Best Action Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Action Quotes

‘Taking Action is the only reality, not only reality but morality, as well.’ 

– Abbie Hoffman

 

‘I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.’

Abraham Lincoln

 

‘I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.’

– Abraham Lincoln

 

‘One by one the sands are flowing, One by one the moments fall; Some are coming, some are going; Do not strive to grasp them all.’

– Adelaide Proctor

 

‘It’s astonishing in this world how things don’t turn out at all the way you expect them to.’

Agatha Christie

 

‘I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day.’

Albert Camus

 

‘Life happens at the level of events, not words.’ 

– Alfred Adler

 

‘Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.’

– Alfred Adler

 

‘From the moment of birth we are immersed in Taking Action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.’

– Alfred North Whitehead

 

‘Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute, and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what’s best for us in the end.’

– Alice Caldwell Rice

 

‘Events that are predestined require but little management. They manage themselves. They slip into place while we sleep, and suddenly we are aware that the thing we fear to attempt, is already accomplished.’ 

– Amelia Barr

 

‘God’s will is not an itinerary, but an attitude.’ 

– Andrew Dhuse

 

‘Take time to deliberate; but when the time for Taking Action arrives, stop thinking and go in.’

– Andrew Jackson

 

‘He nothing common did, or mean, Upon that memorable scene.’ 

– Andrew Marvell

 

‘Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘The man who has done nothing but wait for his ship to come in has already missed the boat.’

– Anonymous

 

‘All glory comes from daring to begin.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘It is not yours to finish the task, but neither are you free to take no part in it.’ 

– Anonymous

 

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

– Anonymous

 

”Mean to’ don’t pick no cotton.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.’

– Anonymous

 

‘For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘If faith without works is dead, willingness without Taking Action is fantasy.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘The door of opportunity won’t open unless you do some pushing.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘Be God or let God.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘Go and wake up your cook.’ 

– Arabian proverb

 

‘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

 

‘It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck, even while waiting for it.’

– Baltasar Gracian

 

‘God helps them that helps themselves.’ 

Benjamin Franklin

 

‘If you want a thing done, go – if not, send.’ 

– Benjamin Franklin

 

‘It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit; divorced from it, they remain barren.’

Bertrand Russell

 

‘The central problem of our age is how to act decisively in the absence of certainty.’

– Bertrand Russell

 

‘Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season.’

– Bette Bao Lord

 

‘You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.’ 

– Beverly Sills

 

‘But I trusted in thee, O Lord; I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand.’

– Bible

 

‘Here am I; send me.’ 

– Bible

 

‘With us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’

– Bible

 

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‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.’ 

– Bible

 

‘Cast thy burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.’ 

– Bible

 

‘Go, and do thou likewise.’ 

– Bible

 

‘Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.’ 

– Bible

 

‘Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.’

 – Blaise Pascal

 

‘You, yourself, must make the effort. The buddhas are only teachers.’ 

– Buddhist proverb

 

‘There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”‘

– C. S. Lewis

 

‘Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.’ 

– Cardinal Newman

 

‘We are the wire, God is the current. Our only power is to let the current pass through us.’

– Carlo Carretto

 

‘If you can’t help it, don’t think about it.’ 

– Carmel Myers

 

‘No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.’ 

– Carrie Snow

 

‘So much to do; so little done.’ 

– Cecil Rhodes

 

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

– Charles de Gaulle

 

‘That man is blest who does his best and leaves the rest; do not worry.’ 

– Charles F. Deems

 

‘If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life.’

– Chris Evert

 

‘The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his Taking Actions.’ 

Confucius

 

‘Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.’

– Confucius

 

‘Having the world’s best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.’

– Curtis Grant

 

‘You have striven so hard, and so long, to compel life. Can’t you now slowly change, and let life slowly drift into you … let the invisible life steal into you and slowly possess you.’

– D. H. Lawrence

 

‘The fair request ought to be followed by the deed, in silence.’ 

Dante Alighieri

 

‘There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and activity.’ 

– Donald G. Mitchell

 

‘It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.’

– Doris Lessing

 

‘People who make some other person part of their job are dangerous.’ 

– Dorothy L. Sayers

 

‘Coercion. The unpardonable crime.’ 

– Dorothy Miller Richardson

 

‘He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.’ 

– Dutch proverb

 

‘When you appeal to force, there’s one thing you must never do – lose.’ 

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

‘He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it.’

