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Action is eloquence.

William Shakespeare

Never mistake motion for action.

Ernest Hemingway

Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.

Oscar Wilde

Action: the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

Oscar Wilde

Justice is truth in action.

Benjamin Disraeli

The great end of life is not knowledge, but action.

Dr. Thomas Fuller

One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.

Rita Mae Brown

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

Henri Bergson

Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.


Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

William Shakespeare

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.

Madame de Stael

Never confuse movement with action.

Ernest Hemingway

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

Herbert Spencer

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.


The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.


Reading is no substitute for action.

Colleen Wainwright

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

Jawaharlal Nehru

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Thomas H. Huxley

A man of action, forced into a state of thought, is unhappy until he can get out of it.

John Galsworthy

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

Hannah Arendt

In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.

Edward Koch

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The test of any man lies in action.


I've always wanted to be an action figure.

Jake Lloyd

I do not know if they plan to take action, or if they can take action, but it is there.

Tom Hernandez

We are looking into the matter. We will take appropriate action.

Barbara Helfferich

No cause of action arises from a bare promise.

Legal Maxim

There are some cases that also resulted in a corrective action taking place.

Mauro Tucci

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

Bob Wells

Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.

Karen Horney

Successful action tends to become an end in itself.

Eric Hoffer

We're not going to do live action like everyone else. That's not our way.

Michael Ouweleen

I will return to action as soon as they let me, ... I think everything will work out.

Kostas Kenteris

She clearly did not know her action was wrong and that's unfortunate. We will try this again.

David Haynes

We feel like the action is unfair.

Tim Hawkins

Once you get into year three you get into corrective action.

Gordon Jackson

The perfect man of action, is the suicide.

William Carlos Williams

Back in goal, I don't get a lot of action, but the action I do get is tough.

Krista Coleman

Action, Ability and Awareness (in that order) the 3 keys to success.

Joshua Estrin

Without this action we would reach the debt limit today.

Brookly Mclaughlin

A lot of kids like to read about action.

Maile Davis

A life which does not go into action is a failure.

Arnold Toynbee

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have thought too much to stoop to action.

Adam De L'Isle

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.

Edward Abbey

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter F. Drucker

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Joaquin Setanti

We were not aware of any court action that was taken. This was taken independently of that.

Christine Karbowiak

Matters were drifting. There was a need to take action.

Norman Baker

There will probably be action in the Statehouse on the handler fee this year.

Andrea Cohen

Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The mind must see visual achievement of the purpose before action is initiated.

Mack R. Douglas

Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.

Will Rogers

The Justice Department undertook this action on its own, which is the way it should be.

Trent Duffy

This is the essence of character: the will and ability to put principle into action.

Scott Allen

Action makes more fortune than caution.

Vauvenargues, Marquis De

Everyone has a right to his own course of action.


This can create a Balkanization in class-action cases.

Michael Hyman

We're looking at evolution in action.

Robert Waterston

Others could also see action as the year progresses.

Todd Hood

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

George Clemenceau

Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.

Luigi Pirandello

We are not satisfied with the action that has been taken to date by them.

Bill Martin

We are considering a racketeering action.

Perry Sanders

If I had to vote now for immediate action against Iraq, I'd vote no.

Larry Craig

They were ready for action.

Mark Mershon

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.


The wise sees knowledge and action as one; they see truly.

Bhagavad Gita

We're still investigating to see what's the most appropriate action.

Lucille Baur

God isn't dead-he's just missing in action.

Phil Ochs

We pulled the kids in and took the appropriate action.

Pat Walsh

We are very disappointed by this unilateral action by the Venezuelan government.

Gina Laughlin

That is certainly a serious action that we have to look at.

Victoria Gray

There is great need for action, the pressure from the IOC is enormous.

Heinz Jungwirth

We cannot achieve all of this without finances, prayer and action.

Pastor Joshua Sarmiento

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness.

