Just Above Sunset
Volume 5, Number 10
March 11, 2007

Taking Action!

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

"Notes on how things seem from out here in Hollywood..."

Quotes for the week of January 14, 2007 - Taking Action!

"I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. ... Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe." - Abigail Adams, letter to her sister, Mary Smith Cranch, 1784

"Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it." - Akhnaton (Amenhotep IV)

"Some make light of decisions, arguing that all possible decisions will occur. In such a world, how could one be responsible for his actions? Others hold that each decision must be considered and committed to, that without commitment there is chaos. Such people are content to live in contradictory worlds, so long as they know the reason for each." - Alan Lightman

"We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible." - Allan Massie

"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: Chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire." - Aristotle

"The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!" - Ashleigh Brilliant

"There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action." - Bertrand Russell, An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

"Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat." - Eric Hoffer

"One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all." - Georges Bernanos, The Last Essays of Georges Bernanos, 1955

"A faith-holder puts himself below his faith and lets it guide his actions. The fanatic puts himself above it and uses it as an excuse for his actions." - Gordon R. Dickson

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

"For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it." - John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

"Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers." - Learned Hand

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. - Martin Luther King Jr, "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

"Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream." - Oscar Wilde

"Act, if you like, but you do it at your peril. Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster." - Theodore Roosevelt

"What we honor as prudence in our elders is simply panic in action." - Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before

"When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep." - Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

"No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism." - Winston Churchill

"A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one." - Rita Mae Brown

"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn." - David Russell

[Taking Action!]

Last updated Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:30 pm Pacific Time

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