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Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don't feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved.

- Hill, Napoleon
I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life. Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it.

- Sargent, John Singer
Now is the season for sailing; for already the chattering swallow is come and the pleasant west wind; the meadows bloom and the sea, tossed up with waves and rough blasts, has sunk to silence. Weigh thine anchors and unloose thy hawsers, O Mariner, and sail with all thy canvas set.

- Tarentum, Leonidas of
That the outer man is a picture of the inner, and the face an expression and revelation of the whole character, is a presumption likely enough in itself, and therefore a safe one to go on; borne out as it is by the fact that people are always anxious to see anyone who has made himself famous. Photography offers the most complete satisfaction of our curiosity.

- Schopenhauer, Arthur
The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.

He who walks with the lame learns how to limp.

- Proverb, Latin
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.

- Proverb, Japanese
A woman impudent and mannish grown is not more loathed than an effeminate man in time of action.

- William Shakespeare
You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps.

- Konrad, George
Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.

- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Every man without passion has within him no principle of action, nor motive of act.

- Helvetius, Claude A.
Any person who recognizes this greatest power... the power to choose. Begins to realize that he is the one that is doing the choosing and that friends, although they mean well, cannot do his choosing for him, nor can his relatives. Consequently, he develops real self-confidence based upon his own ability, upon his own action, and upon his own initiative.

- Kohe, J. Martin
Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.

- Maurois, Andre
Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.

- Kreeshna
The quality of expectations determines the quality of our action.

- Godin, Andre
Americans want action for their money. They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work. Gold-hoarding goes against the American grain; it fits in better with European pessimism than with America's traditional optimism.

- Nelson, Paula
Everyone has a right to his own course of action.

- Moliere
Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.

- Wilson, Woodrow T.
The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the 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
The view only changes for the lead dog.

- Sergeant Preston of The Yukon



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