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The religious man fears, the man of honor scorns, to do an ill action.
      - Joseph Addison

Man is born for action; he ought to do something. Work, at each step, awakens a sleeping force and roots out error. Who does nothing, knows nothing. Rise! to work! If thy knowledge is real, employ it; wrestle with nature; test the strength of thy theories; see if they will support the trial; act!
      - Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

How much easier do we find it is commend a good action than to imitate it.
      - Anonymous

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
      - Aristotle

Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom.
      - Francis Bacon

All our actions take
  Their hues from the complexion of the heart,
    As landscapes their variety from light.
      - William Thompson Bacon

Action is the antidote to despair.
      - Joan Baez

The firefly only shines when on the wing; so is it with the mind; when once we rest, we darken.
      - Philip James Bailey

Men's actions to futurity appear but as the events to which they are conjoined do give them consequence.
      - Joanna Baillie

Poets and men of action differ: the former yield to their feelings in order to reproduce them in lively colors, and therefore judge only ex post facto; the latter feel and judge at one and the same time.
      - Honore de Balzac

Your modest savant smiles as he says to his admirers: What have I done? Nothing. Man does not invent a force, he directs it.
      - Honore de Balzac

The awakenings of remorse, virtuous shame and indignation, the glow of moral approbation if they do not lead to action, grow less and less vivid every time they occur, till at length the mind grows absolutely callous.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld

Of every noble action the intent
  Is to give worth reward, vice punishment.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Captain (act V, sc. 5)

Let's meet and either do or die.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Island Princess (act II, sc. 2)

Do not be afraid because the, community teems with excitement. Silence and death are dreadful. The rush of life, the vigor of earnest men, the conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, and establish the truth.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done.
      - Mary Frances Berry

Be slow in considering, but resolute in action.
      - Bias of Priene

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 10)

Go, and do thou likewise.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. X, v. 37)

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
      - Bible, "Golden Rule", Matthew
         (ch. VII, v. 12)

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.
      - Bible, Samuel (ch. II, v. 3)

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.
      - Hugh Blair

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
      - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and melancholy are incompatible.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The activity of the young is like that of rail cars in motion,--they tear along with noise and turmoil, and leave peace behind them. The quietest nooks, invaded by them, lose their quietude as they pass, and recover it only on their departure. Time's best gift to us is serenity.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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