Action Quotes

I hope this collection of action quotes will motivate you to take the steps necessary to achieve your dreams.

Action Quotes Index

About Action
Action and Delegation
Action and Intelligence
Action and Success
Action vs. Talk
Action without Thought
Action’s Companions
Actions Define You
Bias Towards Action
Building Blocks of Action
Call to Action
Confucius
Decision and Action
Do It Now!
Fear and Action
Humorous
Importance of Action
Inaction
Insightful
Inspirational
Love in Action
Prayer as a Form of Action
Prepared Action
Proverbs

About Action

"Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often."
~ Mark Twain

"Pleasure and action make the hours seem short."
~ William Shakespeare

"Action expresses priorities."
~ Mohandas Gandhi

"Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it."
~ J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Action and Delegation

"In the discharge of the duties of this office, there is one rule of action more important than all others. It consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you."
~ Calvin Coolidge

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Action and Intelligence

"Action is the real measure of intelligence."
~ Napoleon Hill

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Action and Success

"High achievers spot rich opportunities swiftly, make big decisions quickly and move into action immediately. Follow these principles and you can make your dreams come true."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"The path to success is to take massive, determined action."
~ Tony Robbins

"Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now."
~ Jonatan Mårtensson

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Action vs. Talk

"Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none."
~ George Bernard Shaw

"Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether."
~ Thomas Carlyle

"Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing."
~ Ernest Gaines

"Well done is better than well said."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Action without Thought

"Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought."
~ Bernard Baruch

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Action’s Companions

"It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through."
~ Zig Ziglar

"A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving."
~ Ayn Rand

"Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not."
~ William James

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Actions Define You

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

"We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action."
~ Aristotle

"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."
~ John Dewey

"A man's action is only a picture book of his creed."
~ Arthur Helps

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Bias Towards Action

"One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action."
~ Eric Hoffer

"Good managers have a bias for action."
~ Tom Peters

"Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away."
~ Indira Gandhi

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Building Blocks of Action

"Goals help you channel your energy into action."
~ Les Brown

"Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"The ancestor of every action is a thought."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head."
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

"All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter."
~ Sai Baba

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

"Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action; the senses, the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action."
~ Friedrich Schiller

"Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action."
~ Paul J. Meyer

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Call to Action

"Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?"
~ Tony Robbins

"The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs."
~ Vance Havner

"The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration."
~ Ernest Newman

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Confucius

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."
~ Confucius

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

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Decision and Action

"Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided."
~ Tony Robbins

"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder."
~ Ezra Pound

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Do It Now!

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it."
~ Zig Ziglar

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Fear and Action

"Thinking will not overcome fear but action will."
~ W. Clement Stone

"Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself."
~ Pythagoras

"Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action."
~ Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

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Humorous

"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg."
~ Author Unknown

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Importance of Action

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction."
~ John F. Kennedy

"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue."
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

"You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action."
~ Tony Robbins

"The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny."
~ Colin Powell

"It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair."
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory."
~ Virginia Woolf

"Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil."
~ Henry Miller

"Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone."
~ Thomas Carlyle

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
~ Edward de Bono

"Action makes more fortune than caution."
~ Charlotte Whitton

"When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy."
~ Salman Rushdie

"The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests."
~ Gail Sheehy

"Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."
~ Peter Marshall

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Inaction

"I never worry about action, but only inaction."
~ Winston Churchill

"A life which does not go into action is a failure."
~ Arnold J. Toynbee

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Insightful

"The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought."
~ Sallust

"A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement."
~ Bo Bennett

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."
~ John Locke

"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."
~ Frank Tibolt

"An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."
~ Arnold Glasow

"Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action."
~ Brendan Francis

"The trick to getting things done is to list things to do in doable order."
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

"He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
~ Mark Twain

"When it seems that something can't be done, start it, and see if the rest of it can be done."
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."
~ Calvin Coolidge

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Inspirational

"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action."
~ Meister Eckhart

"Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."
~ James Russell Lowell

"For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."
~ Mary Kay Ash

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

"In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action."
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

"Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists."
~ Edward de Bono

"Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action."
~ Orison Swett Marden

"Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be."
~ Ninon de L'Enclos

"But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be, whenever and wherever the hour strikes and calls to noble action."
~ Joshua Chamberlain

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Love in Action

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."
~ Mother Teresa

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Prayer as a Form of Action

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."
~ Mohandas Gandhi

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Prepared Action

"Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"Never act until you have clearly answered the question: 'What happens if I do nothing?'"
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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Proverbs

"A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain."
~ Arabian Proverb

"Do not be wise in words - be wise in deeds."
~ Jewish Proverb

"The first step binds one to the second."
~ French Proverb

"Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out."
~ Italian Proverb

"Talk doesn't cook rice."
~ Chinese Proverb

"When deeds speak, words are nothing."
~ African Proverb

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