Best Quotes About Action

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. -Hannah Arendt

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it. -E. W. Howe

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's subtraction. -Mae West

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

The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident. -Francesco Guicciardini

Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be. -W. H. Auden

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room. -Woody Allen

The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen. It's my way of saying, Don't mess with me. -Glenn Close

Young people are threatened… by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire. -Pope John Paul II

Never mistake motion for action. -Ernest Hemingway

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. -Amy Lowell

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. -Arthur Koestler

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. -Arnold H. Glasow

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. -Brendan Behan

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. -Salvador Dali

The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. -Leo Tolstoy

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

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action. -Stanley Milgram

The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. -Dennis Gabor

If love does not know how to give and take without restrictions, it is not love, but a transaction that never fails to lay stress on a plus and a minus. -Emma Goldman

The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. -Noam Chomsky

May the days be aimless. Do not advance action according to a plan. -Don DeLillo

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. -Harold S. Geneen

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

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god. -William Shakespeare

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -Herbert Spencer

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world. -John Steinbeck

The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet. -Andy Warhol

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. -Anne Frank

Although… the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States. -James K. Polk

We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect. -Sissela Bok

There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation. -Kingman Brewster, Jr.

The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action. -John Mason Brown

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. -Fidel Castro

A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it. -Thornton Wilder

Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and stimulated the hope of instant results. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The first half of life is spent mainly in finding out who we are through seeing ourselves in our interaction with others. -June Singer

If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying. -Indira Gandhi

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. -Martha Graham

Libel actions, when we look at them in perspective, are an ornament of a civilized society. They have replaced, after all, at least in most cases, a resort to weapons in defense of a reputation. -Henry Grunwald

Everything will be all right – you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. -Dag Hammarskjold

Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money. -J. Edgar Hoover

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity. -Billie Jean King

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts. -Harold MacMillan

To choose art means to turn one's back on the world, or at least on certain of its distractions. -Melvin Maddocks

All reactionaries are paper tigers. -Mao Zedong

One cannot fashion a credible deterrent out of an incredible action. -Robert McNamara

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? -Arthur Miller

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. -Alex Noble

Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. -J. Robert Oppenheimer

All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal. -Flannery O'Connor

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. -Bob Wells

We cannot lightly allow the perpetrator of a serious crime to go free simply because that person believed his actions were reasonable and necessary to prevent some perceived harm. -Sol Wachtler

The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions. -Andre Gide

He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. it had to be some silly little Communist. -Jackie Kennedy

All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. -Jacques Lipchitz

Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity. -William Manchester

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

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. -Jean Paul

Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds. -Jean Paul

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action; the senses, the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action. -Friedrich Schiller

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. -Charles de Gaulle

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

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions. -Lao Tzu

With devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself. -Thomas Fuller

Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation. -Charles Evans Hughes

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. -Confucius

Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why. -Sara Teasdale

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -Albert Einstein

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along. -Andre Maurois

The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

All human actions are equivalent… and all are on principle doomed to failure. -Carl Sandburg

Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions. -Charles Dickens

Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture. -Charles Horton Cooley

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction. -Charles Revson

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. -Colin Powell

Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence. -David Viscott

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it. -Duke Ellington

We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist. -Ed Koch

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need. -Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation. -Elbert Hubbard

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth. -Evelyn Waugh

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. -Francis Bacon

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

Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought. -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends. -Giorgos Seferis

You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

Have a bias toward action – let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away. -Indira Gandhi

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -Jacob Bronowski

When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking. -James Baldwin

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -James Joyce

You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth. -Jean Paul

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else. -John Galsworthy

Let us be tried by our actions. -John N. Mitchell

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. -Jules Renard

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. -Louisa May Alcott

Effective action is always unjust. -Maya Angelou

Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be. -Ninon de L'Enclos

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. -Peter Drucker

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. -Plato

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state. -Rene Char

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. -Richard L. Evans

Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful. -Rita Mae Brown

In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action. -Robert Green Ingersoll

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first. -Rush Limbaugh

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

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. -Sam Rayburn

Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a be general natural law. -St. Jerome

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory. -Virginia Woolf

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought – asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. -William Butler Yeats

