vilayat Khan
Begin somewhere: you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. Liz Smith
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Do not wait; the time will never be ''just right.'' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. Napoleon Hill
Begin -- to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. Decimus Magnus Ausonius
You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. Anthony Robbins
I will act as if what I do makes a difference. William James
The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff. Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
Never mind your happiness; do your duty. William J. Durant
Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger. Elmer G. Letterman
Winning starts with beginning. Robert H. Schuller
The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs. Irish Proverb
If you start soon enough, you won't have to run to catch up. Anonymous
All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. Bible
We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race. Albert Einstein
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Sings. Hope in every sphere of life is a privilege that attaches to action. No action, no hope. Peter Levi
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke
A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. - Aristotle
It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. Virginia Woolf
Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered. Daniel Webster
Positive anything is better than negative nothing. Elbert Hubbard
The greatest potential for control tends to exist at the point where action takes place. Louis A. Allen
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
If you go on working with the light available, you will meet your Master, as he himself will be seeking you. Ramana Maharshi
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path. D'Alembert
Let your performance do the thinking. H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt. Henri Frederic Amiel
He who limps is still walking. Stanislaw J. Lec
It is 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
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed. John Anster
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late. Lee Iacocca
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless. Lou Gerstner
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. George Eliot
We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice. Peace Pilgrim
The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden. Anonymous
Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid. Thomas Carlyle
We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first. Charles Horton Cooley
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
You have to make it happen. Joe Greene
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other. Mary Caroline Richards
Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know. George Macdonald
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot. Robert Townsend
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will. Henri Frederic Amiel
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle
You will never win if you never begin. Robert H. Schuller
Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hugo
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. Thomas Carlyle
Be both the gardener and the rose. Anonymous
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise. William Dean Howells
But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts. Albert Einstein
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Lord Alfred Tennyson
The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest. Thomas Carlyle
The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. Pierre Joseph Proudhon
Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do it now. Then it's done. Anonymous
You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree. John Pierpont Morgan
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. Frank Tibolt
Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice. John Greenleaf Whittier
It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. Thomas Troward
It's easy to work for somebody else; all you have to do is show up. Rita Warford
People say to me, ''You were a roaring success. How did you do it?'' I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen. Lee Iacocca
It's no good agreeing with a person who can't make up his mind. Anonymous
You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. Les Brown
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. Mal Pancoast
We are always getting ready to live, but never living. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind. - Alexander Pope
Big words seldom accompany good deeds. Danish Proverb
Act quickly, think slowly. Greek Proverb
Action is character. Anonymous
You can't aim a duck to death. Gael Boardman
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. German Proverb
As our case is new, we must think and act anew. Abraham Lincoln
If you want a thing done, go. If not, send. The shortest answer is doing. English Proverb
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect. Robert Louis Stevenson
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Sally Berger
Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. - Aristotle
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. William Faulkner
Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. Henri L. Bergson
Action makes more fortune than caution. Luc De Clapiers
I think there is something, more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision. W. Clement Stone
Now is the time for all good men to come to. Walt Kelly
A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence. Dante (Alighieri)
Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities. Orison Swett Marden
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. Baltasar Gracian
Don't think, just do. Reiko Horton
After all is said and done, more is said than done. American Proverb
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. Jim Rohn
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive o all they do, and of all they are willing to endure. Dean William R. Inge
Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions. Most men buy nothing. Andre Malraux
If your sword's too short, add to its length by taking one step forward. Anonymous
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds. Miguel De Cervantes
When a man dies, what does not leave him? The voice of a dead man goes into fire, his breath into wind, his eyes into the sun, his mind into the moon, his hearing into the quarters of heaven, his body into the land cheerfully. earth, his spirit into space. Veda Upanishads
Heaven never helps the men who will not act. Sophocles
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand -- and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. Jack Canfield
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action. Ralph Waldo Emerson
In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward. Edwin P. Whipple
Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance. Robert Collier
Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. William James
If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait. William James
As one acts and conducts himself, so does he become. The doer of good becomes good. The doer of evil becomes evil. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action. Veda Upanishads
Logic will not change an emotion, but action will. Anonymous
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. Saunders
I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln
Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde
You have to ''be'' before you can ''do,'' and do before you can ''have.'' Zig Ziglar
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be. Anne Byrhhe
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. Anthony Robbins
One thought driven home is better than three left on base. James Liter
Do it this very moment, Don't put it off, There's no use in doing a kindness, if you do it a day too late. Anonymous
Don't look back, just keep on walking. Anonymous
Activity and sadness are incompatible. Anonymous
Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust. James Shirley
Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by. Lou Holtz
A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action.. You must act as you breathe. Georges Clemenceau
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. St. Francis De Sales
He who walks with the lame learns how to limp. Latin Proverb
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. - Aristotle
No one will do it for you. Ben Stein
Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives. Bishop Robert South
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. Clarence Buddinton Kelland
As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears. Lu Xun
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. Wayne Dyer
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not. Dhammapada
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. James Levin
Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time. Haniel Long
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Michael Landon
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions. - Albert Einstein
If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. David Viscott
Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things. A. A. Milne
The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. Lee Iacocca
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way. Graffiti
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Chinese Proverb
For as one star another far exceeds, So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds. Robert Greene
You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say. John N. Mitchell
Good things happen to those who hustle. Chuck Noll
Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars. Joan L. Curcio
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
By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me. Ashleigh Brilliant
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. William Hazlitt
If you act like you know what you're doing, you can do anything you want -- except neurosurgery. John Lowenstein
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. Thomas Carlyle
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoevski
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving. - Ayn Rand
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. Anonymous
Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense. Chinese Proverb
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Anonymous
I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now. Henry David Thoreau
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James
We will not know unless we begin. Howard Zinn
The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. Ezra Pound
Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny. A. L. Linall Jr.
Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat. Eric Hoffer
The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God. Count Leo Tolstoy
Allow motion to equal emotion. Elbert Hubbard
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. Maya Angelou
Action hangs, as it were, ''dissolved'' in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him. Thomas Carlyle
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. Italian Proverb
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Heber J. Grant
To look is one thing, to see what you look at is another, to understand what you see is a third, to learn from what you understand is still something else, but to act on what you learn is all that really matters! How do I act? Anonymous
A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need. Pedro Caldern de la Barca
Let us do or die. Robert Burns
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. Helen Keller
All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us. Albert Einstein
The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving. Francis Quarles
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. Richard Thalheimer
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. St. Jerome
Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful. Wallace D. Wattles
In this country men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire. Charles Francis Adams
least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. Charles F. Kettering
We will burn that bridge when we come to it. Nick Gorski
Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing. Vinet
You can't plow a field by turning it over in your mind. Anonymous
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. [Matthew 7:12] Bible
The only way to start is to start. Anonymous
It is better to be the hammer than the anvil. French Proverb
One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action --the ability to pass directly from thought to action. Eric Hoffer
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. Friedrich Nietzsche
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. - Aristotle
The early bird gets the worm. American Proverb
Act well your part, there all the honour lies. - Alexander Pope
None of us are responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen. Anonymous
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. [James 1:22] Bible
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. William Hazlitt
Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it. Anonymous
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends. Charles De Gaulle
Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity. Johann Kaspar Lavater
Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read. Albert Pike
Some will, some don't, so what! American Proverb
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. Richard L. Evans
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
People sitting on top of the world, usually arrived there standing up. Anonymous
The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something. Carl Sandburg
Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture. Benedetto Croce
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. [Matthew 7:120] Bible
The great end of life is not knowledge but action. Thomas H. Huxley
Real action is in silent moments. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others. - Ambrose Bierce
Backbone beats wishbone every time. Anonymous
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. Leo Aikman
It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action. Al Batt
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. John Dewey
Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, If you are not willing to move your feet. Anonymous
We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not. Anthony Robbins
Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. Alfred North Whitehead
All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure. Jean-Paul Sartre
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Confucius
Action without a name, a ''who'' attached to it, is meaningless. Hannah Arendt
Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions. Albert Einstein
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. James Freeman Clarke
Keep your head and your heart going in the right direction and you will not have to worry about your feet. Anonymous
Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon. Carl Rowan
Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more. Robert Collier
How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Leap, and the net will appear. Julie Cameron
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. Gilbert K. Chesterton
I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs. H. L. Mencken
The shortest distance between two points is under construction. Noelie Alito
Take action in order to move toward your goals. Les Brown
Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence. Honore De Balzac
Never confuse motion with action. Ernest Hemingway
Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction. Jawaharlal Nehru
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue. Marcus T. Cicero
Effective action is always unjust. Jean Anouilh
Well begun is half done. Aristotle
He who considers too much will perform little. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts. Hannah Arendt
Action expresses priorities. Charles A. Garfield
Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. Arthur Pine
Your difficulty and my difficulty and the difficulty of every individual who ever desired to achieve something worthwhile, comes in the movement. Peter Nivio Zarlenga
We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything. Sir John Eliot
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy. Dr. Howard Murphy
Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not. William James
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels
Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating. Wayne Dyer
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and to act. Maxwell Maltz
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. Norman Schwarzkopf
Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature. Bishop Robert South
Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. Aristotle
For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. Bob Wells
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. - Albert Einstein
Either move or be moved. Colin Powell
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. Thomas Carlyle
Two-thirds of promotion is motion. Anonymous
I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. Robert H. Schuller
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day. Harvey Spencer Lewis
So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin. W. Clement Stone
He has half the deed done who has made a beginning. Horace
The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain. Thomas Traherne
Actions lie louder than words. Carolyn Wells
Before you can do something you must first be something. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
No, Ernest, don't talk about action. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
I never worry about action, but only inaction. Winston Churchill
No rules for success will work if you don't. Anonymous
He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions. Johann Kaspar Lavater
An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. Mexican Proverb
You don't have to get it right the first time. Barbara Sher
This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one's actions. Siddha Nagarjuna
If you don't make things happen then things will happen to you. Lanes Company
The ancestor of every action is thought. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It isn't sufficient just to want -- you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want. Richard D. Rosen
Some people forget to plant in the spring, idle away the summer hours and then expect to reap in the fall. Anonymous
I didn't think; I experimented. Wilhelm Roentgen
Do every act of your life as if it were your last. Marcus Aurelius
Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. Joaquin Setanti
The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. Evenus
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone. Charles De Gaulle
If you want to get along, go along. Sam Rayburn
Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something. - Andrew Carnegie
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. Anais Nin
To begin, begin. Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Act like you expect to get into the end zone. Joe Paterno
We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. Henry David Thoreau
What we need is to use what we have. Basil S. Walsh
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences. Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee. John H. Holcomb
Act, if you like, but you do it at your peril. Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia. Alexis Carrel
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Jacob Bronowski
Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious. Henri Frederic Amiel
Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them. Alfred North Whitehead
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect. Robert Louis Stevenson
Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish. Ovid
What the mind attends to, the mind considers. What the mind constantly considers, the mind believes. What the mind believes, the mind eventually does. Anonymous
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory. William Wordsworth
There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough. Mother Teresa

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