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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.