Every moral act of love, of
mercy, and of sacrifice brings to pass the end of the world where hatred,
and selfishness reign supreme. -Nicholas
Look at a day when you are
supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around
doing nothing. It's when you've had everything to do, and you've done
it. -Margaret Thatcher
Having the world's best
idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk
shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle
of a field in hopes that a cow will
back up to them. -Curtis Grant
There is a tendency among many shallow
thinkers of our day to teach
that every human act is a reflex, over which
we do not exercise human control. They would rate a generous deed as no more
praiseworthy than a wink, a crime
no more voluntary than a sneeze. . .
Such a philosophy undercuts all human dignity. . .
All of us have the power
of choice in action at every moment of our lives.
-Fulton J. Sheen
When you get into a tight place and everything
goes against you, till it seems
as though you could not hold on a minute
longer, never give up then, for that is
just the place and the time that
the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe
We are like people
on a moving sidewalk which is
going the wrong way. If we stand still, our goal
recedes. If we walk at an easy pace we barely keep
from slipping back. Only through extra effort
can we win real
gains. -Harry K.
got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some
marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and
scrub the floor. -D.H.
The main thing is to be honest with yourself,
know and recognize your limits
and attain maximum achievement within them. I would for example
get more satisfaction
from climbing Snowdon, which I know I could,
than from attempting Everest,
which I couldn't. -Stirling Moss
You know, we
can't get out of life alive. We can either die in the bleachers or die
on the field. We might as well come down on the field and go for it!
Every successful business in the world is
in existence because its founder recognized
in a problem or need an opportunity
to be of service to others. Every problem or need
in your life is in reality
an opportunity to call forth inner resources
of wisdom, love, strength, and
ability. -J. Sig Paulson
Not enjoyment and not
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us further than today. . . .
Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead!
Act--act in the living present!
Heart within, and God overhead!
I will not steep my speech in
the test of any person lies in action.
We have to
understand that the world can only be grasped
by action, not by
contemplation. -Jacob Bronowski
Young people say, What is the sense of our small
effort? They cannot see that they must lay one brick at a time;
we can be
responsible only for the one action
at the present moment. But we can beg
an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize
and transform all
our individual actions,
and know that God will take them and multiply them,
as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
All life is a chance. So take it!
person who goes
is the one who is willing to do and dare.
I do the very best I know how--the
very best I can; and I mean
to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings
me out all right,
what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the
end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing
I was right would make no
difference. -Abraham Lincoln
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
No one can write their real religious life
with pen or pencil. It is written only
in actions, and its seal is our character,
not our orthodoxy. Whether we,
our neighbor, or God is the judge, absolutely
the only value of our religious life
to ourselves or to anyone is what it
fits us for and enables us to do.
-Wilfred T. Grenfell
We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe old ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.
It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life's field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers.
Even if you're on the
you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Happiness is an expression of the soul
We have too
many high sounding words,
and too few actions to correspond with them.
is better than inertia. Act, but with self-control. . . .
world is imprisoned in its own activity, except when
performed as worship of God.
the fruit of action be your motive to action.
Your business is
with action alone, not with the fruit of action.
all necessary acts, for action is better than inaction;
live by sitting still and doing nought; it is by action only
person attains immunity from action.
is the work of many people. Action, of one alone.
If you can fill the unforgiving
worth of distance run,
yours is the earth and
in it. -Rudyard Kipling
Virtue is not to be considered in the
light of mere innocence,
or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of
in doing good. -Joseph Butler
One hour of life, crowded
to the full with glorious action, and filled
with noble risks, is worth whole
years of those mean observances of
paltry decorum, in which men steal through
existence, like sluggish
waters through a marsh, without either honour or
observation. -Walter Scott
I cannot praise a fugitive
and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed,
that never sallies out
and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race,
where the immortal garland
is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that
history is shaped.Each time a person stands up for
an ideal or strikes out
against injustice, he or she sends forth
a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million
different centers of energy
and daring those ripples build
a current which can sweep down the
of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off for tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide. . . .
And there's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all.
Victoria Shaw, Garth Brooks
Parents impose their own limited concepts
on their children, often ignoring
their temperaments, special needs, and
abilities. Your parents and teachers
may have mistakenly ignored your strengths
or may not have encouraged you
to develop them. You can discover your basic
capacities by experimenting
with things that you always wanted to do. Don't
be discouraged by notions
that seem "silly" or "foolish" or "not you." Do
it! Who knows what will happen?
The fishermen know
that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found
sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
-Vincent van Gogh
Few are they who have never
had a chance to achieve happiness--
and fewer those who have taken that
chance. -Andre Maurois
If one is forever cautious,
can one remain a human being? -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
If you're never scared or embarrassed
or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
Risk! Risk anything! . . . Do the hardest
thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself. Face the truth.
We can do no great
only small things with great love.
Conditions are never
just right. People who delay action
until all factors are favorable
do nothing. -William Feather
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.
know what has to be done, then do it,
comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.