quotations about action
Actions speak louder than words.
ANONYMOUS, The Melancholy State of this Province Considered, in a Letter, from a Gentleman in Boston to His Friend in the Country, 1736
He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
From thinking proceeds speaking; thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous!
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to John Jay, Aug. 1, 1786
Let's plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of accident; may pain and pleasure, success and failure, shift as they will -- it's only action that can make a man.
Our deeds are fetters that we forge ourselves.
GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch
The attempt is all the wedge that splits its knotty way betwixt the impossible and possible.
ALICE CARY, "The Maiden of Tlalscala"
What a man does is the real test of what a man is.
WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
MICHAEL G. CIOPPA, Success Is Not a Miracle
The native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pitch and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye.
JACOB BRONOWSKI, The Ascent of Man
A man's intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Dec. 1756
In a virtuous action, I properly am; in a virtuous act, I add to the world; I plant into deserts conquered from Chaos and Nothing, and see the darkness receding on the limits of the horizon.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Compensation", Essays
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Rousseau and the Sentimentalists
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are.
GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch
Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.
JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh
There is no act, however trivial, but has its train of consequences, as there is no hair so small but it casts its shadow.
SAMUEL SMILES, Character
In this country ... men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.
CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, diary, Apr. 15, 1836
We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world.
HOWARD ZINN, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Every act is an expression of one's self.
EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi
We never understand how fervently our actions and behaviour preach even more effectively than a sermon.
MALITA WAMALA, "Your Actions Are the Best Sermon", Kampala Observer, February 10, 2016