Quotes About Action

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.               
Andrew Carnegie

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery

Be willing to make decisions.  That’s the most important quality in a good leader.  Don’t fall victim to what I call the “ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome.” You must be willing to fire.
T. Boone Pickens

The world’s great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor great scholars great men.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Alva Edison

One must act in painting as in life, directly.
Pablo Picasso

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

It is difficult to keep quiet if you have nothing to do.
Arthur Schopenhauer

No one is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.
Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
Joseph Conrad

You don’t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Thomas Henry Huxley

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
Winston Churchill

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake

A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action...You must act as you breathe.
Georges Clemenceau

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.
James 1:22

A person may cause evil to others not only by his action but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
John Stuart Mill

We have petitioned and our petitions have been disregarded; we have entreated and our entreaties have been scorned.  We beg no more, we petition no longer, we now defy.
William Jennings Bryan

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.
Charles Dudley Warner

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

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.
H. L. Mencken

Don’t just do something, stand there.
Daniel Berrigan, on the importance of thought as well as action during the 1960's war protests

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Talk without effort is nothing.
Maria W. Stewart

Violence of language leads to violence of action.  Angry men seldom fight if their tongues do not lead the fray.
Charles Victor Roman

Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.
Frantz Fanon

Always behave like a duck--keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
Lord Barbizon

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Eldridge Cleaver



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