Actions & Activity

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

When every wish was magic, and we were afraid of nothing.

Dare to be wise; begin to live.

The journey of a thousand miles began with but with a single step.

He who has begun his task is halfway done. Have the courage to be wise; Begin!

Seize the day!

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in tomorrow.

Hold for yourself the belief that each day that dawns is your last.

Teach him to live a life rather than to avoid death, life is not breath but action.

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Freedom! A fine word when rightly understood. What freedom would you have? What is the freedom of the most free? To act rightly!

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.

No one knows what it is that he can do until he tries. - Sophocles

Life is doing things, not making things.

The work "by the sweat of thy face" has reduced man to slavery and misery; the "activity out of love" will make him free and happy.

The true gentleman does not preach his beliefs until he does so by his actions.

It is only by the influence of individuals who can set an example, whom the masses recognize as their leaders, that they can be induced to submit to the labors and renunciation on which the existence of civilization and culture depends.

It is best to lead by example than by decree.

Let nothing be done in your life, which will cause you fear if it becomes known to your neighbor.

Always act as if you were seen.

Mistakes are the dues one pays for a full life.

Compromise does not mean cowardice.

The first duty of men is to take none of the principles of conduct upon trust and to do nothing without a clear and individual conviction that it is right to be done.

It is often by the small actions of our daily lives that over time we have the greatest influence on the world.

A man who can see will move forward more surely than a blind man with a trustworthy guide. It is the same for a person following an enlightened understanding and a person following an obedience to custom.

To stand still on the summit of perfection is difficult, and in the natural course of things, what cannot go forward slips back.

That which is necessary is never a risk.

Only by his actions can a man make himself and his life whole. You are responsible for what you have done and people you have influenced.

A man's own natural duty, even if it seems imperfectly done, is better than work not naturally his own, even if it is well-performed.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

Act in the living present.

When in doubt if an action is good or bad, refrain.

Choose how to act when there is a clear choice between good and bad consequences.

Of two evils the least is to be chosen.

Make reason your guide.

The most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: those who Make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, but for whom to live is to be every moment what they already are, without imposing on themselves any effort toward perfection, mere buoys that float on the waves.

Do not be reckless in your conduct with others, or set yourself stubbornly against the multitude. Desire the peace and repose of the world in order to preserve the lives of people, and cease action when enough has been obtained for the nourishment of others and yourself. This is the way of the superior man.

Act so that it will give your friends no occasion for regret and your foes no cause for joy.


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