ACTION QUOTES

quotations about action

Action quote

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

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He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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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

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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.

GOETHE, Faust

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Our deeds are fetters that we forge ourselves.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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The attempt is all the wedge that splits its knotty way betwixt the impossible and possible.

ALICE CARY, "The Maiden of Tlalscala"

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What a man does is the real test of what a man is.

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Every act is an expression of one's self.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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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

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