Action Sayings and Quotes

Words have a purpose, but they can only do so much. Without deeds, words are empty promises. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to do the work with the collection of wise and insightful action quotes below.

Actions speak louder than words.      

Abraham Lincoln

Deeds are fruits; words are leaves.      

English (on words and deeds)

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.      

Washington Irving

Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.      

William Shakespeare

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.      

Gaelic (on attitude)

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.      


The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Willing is not enough, we must do.      

Johann Von Goethe

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.     


Never confuse motion with action.     

Benjamin Franklin

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.     

Baltasar Gracian

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

I never worry about action, but only inaction.     

Winston Churchill

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.     

Oscar Wilde

Action may not always bring happiness. But there is no happiness without action.     

Benjamin Disraeli

We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act. It is often through taking action that we can discover some of them.     

Charlotte Bunch

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.     

Napolean Bonaparte

Well done is better than well said.     

Benjamin Franklin

Always do more than is required of you.     

George S. Patton

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

Action hangs, as it were, dissolved in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.     

Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.     

Thomas Carlyle

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.     

Peter Marshall

Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.     

Thomas Huxley

For purposes of action, nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Action is the antidote to despair.     

Joan Baez

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.     

Harold Nicolson

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.     

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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

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

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.     


The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.     

Red Auerbach

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.     

Al Batt

Nothing happens until something moves.     

Albert Einstein

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.     

Sally Berger

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.     

Jacob Bronowski

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.     

Russell C. Taylor

Your words become your actions, your actions become your habits.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts - it gives you what you demand with your actions.     

Steve Maraboli

You need to know it's your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.     

Matthew Quick

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.     

John Locke

I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.     

George Eliot

People are not who they say but rather who their actions reveal them to be. Be smart about it.     

Ziad K. Abdelnour

Your actions must reflect your goals in order to achieve true success.     

Steve Maraboli

If your actions don't live up to your words, you have nothing to say.     

DaShanne Stokes

Thoughts do more. Words to much. Actions do much more.     

Israelmore Ayivor

When the actions becomes frequent than the words, success becomes heavier than the dreams. Do more, say less.     

Israelmore Ayivor

The future is greatly different than your life now, the actions that you take must also be greatly different. You cannot do the same thing and get something different.     

Steve Maraboli

Actions always have consequences!     

Joel Coen

Think about it this way--our actions speak truth our words cannot.     

Suzanne Hayes

The smallest actions reveal the most about a heart's true color, so pay attention to them. Actions are the true words of the heart.     

Suzy Kassem

Our inactions, like our actions, define who we are and what are true values are.     

Richard H. Eyster

After a while, you realize that putting your actions where your mouth makes you less likely to have to put your money where your mouth is.     

Criss Jami

We can’t sufficiently define love with our words. Therefore, the only option that we’re left with is to show it in our actions. And if our actions don’t show it, the words don’t matter. Neither does anything else.     

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Show the youth the consequences of their actions and why they should choose wisely.     

Sunday Adelaja

Consequences are connected to our actions. Therefore, it is crucial to be ever conscious and aware of what we think, do, and say. Those thoughts, action, and words will literally define who we are.     

Michael G Sawaya

Actions speak louder than words, especially the actions of bringing the loudspeaker closer to your mouth!     

Ankala Subbarao

Actions really are louder than words, judge everyone by their ability to be as good as her/his word. Give a second chance once.     

Tracy Malone

Make your words follow your actions and not the other way around.     

Marty Rubin

Our actions must be directed, tempered and brought under the full authority of a greater calling.      

Craig D. Lounsbrough

You have that choice to do actions which make closer to your goals in life.     

Purvi Raniga

Your actions will show if your words are true.     

Lidia Longorio

The future is only as bright and as wonderful as the dreams and actions that you create.     

Steven Redhead

The actions of an adult are clearly distinguishable from that of a baby. He clears every doubt without a doubt thereby proving beyond all reasonable and unreasonable doubts that his maturity is not superficial.     

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

If you are not happy today, it is because you have not performed the right actions at the right time in the past.     

Awdhesh Singh

Only when one is free to choose, one can be responsible for one’s actions.     

Et Imperatrix Noctem

There are situations that make you ask questions and actions that give you answers.     

Carlos Wallace

Certain emotions drive certain thoughts and actions. Knowing your emotional drivers is essential to regulate behavior.     

Krishna Saagar Rao

All actions begin with a thought.     

Jim Genovese

Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.     

Henri L. Bergson

Your actions are loud that I can't hear what you're saying.     

Godfrey Thomas

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

The one thing you say you will do require thousands of actions.     

Eric Thomas

To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Actions are divided into two categories - physical actions and mental actions.     

Zett Why

Others only see a tiny part of our actions, because we usually hide our real thoughts and their intentions in realizing and avoiding possible complications.     

Zett Why

All that happens to us is a direct consequence of our actions and the choices we have made.     

Zett Why

Take responsibility for your actions, and bring in the fear of death as a lawyer.     

Zett Why

A defeated mindset will never produce winning actions.     

Elizabeth Margo

If people remembered that they must reap the negative verbal attacks and spiteful actions done against others, I believe many of their words and actions would be different.     

Elizabeth Margo

Trying to "incorporate" the likeness and actions of others.     

Elizabeth Margo

Actions are also contagious.     

I. C. Robledo

This is about how much I love you. Theres no words or actions that could ever show.     

Kayla Bailey Jay

To see who were their friends or foes, and how our actions fell or rose;     

Matthew Prior

It’s feelin’ kind an’ gentle to everything that’s weak, and doin’ jus’ sich actions as nearly seem to speak.     

Dame Mary Gilmore

Stand for what you believe, speak less and let actions define you.     

Beverley Childs

Your thoughts will become your actions.     

I. C. Robledo

Your actions will become reaction in others - and those reactions will mimic the original action.     

I. C. Robledo

Our default actions are likely to fall back to what we have seen our parents do.     

I. C. Robledo

I have taken great care not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them.     

James Owen

We must intentionally build more character from our actions so that we can inject more character into our world.     

Jason B. Cunningham

Don't assume that the inevitable will occur by chance, for our actions and words are not meaningless exercises of free will.     

Jason B. Cunningham

One's words will always matter, but one's actions are the better indicator of the character beneath one's skin.     

Jason B. Cunningham

Our thoughts determine our actions.     

Billy Graham

A man who did not leave a mark in actions should try to leave a mark in words; but when you fail in both you shall be considered the most miserable.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

A man with so many words and does not have so many actions, let the wise be afraid of him.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

The largeness of a man's heart is determined by his actions.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

Much discussion without actions does not make a man a warrior.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

It is not what a person says that should be heard but the observation of the actions that surrounds his words.      

Beverley Childs