Francis Hutcheson

If they are violating the law and not complying with the law we will certainly take action.

David Rivera

We are seeing no action from our government, no action. We want to make sure that in this age, in 2006, no one is above the law.

Gabriel Pendas

Management has to be where the action is.

Dieter Zetsche

The new Rathbone will offer more food, action stir-fry and much more.

Sue Flederbach

I say fear must be followed by hope. Hope you do something about it. It's a call to action.

Elie Wiesel

He didn't feel we had enough information then to take action.

Jim Dwyer

Barton is in it for the love of the game. He loves the action.

Julian Robertson

It's a holding action. We're hoping it will buy seven years.

Reginald O. Knowles

I was thrilled with the outcome. I never thought we would have this much action today.

Cindy Miller

The proposed mechanism of action of ginseng is unclear.

Ronald Turner

We want to have the board where the action is.

Dieter Zetsche

To take that type of action, we have got to have good reason.

Kristi Clemens

Emotion without action is irrelevant.

Jody Williams

Through a long and costly legal action.

James Barr

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

Friedrich Engels

You can go somewhere emotionally that maybe you can't in live action.

Don Hahn

That's cool. We want to get some of the action.

Jose Diaz

Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law.

Immanuel Kant

We are seeing some action. People understand we are serious.

Margaret Doucet

When they said that they've put everything into action, we lay flat and began to wait.

Gennady Bolonin

Inaction may be the biggest form of action.

Jerry Brown

It was not by chance. It was a deliberate action against Georgia.

Nino Burdzhanadze

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese Proverb

But maybe the action on Derek's pitches trumps that.

Jim Colborn

There is a pressing need for the court to take action.

Charan Pakdithanakul

I got real close to the action.

Tammy Lavalla

It's been a few weeks since we've had any action so that's what we're waiting on.

Jim Mccafferty

I like TV ? I don't love TV. I would rather be the action, not reporting the action.

Paul Azinger

We're evaluating options including legal action.

Craig Parsons

It's a very serious issue, and we took action immediately.

Jacqueline Sharkey

Good managers have a bias for action.

Thomas J. Peters

Must understand we take his lack of action seriously.

Bashar Assad

He had a real social conscience that he translated into action.

Herbert Steiner

The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out.

Hortense Calisher

Any action that may be planned will already be under way.

Phil Goff

The only cure for grief is action.

George Henry Lewes

To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.

Ali Ibn Abi Talib

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.

Robert Blair

This is a vehicle for action.

Tim Salem

They just want to have the action.

Bruce Shelley

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

G. M. Trevelyan

We have found no reason for disciplinary action.

Jill Wiggins

It's good to be associated with this kind of action, this kind of heroism.

John Douglass

Nothing has been let go. There is action that will be taken.

Alfred Mutua

In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama.

Jean claude Van Damme

When anger rushes, unrestrained, to action.

Richard Savage

All men of action are dreamers.

James Gibbons Huneker

I suspect there are going to be a lot of class-action lawsuits.

Valerie Caproni

If we hadn't carried out this action ... there would be no debate.

Jose Bove

He had the most beautiful action of any horse we have had. I'm in heaven.

Shari Eisaman

I very much regret this action, which might have serious consequences.

Tom Butler

That's not the action of someone who snapped.

Sandra Grisham

As a team, everyone saw action.

Kent Anderson

The conference didn't have to take any action of any kind.

Mike Slive

They not only have the money they make in salary but a piece of the action.

Skip Musgraves

This is a call to action.

Brook Byers

If we see it happen, we take enforcement action.

Paul Perez

My wrist action is second to none.

Allan Cox

I picked the disciplinary action.

Tony Stanfield

But in action, one defies one's character.

Daniel Bell

Dreams grow holy put in action.

Adelaide Anne Procter

Their fast action prevented a horrible situation.

Hannah Watson

It took a lawsuit before there was any action.

