Action Quotes

The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone. -William J.H. Boetcker 

A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that only in our easy, simple spontaneous action are we strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience we become divine. -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The sweaty players in the game of life always have more fun than the supercilious spectators. -William Feather 

Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough. -Benjamin Franklin

Pleasure and pain are the only springs of action in man, and always will be. -Claude-Adrien Helvetius 

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. -Elbert Hubbard 

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it. -Samuel Johnson

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. -J.S. Knox 

We like to think it is enough if we keep our own lives straight. Quite plainly it is not. If we talk cynically or encourage a lowering of standards, even though we still control our own actions, we become responsible for the failure of those who, weakened by our influence, fail to stand upright. -George P.T. Sargent 

A race preserves its vigor so long as it harbors a real contrast between what has been and what may be; and so long as it is nerved by the vigor to adventure beyond the safeties of the past. Without adventure civilization is in full decay. -Alfred North Whitehead

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it! -Jonathan Winters

To wait for someone else, or to expect someone else to make my life richer, or fuller, or more satisfying, puts me in a constant state of suspension. -Kathleen Tierney Andrus

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice. -John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. -David Viscott

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory. -William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Some people grin and bear it; others smile and do it. -Unknown

Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, If you are not willing to move your feet. -Unknown

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 (1835-1910)

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. -Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

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 (1902-2002)

Don’t wait for your ship to come in, and feel angry and cheated when it doesn’t. Get going with something small. -Irene Kassorla

Begin somewhere: you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. -Elizabeth Smith

Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action. -David J. Schwartz

It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.” -Dr. Howard Murphy

Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes! Work never begun. -Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. -Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

The chief condition on which life, health and vigor depend, 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 (1809-1865)

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 (1809-1891)

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. -John Muir (1838-1914)

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 (1910-1997)

The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don’t read what they write, don’t ask them what they believe, just observe what they do. -Ashley Montagu (1905-1999)

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 (1850-1924)

I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person. -Og Mandino (1923-1996)

It is the man who is waiting for his ship to come in that is always missing the boat. -Unknown

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

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than one lovely action. -James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and made things happen. -Elinor Smith

The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle. -Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. -Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958)

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. -Frank Tibolt

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 (1842-1910)

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. -Lee Iacocca

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

You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought. -Marjorie Holmes

The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. -Thomas Traherne (1636-1674)

Mark this well, you proud men of action! You are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought. -Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

No rules for success will work if you don’t. -Unknown

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. -Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and as there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other forms of expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and be aware directly of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. -Martha Graham (1894-1991)

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 (1749-1832)

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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 and disciplined. -Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

Logic will not change an emotion, but action will. -Unknown

We are always getting ready to live, but never living. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon. -Carl Rowan

Forget past mistakes and forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it. -William J. Durant (1885-1981)

People sitting on top of the world, usually arrived there standing up. -Unknown

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? -Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path. -Jean-le-Rond d’Alembert (1717-1783)

Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia. -Russel H. Conwell (1843-1925)

Some people are benevolent; others are beneficent. The first are well-wishing; the second are well-doing. -Unknown

Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia. -Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944)

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time. -John Wanamaker (1838-1922)

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. -Nolan Bushnell

Ideas won’t keep, something must be done about them. -Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

You have to “be” before you can “do,” and do before you can “have.” -Zig Ziglar

Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle. -Annie Besant (1847-1933)

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    • shawn
    • December 29, 2019

    Anyone out there?

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