Action Quotes

John steinbeck - it seems to me that if you or i must choose...
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

Martin luther king, jr. - we will have to repent in this generation not...
Everyone has a right to his own course of action.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!
William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
Aristotle, Nicomachen Ethics (4th c. BC)
Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.
Oscar Wilde
One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov
Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
Arnold Bennett
How frequently are the honesty and integrity of a man disposed of by a smile or a shrug. How many good and generous actions have been sunk into oblivion by a distrustful look, or stamped with the imputation of bad motives, by a mysterious and seasonable whisper!
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
Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
Joaquin Setanti
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.
Lao - Tzu, The Way of Lao - Tzu
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe - - The open sesame to every soul.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Action is the product of the Qualities inherent in Nature.
Bhagavad Gita
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 causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville
Rhythm is the basis of life, not steady forward progress. The forces of creation, destruction, and preservation have a whirling, dynamic interaction.
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
Any religion... is for ever in danger of petrifaction into mere ritual and habit, though ritual and habit be essential to religion.
T. S. Eliot
The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to attain non - Action. One must not wish to leap over everything and penetrate directly.
Lu Yen
What should move us to action is human dignity the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.
Dominique de Menil
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke
Iron rusts from disue; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
G. M. Trevelyan
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of the healing.
Richard Milhous Nixon
The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
Edward W. Howe
Violence or the threat of violence must never be permitted to influence the actions or judgments of the university community. Once it does, the community, almost by definition, ceases to be a university. It is for this reason that from time immemorial expulsion has been the primary instrument of university discipline.
Richard Milhous Nixon
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
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
George Bernard Shaw
Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
Learned Hand
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 da Vinci
There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.
Kingman Brewster, Jr.
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
Every man ought to be supposed a knave, and to have no other end, in all his actions, but private interest. By this interest we must govern him, and by means of it, make him cooperate to public good, notwithstanding his unsatiable avarice and ambition.
Alexander Hamilton, P. 217 - A History of the American People by P. Johnson
To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Ohara Publications