An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

A. L. Linall Jr. (1947-, American editor)


As our case is new, we must think and act anew.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


You can't get rich sitting on the bench.

Phil Linz


One thought driven home is better than three left on base.

James Liter


The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time.

Haniel Long (1888-1956, American author, poet, journalist)


Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


What really matters is what you do with what you have.

Shirley Lord (American writer)


I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I'll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side.

Audre Lorde


All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than one lovely action.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


If you act like you know what you're doing, you can do anything you want -- except neurosurgery.

John Lowenstein


Let us work as if success depended upon ourselves alone, but with heartfelt conviction that we are doing nothing, and God everything.

St. Ignatius Loyola (1495-1556, Spanish theologian, founder of The Jesuits)


As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.

Lu Xun (1881-1936, Chinese writer and revolutionist)


Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deed we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel.

Edgar F. Magnin


If you go on working with the light available, you will meet your Master, as he himself will be seeking you.

Ramana Maharshi


Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions. Most men buy nothing.

Andre Malraux (1901-1976, French statesman, novelist)


Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and to act.

Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool.

Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)


I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.

Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)


I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.

Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


All the reputedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people. Look! Was not Hitler a paper tiger? Was Hitler not overthrown? U.S. imperialism has not yet been overthrown and it has the atomic bomb. I believe it also will be overthrown. It, too, is a paper tiger.


Zedong Mao (1893-1976, Founder of the People's Republic of China)


Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


A fierce unrest seethes at the core of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar that gave the gods their wings.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.


Peter Marshall (1902-1949, American Presbyterian clergyman)


That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


There is a need for heroism in American life today.


Agnes Meyer


One of the best lessons children learn through video games is standing still will get them killed quicker than anything else.


Jinx Milea


Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.


A. A. Milne (1882-1956, British born American writer)


You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.


John N. Mitchell (1913-1988, American lawyer, cabinet member)


The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don't read what they write, don't ask them what they believe, just observe what they do.


Ashley Montagu (1905-1999, British anthropologist)


There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


When we have got it, we want something else.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree.


John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913, American banker, financier, art collector)


Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Let us be tried by our actions.




Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.


John Muir (1838-1914, Lothian born American naturalist, conservationist)


Economy is the thief of time.


Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940, American novelist, humor writer)


It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.


Dr. Howard Murphy


This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one's actions.


Siddha Nagarjuna (c. 100-1020 AD, Tibetan father of Mahayan)


He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Just do it.


Nike Corporation (American shoe company)


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Hurriedness is not necessarily the daughter of foolishness, and delay is not necessarily the daughter of cowardice.


Puerto Rican Proverb


The only way to get positive feelings about yourself is to take positive actions. Man does not live as he thinks, he thinks as he lives.


Reverend Vaughan Quinn


The thing that destroys a person is not the knowing but the knowing and not doing.


Carolyn M. Rodgers


I didn't think. I experimented.


Wilhelm Roentgen


Good things happen to those who hustle.


Chuck Noll (1932-, American football coach)


Act quickly, think slowly.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


The dog that trots about finds a bone.


Gypsy Proverb (Sayings of Gypsy origin)


Little by little, the bird builds its nest.


Haitian Proverb (Sayings of Haitian origin)


It is observed that in any great endeavor, it is not enough for a person to depend solely on himself.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


Don't let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love.


Jose Maria Pscriva


We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The shadows will always be behind those who walk toward the light.


James F. Oates Jr.


It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are.


Joyce Carol Oates (1938-, American author)


Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.


Mal Pancoast


The more you do, the more you are.


Angie Papadakis


Act like you expect to get into the end zone.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.


Linus Pauling (1901-1994, American chemist, 2-time Nobel Prize winner)


The only joy in the world is to begin.


Cesare Pavese (1908-1950, Italian poet, novelist, translator)


Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Great issues develop from small beginnings.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


When Ty Cobb got on first base he had an apparently nervous habit of kicking the bag.... By kicking the bag hard enough Cobb could move it a full two inches closer to second base. He figured that this improved his chances for a steal, or for reaching second base safely on a hit.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.


H. Ross Perot (1930-, American businessman, founder of EDS)


A change of heart is the essence of all other change, and it has brought about me a reeducation of the mind.


Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence


Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read.


Albert Pike (1809-1891, American lawyer, Masonic author, historian)


We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.


Arthur Pine (American publisher, author)


When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, "Action, Action, Action."


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Either move or be moved.


Colin Powell (1937-, American Secretary of State)


The chief condition on which life, health and vigor depend, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.


Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French socialist, political theorist)


Little by little, a little becomes a lot.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Moving water makes stagnant water move.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


When deeds speak, words are nothing.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


After all is said and done, more is said than done.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Some will, some don't, so what!


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


The early bird gets the worm.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Wishing does not make a poor man rich.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


To be willing is only half the job.


Armenian Proverb


Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Talk doesn't cook rice.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


To talk goodness is not good... only to do it is.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


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