Action Quotes

Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.

Billings Learned Hand

When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

An opportunity missed once will present itself again, whereas a too hasty action can never be recalled.

Pierre Ambroise Franois Choderlos de Laclos

When I take action, Im not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. Its going to be decisive.

George Walker Bush

Right action is better than knowledge; but in order to do what is right, we must know what is right.


If I give up the viewpoint of action, my perfect nakedness is revealed to me.

Georges Bataille

Surely only correct understanding could lead to correct action.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Our planet's alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up and take action!

Leonardo DiCaprio

For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Mary Kay Ash

Vision without action is daydreaming and action without vision is a nightmare.


Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.

Alfred A. Montapert

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change from below, the formulation of demands from the populace to end unacceptable injustice, supported by direct action, has played a far larger part in shaping British democracy than most constitutional lawyers, political commentators, historians or statesmen have ever cared to admit. Direct action in a democratic society is fundamentally an educational exercise.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Awareness without action is worthless.

Phil McGraw
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