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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
Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it. 
~Zig Ziglar
Note to self: finding a cool quote and writing it in your journal is not a substitute for Getting. It. Done. 
~Betsy Cañas Garmon
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
Never act until you have clearly answered the question: "What happens if I do nothing?" 
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
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. 
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
The trick to getting things done is to list things to do in doable order. 
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between. 
~John McPhee
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
A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.

~Robert Brault, "A Poem Missing the Word Woulda," www.robertbrault.com
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
Do not be wise in words - be wise in deeds. 
~Jewish Proverb
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
Now and then it's good to list all the things you regularly do for which there was once a good reason. 
~Robert Brault
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