Action Proverbs

Sayings about Action

Actions speak louder than words. ~ English Proverbs

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. ~ Italian Proverbs

A man’s actions are more important than his ancestry. ~ Kenyan Proverb

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. ~ Arabian Proverb

Do not be wise in words — be wise in deeds. ~ Jewish Proverb

For the sake of one good action, a hundred evil ones should be forgotten.  ~ Chinese Proverb

Force is that which rules the actions without regulating the will.  ~ Traditional Proverb

Good actions are never lost.  ~ Turkish Proverbs

If you commence a good action, leave it not incomplete. ~ Hebrew Proverb

If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future — look into your present actions. ~ Chinese Proverb

If your inner mind isn’t deceived, your outer actions won’t be wrong. ~ Tibetan Proverb

Innocent actions carry their warrant with them.  ~ English Proverbs

Never repent a good action. ~ Danish Proverbs

Talk doesn’t cook rice. ~ Chinese Proverb

Talking is easy, action is difficult. ~ Spanish Proverbs

The beginning is the half of every action. ~ Greek Proverbs

The first step binds one to the second. ~ French Proverb

Virtue consists of action. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Japanese Proverbs

When deeds speak, words are nothing. ~ African Proverb

Quotations about action 

Saying about Action

Action expresses priorities. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. ~ Frank Tibolt

Act like you expect to get into the end zone. ~ Joe Paterno

To begin with, you must realize that any idea accepted by the brain is automatically transformed into an action of some sort. It may take seconds or minutes or longer — but ideas always produce a reaction of some sort. ~ Scott Reed

Action makes more fortune than caution. ~ Luc De Clapiers

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny. ~ A. L. Linall Jr.

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

The end of life is life. Life is action, the use of one’s powers. And to use them to their height is our joy of duty. ~Author Unknown

Ideas are a dime a dozen, they are worthless; but people who put their ideas into action are priceless. ~ Author Unknown

You can’t truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character. ~ Author Unknown

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. ~ Anthony Robbins

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. ~ Baltasar Gracián

Action is the real measure of intelligence. ~ Napoleon Hill

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

Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal. ~ Author Unknown

Success could be described as 50/50 — 50% vision and 50% action. ~ Author Unknown

Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate. ~ Author Unknown

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. ~ Maxwell Maltz

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

A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action. You must act as you breathe. ~ Georges Clemenceau

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerally of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action. ~ Vaclav Havel

You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. ~ Les Brown

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

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. ~ Aristotle Quotes

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

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. ~ Friedrich Engels

Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. ~ Henri L. Bergson

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. ~ Harold Nicolson

Try out your ideas by visualizing them in action. ~ David Seabury

You don’t have to act as if you care; you just have to care enough to act. ~ Richard Dreyfuss

What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations… is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts. ~ Hannah Arendt

To achieve great things, we must dream as well as act. ~ Anatole France

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer’s need. ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. ~ Abigail Adams

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. ~ John Dewey

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

Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations? ~ Kahlil Gibran Quotes

Action is the antidote to despair. ~ Joan Baez

We enjoy or suffer the consequences of our ideas, our acts or our hopes, and our fears. I cannot affirm God if I fail to affirm man. ~ Norman Cousins

It takes a single idea and a single action to move the world. ~ Author Unknown

Life is built of the things we do. The only constructive material is positive action. ~ Author Unknown

Logic will not change an emotion, but action will. ~ Author Unknown

We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

Begin somewhere: you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. ~ Elizabeth Smith

We should be as careful of our words as of our actions, and as far from speaking ill as from doing ill. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

A man’s action is only a picture book of his creed. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea. ~ Robert Half

To make ideas effective, we must be able to fire them off. We must put them into action. ~ Virginia Woolf

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than one lovely action. ~ James Russell Lowell

Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

Action without a name, a “who” attached to it, is meaningless. ~ Hannah Arendt

When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one’s self. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

Action is the product of the qualities inherent in nature. ~ Bhagavad Gita

We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice. ~ Peace Pilgrim

Actions lie louder than words. ~ Carolyn Wells

Action is the only thing that matters… I can see that at the end of my life, I am not going to look back and say, “I wish I had taken more action”. ~ Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

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

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not. ~ William James

Because they had a vision, a desire, and they took action. ~ Thomas J. Vilord

A certain harmony should be kept between actions and ideas if we want to fully develop the effects they can produce. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Action is character. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank. ~ John Berry

Action should culminate in wisdom, or is it action is a culmination of wisdom. ~ Bhagavad Gita

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

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

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. ~ Oscar Wilde Quotes

All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it — walk. ~ Ayn Rand

And all that you are sorry for is what you haven’t done. ~ Margaret Widdemer

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first. ~ Charles Horton Cooley

Will is character in action.~ William McDougall

Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Action must be taken at once! There is no time to be lost.~ Miguel Hidalgo

Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions. ~ Sigmund Freud

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. ~ Author Unknown

Embrace life, have confidence in yourself, take action. ~ Author Unknown

Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.~ Benedetto Croce

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

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

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.~ William James

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do nothing else. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth. ~ Johann G. Fichte

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

To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

Act, and God will act. ~ Joan of Arc

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

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

You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth. ~ Pat Riley

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism. ~ Author Unknown

If faith without works is dead, willingness without action is fantasy. ~ Author Unknown

Action is the only reality; not only reality, but morality as well. ~ Abbie Hoffman

We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Action is eloquence. ~ William Shakespeare Quotes

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