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Dave LettermanAnything worth doing is worth overdoing.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

Konstantin Josef JirečekWe, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

—  Konstantin Josef Jireček, 1854-1918, Czech historian & Slavist

AnonymousGetting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement.

—  Anonymous

Mignon McLaughlinAs we are human, we can't do what we can't do; as we're neurotic, we can't do what we can.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Mignon McLaughlinIf you have to do it every day, for God’s sake learn to do it well.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Arthur SchopenhauerMan can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Margaret ThatcherIn politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Winston ChurchillIt’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.

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

Eleanor RooseveltDo one thing every day that scares you.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Pablo PicassoI am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Lord ChesterfieldWhatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Eric HofferThe basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.

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

Lao-TzuThe way to do is to be.

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

NapoleonIf you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

ConfuciusI hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

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

Wolfgang GoetheKnowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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

Wolfgang GoetheOne must be something in order to do something.

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

Wolfgang GoetheOne ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

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

Laurence J PeterThere are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Mark TwainAlways do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John KennedyWe do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.

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

Karl JungYou are what you do, not what you say you'll do.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Jim RohnThe few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Peter DruckerThere is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerIf there is any one secret of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Elbert HubbardThe world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Theodore RooseveltDo what you can, with what you have, where you are.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Theodore RooseveltKnowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

T. S. EliotTurn things you've always wanted to do, into things you've done.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Will DurantForget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

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

Lou HoltzAbility is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Lou HoltzI follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Zig ZiglarDuty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.

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

Pablo PicassoWhat one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Michel de MontaigneSaying is one thing and doing is another.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Latin Quotes

Latin phraseDo what you do.

Age quot agis.

—  Latin phrase


Ancient Greek

MenanderNodody knows what you think, but [everybody] sees what you do.

Ουδεὶς ό νοείς μεν οίδεν, ό δε ποιείς βλέπει.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

MenanderWhile you do what you have to do, don’t pay attention to what the others are doing.

Πράττων τα σαυτού, μη τα των άλλων σκόπει.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

Bias of PrieneThink what you are doing.

Νόει το πραττόμενον.

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

Pittacus of MytileneDo not say before hand what you are going to do; for if you fail, you will be laughed at.

Ο μέλλεις πράττειν μη πρόλεγε, αποτυχών γαρ γελασθήση.

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

HomerEach man delights in the work that suits him best.

Άλλοις γαρ τ’ άλλοισιν ανήρ επιτέρπεται έργοις.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey XIV



American proverbDo as I say, not as I do.

—  American proverb


Movie Quotes

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)Try not. Do.
Or do not. There is no try.

—  from the film The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Gladiator (2000)What we do in life echoes in eternity.

—  from the film Gladiator (2000)


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