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Words are plentiful,
but deeds are precious.

Lech Walesa


Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.  Thinking about swimming isnít much like actually getting in the water.  Actually getting in the water can take your breath away.  The defense force inside us wants us to be cautious, to stay away from anything as intense as a new kind of action.  Its job is to protect us, and it categorically avoids anything resembling danger.  But itís often wrong.  Anything worth doing is worth doing too soon.

Barbara Sher


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade wind in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.



The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts:  to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong."

Sydney J. Harris

If everybody did just one thing.  Just one thing.  Not even a great thing.  Not a world-changing thing, just one blessing, just one act of living kindness.  The effect of each caring action, no matter how seemingly small, brings blessings into the lives of others.  There may be no greater or more important thing that we can do at this instant.

Donald Altman
Success often comes to those who dare and act; it seldom goes to the timid who are afraid of the consequences.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Note the power of thoughts without action.  In the physical world,
seemingly little.  Note the power of the physical action alone.  So
powerful as to be almost effortless.  Most people don't have to even
work to fold over the corner of a page.  It's easy.  Without the power
of thought to guide it, however, human physical energy is like a
mindless animal set loose in a nuclear power plant.  One can only
hope (or pray, as you prefer) the resultant damage is contained
within the plant, and that certain buttons in the control room are not
randomly pushed.  When thought and action are combined, the
results are powerful--among the most powerful things on earth.
The combination of successful communication--the sharing of
thoughts--and physical action can, literally, move mountains.

Peter McWilliams


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If your ship doesnít come in, swim out to it.

Jonathan Winters

Inaction, contrary to its reputation for being a refuge,
is neither safe nor comfortable.

Madeleine Kunin

I donít waste time thinking, ďAm I doing it right?Ē
I say, ďAm I doing it?Ē

Georgette Mosbacher

What we do to survive is often different from
what we may need to do in order to live.

Rachel Naomi Remen


We donít always know whose lives we touched and made better for
having cared, because actions can sometimes have unseen ramifications.
Whatís important is that you do care and you do act.

Charlotte Lunsford


Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold.

Chinese proverb


You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn.
But you cannot make it rain.  You cannot prevent an early frost.
You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life.  The rain may
or may not fall, but one thing is certain:  you will get a harvest only
if you planted something in the field.
It's important to do everything in our power to ensure our success,
but we also need to let the universe take its course.

Melody Beattie

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Everything you do makes a difference.  Everything you don't do makes a difference, too.  If you wave your arm you create a breeze.  What does that do to the weather?  The effect may be small, but there is an effect, and combined with other small effects it can have a significant effect.  Every act we perform has some effect on the choices other people make and the world we live in.  We are part of the great puzzle of life, and without us it is not complete. . . .

Every act has its effect.  To do nothing is an act that stems from feelings of hopelessness and despair.  Please remember, no matter how dark the future looks, you can make a difference.  When you live the true life you were sent here to live, the difference you make will enhance life rather than destroy it.  Do not spend time worrying how big a difference you make.  Anything that enhances a life makes a difference; helping one individual recover from a broken heart; easing one person's pain; helping one ugly duckling discover his or her beauty.  Keep working as long as you live, and live as long as you can, and when you finish your marathon they will hang a medal around your neck that says, "You Make a Difference."

Bernie Siegel

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Your thoughts should agree with your words, and the words should agree
with your actions.  In this world people think one thing, say another thing,
and do something else.  This is horrible.  This is crookedness.


Dreaming has its place; inspiration is invaluable; but life
is action as well as thought.  They get farthest in the realm
of character-building who link up thought and action, who do
not merely dream, but act upon their noblest imaginings.

R.W. Wilde


I think that feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to be
distilled into actions, and into actions which bring results.

Florence Nightingale


Perhaps the most
valuable result
of all education is
the ability to make
yourself do the
thing you have
to do, when it ought
to be done, whether
you like it or not.

Walter Bagehot


The young salesman approached the farmer and began to talk excitedly
about the book he was carrying.  "This book will tell you everything you
need to know about farming," the young man said enthusiastically.  "It tells
you when to sow and when to reap.  It tells you about weather, what
to expect and when to expect it.  This book tells you all you need to know."
   "Young man," the farmer said, "that's not the problem.  I know
everything that is in that book.  My problem is doing it."

Joseph Gosse

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call
you could make, who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?

Stephen Levine


A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi
to come back -- but they are gone.  We are it.  It is up to us.  It is up to you.

Marian Wright Edelman


There is no comparison between that which is lost
by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

Francis Bacon


Through the countless small actions we engage in, the loving hand
we reach out to another, the wants we let go of, the time
we give to those who most need it, we change our world.
A single step taken with mindfulness may mean the difference
between the life and death of another living creature.  A single
thought of loving kindness may mean the difference between
loneliness or a sense of being loved for the person before us.
A single act of compassion may save another
person from feelings of abandonment.

Christina Feldman

Articles and book excerpts on Action:

Active and Receptive      Shakti Gawain
Are You Staying on Track?      Jeff Keller

Be Willing to Be a Little Outrageous to Get What You Want      Lisa Jimenez

Conquer Doubt      Vic Johnson

Emotional Response Primer      Louise Morganti Kaelin

How to Cheer Yourself up When You're Down      Colleen Moulding

I Can't      tom walsh

Just Do It!      Kathy Paauw

The Meaning behind Our Words      T.W. Winslow

Pay It Forward      Gail Pursell Elliott

A Psalm of Life      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thoughts on the Serenity Prayer      Ray Whiting

What Happened?      Julie Jordan Scott

Why Do People Fail?      Robert Taylor

Keep Track of Your Results      Jim Rohn
How I Stopped "Waiting for Jack"   Kristen Moeller

Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously
successful people and thinking they are where they are
because they have some special gift.  Yet a closer look
shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily
successful people have over the average person is their
ability to get themselves to take action.

Anthony Robbins

Sometimes you've got to jump off cliffs and grow wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury


Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Francis of Assissi


The time when you need to do something is when no one else
is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done.

Mary Frances Berry

None so little enjoy themselves, and are such burdens to themselves,
as those who have nothing to do.  Only the active have the true relish of life.

John Jay


Free will is not the liberty to do what one likes,
but the power of doing whatever one sees ought
to be done, even in the very face of otherwise
overwhelming impulses.  There lies freedom indeed.

George MacDonald

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Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle

In action lies wisdom and confidence.  A person who does not act
gets no further than the maxim:  Life means conflict and tribulation.
But a person who acts can attain the higher wisdom and know that
life is conflict and victory.  That is why God forces us to labor.  That
is why he gives us children to bring up.  That is why he gives us
duties.  Through action, we may reach a deeper realization.

Albert Schweitzer


You cannot take the mind out of the body, and you cannot take
the body out of the mind.  They inter-are.  Just as we find the flower
in the blooming, we find a human being in the energy of action.
If thereís no energy of action, thereís no human being.

Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Living



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When Walker first steps onto the road, he has no thoughts, no history, no memories, and no clothes. As he travels and meets people and learns from them, he comes to know more about life, living, and becoming the person he's meant to be. Walker is a parable for all of us who wonder what might be the purpose of life, why bad things happen with almost as much regularity as good things, and how we can learn from the bad examples and experiences in our lives as much as we can learn from the good things. Tom Walsh's parable is a story of the ages, a timeless exploration of ideas and thoughts that all of us wonder about, a sincere and heartfelt portrait of a man who has no past and no future, but who learns to make the most of each precious present moment as it comes.