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ACTION
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It is hard to personate and act a part long; for where Truth is not the bottom, Nature will always be endeavoring to return, and will peep and betray herself one time or other.
      - John Tillotson

A life which does not go into action is a failure.
      - Arnold Joseph Toynbee (2)

We cannot all do all things.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Action is happiness here; and without action there can be no heaven.
      - Johann Heinrich Voss

Nothing comes merely by thinking about it.
      - John Wanamaker

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of goodwill are very far from being the surest marks of it.
      - George Washington, Social Maxims

Actions lie louder than words.
      - Carolyn Wells (Mrs. Hadwin Houghton)

All serious daring starts from within.
      - Eudora Welty

Man, being essentially active, must find in activity his joy, as well as his beauty and glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

"There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight," says Goethe "I would open every one, of Argus' hundred eyes before I used one of Briareus' hundred hands," says Lord Bacon. "Look before you leap," says John Smith, all over the world.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

We cannot think and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
      - Alfred North Whitehead,
        Science and the Modern World (ch. 12)

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Press on! for in the grave there is no work and no device. Press on! while yet you may.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
      - William Wordsworth

Action is transitory, a step, a blow,
  The motion of a muscle--this way or that.
      - William Wordsworth, The Borderers
         (act III)

And all may do what has by man been done.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VI, l. 611)

Idlers cannot even find time to be idle, or the industrious to be at leisure. We must always be doing or suffering.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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