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.


Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.

Dodie Smith 1896

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

Napoleon Bonaparte 1769

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

Jane Addams

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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