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If you limit your actions in life to things
that nobody can possibly find fault
with, you will not do much.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson


What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence.  The only thing of consequence is what we do.

John Ruskin


It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important.  You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit.  But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

Mohandas Gandhi


I have never been bored an hour in my life.  I get up every morning wondering what new strange glamorous thing is going to happen and it happens at fairly regular intervals.  Lady Luck has been good to me and I fancy she has been good to everyone.  Only some people are dour, and when she gives them the come hither with her eyes, they look down or turn away and lift an eyebrow.  But me, I give her the wink and away we go.

William Allen White
Action is indeed the sole medium of expression for ethics.

Jane Addams

I think there is something more important than believing:  Action!  The world is full of dreamers, but there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.

W. Clement Stone

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so
does inaction spoil the intellect.

Leonardo da Vinci


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So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence
and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little
attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness,
which in the long run can have a more devastating and
destructive effect upon society than the others.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Dwell not on the past.  Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind.
Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time.
From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person,
filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand,
uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.

Eileen Caddy


The important thing is somehow to begin.

Henry Moore


Dig the well before you are thirsty.

Chinese proverb

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Good thoughts are no better than
good dreams if you don't follow through.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any powerful idea is absolutely
fascinating--and absolutely useless
unless we choose to use it.

Richard Bach

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This nation was built by people who took risks--pioneers who were not afraid
of the wilderness, business people who were not afraid of failure,
scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid
of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.

Brooks Atkinson

To obtain happiness in another world we need only to believe
something; to secure it in this world, we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman


The world turns on our every action, and our every omission,
whether we know it or not.

Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone



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After all, it's what we do
that makes us what we are.

Jim Croce

Words are nothing but words; power
lies in deeds. Be a person of action.

Mali Oriot Mamadu Konyate


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

Francis Bacon


A little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human
toil. . . is needed in every nook and corner.  Therefore search and see if
there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.

Albert Schweitzer


One is responsible for one's own life.
Passivity provides no protection.

Madeleine Kunin

I do not believe in a fate that falls on people however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

G.K. Chesterton

Every person feels instinctively that all
the beautiful sentiments in the world
weigh less than a single lovely action.

James Russell Lowell


My view is that to sit back and let fate play its hand out and never
influence it is not the way people were meant to operate.

John Glenn


A person who is good for anything ought not to calculate
the chance of living or dying; he or she ought only to consider
whether in doing anything he or she is doing right or wrong--
acting the part of a good person or a bad person.



Life is to be lived.  If you have to support yourself, you had bloody
well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you
donít do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.

Katherine Hepburn

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

Nothing is more common in irrational moments than obliterating your
awareness that you have chosen to do what you are doing; you regard
the action as if it were somehow happening of its own accord.  Do you
want to grow in self-esteem?  Own your actions.  Take conscious
responsibility for what you are doing while you are doing it.  For example,
when sleeping with someone you would be ashamed to be seen with, do
not tell yourself, This really isn't me.  Or when striking your child, do not
tell yourself, I'm not myself.  You will learn that there are actions you are
unable to permit yourself once you take full responsibility for doing what you do.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day

Do nondoing, strive for nonstriving, savor the flavorless, regard the
small as important, make much of little, repay enmity with virtue;
plan for difficulty when it is still easy, do the great while it is still small.
The most difficult things in the world must be done while they are easy;
the greatest things in the world must be done while they are small.



Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and
scale, which has carried its owner over even one inch of ground.  Never
has there been a parchment of law, however fair, which prevented one
crime.  Never has there been a scroll, even such as the one I hold, which
so much as a penny or produced a single word of acclamation.  Action,
alone, is the tinder which ignites the map, the parchment, this scroll, my
plans, my goals, into a living force.  Action is the food and drink which
will nourish my success.

I will act now.

Og Mandino
The Greatest Salesman in the World



The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.
It's as simple as that.  A lot of people have ideas, but there are few
who decide to do something about them now.  Not tomorrow. Not
next week.  But today.  The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

Nolan Bushnell


A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and
spiritually.  One must fight for a life of action,
not reaction.

Rita Mae Brown


All of the great ideas, without action, become stale and useless.  The
key to turning dreams into reality is action.  People who have great
ideas are a dime a dozen.  People who act on their dreams and ideas
are the select few, but they are the ones who gain the wealth, wealth
and wisdom that is available.  Someone will act today.  Let it be you.

Jim Rohn

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You can't make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how
to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.

Julien Smith
The Flinch


It has been noted that actions speak louder than words. Truth is, I have
found that during many situations in life, words are just noise. . . .
and actions are the ONLY things that speak.

Steve Maraboli
Unapologetically You

Timely good deeds are nicer than afterthoughts.  The smallest
good deed is better than the grandest intention.


Do actions agree with words?   There's your measure of reliability.
Never confine yourself to the words.

Frank Herbert
Chapterhouse: Dune


Say well is good, but do well is better;
Do well seems the spirit, say well the letter;
Say well is Godly and helps to please,
But do well is Godly and gives the world ease.




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Alone in his car heading west, it's easy for Jason
to feel sorry for himself and mad at the world.  But
then he gives a ride to Hector and learns that life
isn't nearly as negative as we sometimes see it,
and that the prejudice and discrimination that
he's experiencing aren't unique to him--and aren't
impossible to overcome.  The friendship between
this young man and his 70-year-old passenger is
an inspiring story of love and dealing with
obstacles in our lives.    
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