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. -William Dean Howells

Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction. -Jawaharlal Nehru

Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction. -Will Rogers

Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression. -Karen Horney

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. -Theodore Roosevelt

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. -Rita Mae Brown

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm. -Jean Paul

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big. -Theodore Roosevelt

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory. -Mahatma Gandhi

If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know. -Thomas Wolfe

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted. -Ralph W. Sockman

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident. -Charles Lamb

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. -Arnold Bennett

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. -Bertrand Russell

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists. -Edward de Bono

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. -James Russell Lowell

In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious. -Blaise Pascal

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

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. -Edward de Bono

Justice is the truth in action. -Joseph Joubert

We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. -W. Somerset Maugham

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. -Henry Ward Beecher

The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself. -John Stuart Mill

Every law is an infraction of liberty. -Jeremy Bentham

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action. -Emma Goldman

All adventure is now reactionary. -William F. Buckley, Jr.

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action. -Frank Herbert

Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which. -Gary Ryan Blair

Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. -Gary Ryan Blair

To overcome a fear, here's all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway. -Peter McWilliams

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. -Tony Robbins

It's not the situation… It's your reaction to the situation. -Robert Conklin

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. -Theodore Isaac Rubin

A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge. -B. H. Liddell Hart

There seems to be a law that governs all our actions so I never make plans. -Greta Garbo

One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one. -Rainer Maria Rilke

I want to play an action hero. I'm ready for roles that totally aren't me. -Kirsten Dunst

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction. -Adlai Stevenson I

Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can't remember what they are. -Matt Lauer

I don't want my body to be a distraction from my talent or my brain. -Shania Twain

Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. -Gillian Anderson

All men of action are dreamers. -James Huneker

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone. -Jaron Lanier

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

Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality. -Maxwell Maltz

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. -Conrad Hilton

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. -George Horace Lorimer

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say. -Martin Buber

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions. -Robert M. Pirsig

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

A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. -John Dewey

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

My satisfaction comes from my commitment to advancing a better world. -Faye Wattleton

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. -Linus Pauling

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy. -Jim Rohn

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning. -Benjamin Franklin

To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. -E. O. Wilson

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action. -Jawaharlal Nehru

It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I've gone and come back, I'll find it at home. -Rumi

The path to success is to take massive, determined action. -Tony Robbins

We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. -Abigail Adams

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. -John Adams

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. -Aristotle

In the discharge of the duties of this office, there is one rule of action more important than all others. It consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you. -Calvin Coolidge

Justice is truth in action. -Benjamin Disraeli

When our thoughts – which bring actions – are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be. -George Washington Carver

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself. -Pythagoras

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. -Plato

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

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds. -Miguel de Cervantes

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. -Mahatma Gandhi

I know we can't abolish prejudice through laws, but we can set up guidelines for our actions by legislation. -Belva Lockwood

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. -Gary Ryan Blair

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 commune movement is part of a reawakening of belief in the possibilities for utopia that existed in the nineteenth century and exist again today, a belief that by creating the right social institution, human satisfaction and growth can be achieved. -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead. -Theodore Roosevelt

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative', one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary', one who won't go at all. -Woodrow Wilson

Politics is human beings; it's addition rather than subtraction. -Donald Rumsfeld

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. -Thomas Jefferson

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. -Henry Ward Beecher

Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action. -Aaron Burr

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. -George Bernard Shaw

Strong convictions precede great actions. -James Freeman Clarke

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. -Helena Blavatsky

All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are. -Carl von Clausewitz

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane. -Howard Zinn

One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. -Aldous Huxley

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. -Havelock Ellis

There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive. -B. C. Forbes

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. -Sigmund Freud

Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret. -Mary McCarthy

It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work. -Edward Gibbon

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

Don't just work for the money; that will bring only limited satisfaction. -Kathy Ireland

Never confuse motion with action. -Benjamin Franklin

Most of the media… is positioning the merger with Compaq and the recent actions by Walter Hewlett and David Packard as a fight between the past and the future. -Carly Fiorina

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. -Martha Graham

A very receptive state of mind… not unlike a sheet of film itself – seemingly inert, yet so sensitive that a fraction of a second's exposure conceives a life in it. -Minor White

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. -Thomas Carlyle

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism. -Herbert Hoover

I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I'm not envious of anyone-and this is my biggest satisfaction. -Roman Polanski

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. -Carl Jung

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. -Claude Adrien Helvetius

It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. -John Hancock

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable. -Joyce Brothers

More coming out about Saddam Hussein. We now know he takes Viagra and he has as many as six mistresses. No wonder Congress is reluctant to take action against this guy – he's one of their own. -Jay Leno

