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IV – Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. — IV Quotes

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.

Peter Marshall

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Pablo Picasso

The path to success is to take massive, determined actions.

Tony Robbins

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.

Arnold Glasow

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.


Never confuse motion with action.

Benjamin Franklin

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.

Baltasar Gracian

I never worry about action, but only inaction.

Winston Churchill

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

Oscar Wilde

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

Lewis Cass

Action may not always bring happiness … but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

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


Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

Napolean Bonaparte

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.

Brendan Francis

Turn intentions into actions and actions into results.

Manchovian Prince

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer’s need.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.

Henri L. Bergson

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

Jacob Bronowski

Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

Japanese Proverb

Ideas without action are worthless.

Harvey Mackay

Personal action is your pathway to success, even if it is a little bit at a time!

Catherine Pulsifer

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

Friedrich Engels

Do not be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.

Henrik Ibsen

Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.

Cathy Hopkins

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

C.G. Jung

It is easy to sit up and take notice.  What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Honore de Balzac

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Locke

The great man is the man who has the courage to act.

Martin H. Fischer

A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.

Georges Bernanos

The surest way to escape anxiety and defeat despair is action. Do, don’t dwell.

Michael Josephson

When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress becomes manageable.

Greg Anderson

Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.

Tehyi Hsieh

Bold action in the face of uncertainty is not only terrifying, but necessary in the pursuit of great work.

Jonathan Fields

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.

Clement Stone

Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.

Benjamin Franklin

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.

John Bingham

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

Herbert Spencer

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

Joel A. Barker

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

Tony Robbins

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


I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it.

 Michael J. Fox

Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.

Douglas Horton

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.

Charles J. Givens

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.

Leonardo da Vinci

Reformation ends not in contemplation, but in action.

George Gillespie

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.

Claude Adrien Helvetius

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

Peter Drucker

Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.

Karen Horney

Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Edward de Bono

You will not make a man wiser by taking freedom of action from him. A man can only learn when he is free to act.

Auberon Herbert

Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.

Nhat Hanh

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

M. Trevelyan

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.

Richard L. Evans

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.

Carl von Clausewitz

Enthusiasm… the sustaining power of all great action.

Samuel Smiles

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

Tony Robbins

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.

Paul J. Meyer

Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.

Michael Korda

The focus should not be on talking. Talk is cheap. It must be on action.

Howard Berman

Action breeds inspiration more than inspiration breeds action.

Willem Dafoe

To overcome a fear, here’s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.

Peter McWilliams

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.

Bryant H. McGill

Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action.

Constantin Brancusi

Every action has a consequence, so always try to be good.

Richard Eyre

In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.

Ed Koch

Action makes more fortune than caution.

Charlotte Whitton

Action conquers fear.

Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Thought precedes action, action does not always precede thought.

Douglas Horton

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man’s nature.

Robert South

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.

Salman Rushdie

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Thomas Carlyle

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Francis Bacon

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Lao Tzu

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

Bruce Lee

In the end, people should be judged by their actions, since in the end, it was actions that defined everyone.

Nicholas Sparks

Don’t wait for things to happen. Make them happen.

Roy T. Bennett

Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.

Bob Dylan

The man of thought who will not act is ineffective; the man of action who will not think is dangerous.

Richard M. Nixon

You are where you are right now because of the actions you’ve taken, or maybe, the inaction you’ve taken.

Steve Maraboli

Most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.

Robert McKee

Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal that is worth achieving.

Ayn Rand

Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.

Steve Maraboli

Hope always deceives us when it becomes a substitute for action.

Marty Rubin

The only thing that separates the person you are from the person you want to be are the actions you take.

John Bruna

It takes definitive action to see positive gains.

Michael Hyatt

The words aren’t enough every time. Actions speak much more.

Deyth Banger

Lack of action is the reason why an unwanted situation persists.

Steven Redhead

Nobody is going to save you but yourself and the ‘best’ and only way to do so is through action.

Oli Anderson

Action is the bridge between thought and reality.

Richie Norton

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.

Jules Renard

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

Anais Nin

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

John F. Kennedy

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

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