– Edgar A. Guest

 

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‘You always feel when you look it straight in the eye that you could have put more into it, could have let yourself go and dug harder.’

– Emily Carr

 

‘The soul will take that love and put it where it can best be used.’ 

– Emmanuel

 

‘As your faith is strengthened, you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.’

– Emmanuel

 

‘An ounce of Taking Action is worth a ton of theory.’ 

– Friedrich Engels

 

‘It is much easier to do and die than it is to reason why.’ 

– G. A. Studdert-Kennedy

 

‘Do well and right, and let the world sink.’ 

– George Edward Herbert

 

”Tis God gives skill, but not without men’s hands: he could not make Antonio Stradivarius violins without Antonio.’

– George Eliot

 

‘To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood.’

– George Santayana

 

‘Willfulness must give way to willingness and surrender. Mastery must yield to mystery.’

– Gerald G. May

 

‘No way exists in the present to accurately determine the future effect of the least of our Taking Actions.’

– Gerald Jampolsky

 

‘We will either find a way, or make one.’ 

– Hannibal

 

‘I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you’ve done the best you can, you can’t do any better. So when I go to sleep I turn everything over to the Lord and forget it.’

– Harry S. Truman

 

‘For purposes of Taking Action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.’

– Henri Frederic Amiel

 

‘Whate’er we leave to God, God does and blesses us.’ 

– Henry David Thoreau

 

‘Let each look to himself and see what God wants of him and attend to this, leaving all else alone.’

– Henry Suso

 

‘Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait.’

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

‘Trust no future, howe’er pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act, – act in the living Present! Heart within and God o’erhead.’

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

”Tis man’s to fight, but Heaven’s to give success.’ 

– Homer

 

‘Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.’ 

– Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

‘Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.’ 

– Italian proverb

 

‘Let us do or die.’

– James Drummond Burns

 

‘Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely Taking Action.’

– James Russell Lowell

 

‘You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.’ 

– Jeannette Rankin

 

‘God doesn’t make orange juice, God makes oranges.’ 

Jesse Jackson

 

‘When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you.’ 

Jessica Lange

 

‘It is easy and dismally enervating to think of opposition as merely perverse or actually evil-far more invigorating to see it as essential for honing the mind, and as a positive good in itself. For the day that moral issues cease to be fought over is the ‘

– Jill Tweedie

 

‘The best direction is the least possible direction.’ 

– Joan Manley

 

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‘I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.’

– Joanna Field

 

‘When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.’

– John F. Kennedy

 

‘A guru might say that spiritual deepening involves a journey toward the unselfconscious living of life as it unfolds, rather than toward a willful determination to make it happen.’

– John Fortunato

 

‘Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to Heaven.’ 

– John Henry Cardinal Newman

 

‘God alone can finish.’ 

– John Ruskin

 

‘The worst thing you can do is to try to cling to something that’s gone, or to recreate it.’

– Johnette Napolitano

 

‘Taking Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.’

– Joseph Conrad

 

‘O golden Silence, bid our souls be still, and on the foolish fretting of our care lay thy soft touch of healing unaware!’

– Julia Dorr

 

‘Who can separate his faith from his Taking Actions, or his belief from his occupations?’

– Kahlil Gibran

 

‘God tests His real friends more severely than the lukewarm ones.’ 

– Katheryn Hulme

 

‘Much that I sought, I could not find; much that I found, I could not bind; much that I bound, I could not free; much that I freed, returned to me.’

– Lee Wilson Dodd

 

‘Oh Lord, thou givest us everything, at the price of an effort.’ 

Leonardo da Vinci

 

‘The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.’

– Lily Walters

 

‘Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die.’ 

– Lord Alfred Tennyson

 

‘Blessed is he who carries within himself a god and an ideal and who obeys it – an ideal of art, of science, or gospel virtues. Therein lie the springs of great thoughts and great Taking Actions.’

– Louis Pasteur

 

‘If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.’ 

– Lynda Barry

 

‘Doing what is right isn’t the problem; it’s knowing what is right.’ 

– Lyndon B. Johnson

 

‘I am not built for academic writings. Taking Action is my domain.’ 

Mahatma Gandhi

 

‘If thou workest at that which is before thee … expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to Nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utterest, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this.’

Marcus Aurelius

 

‘If you want something done right, get someone else to do it.’ 