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. -Patrick Henry

The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference. -Henry Miller

Every action is seen to fall into one of three main categories, guarding, hitting, or moving. Here, then, are the elements of combat, whether in war or pugilism. -B. H. Liddell Hart

To me an unnecessary action, or shot, or casualty, was not only waste but sin. -T. E. Lawrence

The only cure for grief is action. -George Henry Lewes

In should be the duty of every soldier to reflect on the experiences of the past, in the endeavor to discover improvements, in his particular sphere of action, which are practicable in the immediate future. -B. H. Liddell Hart

The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced – the just demands of peace and security will be met – or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power. -Colin Powell

When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive. -George W. Bush

I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve. -George W. Bush

As soon as one nation claims the right to take preventive action, other countries will naturally do the same. If we go down that road, where are we going? -Jacques Chirac

Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. -Jesse Ventura

President Bush gave his first-ever presidential radio address in both English and Spanish. Reaction was mixed, however, as people were trying to figure out which one was which. -Dennis Miller

Honest hearts produce honest actions. -Brigham Young

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. -George Washington

The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves. -Walt Whitman

Personal satisfaction is the most important ingredient of success. -Denis Waitley

You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements. -Denis Waitley

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself. -Denis Waitley

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action. -Tennessee Williams

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune. -Francis Quarles

Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation; and honor the reward of action. -Francis Quarles

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy. -Man Ray

The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

What a man calls his 'conscience' is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love. -Helen Rowland

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. -Ronald Reagan

Every suggested idea produces a corresponding physical reaction. Every idea constantly repeated ends by being engraved upon the brain, provoking the act which corresponds to that idea. -Scott Reed

To begin with, you must realize that any idea accepted by the brain is automatically transformed into an action of some sort. It may take seconds or minutes or longer – but ideas always produce a reaction of some sort. -Scott Reed

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. -Tony Robbins

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. -Tony Robbins

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life? -Tony Robbins

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain. -Arthur Rimbaud

Rights are not a matter of numbers – and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob. -Ayn Rand

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. -Henry Adams

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

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. -Henri Frederic Amiel

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games. -W. H. Auden

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. -Aristotle

The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing. -Thomas Aquinas

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself. -Marcus Aurelius

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory. -George Eliot

America is addicted to wars of distraction. -Barbara Ehrenreich

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. -Tryon Edwards

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought. -Bernard Baruch

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History? -Charles de Gaulle

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease. -Elizabeth Gaskell

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep. -Ursula K. Le Guin

Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. -Arnold H. Glasow

It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men. -Jean de la Bruyere

People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions. -Martin Luther

Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last art, but fame relates all, and often more than all. -Thomas Fuller

A man is not good or bad for one action. -Thomas Fuller

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world. -Immanuel Kant

Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world. -Immanuel Kant

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both. -Vaclav Havel

Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people. -Don Herold

He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life. -Victor Hugo

If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger. -Hubert H. Humphrey

The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action. -Raymond Holliwell

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes. -Douglas Horton

Action cures fear, inaction creates terror. -Douglas Horton

Thought precedes action, action does not always precede thought. -Douglas Horton

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going. -Napoleon Hill

When I write down my thoughts, they do not escape me. This action makes me remember my strength which I forget at all times. I educate myself proportionately to my captured thought. I aim only to distinguish the contradiction between my mind and nothingness. -Comte de Lautreamont

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words. -Fran Lebowitz

It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. -Leigh Hunt

Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous. -Jeremy Taylor

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction. -Harry S Truman

Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our 'accepting' and 'willing' are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God. -Aiden Wilson Tozer

This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in. -Charles Dickens

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught. -John Dryden

There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use. -Freeman Dyson

To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice. -John Dalberg-Acton

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction. -Charles J. Givens

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity! -Paul Gauguin

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. -Thich Nhat Hanh

A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action. -David Seabury

Enthusiasm… the sustaining power of all great action. -Samuel Smiles

It is energy – the central element of which is will – that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action. -Samuel Smiles

Speech is the mirror of action. -Solon

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear. -Marquis de Sade

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life. -Arthur Schopenhauer

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation. -Walter Scott

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests. -Gail Sheehy

I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine; which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization. -J. G. Stedman

