Quotes for
the Journey:

Action 2

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

Carl Jung


People are always blaming circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.    -George Bernard Shaw

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes:  chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.     -Aristotle; Selected Works
There are two kinds of idiots--those who don't take action because they have received a threat, and those who think they are taking action because they have issued a threat.    -Paulo Coelho; The Devil and Miss Prym
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk.  Dance and sing to your music.  Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.     -Steve Maraboli; Unapologetically You
Imagination means nothing without doing.    -Charles Chaplin
Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith!  Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!     -Robert G. Ingersoll; The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll

Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little.  Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.    -Jean Vanier; Community and Growth
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.    -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.    -Joseph Butler
We are responsible for what we are, and we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.  If what we are now has been the result of our past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.        -Swami Vivekananda
There is only one proof of ability:   action.       -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can-- and surely will at times--fail.  Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think we should follow a simple rule:  if we can take the worst, take the risk.        -Joyce Brothers
The person who will not execute his or her resolutions when they are fresh upon him or her can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.        -Marie Edgeworth
The wise person does at once what the fool does finally.       -Baltasar Gracian

Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait.        -Thomas Alva Edison
Life was not given for indolent contemplation and study of self, nor for brooding over emotions of piety:  Actions and actions only determine the worth.       -Immanuel Fichte
I shall pass through this world but once.  If therefore there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it.       -Etienne de Grellet
Life begets life.  Energy creates energy.  It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.        -Sarah Bernhardt
Forget about likes and dislikes.  They are of no consequence.  Just do what must be done.  This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.        -George Bernard Shaw
We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.  The hand is more important than the eye. . . .  The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.        -Jacob Bronowski
If our conscience tells us that we ought to perform a particular act, it is our moral duty to perform it.        -Frederick Copleston
It is in our power to stretch out our arms and, by doing good in our actions, to seize life and set it in our soul.
People judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold, but so has a hard-boiled egg.        -Good Reading
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.       -Publilius Syrus
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.    -Napoleon Bonaparte
Do not sit still; start moving now.  In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities.    -Rodolfo Costa; Advice My Parents Gave Me
In action lies wisdom and confidence.  A person who does not act gets no further than the maxim:  Life means conflict and tribulation.  But a person who acts can attain the higher wisdom and know that life is conflict and victory.  That is why God forces us to labor.  That is why he gives us children to bring up.  That is why he gives us duties.  Through action, we may reach a deeper realization.     -Albert Schweitzer

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