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To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.
Ali ibn Abi Talib
Yet we act as if simple cause and effect is at work. We push to find the one simple reason things have gone wrong. We look for the one action, or the one person, that created this mess. As soon as we find someone to blame, we act as if we've solved the problem.
Margaret J. Wheatley
Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
All fiction is about people, unless it's about rabbits pretending to be people. It's all essentially characters in action, which means characters moving through time and changes taking place, and that's what we call 'the plot'.
Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.
But the action film genre is gonna have to come up with some new bad guys.
Critical and liberating dialogue, which presupposes action, must be carried on with the oppressed at whatever the stage of their struggle for liberation. The content of that dialogue can and should vary in accordance with historical conditions and the level at which the oppressed perceive reality.
Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
Claude Adrien Helvetius
When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action.
The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
James Russell Lowell
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
William Butler Yeats
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
Henri Frederic Amiel
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.
What I would say to the young men and women who are beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty, not like going to the zoo but to take action, to open their hearts and their consciences.
Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation.
Yet what you need is not marches, demonstrations, rallies or wide associations, all of them are important. What you need is direct action. The sooner people understand that, the sooner we'll begin to change things.
An action doesn't have to be wrong just because it is not logical. It doesn't have to be right just because it has its logic.
It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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