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An action is a deed or a step taken in the direction, which is necessary to precede and perform something that must be done. When words are spoken or written, an action must follow to attain the desired result. You will find some famous quotes about taking action below. If you know of a famous quote about taking action that's not listed, please let us know.

Quotes About Action


Action is the antidote to despair.  ~ Joan Baez


The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resourse of those who know not how to dream.  ~ Oscar Wilde


Words may show a man's wit, actions his meaning.  ~ Benjamin Franklin


What keeps me going is goals.  ~ Muhammad Ali


Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.  ~ Thomas Jefferson


We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.  ~ Aristotle


Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.  ~ Leo Buscaglia


One starts an action simply because one must do something.  ~ T.S. Eliot



Effective action is always unjust.  ~ Maya Angelou


Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.  ~ Mark Twain


The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.  ~ Confucius


We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.  ~ Calvin Coolidge


If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.  ~
Thomas Jefferson


People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.  ~ Lewis Cass



All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.  ~ Albert Einstein


I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.  ~ William J. Lock


Let him that would move the world, first move himself.  ~ Socrates


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  ~ Anatole France


Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  ~ Mother Teresa


All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.  ~ Albert Einstein


All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.  ~ William F. Halsey


Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.  ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The prayer of the chicken hawk does not get him the chicken.  ~ Swahili proverb



However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?  ~ Siddhārtha Gautama


We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.  ~
Mother Teresa


He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.  ~ William Blake


It is in human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion.  ~ Anatole France


As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.  ~ Andrew Carnegie


Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.  ~ Herber Hoover


Action makes more fortunes than caution.  ~ Vauvenargues



Every action has its pleasures and its price.  ~
Socrates


If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.  ~ Jonathan Winters


The way to get ahead is to start now.  ~ William Feather


What man really wishes to do he will find a means of doing.  ~
George Bernard Shaw


A meowing cat catches no mice.  ~ Yiddish proverb


When deeds speak, words are nothing.  ~ African Proverb



Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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 winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  ~ Mark Twain


No bird soars too highif he soars with his own wings.  ~ William Blake


The secret to getting ahead is getting started.  ~ 
Mark Twain


Men expect too much, do too little.  ~ Allen Tate


All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.  ~ Arabian proverb


We are what we do.  ~ Erich Fromm


Action is eloquence.  ~ William Shakespeare



Vision without execution is hallucination.  ~ Thomas A. Edison


Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.  ~ Tehyi Hsieh


Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.  ~
Napoleon Bonaparte


It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.  ~
Eleanor Roosevelt


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.  ~ James Baldwin


One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness:  not to be a mere rushing on.  ~ D.H. Lawrence


In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.  ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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