Action Quotes

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

Andrew Jackson

If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible.

John Kanary

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

That action is best which provides the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

Francis Hutcheson

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

Jane Addams

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

Hannah Arendt

Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck.

George S. Clason

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.

Benjamin Jowett

Enthusiasm - the sustaining power of all great action.

Samuel Smiles

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized.

Paul Myer

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.

Michelangelo 1475

Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

John Andrew Holmes

To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Thomas H. Huxley

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.

Zig Ziglar

Our world has changed over the years because new ideas were acted upon. People may not have had all the answers, but as they began to take action, the answers became clear!

Catherine Pulsifer

Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.

Benjamin Disraeli

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.

Immanuel Kant

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli 1804

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.

Immanuel Kant

No on should abandon duties because he sees defects in them. Every action, every activity, is surrounded by defects as a fire is surrounded by smoke.


Never confuse activity with action.

F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896
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