Action Quotes (169) Spiritual Sayings

===> Action Quotations. A Collection of some of the best sayings offering words of wisdom

Summary: Definition of an Action. The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim: "demanding tougher action against terrorism". The way in which something such as a chemical has an effect or influence.
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The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.”
~ C.G. Jung

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
~ Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: The Story of a Last Request

“You can't just wish change; you have to live the change in order for it to become a reality.”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, you are a leader.
~ John Quincy Adams

“Too much action with too little intent makes for wasteful exertion of energy and the confusion between movement and progress.”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Action indeed is the sole medium of expressing for ethics.
~ Jane Addams

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

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
~ James Allen

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
~ Hannah Arendt

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
~ Mary Kay Ash

Start wherever you are and start small.
~ Rita Baily

Begin today. Declare outloud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world!
~ Joel Barker

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are... Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.
~ R.J. Baughan

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
~ Simone De Beauvoir

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
~ Samuel Beckett

Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
~ Ingrid Bengis

Vision animates, inspires, transforms purpose into action.
~ Warren Bennis

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

To be happy, drop the words 'if only' and substitute instead the words 'next time'.
~ Smiley Blanton

Before you can do something that you’ve never done before, you have to imagine it’s possible.
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, How good or how bad am I? That's where courage comes in.
~ Erma Louise Bombeck

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

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You cannot try to do things. You simply must do things.
~ Ray Bradbury

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.
~ Dorothea Brande

It is brave to be involved.
~ Gwendolyn Brooks

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
~ Buddha

What you are is what you have been. What you'll be is what you do now.
~ Buddha

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
~ Nolan Bushnell

I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.
~ Julia Cameron

Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.
~ Julia Cameron

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

The most courageious act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
~ Coco Chanel

I do not believe in fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in fate that falls on them unless they act.
~ G.K. Chesterton

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.
~ Norm Chomsky

Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. When you begin to act on your creativity,what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. The ultimate creative act is to express what is most authentic and individual about you.
~ Eileen M. Clegg

Each human being was given two possibilities: action and contemplation. Both lead to the same place.
~ Paulo Coelho

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
~ Alan Cohen

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
~ Confucious

Plant a thought, reap an act. Plant an act, reap a habit. Plant a habit, reap a character. Plant a character, reap a destiny.
~ Confucius

Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.
~ Mason Cooley

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
~ Calvin Coolidge

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

It is time to fill the world with strong and powerful deeds. It is common knowledge that no great captain in the world has ever destroyed all of his enemies and lived with a sense of satisfaction. If one enemy is killed, two more will appear. It is important we cultivate love and compassion to all the sentient beings which is the way to bring peace to all.
~ Dalai Lama

It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.
~ Miles Davis

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
~ Simone de Beauvoir

Action makes more fortune than caution.
~ Luc De Clapiers

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action that man finds his supreme joy.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The only things that stand between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it and the faith to believe it's possible.
~ Richard M. DeVos

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
~ Walt Disney

Action may not always being happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Creativity is work that goes some place: it is sustained effort toward an ideal.
~ Michael Drury

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.
~ Will Durant

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
~ Will Durant

If love is truly a verb, if help is a verb, if forgiveness is a verb, if kindness is a verb, then you can do something about it.
~ Betty Eadie

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
~ Amelia Earhart

Action and becoming are one.
~ Meister Eckhart

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
~ Meister Eckhart

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
~ Thomas Alva Edison

I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing....
~ Thomas Alva Edison

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
~ Thomas Alva Edison

The legs are the wheels of creativity.
~ Albert Einstein

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
~ Albert Einstein

Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings lead to actions. Action leads to results.
~ T. Harv Eker

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
~ Larry Elder

Don't look further for answers: be the solution. You were born with everything you need to know. Make a promise to stop getting in the way of the blessing that you are. Take a deep breath, remember to have fun, and begin.
~ Jonathan H. Ellerby

It's hard for many to imagine, but having fun, feeding your passions, and engaging your talents are simple steps that will take you to the bigger answers you seek.
~ Jonathan H. Ellerby

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
~ Duke Ellington

Always do what you are afraid to do.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing and you will have the power.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Explore. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ideas must word through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Real action is in the silent moments.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

All men and women are born, live, suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about…We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing...But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.
~ Joseph Epstein

The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet.
~ Paul Erlich

I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter ‘till they bloom, ‘til you yourself burst into bloom.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Creativity is an act of self-discovery.
~ Sebastian Esteverena

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?
~ Bernice FitzGibbon

Use the word perhaps to change your negative beliefs to possibilities that invite action and, ultimately, to positive beliefs and probabilities.
~ Anita Foley

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

You can't be afraid of stepping on toes if you want to go dancing.
~ Lewis Freedman

Your ability to act on your imagination is going to be so decisive in driving your future and the standard of living in your country. So the school, the state, the country that empowers, nurtures, enables imagination among its students and citizens, that's who's going to be the winner.
~ Friedman, Thomas L.

