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It is praiseworthy even to attempt a great action.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Our actions are like the terminations of verses; which we rhyme as we please.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We should often be ashamed of our very best actions, if the world only saw the motives which caused them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives whcih producted them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

However resplendent an action may be, it should not be accounted great unless it is the result of a great design.
  [Fr., Quelque eclatente que soit une action, elle ne doit pas passer pour grande, lorqeu'elle n'est pas l'effet d'un grand essein.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

Gentle in method, resolute in action.
      - Latin Quotations

Never do an act of which you doubt the justice or propriety.
      - Latin Quotations

Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He is incapable of a truly good action that finds not a pleasure in contemplating the actions of others.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The life of man is made up of action and endurance; and life is fruitful in the ratio in which it is laid out in noble action or in patient perseverance.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of the thoughts.
      - John Locke (1)

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
      - John Locke (1)

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
      - Vince Lombardi

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
  Is our destined end or way;
    But to act, that each to-morrow
      Finds us farther than to-day.
 * * * * *
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
  Let the dead Past bury its dead!
    Act, act, in the living Present!
      Heart within, and God o'erhead!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
  Let the dead past bury its dead!
    Act,--act in the living Present!
      Heart within and God o'erhead.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        A Psalm of Life

No action, whether foul or fair,
  Is ever done, but it leaves somewhere
    A record, written by fingers ghostly,
      As a blessing or a curse, and mostly
        In the greater weakness or greater strength
          Of the acts which follow it.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (pt. II, A Village Church)

The food one, after every action, closes
  His volume, and ascends with it to God.
    The other keeps his dreadful day-book open
      Till sunset, that we may repent; which doing,
        The record of the action fades away,
          And leaves a line of white across the page
            Now if my act be good, as I believe,
              It cannot be recalled. It is already
                Sealed up in heaven, as a good deed accomplished.
                  The rest is yours.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. VI)

With useless endeavour,
  Forever, forever,
    Is Sisyphus rolling
      His stone up the mountain!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora--Chorus of the Eumenides

Let us then be up and doing,
  With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
      Long to labor and to wait.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Psalm of Life

For each of our actions there are only consequences.
      - James Lovelock,
        Gaia: A New Look of Life on Earth
         (p. 140)

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments
  in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

Thinking that nothing was done, if anything remained to do.
  [Lat., Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (II, 657)

It is good policy to strike while the iron is hot; it is still better to adopt Cromwell's procedure, and make the iron hot by striking. The masterspirit who can rule the storm is great, but he is much greater who can both raise and rule it.
      - Elias L. Magoon

It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.
      - Horace Mann

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
      - Peter Marshall

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