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. -W. Clement Stone

Direct threats require decisive action. -Dick Cheney

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid. -Thomas Carlyle

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest. -Thomas Carlyle

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. -Thomas Carlyle

Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place. -Angela Carter

We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions. -Charles Caleb Colton

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt. -Norman Cousins

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions. -Albert Camus

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation. -Joseph Conrad

A man's most open actions have a secret side to them. -Joseph Conrad

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook. -Joseph Conrad

I never worry about action, but only inaction. -Winston Churchill

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not. -William James

No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. -Samuel Johnson

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance. -Joseph de Maistre

Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action. -Paul J. Meyer

Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression. -Marshall McLuhan

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive. -Bernard de Mandeville

Every goal, every action, every thought, every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known, is an attempt to increase one's level of peace of mind. -Sydney Madwed

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold. -Archibald MacLeish

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action. -Orison Swett Marden

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. -Orison Swett Marden

There are two good things in life – freedom of thought and freedom of action. -W. Somerset Maugham

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery. -Henry Miller

For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions. -Michel de Montaigne

The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them. -Michel de Montaigne

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. -Mother Teresa

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. -Joel A. Barker

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions. -Agatha Christie

All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. -James Freeman Clarke

Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us. -John Jay Chapman

Like other revolutionaries I can thank God for the reactionaries. They clarify the issue. -Robin G. Collingwood

To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood. -Myriam Miedzian

The bosses of our mass media, press, radio, film and television, succeed in their aim of taking our minds off disaster. Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration on disaster. -Ernst Fischer

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. -Anais Nin

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results. -Florence Nightingale

Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever. -George Orwell

When the characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action, in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him. -Luigi Pirandello

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. -Plato

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. -Norman Vincent Peale

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship. -Norman Vincent Peale

Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy. -Camille Paglia

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. -Blaise Pascal

The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch. -George W. Bush

No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq. -Dick Morris

I think the actions of the president are, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president. I am stunned and I'm horrified. -Rosie O'Donnell

If they're all so brilliant and I'm such an affirmative-action hire, how come they didn't catch me? -Jayson Blair

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. -William Shakespeare

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -Charlotte Bronte

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

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. -Jacob Bronowski

TV – a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville. However, it is our latest medium – we call it a medium because nothing's well done. -Goodman Ace

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

It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate. -Eric Hoffer

I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. -Hilaire Belloc

I don't give advice. I can't tell anybody what to do. Instead I say this is what we know about this problem at this time. And here are the consequences of these actions. -Joyce Brothers

As she sallied forth from her boudoir, you would never have guessed how quickly she could strip for action. -William Manchester

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

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. -Margaret Thatcher

Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity. -Michael Korda

A man's action is only a picture book of his creed. -Arthur Helps

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

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. -Leonardo da Vinci

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. -Andrew Jackson

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving. -Ayn Rand

The test of any man lies in action. -Pindar

The ancestor of every action is a thought. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. -Anais Nin

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. -Gore Vidal

The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them… Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will. -Michel de Montaigne

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past. -Carl von Clausewitz

In the split second from the time the ball leaves the pitcher's hand until it reaches the plate you have to think about your stride, your hip action, your wrist action, determine how much, if any the ball is going to break and then decide whether to swing at it. -Duke Snider

There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction. -George Orwell

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions. -Albert Einstein

It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us. -Samuel Butler

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action – the ability to pass directly from thought to action. -Eric Hoffer

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic. -Victor Hugo

You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit. -Demosthenes

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching. -Swami Sivananda

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone. -Baruch Spinoza

We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. -Maxwell Maltz

A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action. You must act as you breathe. -Georges Clemenceau

Would you not like to try all sorts of lives – one is so very small – but that is the satisfaction of writing – one can impersonate so many people. -Katherine Mansfield

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

I will not surrender responsibility for my life and my actions. -Enoch Powell

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. -Camille Paglia

The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death. -Vladimir Lenin

Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions. -Henry Kissinger

If nothing is to be done in the given situation, he must invent plausible reasons for doing nothing; and if something must be done, he must suggest the something. The unpardonable sin is to propose nothing, when action is imperative. -Charles Edward Merriam

The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Here's the point – you're looking at affirmative action, and you're looking at marijuana. You legalize marijuana, no need for quotas, because really, who's gonna wanna work? -Jon Stewart

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. -Bo Bennett

I choose bold. I choose action. I choose what's right for the people. I choose to make a difference. -Bill Richardson

