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67 Action Quotes to Inspire ‘Walk the Talk’ (ACT)

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You to Take the Right Action

Do every act in thy life as if it were the last. - Marcus Antoninus
Do every act in thy life as if it were the last. – Marcus Antoninus
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. - E. H. Chapin
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. – E. H. Chapin
Man’s practices are the best indexes of his principles. - Stephen Charnock
Man’s practices are the best indexes of his principles. – Stephen Charnock
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. - Dale Carnegie
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise. - James Howell
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise. – James Howell
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. - John Locke
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. – John Locke
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. – Thomas Jefferson
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. - Lewis Cass
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. – Lewis Cass
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.

41 Empowering Quotes About Actions Over Words (ATTITUDE & DREAM)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. - Leonardo da Vinci
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. - Aristotle
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. – Aristotle
You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great. - Zig Ziglar
You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great. – Zig Ziglar
Action may not always bring happiness... but there is no happiness without action. - Benjamin Disraeli
Action may not always bring happiness… but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli
The path to success is to take massive, determined actions. - Tony Robbins
The path to success is to take massive, determined actions. – Tony Robbins
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. - Tony Robbins
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. – Tony Robbins
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. - Arnold Glasow
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. – Arnold Glasow
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. - Baltasar Gracian
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. – Baltasar Gracian
Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin
Well done is better than well said. – Benjamin Franklin

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. - Zig Ziglar
Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. – Zig Ziglar
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. - Norman Vincent Peale
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. – Norman Vincent Peale
Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. - David Lloyd George
Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – David Lloyd George
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. - Amelia Earhart
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart
The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts - it gives you what you demand with your actions. - Steve Maraboli
The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts – it gives you what you demand with your actions. – Steve Maraboli
We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something. - Mother Teresa
We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something. – Mother Teresa

“Let every man or woman here remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.”

Russel H. Conwell
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. - Confucius
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. – Confucius
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. - Confucius
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience. - Philip J. Runkel
Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience. – Philip J. Runkel
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. - Jack Canfield
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. – Jack Canfield
Dream big, start small, but most of all, start. - Simon Sinek
Dream big, start small, but most of all, start. – Simon Sinek
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. - Peter Marshall
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. – Peter Marshall
There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it. - Mario Cuomo
There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it. – Mario Cuomo
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit. - Conrad Hilton
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton
Never confuse motion with action. - Benjamin Franklin
Never confuse motion with action. – Benjamin Franklin
Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoléon Bonaparte
Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoléon Bonaparte
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. - Napoléon Bonaparte
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. – Napoléon Bonaparte
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. - Mark Twain
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. – Mark Twain
You are what you do, not what you say you do. - Carl Jung
You are what you do, not what you say you do. – Carl Jung
That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do the thing you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do the thing you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You need to know it's your actions that will make you a good person, not desire. - Matthew Quick
You need to know it’s your actions that will make you a good person, not desire. – Matthew Quick
Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it. - Mahatma Gandhi
Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it. – Mahatma Gandhi
There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. - John F. Kennedy
There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. - Warren Buffett
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffett
Nothing happens until something moves. - Albert Einstein
Nothing happens until something moves. – Albert Einstein
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. - Wayne Dyer
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. – Wayne Dyer

16 Thought-provoking Quotes on Action to Inspire You to Think Deep and Act

Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought. - Henri Bergson
Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought. – Henri Bergson
Practice is the soul of knowledge. - Thomas Adams
Practice is the soul of knowledge. – Thomas Adams
Sympathy is no substitute for action. - David Livingstone
Sympathy is no substitute for action. – David Livingstone
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. - Thomas Carlyle
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. – Thomas Carlyle
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. - Dale Carnegie
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. – Dale Carnegie
Words are leaves - deeds are fruit. - Anon
Words are leaves – deeds are fruit. – Anon
All our activity is sowing; and so is our inactivity. - John Blanchard
All our activity is sowing; and so is our inactivity. – John Blanchard
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. - John Calvin
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. – John Calvin
Unless a man has to do more than he can do, he will not do all that he can do. - Gordon Cooper
Unless a man has to do more than he can do, he will not do all that he can do. – Gordon Cooper
It is not enough that our actions be good and praiseworthy, if our intentions are not pure and upright. It is to profane the good to do it with a bad end in view. - Jean Daillé
It is not enough that our actions be good and praiseworthy, if our intentions are not pure and upright. It is to profane the good to do it with a bad end in view. – Jean Daillé
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge. - Thomas Fuller
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge. – Thomas Fuller
Make no distinction in your conduct between small things and great. - William Taylor
Make no distinction in your conduct between small things and great. – William Taylor
God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. - St. Augustine
God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. – St. Augustine
Behaviour is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Behaviour is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The actions of men form an infallible index of their own character. - Geoffrey B. Wilson
The actions of men form an infallible index of their own character. – Geoffrey B. Wilson
The conduct of our lives is the only proof of the sincerity of our hearts. - Robert Wilson
The conduct of our lives is the only proof of the sincerity of our hearts. – Robert Wilson

Conclusion: The Importance of Taking Action

Many people believe in the saying “actions speak louder than words” for words lose their meaning and intention without proof.

It is easier to determine one’s character through their actions and what they act upon. Through the advent of social media, people grow more and more inclined to only talking about their good sides but lacking to act upon it.

It is widely believed that promises without follow-through are considered empty, and acting on these promises makes a person more trustworthy.

Politicians who run for office for example promise their future constituents to act on plans that could be beneficial to the community. As a voter one must judge these politicians based on their ability to execute these promises. Action gains more favor than inaction.

Prodding one’s self to action helps in building motivation, which could mean the difference between success and failure.

Acting on one’s word strengthens morals and values, here it is determined whether or not one truly believes them or not, much like the saying “walk your talk.”

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