Action Quotes

Quotes About Action


He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldnt't be done, and he did it. -- Edgar A. Guest quote about action and getting things done..

Action.—The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.—Emerson.

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.—Beaconsfield.

There are three sorts of actions: those that are good, those that are bad, and those that are doubtful; and we ought to be most cautious of those that are doubtful; for we are in most danger of these doubtful actions, because they do not alarm us; and yet they insensibly lead to greater transgressions, just as the shades of twilight gradually reconcile us to darkness.—A. Reed.

To the valiant actions speak alone.—Smollett.

It is well to think well: it is divine to act well.—Horace Mann.

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and melancholy are incompatible.—Bovee.

[Pg 7] Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.
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Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, act, in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
Unless the deed go with it.
_Macbeth, Act_. iv. _Sc_. 1. SHAKESPEARE.

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.—Lowell.

Prodigious actions may as well be done
By weaver's issue, as by prince's son.

It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero.—Carlyle.

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.—Colton.

When our souls shall leave this dwelling, the glory of one fair and virtuous action is above all the scutcheons on our tomb, or silken banners over us.—J. Shirley.

Our acts make or mar us,—we are the children of our own deeds.—Victor Hugo.

Man, being essentially active, must find in activity his joy, as well as his beauty and glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.—Whipple.[Pg 8]


Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
SHAKS.: Othello, Act ii., Sc. 3.

Of every noble action, the intent
Is to give worth reward—vice punishment.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: Captain, Act v., Sc. 5.

Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.
JAMES SHIRLEY: Death's Final Conquest, Sc. iii.

Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
Makes that and th' action fine.
HERBERT: The Elixir.


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