The terrorist attacks of September 11th and the courageous actions of our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq remind us that friends of tyranny and enemies of freedom still exist. -Carl Levin

Inaction is perhaps the greatest mistake of all. -Chuck Schumer

Feminism is sort of like God. Many people profess to believe in it, but no one seems to be able to define it to everyone's satisfaction. -Aaron Allston

If the lives of men can be measured in terms of years, ideologies in decades, and nations in centuries, then the unit measuring civilizations, born of the interaction among peoples, would be the millennium. -Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy. -Bryant H. McGill

Fanatic is often the name given to people of action by people who are lazy. -Bryant H. McGill

The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself, but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it. -Bryant H. McGill

There is little more powerful than when truth joins action. -Bryant H. McGill

True freedom is where an individual's thoughts and actions are in alignment with that which is true, correct, and of honor – no matter the personal price. -Bryant H. McGill

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination. -Bryant H. McGill

Leaders do not sway with the polls. Instead, they sway the polls through their own words and actions. -Bob Ehrlich

Inaction may be safe, but it builds nothing. -Dave Freudenthal

Our citizens and those who have gone before us charted the broad outlines of where we need to go, and they would envy our opportunity to translate those dreams into action. And I believe they will judge us very harshly should we fail to act. -Dave Freudenthal

Congress must not do something just for the sake of doing something. We must carefully and thoughtfully consider the implications of any action and whether that action will help or hinder our ultimate mission of protecting U.S. citizens from terror. -Richard Burr

Our country also hungers for leadership to ensure the long-term survival of our Social Security system. With 70 million baby boomers in this country on the verge of retirement, we need to take action to shore up the system. -Kay Bailey Hutchison

When the President makes something a priority, we see action. -Herb Kohl

I suppose if you've never bitten your nails, there isn't any way to explain the habit. It's not enjoyable, really, but there is a certain satisfaction – pride in a job well done. -Anderson Cooper

I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. -Alan Greenspan

It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear! -Anthony de Mello

Why did I spend all these years playing boring Europeans? I was made for action movies. -Asia Argento

Bush is very clever. When the debate should have been about the deterioration of our cities and the lack of action by government, he sent in his idiot to make an outrageous statement about Murphy Brown. -Tim Robbins

I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had. And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would. I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled. -Sigourney Weaver

I can't accept collective responsibility for the decision to commit Britain now to military action in Iraq without international agreement or domestic support. -Robin Cook

We all say no to war, we are all for justice and peace. But sometimes in order to maintain peace, armed action is necessary. But we hope it won't be the case. -Silvio Berlusconi

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided. -Tony Robbins

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. -Jack Welch

You will encounter many distractions and many temptations to put your goal aside: The security of a job, a wife who wants kids, whatever. But if you hang in there, always following your vision, I have no doubt you will succeed. -Larry Flynt

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress. -Bruce Barton

From now on, I approach the cinema as a business woman. I intend to be in more action movies because, apart from Angelina Jolie, no other actress stands out in this genre. -Milla Jovovich

Some of the things you read you get an immediate reaction to so I've stopped reading things now. I do worry about my family though. Some people do try some nasty things to get at them and try and get a reaction from them. -Russell Crowe

I've always had this deep and chronic sense of dissatisfaction. -Lusia Strus

I don't want to do an action movie, because I've acted in them, and they're so boring to do, because they're so technical. The headache of that is daunting. But, if it were an action movie with really interesting characters, how great would that be? -Tony Goldwyn

Class action lawsuits are an important part of our legal system. All citizens should have the right to band together and settle grievances with bigger companies, but that system is broken and it needs fixing. -Tom Carper

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers. -Francis Hutcheson

Dr. Rice's record on Iraq gives me great concern. In her public statements she clearly overstated and exaggerated the intelligence concerning Iraq before the war in order to support the President's decision to initiate military action against Iraq. -Carl Levin

The place of exciting innovation – where the action is – that's Rhode Island! -Donald L. Carcieri

I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed. -George Allen

Recent action in Syria and Palestine also tell us that the awakening voices of democracy in those regions are occurring, and that those in that region are able to pursue it without being stifled by terrorists that are despotic. -Judd Gregg

I have kept a steady focus on restoring public faith in our state government since taking office July 1. Now it is time to make even bigger and bolder gains through legislative action. -Jodi Rell

We want a state wise in its contemplation – just in its actions – and moderate in the reach of government into our lives. -Sonny Perdue