Peter Steinbrueck

There's no action at all in retail.

Dennis Campbell

It's not a matter of which is the appropriate definition to be applied, ... but what it (i.e. the action) was.

Adrian Anderson

There's action only if there is danger.

Howard Hawks

This situation demands immediate and forceful action.

Lewis Campbell

You never know which prop is going to attract the most action.

Jay Kornegay

The committee is the essence of American political action.

Tim Welch

There is a weapon we can fight with. That is the weapon of political action.

Harry Bridges

This baby has seen some action. I'll go and see if I can find out about that action and get back to you.

Tukufu Zuberi

We really can't take any action against them.

James Verpoten

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.

Karl von Clausewitz

His arm action is really quick and loose and fluid. He's a very limber kid.

Oneri Fleita

It's the highlight of their work. And they get to see conservation in action.

Kathleen Wagner

One can only learn his powers of action by action, and his powers of thought by thinking.

John Burroughs

I'll believe it when I see the program in action.

Welton Jones

We said at the time we were very unhappy with that course of action.

Nick Davies

We have said to London Underground 'Suspend the rosters and we will suspend the action'.

Bobby Law

If we had known all of that, we would have taken action much sooner.

Lauren Roberts

Sometimes it takes dramatic action and then careful study of what was meant by that action.

Stephen Ferguson

The key to this problem is early detection and rapid action.

Philip Tod

Time to react and take action.

Michael Moskow

Decided to take this action.

Bob Wise

It's nice to see him in action.

John Copeland

A lot of the short-term action is dependent on oil prices.

Michael Metz

We got some different kids in there, and it was good to see them get some action.

Andy Grimm

When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action.

Georges Clemenceau

Action is the antidote to despair.

Joan Baez

There may be further action taken by the dean of students.

Greig Denny

We need to take action, simple as that.

Jack Moore

I don't think they should be able to take action on us for what we do outside of school.

Danny Smith

Every day [the assignment] got a little bit more dangerous because they got more guns in action -- they got a little bit more accurate.

Doug Price

If it requires us to take legal action, we will fight this.

Bruce S. Gordon

We'll keep him out of action for a period of about seven to 10 days.

Lonnie Soloff

Logic, sometimes has very little to do with political action.

Alexander Mackenzie

We had to take action. A look at the table will show that.

Walter Hellmich

It's been a long time, and we believe the time is now for action.

Geri Palast

He has to account for the damage he has done to Poland by his reforms and action.

Andrzej Lepper

I think it's another delaying action.

Donna Newman

This alleged action is repugnant to our common values.

Jason Kamiya

We hope to see action on the ground in all the counties this summer.

Don Carroll

A lot more needs to be done to transfer that interest into action.

Alan Lloyd

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Tony Robbins

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

People need encouragement to take action.

Joe Vitale

A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare.

Jim Sorensen

I don't believe we can get out of town until we take action on this bill.

Larry Mckibben

We must get the talks moving with visible action in the factories.

Joerg Hofmann

My god, he looks like an action figure!

Al Gough

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

Bruce Lee

Tim did a good job controlling the action from his feet today.

Henry Agallar

Action, not words, would be the measure of our success or failure.

Charles Murigande

Portman says all the right things, but I have to admit that so far I don't see the action.

Roger Schagrin

One cannot fashion a credible deterrent out of an incredible action.

Robert S. McNamara

He feels like he's going to miss all the action.

Ladrika Gross

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.


When we learn about things, we take an action.

Larry Pozner

My patience ran out with him. There is a lot of talk and no action.

Tom Reeves

I don't accept there has been a lack of action.

Tom Mason

We can't wait until it occurs before taking action.

Sabas Pretelt

I was surprised. But then it was, 'OK, let's see how I fit in.' I knew who was here. I have to show what I can do and get a piece of the action.

Mike Williams

As soon as we found out, we took immediate action.

Brian Hague