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To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing.
He who limps is still walking.
Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by.
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Allow motion to equal emotion.
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
People say to me, You were a roaring success. How did you do it? I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen.
Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.
Have a bias toward action -- let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
What the mind attends to, the mind considers. What the mind constantly considers, the mind believes. What the mind believes, the mind eventually does.
Do it this very moment, Don't put it off, There's no use in doing a kindness, if you do it a day too late.
Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, If you are not willing to move your feet.
Don't look back, just keep on walking.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
When deeds speak, words are nothing.
The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
No one will do it for you.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
I think there is something, more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
The ancestor of every action is thought.
Real action is in silent moments.
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
There is no achievement without goals.
The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true -- action precedes motivation. You have to prime the pump and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day.
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
The greatest potential for control tends to exist at the point where action takes place.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
Leap, and the net will appear.
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.
You have to make it happen.
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don't feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved.
Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.
When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, I can't.

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