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Taking Action Quotes

Updated on May 6, 2013

Actions Matter


~ It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

~ Action without thought is like shooting without aim. ~ Proverb


~ Promise little and do much. ~ Hebrew Proverb

~ Honest hearts produce honest actions. ~ Brigham Young

~ The value of an idea lies in the using of it. ~ Thomas Alva Edison

~ We talk on principle, but we act on interest. ~ Walter Savage Landor

~ Action makes more fortune than caution. ~ Marquis de Vauvenargues

~ The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. ~ Red Auerbach

~ It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action. ~ Honore de Balzac

~ When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. ~ Confucius

~ Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience. ~ Albert Bandura

~ Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. ~ Benjamin Disraeli


~ Action expresses priorities. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

~ Act honestly, and answer boldly. ~ Danish Proverb

~ All men of action are dreamers. ~ James Gibbons Huneker

~ Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction. ~ Will Rogers

~ Action and reaction are equal and opposite. ~ Gertrude Stein

~ The secret of getting things done is to act. ~ Dante Alighieri

~ Goals help you channel your energy into action. ~ Les Brown 

~ The great end of life is not knowledge but action. ~ Aldous Huxley 

~ Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. ~ Mark Twain

~ An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

~ For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism. ~ Anonymous

~ Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do. ~ Bruce Lee

~ Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. ~ Albert Einstein

~ Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action. ~ Mother Teresa

~ Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ~ Peter Drucker

~ Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. ~ Hannah Arendt


~ Action is the antidote to despair. ~ Joan Baez

~ A man is not good or bad for one action. ~ Thomas Fuller

~ Enthusiasm: The sustaining power of all great action. ~ Samuel Smiles

~ Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. ~ Thomas Carlyle

~ Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile. ~ Abu Bakr

~ Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

~ It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past. ~ Karl Von Clausewitz

~ The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. ~ Diane Arbus

~ The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. ~ John Dewey

~ A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action. A life lived of chance is a life of unconscious creation. ~ Neale Donald Walsch

~ A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease. ~ Elizabeth Gaskell

~ Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~ Lao Tzu


~ When in doubt do something.~ Harry Chapin

~ It is better to wear out than to rust out. ~ Cicero

~ Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

~ Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. ~ Charles F. Kettering

~ Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.~ Charles de Gaulle

~ To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Many fine things can be done in a day if you don't always make that day tomorrow. ~ Winston Churchill

~ Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

~ Ironically, making a statement with words is the least effective method.~ Grey Livingston

~ It is not what they profess but what they practice that makes them good.~ Greek Proverb

~ Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. ~ Sean O'Casey

~ We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. ~ Harold Nicolson

~ For the sake of one good action a hundred evil ones should be forgotten. ~ Chinese Proverb

~ The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have. ~ Brian Koslow 

~ Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. ~ Chamfort

~ You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

~ Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg. ~ Erma Bombeck 

~ Nothing happens until something moves. ~ Sir John Denham


~ The ancestor of every action is a thought. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ I shall make the most of all that comes: And the least of all that goes. ~ Sara Teasdale

~ When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.~ Salman Rushdie

~ It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. ~ Moliere

~ The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. ~ Confucius

~ There are thousands willing to do great things for one willing to do a small thing. ~ George MacDonald

~ Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

~ Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. ~ Jonatan Mårtensson

~ Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time. ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

~ Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

~ When you do more than what you are paid for, you will soon be paid more for what you do. ~ Zig Ziglar

~ I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

~ To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta


~ Talk doesn't cook rice. ~ Chinese Proverb

~ He who hesitates is a damned fool. ~ Mae West

~ If your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. ~ Henry J. Kaiser

~ A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. ~ Washington Irving

~ If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas. ~ Charles Barkley

~ As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~ Andrew Carnegie

~ Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~ James Baldwin

~ There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. ~ John F. Kennedy

~ He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire: to make something. ~ Antonio Porchia

~ Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act. ~ Andre Malraux

~ Never act until you have clearly answered the question: "What happens if I do nothing?" ~ Robert Brault


~ The only cure for grief is action. ~ G.H. Lewes

~ The best way out of a problem is through it. ~ Anonymous

~ The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~ Mark Twain

~ Nature takes away any faculty that is not used. ~ William R. Inge

~ Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. ~ William Shakespeare

~ All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. ~ James Russell Lowell

~ When it seems that something can't be done, start it, and see if the rest of it can be done. ~ Robert Brault

~ There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

~ Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. ~ Conrad Hilton

~ We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea. ~ Aristotle


~ Don't find fault. Find a remedy.~ Henry Ford

~ Well done is better than well said. ~ Benjamin Franklin

~ Don't wait. The time will never be just right. ~ Napoleon Hill

~ Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. ~ Walter Anderson

~ Doing things is not the same as getting things done. ~ Jared Silver

~ Action will remove the doubt that theory cannot solve. ~ Pehyl Hsieh

~ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

~ Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results. ~ Dennis Wholey

~ The path to success is to take massive, determined action. ~ Tony Robbins

~ We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. ~ Calvin Coolidge

~ Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful. ~ Rita Mae Brown

~ Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself. ~ Pythagoras

~ Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy. ~ Bryant H. McGill

~ Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness. ~ John Sterling

~ Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~ Greg Anderson

~ Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. ~ Chamfort

~ The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong". ~ Sydney J. Harris

~ Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. ~ Italian Proverb


~ My intent will be evident in the results. ~ Thurgood Marshall

~ It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. ~ Anatole France

~ Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning. ~ Benjamin Franklin

~ This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in. ~ Charles Dickens

~ People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. ~ Lewis Cass

~ The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action. ~ Madame de Stael

~ We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of. ~ George Chapman

~ Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Japanese Proverb

~ I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. ~ John Locke

~ Fanatic is often the name given to people of action by people who are lazy. ~ Bryant H. McGill

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