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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.

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
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.
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.
Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
What you are will show in what you do.
Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.
Well begun is half done.
Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.
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.
Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
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.
Never confuse motion with action.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand -- and melting like a snowflake.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
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.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. [Matthew 7:12]
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have.
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.
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.
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.
If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
None of us are responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
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.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
The ancestor of every action is thought.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
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.
Leap, and the net will appear.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
Begin somewhere: you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
You don't have to get it right the first time.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
Sings. Hope in every sphere of life is a privilege that attaches to action. No action, no hope.
You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.
The secret of getting things done is to act!
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things. I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Action is the product of the qualities inherent in nature.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Doing nothing is the most tiresome job in the world because you cannot quit and rest.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
What we need is to use what we have.
Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, If you are not willing to move your feet.
The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Act quickly, think slowly.
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.
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
When all is said and done, more is said than done.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
Action expresses priorities.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
If you don't make things happen then things will happen to you.
Begin -- to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
Many have too much, but none enough.
Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.
There's as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.
Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own 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.
Some people grin and bear it; others smile and do it.
What the mind attends to, the mind considers. What the mind constantly considers, the mind believes. What the mind believes, the mind eventually does.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.
Action is eloquence.
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.
Talk doesn't cook rice.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.
Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
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.
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.
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.
Before you can do something you must first be something.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
Real action is in silent moments.
Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.
Let us do or die.
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation.
The greatest potential for control tends to exist at the point where action takes place.
You can never get enough of the things you don't need, because the things you don't need can never satisfy.
When we don't have what we like, we must like what we have.
It is following the line of least resistance that makes men and rivers crooked.
A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.
How long will they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?
Many are called but few get up.
If you stand still long enough, you'll get stuck
Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.
The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.
In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.
Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful.
The search for the perfect venture can turn into procrastination. Your idea may or may not have merit. The key is to get started.
The best way to get something done is to begin.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Act, don't react!
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.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
No one will do it for you.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
He who considers too much will perform little.
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
The greatest step is out the door.
When deeds speak, words are nothing.
From small beginnings come great things.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
Good things happen to those who hustle.
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.
I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and to act.
One thought driven home is better than three left on base.
He who limps is still walking.
If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait.
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
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.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
No sooner said than done -- so acts your man of worth.
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.
Let your performance do the thinking.
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
You can't aim a duck to death.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. [James 1:22]
Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.
Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
Effective action is always unjust.
A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.
Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
One of the best lessons children learn through video games is standing still will get them killed quicker than anything else.
If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.
The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question: Is this all?
To begin, begin.
Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them.
Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
Some people forget to plant in the spring, idle away the summer hours and then expect to reap in the fall.
The only way to start is to start.
No rules for success will work if you don't.
Don't look back, just keep on walking.
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.
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often
Do it now. Then it's done.
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.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike you, do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
He who strikes first, strikes twice.
What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
Big words seldom accompany good deeds.
To talk goodness is not good... only to do it is.
The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects.
Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
You can't start at the top.
Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing.
Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.
I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Don't think, just do.
Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by.
One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action --the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
You have to make it happen.
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.
Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
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.
Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.
A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.
Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.
Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.
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.
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.