Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.
Being willing is not enough. We must do.
Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
When our thoughts - which bring actions - are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be.
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.
Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.
Because we have so much eye candy and mind candy, spending so much time trying to pay the rent, all of this conspires to keep us from thinking too hard or taking action from that. Our time is stolen. So much of our daily life is stolen.
Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.
We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.
Fanatic is often the name given to people of action by people who are lazy.
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