Action

George Washington Page

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

- George Washington

Source/Notes: Attributed in "Liberty and Government" by W. M., in The Christian Science Journal, Vol. XX, No. 8 (November 1902) edited by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 465
Theodore Roosevelt Page

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Page

“Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

Source/Notes: The College Graduate and Public Life (1894) Roosevelt 18
Dale Carnegie Page

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

- Dale Carnegie

Mother Teresa Page

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

- Mother Teresa

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Benjamin Disraeli Page

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

- Benjamin Disraeli

Og Mandino Page

“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.”

- Og Mandino

Conrad Hilton Page

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.”

- Conrad Hilton

Peter Drucker Page

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

- Peter Drucker

Source/Notes: As quoted in "The Definitive Drucker : Challenges For Tomorrow's Executives" by Elizabeth Edersheim, McGraw Hill Professional, 2006, p. x - ISBN: 9780071472333

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Immanuel Kant Page

“Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.”

- Immanuel Kant

Source/Notes: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (1785)
Heinrich Heine Page

“Mark this well, you proud men of action: You are nothing but the unwitting agents of the men of thought who often, in quiet self-effacement, mark out most exactly all your doings in advance.”

- Heinrich Heine

Source/Notes: History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany, Vol. III (1834)
Octavius Winslow Page

“There is poetry and there is beauty in real sympathy; but there is more — there is action. The noblest and most powerful form of sympathy is not merely the responsive tear, the echoed sigh, the answering look; it is the embodiment of the sentiment in actual help.”

- Octavius Winslow

Source/Notes: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Theodore Roosevelt Page

“Of all the officers of the Government, those of the Department of Justice should be kept most free from any suspicion of improper action on partisan or factional grounds, so that there shall be gradually a growth, even though a slow growth, in the knowledge that the Federal courts and the representatives of the Federal Department of Justice insist on meting out even-handed justice to all.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson Page

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

- Thomas Jefferson

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Helen Rowland Page

“What a man calls his conscience is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love.”

- Helen Rowland

Source/Notes: A Guide to Men (1922)
Jean Racine Page

“Is a faith without action a sincere faith?”

- Jean Racine

Source/Notes: In French: "La foi qui n'agit point est-ce une foi sincère?" - Athalie (1691), Act I, Scene I