Good thoughts, though God accept them, yet toward men are little better than good dreams except they be put in action.
All our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes do their variety from light.
The firefly only shines when on the wing; so it is with the mind; when we rest we darken.
A right act strikes a chord that extends through the whole universe, touches all moral intelligence, visits every world, vibrates along its whole extent, and conveys its vibrations to the very bosom of God!
Think that day lost whose slow descending sun views from thy hand no noble action done.
Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and sadness are incompatible.
What man knows should find expression in what he does.—The chief value of superior knowledge is that it leads to a performing manhood.
A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.
Every noble activity makes room for itself.
Life was not given for indolent contemplation and study of self, nor for brooding over emotions of piety: actions and actions only determine the worth.
Actions are ours; their consequences belong to heaven.
Remember you have not a sinew whose law of strength is not action; not a faculty of body, mind, or soul, whose law of improvement is not energy.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are the more
leisure we have.
Mark this well, ye proud men of action! ye are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
Life, in all ranks and situations, is an outward occupation, an actual and active work.
Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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.
Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel.
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a great deal about their acts.
Life though a short, is a working day.—Activity may lead to evil; but inactivity cannot be led to good.
To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger, is common enough. But it is the part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.
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.
Only actions give to life its strength, as only moderation gives it its charm.
A holy act strengthens the inward holiness. It is a seed of life growing into more life.
Great actions, the lustre of which dazzles us, are represented by politicians as the effects of deep design; whereas they are commonly the effects of caprice and passion. Thus the war between Augustus and Antony, supposed to be owing to their ambition to give a master to the world, arose probably from jealousy.
Doing is the great thing. For if, resolutely, people do what is right, in time they come to like doing it.
If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life—if you cannot look back to those to whom you owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom you ought to afford protection, still it is no less incumbent on you to move steadily in the path of duty: for your active exertions are due not only to society; but in humble gratitude to the Being who made you a member of it, with powers to serve yourself and others.
Be great in act, as you have been in thought.—Suit the action to the word and the word to the action.
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook unless the deed go with it.
Action is eloquence; the eyes of the ignorant are more learned than their ears.
It is vain to expect any advantage from our profession of the truth if we be not sincerely just and honest in our actions.
Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust.
In all exigencies or miseries, lamentation becomes fools, and action wise folk.
Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
To will and not to do when there is opportunity, is in reality not to will; and to love what is good and not to do it, when it is possible, is in reality not to love it.
The actions of men are like the index of a book: they point out
what is most remarkable in them.
In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.
Nothing, says Goethe, is so terrible as activity
without insight.—Look before you leap is a maxim for the world.
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.