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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.
Action makes more fortune than caution.
When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.
What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Never mistake motion for action.
Like other revolutionaries I can thank God for the reactionaries. They clarify the issue.
Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.
Those old faces, in Pasadena, California, and Tucson, Arizona, and Dallas, crumpling in hatred and fear at the mention of the United Nations or those liberals in government who constitute for them the fifth column of communism, yearn for an America that is as far from the society of the present as is the extended family system in village India.
All the reputedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people. Look! Was not Hitler a paper tiger? Was Hitler not overthrown? U.S. imperialism has not yet been overthrown and it has the atomic bomb. I believe it also will be overthrown. It, too, is a paper tiger.
He is rich that is satisfied.
That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.
A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you're not enough without the medal, you'll never be enough with it.
Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.
Solve it. Solve it quickly, solve it right or wrong. If you solve it wrong, it will come back and slap you in the face, and then you can solve it right. Lying dead in the water and doing nothing is a comfortable alternative because it is without risk, but it is an absolutely fatal way to manage a business.
Anything you do can get you fired; this includes doing nothing.
My friend, why have you drifted so far away? All motion is relative, maybe it is you who have moved away by standing still.
You won't skid if you stay in a rut.
The sleeping fox catches no poultry.
Oh, I'm not going to do anything to them. The thought that I might will be enough to keep them going.
A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.
If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.
The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.
No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves.
Your difficulty and my difficulty and the difficulty of every individual who ever desired to achieve something worthwhile, comes in the movement.
We will not know unless we begin.
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.

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