Action quotes and sayings

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Action is eloquence.
William Shakespeare

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas Alva Edison

No action is in itself good or bad, but only such according to convention.
W. Somerset Maugham

Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort. Full effort is full victory.
Mahatma Gandhi

Saying is one thing, and doing another.
Proverb

I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

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

Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.
Henry Ford

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
Alfred Adler

Do-so is more important than “say-so.
Pete Seeger

He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between.
John McPhee

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
Arnold Glasow

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature.
William Shakespeare

Consciously or unconsciously we all strive to make the kind of a world we like.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Men expect too much, do too little.
Allen Tate

He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire: to make something.
Antonio Porchia

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
Harold Nicolson

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had tried and failed.
William James

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”
Edmund Burke

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus

Nothing will come of nothing.
William Shakespeare

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Baltasar Gracian

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

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
Napoleon Hill

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
Jules Renard

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.
Georges Bernanos

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.
Lin Yutang

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Italian Proverb

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”
Rita Mae Brown

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 are no gains without pains.
Benjamin Franklin

Barking dogs seldom bite.
Proverb

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.
Washington Irving

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Frank Tibolt

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke

Doing is better than saying.
Proverb

So if you want to get things done, you positively have to understand at any given point in time what is the most important thing to get done right now and if you’re not doing it, you’re not making progress at the fastest possible rate.
Joel Spolsky

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
John Andrew Holmes

Skill to do comes of doing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.
Ernest Newman

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cosmos is neither moral or immoral; only people are. He who would move the world must first move himself.
Edward Ericson

The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost

The first step binds one to the second.
French Proverb

It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
Christian Nevell Bovee

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
Peter Marshall

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

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.
Anonymous

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

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.
Walter Anderson

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
Conrad Hilton

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Action is eloquence.
William Shakespeare

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas Alva Edison

No action is in itself good or bad, but only such according to convention.
W. Somerset Maugham

Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort. Full effort is full victory.
Mahatma Gandhi

Saying is one thing, and doing another.
Proverb

I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

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

Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.
Henry Ford

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
Alfred Adler

Do-so is more important than “say-so.
Pete Seeger

He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between.
John McPhee

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
Arnold Glasow

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature.
William Shakespeare

Consciously or unconsciously we all strive to make the kind of a world we like.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Men expect too much, do too little.
Allen Tate

He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire: to make something.
Antonio Porchia

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
Harold Nicolson

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had tried and failed.
William James

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”
Edmund Burke

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus

Nothing will come of nothing.
William Shakespeare

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.
Lin Yutang

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Italian Proverb

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”
Rita Mae Brown

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 are no gains without pains.
Benjamin Franklin

Barking dogs seldom bite.
Proverb

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.
Washington Irving

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Frank Tibolt

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke

Doing is better than saying.
Proverb

So if you want to get things done, you positively have to understand at any given point in time what is the most important thing to get done right now and if you’re not doing it, you’re not making progress at the fastest possible rate.
Joel Spolsky

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
John Andrew Holmes

Skill to do comes of doing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.
Ernest Newman

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cosmos is neither moral or immoral; only people are. He who would move the world must first move himself.
Edward Ericson

The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost

The first step binds one to the second.
French Proverb

It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
Christian Nevell Bovee

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
Peter Marshall

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

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.
Anonymous

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

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.
Walter Anderson

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
Conrad Hilton