Action Quotes

Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.

Karen Horney

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Albert Einstein

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

Benjamin Jowett

Big words seldom accompany good deeds.

Charlotte Whitton

When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.

Colleen C. Barrett

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.

Edmund Burke

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Elbert Hubbard

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, help to make earth happy, like heaven above.

Julia Fletcher Carney 1823

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

Never confuse activity with action.

F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896

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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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.

Herman Melville

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot (Mary Evans) 1819

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

Immanuel Kant

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

Jane Addams

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

John Andrew Holmes

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Locke

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

Laurence J. Peter

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.J

ohn Wesley

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.

Pearl S. Buck

"Do-so" is more important than "say-so."

Pete Seeger

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Thomas H. Huxley

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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