Given elephants' ability to transform an entire landscape, action is needed, or the result will be the mass starvation of elephants and other species.
Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.
We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gongthese are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.
A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.
We call an intention good which is right in itself,
but the action is good, not because it contains
within it some good, but because it issues
from a good intention.
You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that youll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.
You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
Delude not yourself with the notion that you may be untrue and uncertain in trifles and in important things the contrary. Trifles make up existence, and give the measure by which to try us; and the fearful power of habit, after a time, suffers not the best will to ripen into action.
To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.
The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
The insistence of the Danish government to refrain from apologizing and its refusal to punish the criminals and take action to prevent this crime from being repeated... shows that the notions of freedom of speech have no roots, especially when it comes to Muslims.
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action. What they have done commits and enforces them to do the same again. The first act, which was to be an experiment, becomes a sacrament.
Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness
Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
Tragedy is an imitation of a whole and complete action of some amplitude. . . . Now a whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
The weakest man is the one who is able to correct his moral defects, but doesn\'t take action.
When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room.
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement.
Politics follows the lines of physics: every action creates an equal and opposite reaction.
The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.