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Suit the action to the word; the word to the action; with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature.

Take calculated risks. Act boldly and thoughtfully. Be an agile company.

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.

That action is not warrantable which either fears to ask the divine blessing on its performance, or having succeeded, does not come with thanksgiving to God for its success.

That man is blest who does his best and leaves the rest; do not worry.

The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes.

The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.

The actions of men are like the index of a book: they point out what is most remarkable in them.

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

The atmosphere is much too near for dreams. It forces us to action. It is close to us. We are in it and of it. It rouses us both to study and to do. We must know its moods and also its motive forces.

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.

The central problem of our age is how to act decisively in the absence of certainty.


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