Action Quotes

Abigail adams, letter to her sister, mary smith cranch, 1784 - i begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in...
We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 26, 1978

George henry lewes - the only cure for grief is action....
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tyron Edwards

Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers.
John Le Carre, Magnus Pym in "A Perfect Spy".
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Carl Jung
We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood our motives.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is in 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, Jane Eyre, 1847
The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself.
Thomas a Kempis
All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.
Cicero
Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.
Oscar Wilde
Mere sorrow, which weeps and sits still, is not repentance. Repentance is sorrow converted into action; into a movement toward a new and better life.
M. R. Vincent
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
Alfred A. Montapert
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
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
Thomas Carlyle
Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold Geneen, Chairman, ITT Corp.
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, Laws of Robotics from I. Robot, 1950
Action: the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
Oscar Wilde
Frustration is one of the greatest things in art; satisfaction is nothing.
Malcom Mclaren
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
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
George Washington
We have too many high - Sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Abigail Adams
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Aristotle
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 may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli
My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.
Herbert Hoove
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Jawaharlal Nehru
At different stages in our lives, the signs of love may vary dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at heart the source is always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds.
Michael Dorris
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
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1939
The action of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke
There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
Bertrand Russell
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - In firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Seneca
On action alone be thy interest, Never on its fruits. Let not the fruits of action be thy motive, Nor be thy attachment to inaction.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thoughts or action we should remember our dying and try so to live, that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
John Steinbeck
A decision is the action an executive must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself.
Arthur W. Radford
The ultimate most holy form of theory is action.
Nikos Kazantzakis
The anatomical juxtaposition of 2 orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction.
Dr. Henry Gibbons