50 Action Quotes

Action quotes clearly show the contrast between doing and simply talking; perseverance over quitting and strength of character over weakness. These action quotes speak to the issue of inspiration to move forward and not to stay mired in a problem. They speak of taking positive action when faced with a challenge rather than taking no action at all.

The word "action" defines its' intention - that is to move in direct opposition to being stuck. It is the forward movement in all of life that foreshadows accomplishment rather than living in past glories or past success. Sometimes, as you will read, there is a cost or a risk to action; but, inaction never resolves anything.

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    Quotes about Taking Action

  1. "Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  2. "Actions are the seed of fate." - Harry S Truman


  3. The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision
  4. "The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision." - W. Clement Stone


  5. "Doing means jumping in and choosing something, anything, but taking action and moving from thinking to doing." - Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.


  6. "In each step we forge, success quietly waits, Actions sculpt fate, unlocking triumph's gates." - Author Unknown


  7. When you are feeling stressed, taking action will result in less stress
  8. "When you are feeling stressed, taking action will result in less stress" Catherine Pulsifer


  9. "We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." - Oliver Wendell Holmes


  10. "Seeds of change sprout only when we water them with action; to transform dreams into reality, one must cultivate the garden of action." - Author Unknown


  11. Looking for ways to be happy, just take action and help others.
  12. "Looking for ways to be happy, just take action and help others." - Catherine Pulsifer


  13. "A dream will not change a thing - action taken - change it brings." - Catherine Pulsifer


  14. Plans don't change lives, actions do.
  15. "Plans don't change lives, actions do." - Matt Morris


  16. "A time to stand up and a time to sit, — but see that the time and actions fit." - Alden Arthur Knipe



  17. Quotes about Courageous Action

  18. "Actions are the seed of fate." - Harry S Truman


  19. "The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention." - Larry Eisenberg


  20. You can't do everything at once, but you can do something at once.
  21. "You can't do everything at once, but you can do something at once. " - Calvin Coolidge


  22. May your wishes turns into a goal for you! And, more importantly, take the action to see it come true." - Catherine Pulsifer, You Can Wish


  23. "Strength comes from taking action not from giving up." - Catherine Pulsifer


  24. Patience is the ability to know when to act.
  25. "Patience is the ability to know when to act." - Catherine Pulsifer


  26. "We should be as careful of our words as of our actions." - Author Unknown


  27. "There are two ways you can take things in stride: one, by giving up, throwing in the towel, or, two, by pushing and taking action with determination." - Catherine Pulsifer


  28. Accept responsibility for your own actions
  29. "Accept responsibility for your own actions." Jerry Jenkins, Twelve Things I Want my Kids to Remember


  30. "So if this is really what you want to do, get out there and take action. Be all you can be, turn that key." - Catherine Pulsifer



  31. Quotes about the Power of Action

  32. "The process of setting a goal on the outer boundaries of what we think is possible, and then systematically pursuing it, is one of the most fulfilling parts about being human." - Brad Stulberg; Steve Magness


  33. "The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something." - Carl Sandburg


  34. "Love can only be found through the act of loving." - Paulo Coelho


  35. "A true friend is one who acts - by their actions your life it does impact." - Catherine Pulsifer


  36. A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.
  37. "A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one." - Francis Jeffery


  38. "Dreaming is the first step to achieving your desires, taking action is the second step to success." - Catherine Pulsifer
    This quote is saying that having dreams is the initial step toward getting what you want. We need to remember that dreaming is good, but making a move and doing something about it is what leads to success.


  39. "An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied." - Arnold Glascow


  40. "You never can tell when you do an act just what the result will be, but with every deed you are sowing a seed, though its harvest you may not see." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox



  41. Quotes about Overcoming Inaction

  42. "Most people stop short of taking action; they spend more time thinking about what they need to do and analyzing it all. This wastes so much time and energy. Time and energy that could be put to better use by taking action." - Wendy Hearn


  43. "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging." - Will Rogers


  44. The secret to making things happen is not about having a positive attitude.  It's about  taking positive action.
  45. "The secret to making things happen is not about having a positive attitude. It's about taking positive action." - Paul Boynton


  46. "Take small actions every day toward defeating something that scares you and rejection loses its power." - Scott Allan, Rejection Free


  47. Do or do not. There is no try.
  48. "Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda


  49. For those people who have had dreams but have never taken even one action to start on their pathway to accomplishment means that they will forever ask, "what if". - Byron Pulsifer


  50. "There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." - John F. Kennedy


  51. The great end of life is not knowledge but action
  52. "The great end of life is not knowledge but action." - Thomas H. Huxley


  53. "Just Do It!" - Nike Advertisement


  54. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt



  55. Quotes about Empowering Action

  56. "True faith is focused in and on the Lord Jesus Christ and always leads to action." - David A. Bednar


  57. "You can spark a community. Don’t sit back and wait for one to appear." - Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh; Kai Elmer Sotto, Get Together


  58. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
  59. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action. Christian Nevell Bovee
    This quote means that what we think often leads to what we do. Our thoughts have a way of influencing and showing up in our actions.


  60. "The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." - Herbert Spencer


  61. "If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader." - Dolly Parton


  62. Don't waste your life waiting for others to take action, live your passion, set your goals and move in the direction to attain them.
  63. Don't waste your life waiting for others to take action, live your passion, set your goals and move in the direction to attain them. Mary Bermer
    This quote encourages you not to spend your life waiting for others to do things. Be proactive by setting your goals to achieve what you love to do, don't be someone else, be you. And don't wait for someone else to figure it out, take steps today to move you forward to live the life that you have dreamed about.


  64. "Sometimes words just can not express our feelings. Sometimes our actions are much more meaningful than words." - Catherine Pulsifer


  65. "Whatever you wish to accomplish, be willing to do." - Raja Yoga, Decide


  66. Take small actions every day toward defeating something that scares you and rejection loses its power.
  67. "Take small actions every day toward defeating something that scares you and rejection loses its power." - Scott Allan, Rejection Free


  68. "For, as the present hour is spent, so must the future be; each action lives, in its effect, through all eternity." - S. W. Irvin, A Little Sonnet About Little Things


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