Quotes about Action

We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

John Andrew Holmes

God never occurs to you in person but always in action.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

Anais Nin

The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.

W. Somerset Maugham

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

Adlai E. Stevenson

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

Adlai E. Stevenson

She racked her brain for words scathing enough to convey her opinion of their actions. When nothing came to her, she settled for the one unanswerable accusation. "Men!"

Dallas Schulze

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

Of every noble action the intent Is to give worth reward, vice punishment.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

He is at no end of his actions blest Whose ends will make greatest and not best.

George Chapman

Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.

Sir John Denham

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

Sir John Denham

A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action.. You must act as you breathe.

Georges Clemenceau

Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.

Heinrich Heine

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.

Miguel De Cervantes

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.

Georges Clemenceau

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

John Locke

Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought.

Henri Bergson

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