“Always do what is right, because it is right.”


Quotes: On Action & Inaction

QUOTES TO INSPIRE US – to take action and inaction when necessary, all to make a difference, for ourselves and to the rest of the world.

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“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, a concerned person solves it.”
–Harold Stephens

“The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people.”

 “I don’t have the right to complain about something if I had the power to change it and did not.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”

“If you didn’t take action now, what would this ultimately cost you?”

“Think it, Say it, Do it!”
– Thank You and You’re Welcome

“It’s never too late to improve yourself.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 My greatest fear is that in the later years, I’ll look back at a long list of things “I never got to do”.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 “Feelings follow behavior.”
– Gordon Livingston

 “The biggest regrets in life are the risks you didn’t take.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 “It takes much energy and time to wish as it does to plan.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Never complain without offering a solution.”
– Thank You and You’re Welcome

“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”

“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.”
-William James

“Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
–Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
-Walt Disney

“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
-John Locke

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.”
-Henry Ford

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”
-Calvin Coolidge

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”
-Frederick Douglass

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”
-Peter Marshall

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
-Henri Bergson

“Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.”
-Japanese Proverb

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible; but also for what we do not do.”

“Concern should drive us into action – not depression.”
-Karen Horney

“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

“May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.”
-Immanuel Kant

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

 “Make a decision now, make a plan and start it. It’s just for now, not for the rest of your life. If you don’t like it tomorrow, CHANGE IT!”
– Author’s Brother Mark, How To Have Kick Ass Ideas

 “God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.”

 “I organize events like this because I need to keep believing that human beings are still in search of a better world. I need to contribute to making this possible.”
–Theo Wierema

 “Ideas change the world. Thoughts do not. The difference is that you can DO an idea.”
– How To Have Kick Ass Ideas

 “You have to reach for the stars; they’re not just going to land on your front porch.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 “If you don’t consciously choose your state, one will be subconsciously chosen for you. So WAKE UP!”
–How To Have Kick Ass Ideas

 “The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.”
-Chinese Proverb

“If you can’t solve a problem, then you are part of it.”

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
-Henry Ford

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
-Lucille Ball

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”

 “We can change things by simply believing them to be different.”

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.”
-Sydney Smith

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.”
— Marie B. Ray

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
-Ryunosuke Satoro

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.”

“We are responsible for whatever we do, no matter how we feel.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
-William James

“How can you make the world a better place today?”
–Drinie Aguilar

“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

“He who reforms himself has done more toward reforming the public than a crowd of noisy, impotent patriots.”
-Johann Kaspar Lavater

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
-Zig Ziglar

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Sometimes, it is more important to discover what one cannot do than what one can do.”
-Lin Yutang

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes all it takes is a voice, one voice that becomes a hundred, then a thousand, unless it’s silenced.”
– Newsies

 “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.”

 “Nothing would be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”
– Cardinal Newman

“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.”
– Mario Andretti

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”

“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

 “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.”
-Alfred North Whitehead

“A wish changes nothing, a decision changes everything.”

“What good is inspiration if it’s not backed up by action?”

“Are you a ‘how’ thinker, or an ‘if’ thinker?”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

“How to handle most people: Speak, and they will question. Do, and they will follow.”
–via Twitter

“Stop saying I WISH. Start saying I WILL.”

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

“I get pretty impatient with people who are able-bodied but are somehow paralyzed for other reasons.”
–Christopher Reeve

“You can make a wish, or you can start making it happen.”

“In every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
–Isaac Newton

“It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do if they don’t have to.”
-Walter Linn

“If God sees the future and it’s already recorded in Heaven, then it isn’t a future at all. Therefore, man is the future of man. We have a virgin future waiting for us.”
-Jean Paul Sartre

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
–Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe

 “If you cannot feed a hundred people, feed just one.”
–Mother Teresa

“Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today, you can put it off tomorrow.”
-James A. Michener

“Learning what you can do is more important than what you can do.”
–Lucille Ball

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and ALWAYS start with the person nearest you.”
–Mother Teresa

“The only thing necessary for the TRIUMPH of EVIL is for GOOD men to DO NOTHING.”
–Edmund Burke

 “Great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance. What will your contribution be? How will history remember you?”
–The Emperor’s Club

“The manager accepts the status quo. The leader challenges it.”
–Warren Bennis

“Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about the things that matter.”

“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, I will do.”
–Dwight Moody

“Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“”The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintained their neutrality.”
-Author Unknown

“To go nowhere, follow the crowd.”
–John Maxwell

“Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.”
-William James

 “Never forget that it only takes one person or one idea to change your life forever.”
-Life’s Little Instruction Book

 “Will people say this about your life: S/he did nothing in particular, and did it very well?”

 “Ten years from today, what will you wish you had done now?”

 “What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part – through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk – to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.”
-President Barrack Obama, A More Perfect Union

 “But even worse than being bald, I really hated, hated, hated being sent to report on other people’s tragedies as a part of my daily duty, knowing that I was just expected to observe, when everything in my instinct told me that I should be doing something, I should be lending a hand.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker: expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy, speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.”
-Thomas Watson

“Intention is the fundamental impulse that activates all action.”
-Deepak Chopra

“The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.”
-Japanese Proverb

 “Once you pour the water out of the bucket, it’s hard to get it back in it.”
-Chinese Proverbs

“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”
-German Proverb

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.”

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
-Winston Churchill

“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.”
-Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949

“The finest eloquence is that which gets things done.”
-David Lloyd George

 “To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his action but by his inaction and in either case, he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”
-John Stuart Mill

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
-Edmund Burke