An action is a deed or a step taken in the direction, which is necessary to precede and perform something that must be done. When words are spoken or written, an action must follow to attain the desired result. You will find some famous quotes about taking action below. If you know of a famous quote about taking action that's not listed, please let us know.

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Quotes About Action

Action is the antidote to despair.  ~ Joan Baez

The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resourse of those who know not how to dream.  ~ Oscar Wilde

Words may show a man's wit, actions his meaning.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

What keeps me going is goals.  ~ Muhammad Ali

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.  ~ Aristotle

Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.  ~ Leo Buscaglia

One starts an action simply because one must do something.  ~ T.S. Eliot

Effective action is always unjust.  ~ Maya Angelou

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.  ~ Mark Twain

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.  ~ Confucius

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

If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.  ~
Thomas Jefferson

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

All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.  ~ Albert Einstein

I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.  ~ William J. Lock

Let him that would move the world, first move himself.  ~ Socrates

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  ~ Anatole France

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

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.  ~ Albert Einstein

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.  ~ William F. Halsey

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.  ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The prayer of the chicken hawk does not get him the chicken.  ~ Swahili proverb

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?  ~ Siddhārtha Gautama

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.  ~
Mother Teresa

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.  ~ William Blake

It is in human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion.  ~ Anatole France

As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.  ~ Andrew Carnegie

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.  ~ Herber Hoover

Action makes more fortunes than caution.  ~ Vauvenargues

Every action has its pleasures and its price.  ~

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.  ~ Jonathan Winters

The way to get ahead is to start now.  ~ William Feather

What man really wishes to do he will find a means of doing.  ~
George Bernard Shaw

A meowing cat catches no mice.  ~ Yiddish proverb

When deeds speak, words are nothing.  ~ African Proverb

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  ~ Mark Twain

No bird soars too highif he soars with his own wings.  ~ William Blake

The secret to getting ahead is getting started.  ~ 
Mark Twain

Men expect too much, do too little.  ~ Allen Tate

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.  ~ Arabian proverb

We are what we do.  ~ Erich Fromm

Action is eloquence.  ~ William Shakespeare

Vision without execution is hallucination.  ~ Thomas A. Edison

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

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.  ~
Napoleon Bonaparte

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.  ~
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness:  not to be a mere rushing on.  ~ D.H. Lawrence

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.  ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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