Action Quotes

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.
Confucius
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What used to be called liberal is now called radical, what used to be called radical is now called insane, what used to be called reactionary is now called moderate, and what used to be called insane is now called solid conservative thinking.
Tony Kushne
What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.
Prophet Mohammad
Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.
Karen Horney

We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about unthinkable things because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
James W. Fulbright, March 27, 1964
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - The little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Iron rusts from disuse water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
Leonardo DaVinci
By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of the healing.
Richard Milhous Nixon
I ching - of all that is good, sublimity is supreme....
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
James Branch Cabell
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Noam Chomsky, in a television interview
When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence, and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and dying a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.
John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Habits... the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction... You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - By finding that it is a means of satisfaction.
Juliene Berk
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.
Johann von Goethe
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
Herbert Spence
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Thought is the blossom language the bud action the fruit behind it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Rita Mae Brown
Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.
Bergen Evans
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
Immanuel Kant
It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is simple patience.
Horace Bushnell
I love the United States, but I see here everything is measured by success, by how much money it makes, not the satisfaction to the individual.
John Fellows Akers
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson
A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare.
Jim Sorensen
An action will not be right unless the will be right for from thence is the action derived. Again, the will will not be right unless the disposition of the mind be right for from thence comes the will.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
Lord Tennyson
Through his mastery of storytelling techniques, he has managed to separate his character, in the public mind, from his actions as president. ... He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze.
Jean Nathan Mille
To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.
Michael Hanson
Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny.
Johann von Goethe
There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
Bertrand Russell
It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself.
Epictetus, Enchiridion
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
Henri Cartier - Bresson
A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
Aristotle, Politics
Words divide us, actions unite us.
Slogan of the Tupamaros
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
Confucius
Take time to deliberate but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Andrew Old Hickory Jackson