Creativity is the ability to see and to respond.
~ Erich Fromm

It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible.
~ Thomas Robert Gaines

Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.
~ Indira Gandhi

Action is my domain.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.
~ Bill Gates

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
~ Harold S. Geneen

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.
~ Rob Gilbert

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
~ Charles D. Gill

Action has magic, grace and power in it.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Only begin and then the mind grows heated. Only begin and the task will be completed.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred…unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.
~ Natalie Goldberg

Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.
~ John Mason Good

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that acompanies important ongoing activity.
~ Paul Goodman

Having the world's best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.
~ Curtis Grant

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
~ Wayne Gretzky

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.
~ Marilyn Grey

Every act of creating is an act of power, an act of hope.
~ Pam Grout

Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man.
~ Hafiz

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 something I can do.
~ Edward Everett Hale

My actions are my only true belongings.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When we change our daily lives - the way we think, speak and act - we change the world.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.
~ Michael Hanson

It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
~ Vaclav Havel

All anyone can see in a birthchart are tendencies that will become facts if he does not do something to alter them.
~ Isabel Hickey

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

First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
~ Napoleon Hill

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

We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.
~ John Holt

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
~ Grace Hopper

Concern should drive us into action, not into depression.
~ Karen Horney

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts - it's what you do with what you have left.
~ Hubert Humphrey

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
~ Thomas Henry Huxley

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
~ Lee Iacocca

You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.
~ Lee Iacocca

It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.
~ Henry James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
~ William James

Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.
~ William James

To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.
~ William James

Saying yes means getting up and acting on your belief that you can create meaning and purpose in whatever life hands you.
~ Susan Jeffers

Take a risk a day – one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.
~ Susan Jeffers

You are innately designed to use your personal power. When you don't, you experience a sense of helplessness, paralysis, and depression-which is your clue that something is not working as it could. You, like all of us, deserve everything that is wonderful and exciting in life. And those feelings emerge only when you get in touch with your powerful self.
~ Susan Jeffers

If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?
~ Steve Jobs

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
~ Steve Jobs

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.
~ Samuel Johnson

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, virtue is doing it.
~ David Star Jordan

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them
~ Michael Jordan

When you have the constant focus of going within and then acting, your life will unfold in magical ways.
~ Elizabeth Joy

There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.
~ Franz Kafka

Ideas without action are worthless.
~ Helen Keller

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the risks of inaction.
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
~ Pauline R. Kezer

Don't worry about being worried. You're heading out on an adventure and you can always change your mind along the way and try something else.
~ Tracy Kidder

There can be no richer man or woman than the individual who has found his or her labor of love. Personal fulfillment through the virtue of work is the highest form of desire. Work is the conduit between the supply and the demand of all human needs, the forerunner of human progress, and the medium by which the imagination is given the wings of action. A labor of love is exalted because it provides joy and self-expression to those who perform it.
~ Dennis Kimbro

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfillment – the most priceless of human treasures – are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen – who make ‘good’ things happen – in the world around them.
~ Joe Klock

It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.
~ Krishnamurti

Learning is movement from moment to moment.
~ Krishnamurti

Meditation is the action of silence.
~ Krishnamurti

You are desperate to communicate, to edify or entertain, to preserve moments of grace or joy or transcendence, to make real or imagined events come alive. But you cannot will this to happen. It is a matter of persistence and faith and hard work. So you might as well just go ahead and get started.
~ Anne Lamott

If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter.
~ Louis L'Amour

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
~ Lao Tzu

In the universe, great acts are made up of small deeds.
~ Lao Tzu

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
~ Lao Tzu

It may be those who do most... dream most.
~ Stephen Leacock

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
~ Fran Lebowitz

Knowing is not enougth, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do.
~ Bruce Lee

Our world is incomplete until each one of us discovers what moves us - our passion. No other person can hear our calling. We must listen and act on it for ourselves.
~ Richard J. Leider

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
~ Stephen Levine


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