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60,000 QUOTES SPIDER
 


QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON ACTIONS 2

 

Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.

 

Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)

 

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

 

Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)

 

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.

 

Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)

 

Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.

 

Russel H. Conwell (1843-1925, American lawyer, Baptist minister, lecturer)

 

The span of life is waning fast Beware, unthinking youth, beware! Thy soul's eternity depends upon the records moments bear.

 

Eliza Cook (1818-1889, British poet)

 

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.

 

Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)

 

It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.

 

Georges Courteline

 

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.

 

Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)

 

Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.

 

Benedetto Croce (1866-1952, Italian philosopher, historian, critic)

 

There's as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.

 

Trammell Crow

 

Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.

 

Joan L. Curcio

 

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)

 

The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.

 

Jean-le-Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783, French mathematician)

 

A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.

 

Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)

 

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?

 

Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)

 

The secret of getting things done is to act!

 

Benjamin O. David (American army general)

 

We may our ends by our beginnings know.

 

Sir John Denham (1615-1668, British poet, dramatist)

 

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

 

John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)

 

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

 

John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)

 

Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.

 

Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)

 

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.

 

Joe Dimaggio (1914-1999, American baseball player)

 

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

 

Walt Disney (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)

 

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)

 

You don't have to act as if you care; you just have to care enough to act.

 

Richard Dreyfuss (1947-, American actor)

 

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

 

Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)

 

I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I want "She did it"

 

Katherine Dunham

 

Forget past mistakes and forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it.

 

William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)

 

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.

 

William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)

 

Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.

 

Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

Author's website: www.waynedyer.com

 

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

 

Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

Author's website: www.waynedyer.com

 

The incurable ills are the imaginary ills.

 

Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

 

Relentlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

 

Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)

 

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

 

Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)

 

What you are will show in what you do.

 

Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)

 

Resolved never to do anything which I should be afraid to do, if it were my last of life.

 

Edward Edwards

 

All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.

 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)

 

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.

 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)

 

Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.

 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)

 

We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.

 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)

 

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

 

George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)

 

'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.

 

George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)

 

We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything.

 

Sir John Eliot (1592-1632, British statesman)

 

One starts an action simply because one must do something.

 

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)

 

A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

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.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

 

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)

 

Real action is in silent moments.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

The ancestor of every action is thought.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

There are men who by their sympathetic attractions, carry nations with them.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, "Anywhere but here."

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

There is a tendency for things to right themselves.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)

 

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

 

Friedrich Engels (1820-1895, German social philosopher)

 

No sooner said than done -- so acts your man of worth.

 

Quintus Ennius

 

Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

 

Richard L. Evans

 

Go ahead with your life, your plans.... Don't waste time by stopping before the interruptions have started.

 

Richard L. Evans

 

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.

 

Evenus (Ancient Greek poet)

 

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

 

William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)

 

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.

 

Johann G. Fichte (1762-1814, German philosopher)

 

Action is character.

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

Author's website: www.fitzgeraldsociety.org

 

No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.

 

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)

 

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

 

Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)

 

To achieve great things, we must dream as well as act.

 

Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)

 

The sleeping fox catches no poultry.

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)

 

The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question: "Is this all?"

 

Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)

 

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

 

Frederick (Carl) Frieseke (1874-1939, American-born French painter)

 

A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.

 

John Galsworthy (1867-1933, British novelist, playwright)

 

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do nothing else.

 

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)

 

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

 

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)

 

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

 

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)

 

Societies are renewed... by people who believe in something, care about something, stand for something.

 

John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)

 

Action expresses priorities.

 

Charles A. Garfield (American peak performance expert, researcher, trainer)

 

Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.

 

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882, Italian patriot, soldier)

 

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.

 

Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)

 

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.

 

Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)

 

You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.

 

Lou Gerstner (1942-, American business executive, chairman of IBM)

 

A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.

 

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794, British historian)

 

Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations?

 

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)

 

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

 

Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)

 

The most decisive actions of our life... are most often unconsidered actions.

 

Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)

 

One mustn't allow acting to be like being a stockbroker -- you must not take it just as a means of earning a living, to go down every day to do a job of work. The big thing is to combine punctuality, efficiency, good nature, obedience, intelligence, and concentration with an unawareness of what is going to happen next, thus keeping yourself available for excitement.

 

John Gielgud

 

The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.

 

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)

 

Before you can do something you must first be something.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

It is not enough to have knowledge; one must apply it.  It is not enough to have wishes; one must also accomplish it.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

The deed is everything, the glory is naught.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

Whatever you dream you can do, or believe you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.

 

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)

 

Others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper. I just want to make sure mine doesn't end with a whine.

 

Barbara Gordon

 

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