Quotations On 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.

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!

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