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Action is the music of our life. Like music, it starts from a pause of leisure, a silence of activity which our initiative attacks; then it develops according to its inner logic, passes its climax, seeks its cadence, ends, and restores silence, leisure again. Action and leisure are thus interdependent; echoing and recalling each other, so that action enlivens leisure with its memories and anticipations, and leisure expands and raises action beyond its mere immediate self and gives it a permanent meaning. See quote detail

Action is the only reality, not only reality but morality, as well.

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.

Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.

Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often.

Active creation is conceived as a transitive action in which there is always presupposed an object about which the agent is concerned; it is virtually but not formally transitive because it makes, not presupposes, an object.

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and sadness are incompatible.

Activity is God's medicine; the highest genius is willingness and ability to do hard work. Any other conception of genius makes it a doubtful, if not a dangerous possession.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and color from the end to which they are subservient.

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.

All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.

All glory comes from daring to begin.

All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.


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