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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  ~John Locke

Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.  ~Italian Proverb

After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.  ~Author Unknown

The shortest answer is doing.  ~Lord Herbert

Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.  ~Alfred Adler

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.  ~Frank Tibolt

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.  ~Arabian Proverb

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.  ~Arnold Glasow

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.  ~Brendan Francis

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.  ~Peter Marshall

Never mistake motion for action.  ~Ernest Hemingway

Action is eloquence.  ~William Shakespeare

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.  ~Washington Irving, adapted from a verse in the Bible

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.  ~Oscar Wilde

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg.  ~Author Unknown

If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas.  ~Charles Barkley

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.  ~Edmund Burke

Talk doesn't cook rice.  ~Chinese Proverb

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.  ~Baltasar Gracian

All know the way; few actually walk it.  ~Bodhidharma

Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort

The first step binds one to the second.  ~French Proverb

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act.  ~G.K. Chesterton

If your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.  ~Henry J. Kaiser

There is no moment like the present.  The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards:  they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.  ~Maria Edgeworth

Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one.  ~Charles de Gaulle, War Memoirs, 1960

Action is the antidote to despair.  ~Joan Baez

Ironically, making a statement with words is the least effective method.  ~Grey Livingston

He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between.  ~John McPhee

Action worships the deed.  ~Nathaniel LeTonnerre, translated

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.  Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures.  They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.  ~Ernest Newman

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.  ~Harold Nicolson

The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner

He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire:  to make something.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Don't find fault.  Find a remedy.  ~Henry Ford

What ought to have been done, and what shall be done, often stifle doing between them.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now.  ~Jonatan Mårtensson

Nature takes away any faculty that is not used.  ~William R. Inge

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.  ~Benjamin Franklin

If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through.  How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things?  ~George Clason

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness:  not to be a mere rushing on.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.  ~James Baldwin

Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.  ~Tehyi Hsieh

Men expect too much, do too little.  ~Allen Tate

When deeds speak, words are nothing.  ~African Proverb

As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.  ~Andrew Carnegie

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.  ~William F. Halsey

The best way out of a problem is through it.  ~Author Unknown

I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.  ~William J. Lock

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.  ~Lewis Cass

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.  ~Calvin Coolidge

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