Actions Quotes

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.

Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.

Actions    Labels    Promises    Reality    Silence    Soul    Truth    Words

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.

Actions    Drop    Good works    Ocean

The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.

Acceptance    Actions    Beliefs    Common sense    Confusion    Disbelief    Evidence    Faith    Family    Hoping    Life purpose    Love    Mixed signals    Obvious    Outrage    Proof    Reality    Religion    Sorrow    Timing    Truth    Unrequited love

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.

The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts - it gives you what you demand with your actions.

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

You need to know it's your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.

Actions    Desire    Good

Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.

Actions    Alarm    Complaining    Crying    Crying wolf    Excuses    False    False alarm    Falsehood    Justification    Loneliness    Responsibility    Sympathy    Whining    Wolf    Wolves

Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.

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

You've never lived what you are thinking, and that isn't good. Only the ideas we actually live are of any value.


Hermann Hesse

Actions    Life    Living    Thoughts

What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.

I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.

Do actions agree with words? There's your measure of reliability. Never confine yourself to the words.

Chapterhouse: Dune

Frank Herbert

Chapterhouse: Dune

I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.

Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure.

Streams of Silver

R.A. Salvatore

Streams of Silver
Accomplished    Actions    Fables    Failure    Frustration    Necessary    Nostalgia    Peace    Time

One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterised by a high blood pressure of creeds and an anaemia of deeds! We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practise the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonising gulf between the
and the
, represents the tragic theme of man's earthly pilgrimage.

Strength to Love

Martin Luther King Jr.

Strength to Love

Don’t tell me about your god with your words. Show me about your god with your actions.

Belief means nothing without actions

It is in the nature of the human being to seek a
for his actions.

You can't make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.

The Flinch

Julien Smith

The Flinch
Actions    Choices    Choosing    Confidence    Feelings    Flinch    Habits    Optimism    Positive

Your life is a print-out of your thoughts.

Sometimes you never feel meaner than the moment you stop being mean. It's like how turning on a light makes you realize how dark the room had gotten. And the way you usually act, the things you would have normally done, are like these ghosts that everyone can see but pretends not to.

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me

The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.

Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.

Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercises, even over the appearance of external objects. Men who look on nature, and their fellow-men, and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and hearts. The real hues are delicate, and need a clearer vision.

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

One thing you have to realize from now on is that it doesn't matter if this is a dream or not. Survival depends on what you do, not what you think.

By now he had learned enough to know that when he was getting annoyed at somebody else, it was usually because there was something that he himself should be doing, and he wasn't doing it.

The Magician King

Lev Grossman

The Magician King

To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don't listen to their words, but watch their actions.

Act    Action    Actions    Assess    Assessment    Evaluate    Hero    Heroes    Heroism    Human    Humans    Inspiration    Inspirational    Inspirational quotes    Listen    Listening    Motivation    Motivational    Motivational quotes    Philosophy    Quality    Speech    Speeches    Standard    Think    Thinking    Thought    Thoughts    Watch    Watching    Wisdom    Wisdom quotes    Word    Words

Stop pointing fingers and placing blame on others. Your life can only change to the degree that you accept responsibility for it.

The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind.

Acting    Actions    Acts    Creation    Dream    Dreams    Dreams of the compass rose    Enacting    Memories    Memory    Shaped    Shaping    Speaking    Stories    Story    Story telling    Storytelling    Telling    The world    Thought    Thoughts    World

While intent is the seed of manifestation, action is the water that nourishes the seed. Your actions must reflect your goals in order to achieve true success.

Actions    Goals    Inspirational    Intent    Life    Motivation    Success

I like solitude. It is when you truly hear and speak your natural, unadulterated mind, and out comes your most stupid self as well as your most intelligent self. It is when you realize who you are and the extents of the good and the evils which you are capable of.

Actions    Extremes    Good    Intelligence    Polarity    Self    Solitude    Stupidity    Thoughts    True self

Formerly, when I would feel a desire to understand someone, or myself, I would take into consideration not actions, in which everything is relative, but wishes. Tell me what you want and I'll tell you who you are.

It has been noted that actions speak louder than words. Truth is, I have found that during many situations in life, words are just noise... and actions are the ONLY things that speak.

Actions    Life    Noise    Speak    Words

When you accept a leadership role, you take on extra responsibility for your actions toward others.

Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.

The Bell

Iris Murdoch

The Bell

People are not who they say but rather who their actions reveal them to be....Be smart about it. Don't fall for the bullshit.

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

In much of the rest of the world, rich people live in gated communities and drink bottled water. That's increasingly the case in Los Angeles where I come from. So that wealthy people in much of the world are insulated from the consequences of their actions."
Why Societies Collapse
, ABC Local, July 17, 2003]

When people attempt to rebel against the iron logic of Nature, they come into conflict with the very same principles to which they owe their existence as human beings. Their actions against Nature must lead to their own downfall.

Actions    Logic    Nature

Everything you are used to, once done long enough, starts to seem natural, even though it might not be.

The Flinch

Julien Smith

The Flinch
Actions    Behavior    Habits    Natural    Normal    Norms

People thought becoming an adult meant that all your acts had consequences; in fact it was just the opposite.

September 11… I will never forget feeling scared and vulnerable… I will never forget feeling the deep sad loss of so many lives… I will never forget the smell of the smoke that reached across the water and delivered a deep feeling of doom into my gut… I will never forget feeling the boosted sense of unity and pride… I will never forget seeing the courageous actions of so many men and women… I will never forget seeing people of all backgrounds working together in community… I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy… I will never forget seeing what love can heal…

9 11    Actions    Courage    Hate    Healing    Lives    Lost    Love    Pride    Scared    September 11 attacks    Smoke    Trade centers    Unity

Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is.

Actions    Existence    Life    Man    Purpose    Realization

What you do teaches faster, and has a lasting impression, far beyond what you say.

Actions    Impressions    Quotes    Speaking    Teach    Teaching    Words



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