The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, help to make earth happy, like heaven above.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
Never confuse activity with action.
The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept,/ Were toiling upward in the night.
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.
We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
Consciously or unconsciously we all strive to make the kind of a world we like.
Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism, and a battle hymn for the people's unity against the great enemy of mankind: the United States of America. Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this, our battle cry, may have reached some receptive ear, that another hand may be extended to wield our weapons, and that other men be ready to intone our funeral dirge with the staccato singing of the machine guns and new battle cries of war and victory.
Persistence of action comes from persistence of vision.
An optimist is a person who takes action, who moves out ahead of the crowd.
We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
Big words seldom accompany good deeds.
There are two kinds of people who never amount too much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.
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