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Happiness is an expression of
the soul in considered actions.


A person may cause evil to others not only by one's actions but by one's inaction, and in either case he or she is justly accountable to them for the injury.

John Stuart Mill

The main thing is to be honest with yourself, know and recognize your limits and attain maximum achievement within them.  I would for example get more satisfaction from climbing Snowdon, which I know I could, than from attempting Everest, which I couldn't.

Stirling Moss
Every successful business in the world is in existence because its founder recognized in a problem or need an opportunity to be of service to others.  Every problem or need in your life is in reality an opportunity to call forth inner resources of wisdom, love, strength, and ability.

J. Sig Paulson
We are like people on a moving sidewalk which is going the wrong way.  If we stand still, our goal recedes.  If we walk at an easy pace we barely keep from slipping back.  Only through extra effort can we win real gains.

Harry K. Wolfe


We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe old ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.
It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life's field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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We have to understand that the world can
only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.

Jacob Bronowski


Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the
dead calm of ignorance and faith!  Banish me from Eden when you will;
but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!

Robert G. Ingersoll
The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll


Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

John Wesley


Thought and analysis are powerless to pierce the great mystery
that hovers over the world and over our existence, but knowledge
of the great truths only appears in action and labor.

Albert Schweitzer

We get to know the things we are attempting to master only by doing
them.  No amount of teaching or study ever made a craftsman.

U.S. Anderson


Action should culminate in wisdom.

The Bhagavad-Gita



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You know, we can't get out of life alive.
We can either die in the bleachers or die on the field.
We might as well come down on the field and go for it!

Les Brown
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing.
It's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.

Margaret Thatcher
I shall pass through this world but once.  If therefore
there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing
I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it.

Etienne de Grellet
Speak little; do much.  Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin
Forget about likes and dislikes.  They are of no consequence.
Just do what must be done.  This may not be happiness,
but it is greatness.

George Bernard Shaw
In the performance of a good action, we not only benefit ourselves,
but we confer a blessing upon others.

Philip Sydney

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No one knows what they
can do until they try.

While we stop to think,
we often miss our opportunity.

Publilius Syrus


We have to understand that the world can only be grasped
by action, not by contemplation.  The hand is more important
than the eye. . . .  The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

Jacob Bronowski


If our conscience tells us that we ought to perform a particular act,
it is our moral duty to perform it.

Frederick Copleston


Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can--and surely will
at times--fail.  Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or
risking love, can be terrifying, too.  I think we should follow
a simple rule:  if we can take the worst, take the risk.

Joyce Brothers


If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt,
it means you never take any chances.

Julia Sorel


Parents impose their own limited concepts on their children, often ignoring
their temperaments, special needs, and abilities.  Your parents and teachers
may have mistakenly ignored your strengths or may not have encouraged you
to develop them.  You can discover your basic capacities by experimenting
with things that you always wanted to do.  Don't be discouraged by notions
that seem "silly" or "foolish" or "not you."  Do it!  Who knows what will happen?

Ari Kiev


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Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The life of action is not incompatible with the life of contemplation,
but subordinate to it.

Cuthbert Hall


Steady, determined and purposeful action is one prayer always answered.

Norman Thornton


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Risk! Risk anything! . . . Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself.  Face the truth.

Katherine Mansfield

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa


Life was not given for indolent contemplation and study
of self, nor for brooding over emotions of piety:
Actions and actions only determine the worth.

Immanuel Fichte


Perpetual motion is the eternal law of life.  Like human respiration, it
manifests everywhere in attraction and repulsion.  Every action provokes
a reaction; every reaction is proportional to the action which provoked it.

Eliphas Levi

Action springs out of what we fundamentally desire.

Harry A. Overstreet


Some people have ideas.  A few carry them into the world of
action and make them happen.  These are the innovators.

Andrew Mercer



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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