Quotations on Action

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The atmosphere is much too near for dreams. It forces us to action. It is close to us. We are in it and of it. It rouses us both to study and to do. We must know its moods and also its motive forces.
- Cleveland Abbe
(Keywords: Dreams, Action, Moods, Motive, Study)

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Time, Success, Action, Nations, Past, World)

The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Politics, Power, Science, Experience, History, Knowledge, Action, Future, Gold, Past)

I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.
- Abigail Adams
(Keywords: Life, Action, Man)

Our enemies can deal a blow to us any time they wish. They did not wait for permission to do this. They do not deal a blow with prior notice. They do not take action because they can't.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Time, Action, Enemies)

Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Life, Action, Boldness, Honor)

Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Change, Men, Action, First, Principles, Right, Will)

You can hardly judge women's effect on politics merely from the action of individual women officeholders.
- Florence E. Allen
(Keywords: Politics, Women, Action, Effect)

I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed.
- George Allen
(Keywords: History, Action, Failure, Apology, Senate, states, Today, United, Victims)

In arriving at a decision in a question of doubt, the apostles in the Acts were guided solely by their sense of the Spirit behind the action, not by any speculations as to consequences which might ensue. And so they found the truth.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Truth, Action, Decision, Consequences, Doubt, Question, Sense, Spirit)

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Faith, Thought, Action, Criticism, Doubt, Order, Reflection)

Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Unconscious)

For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Energy, Nothing, Will)

It's sort of an action flick. You can't be that funny trying to steal diamonds.
- Anthony Anderson
(Keywords: Funny, Action, Trying)

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Forgiveness, Action, Freedom, Key)

Why did I spend all these years playing boring Europeans? I was made for action movies.
- Asia Argento
(Keywords: Movies, Action, Years)

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Art, Thought, Action, Choice, Reason)

Marry for Love, an Heroick Action, which makes a mighty noise in the World, partly because of its rarity, and partly in regard of its extravagancy.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Love, Action, World)

Planet of the Apes was a gigantic challenge, making the clothes work so people could do stunts and action in the clothes. I really learned a lot about that in that movie.
- Colleen Atwood
(Keywords: Work, People, Action, Challenge, Clothes)

Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Life, Action, Attention, Choice, Consequences, Man, May)

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Life, Action, Class, Pain, Pleasure)

I've seen, not surprisingly, no action taken against those people, but here I am, an anarchist website, not even close to what that is, not even close to what else you can find on the Internet.
- Sherman Austin
(Keywords: People, Action, Internet)

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.
- Sai Baba
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Thoughts, Results)

To help U.S. workers, farmers and businesses, and America's long-term economic security, Congress should take decisive action to bring about fair trade with China, instead of squandering this opportunity on a weak Republican bill.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: Opportunity, Action, America, Congress, Help, Republican, Security, Trade, Workers)

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Life, Knowledge, Action, End)

I'd really like to get the girl, shoot the gun, drive the car, have fun. I even have these kind of action dreams, where I'm the action guy.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Car, Dreams, Action, Fun)

Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Civilization, Action, Drama, Pleasure)

The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Genius, Action, Man, Mind)

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
- Joel A. Barker
(Keywords: Change, Time, Dream, Action, Vision, World)

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
- Bruce Barton
(Keywords: Change, Fear, Progress, Action, Hope, Vision, Error, Living)

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Action, Errors, Public)

During a trip to Iraq last fall, I visited our theater hospital at Balad Air Force Base and witnessed these skilled medical professionals in action and met the brave soldiers whose lives they saved.
- Melissa Bean
(Keywords: Medical, Action, Force, Iraq, professionals, Soldiers, Theater)

When you are thrown onto the stage at 17 in such an enormous way, it becomes living on the edge because every step you take, every word you speak, every action you do becomes headline news. And it became, for me, life or death.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Death, Life, Action, Living, News, Word)

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Dream, Achievement, Action, Goal)

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Man)

We all say no to war, we are all for justice and peace. But sometimes in order to maintain peace, armed action is necessary. But we hope it won't be the case.
- Silvio Berlusconi
(Keywords: Peace, War, Action, Hope, Justice, Order)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Nothing, Result)

By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Soul, Action, Battle, Endurance, Hunger, Memories, Nobility, Starvation)

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.
- Helena Petrova Blavatsky
(Keywords: Time, Action, Enthusiasm, Depression, Ignorance, Law, Man, Results, Tides)

I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could - with 100 per cent certainty - know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: Knowledge, Action, Certainty, Military, Weapons)

I can imagine that the Iraqis undertake the destruction out of fear. If they had denied it, if they had said no, that certainly would have played into the hands of those that would like to take armed action immediately. I have no illusions in that regard.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: Fear, Action, Destruction)

The truth is - I found myself doing these huge action-adventure movies, and um, and which are cool man. And I really love doing them. And thankfully I haven't had too much dialogue, because if I had I would have really made a mess of it. You know what I mean?
- Orlando Bloom
(Keywords: Love, Movies, Truth, Action, Man)

Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States.
- William Blum
(Keywords: People, Action, Hypocrisy, Injustice, Religious, states, Terrorism, United)

While the United States has largely been missing in action from the diplomatic game, the European Union and Iran have been making progress at developing a formula that would lead to the suspension of Iran's nuclear enrichment program and the start of serious negotiations.
- Earl Blumenauer
(Keywords: Progress, Action, Formula, states, United)

And we think that our citizens and yours would be very angry if they thought that we hadn't taken every possible step for prevention and then for joint action in the likelihood of those who threaten our lives and our well- being, taking action at the same time.
- David Blunkett
(Keywords: Time, Thought, Action, Being, Prevention)

The marketing department is really an important part of getting an animated film to work. If the people running it are used to selling live action films and the hard rock music and the sex and all those things... Anything outside that, they just don't know what to do with it.
- Don Bluth
(Keywords: Music, Work, Sex, People, Action, Selling, Film, Marketing, Running)

I'm also very pleased that we were able to include a full orchestrated score for Dragon's Lair 3D. The 40 different music pieces blend with the action to make you feel more a part of the whole adventure.
- Don Bluth
(Keywords: Music, Action, Adventure)

So we in Congress have a very clear choice. We can take largely symbolic action and sit back and fiddle while Americans burn more gasoline. Or we can pass concrete, effective legislation that will save consumers money while significantly reducing U.S. oil consumption.
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Keywords: Money, Action, Americans, Choice, Congress, Legislation, Oil, Will)

But our energy woes are in many ways the result of classic market failures that can only be addressed through collective action, and government is the vehicle for collective action in a democracy.
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Keywords: Government, Action, Democracy, Energy, Result)

But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent - not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: People, Action, Existence, Meaning, Word)



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