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I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate.
      - Adam Clarke

You must act as you breathe.
      - Georges B.E. Clemenceau

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

No two things differ more than hurry and despatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind; despatch of a strong one.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Our actions must clothe us with an immortality loathsome or glorious.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The only things in which we can be said to have any property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad, yet produce no poison; they may be good, yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken away by misfortune, our reputation by malice, our spirits by calamity, our health by disease, our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone, we cannot say that we shall carry nothing with us when we die, neither that we shall go naked out of the world.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
      - Calvin Coolidge

It is better to wear out than to rust out.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Actions rare and sudden do commonly proceed from fierce necessity, of else from some oblique design, which is ashamed to show itself in the public road.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.
      - Dorothy Day

Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.
      - Sir John Denham, The Sophy--A Tragedy

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

For good or evil must in our actions meet;
  Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
      - Dr. John Donne

Prodigious actions may as well be done, by weaver's issue, as the prince's son.
      - John Dryden

There is only one proof of ability,--action.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
      - Albert Einstein

Nothing happens until something moves.
      - Albert Einstein

People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
      - Albert Einstein

For strong souls
  Live like fire-hearted suns; to spend their strength
    In furthest striving action.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. IV)

A man's action is only a poicture book of his creed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every noble activity makes room for itself.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are thought by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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