– Marion Giacomini

 

‘I see not a step before me as I tread on another year; But I’ve left the Past in God’s keeping, the Future His mercy shall clear; And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.’

– Mary Gardiner Brainard

 

‘Trust in God and do something.’ 

– Mary Lyon

 

‘The life of the spirit is centrally and essentially a life of Taking Action. Spirituality is something done, not merely something believed, or known or experienced.’

– Mary McDermott Shideler

 

‘Coercive power is the curse of the universe; coactive power, the enrichment and advancement of every human soul.’

– Mary Parker Follett

 

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‘Letting people be okay without us is how we get to be okay without them.’ 

– Merrit Malloy

 

‘Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an Taking Action, even if it is only an inner Taking Action.’

– Midge Dector

 

‘So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves, instead of letting them alter us.’

– Mother Maribel

 

‘God hasn’t called me to be successful. He’s called me to be faithful.’ 

– Mother Teresa

 

‘I am like a little pencil in God’s hand. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.’

– Mother Teresa

 

‘There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.’ 

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

‘Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.’

– Natalie Goldberg

 

‘On God for all events depend; You cannot want when God’s your friend. Weigh well your part and do your best; Leave to your Maker all the rest.’ 

– Nathaniel Cotton

 

‘It had been my repeated experience that when you said to life calmly and firmly (but very firmly!) “I trust you, do what you must,” life had an uncanny way of responding to your need.’

– Olga Ilyin

 

‘He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.’ 

– Persian proverb

 

‘We cannot alter facts, but we can alter our ways of looking at them.’ 

– Phyllis Bottome

 

‘Even now I am full of hope, but the end lies in God.’ 

– Pindar

 

‘Play out the game, act well your part, and if the gods have blundered, we will not.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

‘In Taking Action, be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.’ 

– Rene Char

 

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

– Reverend Vaughan Quinn

 

‘Somehow, when we no longer feel in control, we become available to deeper aliveness.’

– Richard Moss

 

‘You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.’ 

Robert Frost

 

‘In vain our labours are, whatsoe’er they be, unless God gives the Benediction.’ 

– Robert Herrick

 

‘A = r + p (or Adventure equals risk plus purpose.)’ 

– Robert McClure

 

‘He will hew the line of right, let the chips fall where they may.’ 

– Roscoe Conkling

 

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

– Saint Ignatius of Loyola

 

‘Get good counsel before you begin: and when you have decided, act promptly.’ 

– Sallust

 

‘If you have anything to tell me of importance, for God’s sake begin at the end.’ 

– Sara Jeannette Duncan

 

‘But search the land of living men, Where wilt thou find their like again.’ 

– Sir Walter Scott

 

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‘To create is to boggle the mind and alter the mood. Once the urge has surged, it maintains its own momentum. We may go along for the ride, but when we attempt to steer the course, the momentum dies.’

– Sue Atchley Ebaugh

 

‘Through the picture, I see reality. Through the word, I understand it.’ 

– Sven Lidman

 

‘The prayer of the chicken hawk does not get him the chicken.’ 

– Swahili proverb

 

‘If people are suffering, then they must look within themselves. … Happiness is not something ready-made [Buddha] can give you. It comes from your own Taking Actions.’

– The Dalai Lama

 

‘I want to see you shoot the way you shout.’ 

Theodore Roosevelt

 

‘Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.’ 

– Thomas A. Edison

 

‘My life is … a mystery which I do not attempt to really understand, as though 1 were led by the hand in a night where I see nothing, but can fully depend on the love and protection of Him who guides me.’

– Thomas Merton

 

‘Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.’ 

Toni Morrison

 

‘Right Taking Action is the key to good living.’ 

– Twelve Steps and

 

‘Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.’

– Victor Hugo

 

‘Did nothing in particular And did it very well.’ 

– W. S. Gilbert

 

‘Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say.’ 

– Will Durant

 

‘He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.’ 

– William Blake

 

‘Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity as at the moment when they are losing faith in them, and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.’

– William Graham Sumner

 

‘Why, then the world’s mine oyster Which I with sword will open.’ 

William Shakespeare

 

‘What’s done can’t be undone.’ 

– William Shakespeare

 

‘To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together-humble dependence and manly independence: humble dependence on God, and manly reliance on self.’

William Wordsworth

 

‘The men who act stand nearer to the mass of man than the men who write; and it is in their hands that new thought gets its translation into the crude language of deeds.’

– Woodrow Wilson

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