It doesn’t take great men to do things, but it is doing things that makes men great.
— Arnold Glasgow
Never fail to do something because you don’t feel like it. Sometimes you just have to do it now, and you’ll feel like it later.
— Marie Freeman
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
— Mahatma Gandhi
It’s easier to act your way into new ways of feeling than to feel yourself into new ways of acting.
— Susan Glaser
Motivation doesn’t really exist outside of action. Motivation is movement. By taking action, by setting out along the path, we start the process, we create our own motivation.
— Anthony Grant and Jane Greene
When we cannot do what and where we would, we must do what and where we can.
— Matthew Henry
Being unready and ill-equipped is what you have to expect in life. You must always do with less than you need in a situation vastly different from what you would have chosen as appropriate for your special endowments.
— Charlton Ogburn, Jr.
Don’t wait until you “feel good” to move. It’s the movement that creates the good feelings.
— Deborah Shaw
The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind – jump in.
— Charles Swindoll
There are two kinds of “disabled” persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.
— Thomas Szasz
The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
— William Burnham
When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
— Les Brown
Anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
— Psalm 34:4
Fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If it turns out my best isn’t good enough, then at least I’ll never be able to look back and say I was too afraid to try.
— Michael Jordan
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
— Thomas Carlyle
We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is nature’s warning signal to get busy.
— Dale Carnegie
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
— Lewis Cass
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.
— Jean d’Alembert
The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.
We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act. It is often through taking action that we can discover some of them.
— Charlotte Bunch
When I talked, no one listened to me. But as soon as I acted I became persuasive, and I no longer find anyone skeptical.
— Gkosue Borsi
All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties.
— William Bradford
A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
— Reginna Brett
I see myself as a doer. I’m sure that other people have had ideas that were similar to mine. The difference is that I have carried mine into action, and they have not.
— Nolan Bushnell
Action makes more fortunes than caution.
— Marquis de Vauvenargues
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Procrastination and worry are the twin thieves that will try to rob you of your brilliance – but even the smallest action will drive them from your camp.
— Gil Atkinson
Action is the antidote to despair.
— Joan Baez
The person who dares to dream is ordinary, but the one who builds his dream is extra ordinary.
— Anne Beiler
Activity makes more men’s fortunes than cautiousness.
— Marquis de Vauvenargues
Don’t wait until you feel like taking a positive action. Take the action and then you will feel like doing it.
— Zig Ziglar
Action is eloquence.
— William Shakespeare
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
— Mother Teresa
Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.
— Anthony Robbins