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Action

Knowing is not enough, we must act;
Willing is not enough, me must do.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German playwright, 1749-1832)
 
Act nothing in a furious passion, it's like putting to sea in a storm.
(Thomas Fuller, English physician, 1654-1734)
 
Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be.
Be one.
(Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and stoic philosopher, 121-180 A.D.)
 
Creativity comes from trust.  Trust your instincts.  And never hope more than you work.
(Rita Mae Brown, American writer, born 1944)
 
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, American essayist and editor, 1912-1990)
 
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
(Edmund Burke, British statesman, 1729-1797)
 
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
(Norman Vincent Peale, American pastor, 1898-1993)
 
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, American writer and physicist, 1809-1894)
 
Do not wait for a leader; do it alone, person to person.
(Mother Teresa, 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, 1910-1997)
 
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has colour but no perfume,
so are fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
(Buddha)
 
Our principles are the springs of our actions.  Our actions are the springs of our happiness or misery.
Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.
(Red Skelton, American comedian, 1913-1997)
 
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, Nobel Prize winning physicist, 1879-1955)
 
Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
(Ashleigh Brilliant, English writer and artist, born 1933)
 
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.  The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
(Henry Ross Perot, American politician, born 1930)
 
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little;
He who would achieve high must sacrifice much;
He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
(James Allen, author, 1864-1912)
 
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
(Lewis Cass, governor of Michigan, 1782-1866)
 
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
(Edwin Hubbel Chapin, American author, 1814-1880)
 
What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence.
The only thing of consequence is what we do.
(John Ruskin, English poet and philosopher, 1819-1900)
 
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
(Charles Lamb, English poet, 1775-1834)
 
The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.
(Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881)
 
It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
(Henri Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, 1807-1882)
 
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher, 1803-1882)
 
If we believe a thing to be bad, and we have the right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it.
(Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist, 1804-1864)
 
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
(Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist leader, 1869-1948)
 
I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do something I can do.
(Helen Keller, deaf/blind American author and educator, 1880-1968)
 
If you're not giving the world the best you have, what world are you saving it for ?
(Kent Keith, American author, born 1949)
 
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
(St. Francis of Assisi, 1197-1253)
 
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
(Nelson Mandela, former South African president, born 1918)
 
You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.
(Les Brown, American motivational speaker and author)
 
Vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world.
(Joel Barker, American business consultant)
 
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
(William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet, 1564-1616)
 
Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
(George Canning, English politician, 1770-1827)
 
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground,
secretly making the ground green.
(Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historain and essayist, 1795-1881)
 
To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for,
rather than reacting to what we are against.
(Christina Baldwin, American spiritual writer)
 
The most significant change in a person's life is a change of attitude.  Right attitudes produce right actions.
(William Johnson, superintendant of Indian Affaires, 1715-1774)
 
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
(Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author, 1811-1896)
 
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each one of us can work to change a small portion of events,
and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
(Robert Francis Kennedy, American senator and attorney general, 1925-1968)
 
The action required to sustain human life is primarily intellectual, everything man needs has to be discovered by his mind and produced by his effort.
(Ayn Rand, Russian novelist and philosopher, 1905-1982)
 
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
(Booker T. Washington, American human rights activist, 1856-1915)
 
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
(Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian statesman, 1889-1964)
 
All growth depends upon activity.  There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
(Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the USA, 1872-1933)
 
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
(Dale Carnegie, American author, 1888-1955)
 
When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say 'I used everything you gave me'.
(Erma Bombeck, American journalist, 1927-1996)
 
Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission.
(Mourning Dove, native American author, 1884-1936)
 
It is never too late to become what you might have been.
(George Eliot by Mary Ann Evans, English writer, 1819-1890)
 
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
(Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, 121-180)
 
Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be,
but to find out who we really are and become it.
(Steven Pressfield, author, born 1943)
 
A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone,
but only the best discoverable course of action.
(David Seabury, American artist, born 1953)
 
Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.
(Charles J. Givens, American author, born 1941)
 
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
(Sydney J. Harris, American journalist, 1917-1986)
 
The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little.  Do what you can.
(Sydney Smith, English essayist, 1771-1845)