Action Quotes

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

Quoting Napoleon Bonaparte, Andrew Jackson quotes (American 7th US President, 1767-1845)

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

Jacob Bronowski 1908-74 ‘The Ascent of Man’ (1973) ch. 3

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.

Jules Renard

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from the meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world that they want to live in.

Marshall Rosenberg

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

Napoleon Hill

Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference — in our own lives and those of others.

Sharon Salzberg

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Great actions are not always true sons
Of great and mighty resolutions.

Samuel Butler 1612-80 ‘Hudibras’ pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 877

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