A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.
A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action
as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it;
action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its
A five-word sentence that could change the world tomorrow is What
would love do now?
A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important
distinction to make. You can have a desire you don't intend to act
on. But you can't have a goal you don't intend to act on.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded
for the doer's need.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts
subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action. A life lived
of chance is a life of unconscious creation.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and
spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more
useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
A life which does not go into action is a failure.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much
knowledge that is idle.
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.
A man is not good or bad for one action.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he
can do, Nothing else.
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he
can get out of it.
A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you
like, but he's not a man of action. You must act as you breathe.
A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.
A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
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.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and
an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to
become and start being the man you want to be.
A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and
complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a
beginning and middle and end.
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and
woman keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Act as if everything you think, say and do determines your entire
life - because in reality, it does!
Act as if it were impossible to fail
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your
will a be general natural law.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for
the whole world.
Action and becoming are one.
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be
troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
Action conquers fear.
Action expresses priorities.
Action for which I become responsible, or for which my
administration becomes responsible, shall be within the law.
Action has magic, grace and power in it.
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
Action is character.
Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure,
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend
of flattering illusions.
Action is eloquence.
Action is my domain.
Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive
tendencies of the human frame.
Action is stronger than subjectivity. No matter what you feel or
think, you can still act.
Action is the antidote to despair.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream..
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action,
gives me satisfaction.
Action makes more fortune than caution.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.
Action without a name, a "who" attached to it, is meaningless.
Action worships the deed.
Action, Take it easy, but take it.
Actions lie louder than words.
After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than
Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that
the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.
All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it
seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and
color from the end to which they are subservient.
All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face,
its index the eyes.
All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.
All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which
like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque
and larger than they really are.
All anyone can see in a birthchart are tendencies that will become
facts if he does not do something to alter them.
All glory comes from daring to begin.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development
physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means
All know the way; few actually walk it.
All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is
not very willing to support it, but most people think of these
stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.
All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single
Always do more than is required of you.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality,
invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the
brain cell it occupied.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important
than an idea that exists only as an idea.
An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning
into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again
to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Apartment living is tough action. Just the whole idea that you
share a washer and dryer always freaked me out.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius,
power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows
heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
Arriving at one point is the starting point to another.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just
watch what they do.
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for
himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent
narrowness of his outlook.
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he
should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of
being not to have lived.
At least eighty percent of millionaires are self-made. That is,
they started with nothing but ambition and energy, the same way
most of us start.
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
Before you can do something that you’ve never done before, you
have to imagine it’s possible.
Begin -- to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again
begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.
Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend
Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with
the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will
open for you to do more.
Begin today. Declare outloud to the universe that you are willing
to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.
Beings are owners of their action, heirs of their action.
Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble
art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the
elimination of non-essentials.
Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Big words seldom accompany good deeds.
Bipartisanship is nice, but it cannot be a substitute for action,
not having it cannot prevent us from going forward.
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the
edge of mystery, surrounded by it.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now,
Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every
time we give, it's Christmas.
Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.
Community action is as valuable a principle on the international
level as it has been domestically.
Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No
man is free who cannot control himself.
Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.
Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all
factors are favourable do nothing.
Consciously or unconsciously we all strive to make the kind of a
world we like.
Consult: To seek approval for a course of action already decided
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more,
think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage
unless you are scared.
Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in
spite of fear.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at
once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Creative action leads to ‘joy attraction’.
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the
defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope
more than you work.
Creativity is an act of self-discovery.
Creativity is imagining possibilities and making them real.
Creativity is the ability to see and to respond.
Creativity is work that goes some place: it is sustained effort
toward an ideal.
Creativity is…seeing something that doesn't exist already. You
need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a
playmate with God.
Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already
there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only
a little more than a century ago?
Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.
Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind.
Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the
real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
Direct threats require decisive action.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
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.
Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is
Do not be wise in words - be wise in deeds.
Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your
Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while, and
thunders, so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try
to use ordinary situations.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning
makes the conditions perfect.