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

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

George W. BushWhen I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Mark TwainAction speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Benjamin DisraeliAction may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Zig ZiglarLogic won't change an emotion but action will.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lao-TzuAn ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Mahatma GandhiThe future depends on what you do today.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Benjamin FranklinAll mankind is divided into three groups: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

George Bernard ShawThe possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Pablo PicassoAction is the foundational key to all success.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoOne must act in painting as in life, directly.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

NapoleonTake time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Mahatma GandhiWhatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Mahatma GandhiYou may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Winston ChurchillI never worry about action, but only about inaction.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

ConfuciusThe superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Benjamin FranklinNever confuse Motion with Action.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Benjamin FranklinOne today is worth two tomorrows.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Wolfgang GoetheTo think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Albert EinsteinLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Wolfgang GoetheNothing is more frightful than to see ignorance in action.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Eric HofferAction is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Eric HofferIt is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Niccolò MachiavelliThe Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once... for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only put off to the advantage of others.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonWe judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intensions.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John KennedyIf not us, who? If not now, when?

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

SenecaYou act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Fernando PessoaAction men are the involuntary slaves of wise men.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Jean CocteauOne is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Will DurantForget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Lord ActonA wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.

—  Lord Acton, 1834-1902, English historian

William JamesAct as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Robert FrostHow many things would you attempt
If you knew you could not fail.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Thomas JeffersonDo you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Harry TrumanImperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Calvin CoolidgeWe cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Lou HoltzLife is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Walt DisneyThe way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

George Bernard ShawThe people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Mark TwainTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

William ShakespeareAction is eloquence.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Coriolanus

John WoodenIf you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Latin Quotes

HoraceSeize the day.

Carpe diem.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Latin phraseActions not words.

Res, non verba.

—  Latin phrase


Ancient Greek

Pittacus of MytileneAct knowing.

Γνους πράττε.

—  Pittacus of Mytilene, 650-570 BC, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece

Bias of PrieneBe slow in considering, but resolute in action.

Βραδέως εγχείρει· ό δ᾽ αν άρξῃ, διαβεβαιού.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece


American proverbActions speak louder than words.

—  American proverb

International proverbBetter wear out shoes than sheets.

—  International proverb


Special Quotes

Just do It.

—  Slogan of Nike


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