Action Quotes: 78 Powerful Quotes to Inspire to Take Action

Action Quotes: 78 Powerful Quotes to Inspire to Take Action


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You may love reading books, attending seminars, and listening to motivational videos.

But, is it going to serve any purpose if you don’t muster the courage to act upon what you’ve learnt?

No, my dear friend. It isn’t going to serve any purpose. Period.

Getting started with what you have is important. Never wait for everything to be perfect.

Have your dreams and goals clear. Take the first step, work hard, and never give up.

Here’s a list of 78 action quotes to inspire you to take action to create the future you desire.


#1. 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

#2. The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

— Herbert Spencer

#3. Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.

— Khaled Hosseini

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

— Confucius

#5. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

— Thomas Jefferson

#6. It was the character that got us out of bed, the commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.

— Zig Ziglar

#7. Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

— Henri Bergson

#8. An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

— Jack Welch

#9. There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.

— John F. Kennedy

#10. What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

— Meister Eckhart

#11. An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

— Edward de Bono

#12. Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves.

— Herbert Hoover

#13. 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

#14. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

— Joe Sabah

#15. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle

#16. That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

#17. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

— William Faulkner

#18. Action may not always bring happiness … but there is no happiness without action.

— Benjamin Disraeli

#19. 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

#20. Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.

— Robert Collier

#21. 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

#22. Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.

— Anthony Robbins

#23. 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

#24. 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. Tailor

#25. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

#26. “Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— Steve Maraboli

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

— Matthew Quick

#29. You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.

— Julien Smith

#30. “Knowledge is power: You hear it all the time but knowledge is not power. It’s only potential power. It only becomes power when we apply it and use it.

Somebody who reads a book and doesn’t apply it, they’re at no advantage over someone who’s illiterate.

None of it works unless YOU work. We have to do our part. If knowing is half the battle, the action is the second half of the battle.”

— Jim Kwik

#31. No more excuses. No more self-sabotage. No more self-pity. No more comparing yourself to others. Time to step up. Take action right now and start living your life with purpose.

— Anthon St. Maarten

#32. Putting your own life on hold is all fun and games until every opportunity passes you by. There will never be a right time. Just different days, some more convenient than others.

― Torron-Lee Dewar

#33. Stop waiting for somebody to elevate your game. You are already equipped with everything you need to manifest your own greatness.

— Germany Kent

#34. The good news is that at the Break of Dawn you have the choice to either stay in bed and keep dreaming or wake up and pursue your dreams. The only one who can make your dreams come true is you.

— Bernard Kelvin Clive

#35. Sitting idle and allowing things to happen isn’t written in the destiny, it is the same blank page which you could have written, but you didn’t, and nothing is happening because you have chosen to leave the page of your destiny as blank.

— Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

#36. Stop looking at what you don’t have and start using what you do have. Stop living in a fantasy world and create the life you want to live by taking action.

— Sope Agbelus

#37. The real measure of intelligence is action. Don’t wait because the time will never really be right. If you don’t start, you have already failed before you begin.

— Itayi Garande

#38. Often just by taking action, by doing something about the situation can relieve the stress and help correct the situation.”

— Catherine Pulsifer

#39. You are not what you think; you are not what you say; you are what you do.

— Peter Dunne

#40. “Stay focused and don’t allow distractions to fill your mind or derail you from taking continued action.”

— Byron Pulsifer

#41. Each individual is solely responsible for his or her own actions, and every action will produce a reaction equal in every way to the suitability of the action.

— Mary T. Brown

#42. “No action, no change. Limited action, limited change. Lots of action change occurs.”

— Catherine Pulsifer

#43. 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

#44. A little deed done very well is better than a mighty plan kept on paper, undone. Wishes don’t change the world; it’s actions that do this business!

— Israelmore Ayivor

#45. Only through action have I unlocked the power inside of me to become the person that I’ve always wanted to be.

— Mel Robbins

#46. The mind and body learn and remember better from doing than from reading, hearing, or seeing.

— Kam Knight

#47. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

— Nora Roberts

#48. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

— Napoleon Hill

#49. If you spend time getting ready to be perfect and do not start out to accomplish your dreams, you will find out later that you could have accomplished your dream if you had just acted.

— David DeNotaris

#50. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

— Thomas Jefferson

#51. Action is the foundational key to all success.

— Pablo Picasso

#52. Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

— James Russell Lowell

#53. Let’s plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of the accident; may pain and pleasure, success, and failure, shift as they will — it’s the only action that can make a man.

— Goethe

#54. We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world.

— Howard Zinn

#55. A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

— Michael G. Cioppa

#56. When you live a meaningful life, you make your actions, your choices, and your moments count. You achieve this by deciding who do you want to be, and what experiences do you want to create.

— J.D.Meier

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

— Dr. Steve Maraboli

#58. Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.

— Denis Waitley

#59. Attitude drives actions. Actions drive results. Results drive lifestyles.

— Jim Rohn

#60. Action without planning is the cause of all failure. Action with planning is the cause of all success.

— Brian Tracy

#61. Listen to me. We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?

— Steve Jobs

#62. Get action. Do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are, and be somebody; get action.

— Theodore Roosevelt

#63. Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is, therefore, nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is.

— Jean-Paul Sartre

#64. 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

#65. 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

#66. 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

#67. 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.

— Aristotle

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

—  Israelmore Ayivor

#69. 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

#70. 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

#71. 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, actions, and words will literally define who we are.

— Michael G Sawaya

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

— Jason B. Cunningham

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

— Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

#74. It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is a miserable man.

— Benjamin Franklin

#75. Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe.

— T.D.Jakes

#76. When your every thought and your every action is directed to your ultimate life goals, you become unstoppable and assured of great success and happiness.

— Robin S. Sharma

#77. What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

— John Ruskin

#78. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

— Abraham Lincoln





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