Never confuse activity with action.
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.
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
If we can dispel the delusion that learning about computers should be an activity of fiddling with array indexes and worrying whether X is an integer or a real number, we can begin to focus on programming as a source of ideas.
Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate toward some goal which they come to find desirable.
It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Philosophy is not a theory but an activity
Zen is mind-less activity, that is, Mind-ful activity, and it may often be advisable to emphasize the mind, and say, Take care of the thoughts and the actions will take care of themselves.
Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between labor, sleep, and recreation...all people should spend one-third of their time in recreation which is rebuilding, voluntary activity, never idleness.
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity.
The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may
be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance
and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps
it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks
marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise
Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace