Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.


We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.


All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.


In my opinion, he only may be truly said to live and enjoy his being who is engaged in some laudable pursuit, and acquires a name by some illustrious action, or useful art.


Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.

Alfred North Whitehead

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

Affirmative action is an effort to develop a systematic approach to open the doors of education, employment and business development opportunities to qualified individuals who happen to be members of groups that have experienced long-standing and per.

Bill Clinton

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.

Amelia Earhart

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

Harry S Truman

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

John Galsworthy

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it a charm.

Jean Paul Richter

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Alexander Pope

One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.

Jean de La Fontaine

Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust.

Barbara Bush

No cause of action arises from a bare promise.

Legal Maxim

Thou hast power only to act not over the result thereof. Act thou therefore without prospect of the result and without succcumbing to inaction (The translation follows thusKarmani ave adhikars te--you have the power to act onlyma phalesu kadachana--you do not have the power to influence the resultma karmaphal hetur bhoo--therefore you must act without t.

Bhagavad Gita

Action based only on principles isn't always good even if it feels good.

John Chancellor

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

Karen Horney

Actions lie louder than words.

Carolyn Wells

The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

We talk on principle, but we act on interest.

Walter Savage Landor

It's not what I do, but the way I do it. It's not what I say, but the way I say it.

Mae West

It is not what they profess but what they practice that makes them good.

Greek Proverb

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

Dorothy Day

Libel actions, when we look at them in perspective, are an ornament of a civilized society. They have replaced, after all, at least in most cases, a resort to weapons in defense of a reputation.

Henry Anatole Grunwald

I'm goin' where the wind don't blow so strange, maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.

Jerry Garcia

Act honestly, and answer boldly.

Danish Proverb

We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of.

George Chapman

A man's most glorious actions will at last be found to be but glorious sins, if he hath made himself, and not the glory of God, the end of those actions.

Thomas Brooks

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

William Dean Howells

Nothing will work unless you do.

Maya Angelou

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

Peter F. Drucker

To live is not merely to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties - of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence.

Jean jacques Rousseau

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.

Will Rogers

The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving.

Merle Shain

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

Scott Allen

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


Good intentions are at least, the seed of good actions; and every one ought to sow them, and leave It to the soil and the seasons whether He or any other gather they fruit.

William Temple, Sr.

Action makes more fortune than caution.

Vauvenargues, Marquis De

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

Greg Anderson

Promise little and do much.

Hebrew Proverb

Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it.


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

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill

As we become full persons, our knack for "right actions" and good judgment blossoms.

Marsha Sinetar

When in doubt do something.

Harry Chapin

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience.

Albert Bandura

It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.

Duke Ellington

If I had it all to do over again, I would do most all things differently. However, how would I know that if, I had not had the opportunity to do them the first time.

Janice Markowitz

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

Diane Arbus

There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I've arrived at this outermost edge of my life by my own actions. Where I am is thoroughly unacceptable. Therefore, I must stop doing what I've been doing.

Alice Koller

I don't step on toes, LittleJohn, I step on necks!

Chuck Norris

Speech is the image of actions.


Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature . . . what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action . . . if you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being.

William Bernbach

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.

Rush Limbaugh

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

Japanese Proverb

Activity of the nervous system improves the capacity for activity, just as exercising a muscle makes it stronger.

Dr. Ralph Gerard

You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.


There are thousands willing to do great things for one willing to do a small thing.

George MacDonald

There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities.

Sam Ervin

The secret of getting things done is to act.

Dante Alighieri

All men of action are dreamers.

James Gibbons Huneker

The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have.

Brian Koslow

Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.

Malcolm Muggeridge

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.


Aman who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe.

Georges Clemenceau

I am very ambitious. I want to enjoy this and then really go for it.


The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.

Robert Townsend

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

John Burroughs

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

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Affirmative action is the attempt to deal with malignant racism by instituting benign racism.

Elliott Larson

To will and not to do when there is opportunity is in reality not to will; and to love what is good and not to do it, when it is possible, is in reality not to love it.

Emanuel Swedenborg

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing.

Ernest Gaines

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.

Evelyn Waugh

Strong reasons make strong actions.

William Shakespeare

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

John Locke

It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.

Mother Teresa

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

John Locke

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.


There seems to be a law that governs all our actions so I never make plans.

Greta Garbo

Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived?

Joseph Butler

I want a jury to be able to decide whether my actions were criminal or not.

Robert Latimer

It's through actions of peace that peace is spread.

Lance Trumbull

A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.

Joseph Conrad

Each of the six countries will come to the table with its own portfolio of actions.

James Connaughton

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Further actions will be implemented, if necessary.

Leif Johansson

The actions will be precise and resolute.

Alexei Miller

The action's going to be enormous, so that's good.

Janet Parker

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else.

Andre Malraux

These actions will effectively terminate his career.

Thomas Fargo

Actions of an arrogant would-be master-of-the-universe.

Gerard Lynch

You separate the personal actions from the music. And what he does, he does very well.

Crystal Robinson

At the end of the day, I know I did the actions.

Richard Reid

We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.

Allan Massie

How can we be held liable for the actions of wild animals?

John Knott

Let us be tried by our actions.

John N. Mitchell

The defendant absolutely refuses to take any responsibility for his actions.

Owen Heimer

Jamal is accountable for his actions 100% and I condemn with all my heart what he has done.

Samantha Lewthwaite

Today's actions were pretty well discounted and well telegraphed.

Frank Barkocy

There are no reasons for justifying or forgiving the actions of the defendant.

Gusti Lanang Dauh

Their actions have put us in this position.

Lee Moak

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.

Stephen R. Covey

I'm truly sorry for my actions.

Jennifer Wilbanks

Honest hearts produce honest actions.

Brigham Young

I think, overall, their actions have been positive.

Craig Rosebraugh

There's no actions taken on the letters whatsoever.

Carol Parks

If you?re a leader, you can?t do any underground actions. You have to be off the radar.

Steve Best

Let us see what difference there is between his utterances and his actions.

Jaswant Singh

You have to have consequences for your actions. I believe this is a very serious crime.

Jon Bruning

Each is responsible for his own actions.

H. L. Hunt

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.

Arthur Koestler

You have to answer for your actions.

Steve Saiz

He was being accountable for his actions, which is good.

Anthony Becht

It contains most of the revenues and most of the expenses for government actions.

Dale Timmermann

I'd rather my teammates do the talking, ... I was taught to let my actions do the talking.

Bryson Sumlin

Man is most happy, when his own actions are arguments and examples of his virtue.

John Webster

We will focus on our goals before implementing actions.

David Casey

At this time, we're OK with the commission's actions.

Dick Feinberg

This is a memento of my brother's heroic actions of that day.

Jay Winuk

Exploring additional pricing actions.

Roger Deromedi

Your actions will follow you full circle around.

Indigo Girls

As a nation of millions, we must never be cowered by the actions of a few.

Mayor Michael Wildes

It needs to be more ambitious ... it should be a flexible toolbox of actions.

Clifton Curtis

This person should definitely have to deal with the consequences of his actions.

Gregory Reid

I will not surrender responsibility for my life and my actions.

John Enoch Powell

Some people have asked me for advice about specific actions they can do.

Bill Phillips

Full responsibility for my actions.

Kate Moss

We are disappointed by these results and we are taking decisive actions.

Joseph Mcgrath

This is very true: for my words are my own, and my actions are my ministers'.

Charles Ii

It seems to me that those actions send very conflicting signals.

D. James Baker

Confirms our belief that the rangers' actions were justified.

Dave Brennan

Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers.

John le Carre

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

Herbert Hoover

All of these actions were understood as provocations by the extreme right.

Nahum Barnea

I sincerely regret my actions in the game (Wednesday).

Delmon Young

It just said they were disappointed in your actions. Don't let it happen again, or else.

Bobby Williamson

It will be your actions and my actions that will stop the hate on this campus.

Jane James

THINK. Think about your appearance, associations, actions, ambitions, accomplishment.

Thomas J. Watson

The writing is clearly on the wall for these actions, and we will not be pursuing them any further.

Tom Brookes

The actions of the sergeant were heroic.

Ed Mullins

I will hold everyone who is involved responsible for their own actions.

Zygi Wilf

We will take only those actions which are needed to the security of the Israelis.

Ephraim Sneh