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The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action the ability to pass directly from thought to action.

Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerally of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action.
For as one star another far exceeds, So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds.
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.
If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement.
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
We will burn that bridge when we come to it.
When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.
One mustn't allow acting to be like stockbroker -- you must not take it just as a means of earning a living, to go down every day to do a job of work. The big thing is to combine punctuality, efficiency, good nature, obedience, intelligence, and concentration with an unawareness of what is going to happen next, thus keeping yourself available for excitement.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?.
Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon.
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
The German intellect wants the French sprightliness, the fine practical understanding of the English, and the American adventure; but it has a certain probity, which never rests in a superficial performance, but asks steadily, To what end? A German public asks for a controlling sincerity.
Act, if you like, but you do it at your peril. Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything.
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.
All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.
But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.
Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.
Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do, if it were my last of life.
We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.
We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.
A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action.. You must act as you breathe.
In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.
The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

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