Action quotes

A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerally of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action.

- Havel, Vaclav

Propaganda makes up our minds for us, but in such a way that it leaves us the sense of pride and satisfaction of men who have made up their own minds. And in the last analysis, propaganda achieves this effect because we want it to. This is one of the few real pleasures left to modern man: this illusion that he is thinking for himself when, in fact, someone else is doing his thinking for him.

- Thomas Merton

No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

- Fosdick, Harry Emerson

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.

- Ingrid Bengis

The deed is everything, the glory is naught.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

- Anne Frank

A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

The ancestor of every action is thought.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.

- Man, Paul De

I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life....Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.

- Abigail Adams

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

- Nin, Anais

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.

- James, William

Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.

- William Raspberry

Action is the antidote to despair.

- Joan Baez

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

- Robbins, Anthony

When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room.

- Woody Allen

KINDNESS, n. A brief preface to ten volumes of exaction.

- Ambrose Bierce

The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden.


Passion and reason in a healthy mind ought to be inseparable. We need not be passionless because we reason correctly. Strange to say, one's feelings will often sharpen one's knowledge of the truth, as they do one's powers of action.

- MS. 1843.

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