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QUOTES ON ACTION


Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions--it's like a dream.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

I judge by deeds not words.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre

Words are potent in debate, deeds in war decide your fate.

HOMER, The Iliad

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Proverbs of Hell

What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

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

AYN RAND, Atlas Shrugged

What is the Law of the Jungle? Strike first and then give tongue.

RUDYARD KIPLING, The Jungle Book

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