Friday, May 06, 2005

Action Quotes

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.  ~Baltasar Gracian All know the way; few actually walk it.  ~Bodhidharma If your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.  ~Henry J. Kaiser Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort The first step binds one to the second.  ~French Proverb I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act.  ~G.K. Chesterton Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one.  ~Charles de Gaulle, War Memoirs, 1960 Action is the antidote to despair.  ~Joan Baez He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between.  ~John McPhee The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.  Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures.  They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.  ~Ernest Newman We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.  ~Harold Nicolson The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire:  to make something.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin Don't find fault.  Find a remedy.  ~Henry Ford Nature takes away any faculty that is not used.  ~William R. Inge He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.  ~Benjamin Franklin In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness:  not to be a mere rushing on.  ~D.H. Lawrence Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.  ~James Baldwin Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.  ~Tehyi Hsieh Men expect too much, do too little.  ~Allen Tate When deeds speak, words are nothing.  ~African Proverb As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. 

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