27+ Best Action Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational action quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Most Famous Action Quotes

Actions speak louder than words. – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Deeds are fruits; words are leaves. – English (on words and deeds)

We all find ourselves in situations that at times seem hopeless. And, we all have the choice to do nothing or take action. – Catherine Pulsifer

Never confuse motion with action. – Benjamin Franklin

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. – Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet. – William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing is easy to the unwilling. – Gaelic (on attitude)

Discontent is the first necessity of progress. – Thomas A. Edison

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. – Chaucer (c.1343-1400)

Stay focused and don’t allow distractions to fill your mind or derail you from taking continued action. – Byron Pulsifer

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do. Nothing else. – Gandhi

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

It is in vain to expect any advantage from our profession of the truth, if we be not sincerely just and honest in our actions. – James Sharp

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

It isn’t confidence that comes first, but taking action. Confidence follows action. Scott Allan, Do It Scared

No action, no change. Limited action, limited change. Lots of action change occurs. – Catherine Pulsifer

The most common excuse that we like to give for not taking action is time. Many people feel like there are simply not enough hours in the day to get things done. – S. J. Scott, Habit Stacking

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. – Epictetus

What we think or what we know or what we believe is in the end of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do – John Ruskin

Willing is not enough, we must do. – Johann Von Goethe (1749-1832)

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. – Honore de Balzac

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius

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