Like the canary in the coal mine, the climate changes already evident in the Arctic are a call to action. -Susan Collins

There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well. -Walter Reuther

It was lights, camera, inaction. -Terry Gilliam

I've always wanted to be an action figure. -Jake Lloyd

Affirmative action has a negative effect on our society when it means counting us like so many beans and dividing us into separate piles. -John Kasich

The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears. -Phil McGraw

But in action, one defies one's character. -Daniel Bell

I think there is something for all of us where you find a balance in your life, where you feel that everything you do isn't about your own creature comforts or satisfying your own appetites. Some of it has to be directed outward and there is a huge satisfaction in that. -Wendie Malick

Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. -Steve Prefontaine

Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation. -Abdullah II of Jordan

I will be guided by the Christian ethic and an awareness that human action is by nature transient. -Horst Koehler

No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea. -Kim Jong Il

We oppose the reactionary policies of the U.S. government but we do not oppose the American people. We want to have many good friends in the United States. -Kim Jong Il

Unquestionably, it was going to be highly dangerous. Yet I felt it was quite natural to jump at the task. After all, if you don't like action and excitement, you don't go into police work. And, what the hell, I figured, nobody lives forever! -Eliot Ness

I think there's always a call for people who are bucking the norm. But I don't expect it to happen now because I think that more than ever the entertainment industry is trying to serve as a distraction, to keep people from thinking too hard. -Guy Picciotto

The issue is whether the ultimate civil authority of the United States can tolerate actions in contempt of constitutional lines of authority. Any lessening of civil power over military power must inevitably lead away from democracy. -Harold Russell

All biologic phenomena act to adjust: there are no biologic actions other than adjustments. Adjustment is another name for Equilibrium. Equilibrium is the Universal, or that which has nothing external to derange it. -Charles Fort

Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect. -George Boole

Actual violence has no attraction for me at all. -Jane Campion

I never read reviews. I'm not interested. But I value a lot the reactions of the spectators. -Hayao Miyazaki

It didn't take long for the world to realize that the Shah was an enlightened liberal next to the bloody reactionary regime that followed, and which executed more people in three months than the Shah had done in 30 years. -Alexander Haig

Sooner or later something had to give. But President Bush, faced with the unprecedented affront of 9-11, could not wait to take action. So he had to do what we were capable of doing, and he did it brilliantly. -Alexander Haig

I know pretty well in the broad sense what I'm going to do, because I have to know that when we shoot the live-action, so that it'll synchronize. Then I know pretty well when I get to the animation stage, what that scene requires. -Ray Harryhausen

There are countless studies on the negative spillover of job pressures on family life, but few on how job satisfaction enhances the quality of family life. -Albert Bandura

Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought. -Kwame Nkrumah

The violent reaction on the recent development of modern physics can only be understood when one realises that here the foundations of physics have started moving; and that this motion has caused the feeling that the ground would be cut from science. -Werner Heisenberg

Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great. -Carlo Goldoni

Fox came to us with the concept for ICE AGE and they came to us with the first draft of the script. They also gave us a mandate to make it into a comedy from what was previously a rather dramatic action concept. -Chris Wedge

I pattern my actions and life after what I want. No two people are alike. You might admire attributes in others, but use these only as a guide in improving yourself in your own unique way. I don't go for carbon copies. Individualism is sacred! -Richard Chamberlain

I believe very strongly that when it comes to desire, when it comes to attraction, that things are never black and white, things are very much shades of grey. -Brian Molko

Odd, the years it took to learn one simple fact: that the prize just ahead, the next job, publication, love affair, marriage always seemed to hold the key to satisfaction but never, in the longer run, sufficed. -Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones. -Herbert A. Simon

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

The mid-day sun is too much for most eyes; one is dazzled even with its reflection. Be careful that too broad and high an aim does not paralyze your effort and clog your springs of action. -Learned Hand

In the West, audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero. -Chow Yun-Fat

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It's kind of a fine line. -Daniel Clowes

I am sure that in Canada the people appreciate this principle, and the general intelligence which prevails over that country is such that I am sure there is no danger of a reactionary policy ever finding a response in the hearts of any considerable number of our people. -Alexander Mackenzie

Logic, sometimes has very little to do with political action. -Alexander Mackenzie

Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering. -Don Miguel Ruiz

I'm an action player. I like to be aggressive. I don't like to be on the run. I like to feel like I have the fates in my hands and that through my skill or lack thereof I control my fate. -Eugene Jarvis

The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now. No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle. -James Hutton

Only the actions of the just, Smell sweet and blossom in their dust. -James Shirley

A computer shall not harm your work or, through inaction, allow your work to come to harm. -Jef Raskin

The movies I like to make are very rich and full of passion. Some people see me as an action director, but action is not the only thing in my movies. I always like to show human nature – something deep inside the heart. -John Woo

I like the variety. But basically my choice of films is a small intimate film. Quiet film, no action, just people in relationships. That's what I like the most. -Jerry Goldsmith

Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries. -Kenneth Clarke

The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it's total crap to pretend it's not. -George Michael

Through his mastery of storytelling techniques, he has managed to separate his character, in the public mind, from his actions as president. He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze. -James Nathan Miller

I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action. -Mark Tobey

The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang. -Morihei Ueshiba

To stop terrorists before the strike, we must do three things: deny them entry into the country, curtail their freedom of action inside the country, and deprive them of material and moral support from within the country. -Richard Perle

When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group. -Shirin Ebadi

Names are what people sometimes use to excuse their thoughts and actions towards you. -Simon Travaglia

It is wrong to use equal language for unequal actions. -Peter Akinola

It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph. -Robert Frank

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter. -Sai Baba

I hope I'm not a tourist attraction – I'm sure that they come here really because St. Andrews is just amazing, a beautiful place. -Prince William

The Administration has made critical mistakes and errors in judgment leading up to the war in Iraq. The President refuses to acknowledge these mistakes, and thus, no corrective action has been taken to prevent these problems from happening again. -Zoe Lofgren

There are all these scripts where the women, if they're working, are prostitutes and lawyers with an angry streak who'll kill you. It's a reaction to women leaving their men and men being angry about it and saying it on some subconscious level. -Parker Posey

What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the terrorists – whatever else they might be – might also be rational human beings; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational justification for their actions. -William Blum

Reason is an action of the mind; knowledge is a possession of the mind; but faith is an attitude of the person. It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so. -Michael Ramsey

I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States. -Barbara Lee

All ideas come about through some sort of observation. It sparks an attitude; some object or emotion causes a reaction in the other person. -Graham Chapman

I think paranormal experiences are very personal, again, if they are that. Yes, sometimes I've felt that some things I would personally believe enough for me to take action on it… like, you know, I felt something happen in a hotel once that made me never stay there again. -Andrea Corr

God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress. -Robert South

I try to make songs visual and tactile to kind of put you into the action. -Richard Thompson

Interplay and interaction are the integral parts of music – they're as important as the notes. -John McLaughlin

When anger rushes unrestrained to action, like a hot steed, it stumbles on its way. The man of thought strikes deepest and strikes safely. -Richard Savage

Everyone is a reactionary about subjects he understands. -Robert Conquest

Which, of course, isn't the point of writing – but it would be nice if, along with the creative satisfaction of writing and seeing my work in print, I could do more than merely scrape a living. Okay, moaning over. -Eric Brown

'Tis human actions paint the chart of time. -James Montgomery

More negatives write than call. It's a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic. -John Hall

The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language. -Paul de Man

I can never read this book, just like I can never see a movie that I wrote a screenplay for. I can read it and see it physically, but I can't accurately judge it. I'm too close to it. If I read it ten times I'll have ten different reactions. -Richard Price

Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement. -John Hope

The great living experience for every man is his adventure into the woman. The man embraces in the woman all that is not himself, and from that one resultant, from that embrace, comes every new action. -D. H. Lawrence

Nevertheless, this one fact should be apparent: turning the other cheek is a bribe. It is a valid form of action for only so long as the Christian is impotent politically or militarily. -Gary North

The real 'action' in the liturgy in which we are all supposed to participate is the action of God himself. This is what is new and distinctive about the Christian liturgy: God himself acts and does what is essential. -Pope Benedict XVI

It's a bit odd that nobody seems to be using the correct technical term to describe organized Islamic terrorists. They are not a faction of a religion or a social movement. They are a cult. A suicide cult. -Craig Bruce

They have most satisfaction in themselves, and consequently the sweetest relish of their creature comforts. -Matthew Henry

My every action is to liberate God from his sorrow. -Sun Myung Moon

I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax? -Jackie Kennedy

A man's most glorious actions will at last be found to be but glorious sins, if he hath made himself, and not the glory of God, the end of those actions. -Thomas Brooks

Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States. -William Blum

Even among the married, sexual satisfaction must not be sought in a way which disregards man's character as a person and degrades him to the animal level. -Francis Arinze

There's action only if there is danger. -Howard Hawks

Trust me, if I were gay I'd be getting more action than I'm getting now. -Ryan Seacrest

Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one. -Francis Jeffrey

All moral laws are merely statements that certain kinds of actions will have good effects. -George Edward Moore

There is another thing about a kid, if we all remember, that you have an attraction to evil. Evil is exciting and evil is interesting, and plenty of kids have a fascination for it. -Thomas Foran

First, I'd become an avid reader of blogs, especially music blogs, and they seemed to be where the critical-thinking action was at, to have the kind of energy that I associate with rock writing of the 1970s or Internet e-mail discussion lists a decade ago. -Carl Wilson

Women can break down barriers to opportunity, and men, many of them reluctantly, have learned to relate to women as their equals in thought and action. But except for an eccentric few, women do not want to become warriors. -Suzanne Fields

I always laugh the hardest at the stuff you see in day-to-day life. It's great when somebody can tell a joke that really makes you laugh hard, but to see some kind of personal interaction that no one could write is so good. Those are always the things that make me laugh. -Luke Wilson

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. -Dale Evans

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. -Thomas Aquinas

Vice: Whatever was passion in the contemplation of man, being brought forth by his will into action. -James Harrington

The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one, for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing. -John Clare

Such a prostitution of judicial power can never occur again under the shadow of the British law, for no jury within the wide circle of the empire would submit to such an infraction of their privilege, even if a judge could be found daring enough to attempt it. -Joseph Howe

If you don't like affirmative action, what is your plan to guarantee a level playing field of opportunity? -Maynard Jackson

Woe to us if we get our satisfaction from the food in the kitchen and the TV in the den and the sex in the bedroom with an occasional tribute to the cement blocks in the basement! -John Piper

Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived? -Joseph Butler

As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values. -Edward Levi

It is not enough to tackle the mechanics of terror organizations. We must also tackle the situations that create terrorists. We desperately need to address the frustration, the loss and the despair that drive some to these actions. -Hussein of Jordan

Good managers have a bias for action. -Tom Peters

God is not glorified in any transaction upon earth so much as in the conversion of a sinner. -Archibald Alexander

I think we can find a formula that would be to everyone's satisfaction, which would make it possible for Croatia to take some more steps and for Europe to accept us into its midst, and for the talks to start. -Stjepan Mesic

Tourism is a top priority activity for federal government, which is why it invests an average of over 2,500 million dollars a year in infrastructure works and integral projects that promote Mexico's culture and natural attractions. -Vicente Fox

Physical activity can get you going when you are immobilized. Get action in your life, and don't just talk about it. Get into the arena! -John Davidson

Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country. -John Dalberg-Acton

By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead. -John Dalberg-Acton

An employee's motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager. -Bob Nelson

A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be. -Ann Plato

My hope and prayer is that the body of Christ in America will awake with holy boldness, a boldness content neither with silence nor mere words but that backs up those words with action and results. -Frank Wolf

I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, 'cause they were cooler; they had better taste in music, for one thing, I guess because they had more time to develop one with the lack of social interaction they had! -John Hughes

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role – unless you're just vain about celebrity. You're always looking for the one thing that will surprise you. -Jonny Lee Miller

There is a weapon we can fight with. That is the weapon of political action. -Harry Bridges

Based on observations of the policies of my own government, I viewed this action as an acceptable option. -Timothy McVeigh

I have rarely seen the face of a mechanic in the action of creation which was not fine, never one which was not earnest and impressive. -Thomas Nelson Page

Generally, my writing is influenced by living, by absorbing everything that happens to me and my actions. -Graham Nash

If you don't want to be there, it shows in the energy that you put out and in your actions. -Graham Nash

I fail to see the issue that will shock the people of this great country of ours into some decisive action. -Graham Nash

I get a lot of action scripts. I get low-budget vehicles that will end up right on the video shelf. I want to do movies that I want to talk about, that I'm proud of, but I also want to make a living. -Dean Cain

Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design. -Adam Ferguson

Winter testing is essential but there comes a point where you have had enough of all the rehearsals and the pretend racing. You just want to get down to the real action. -Damon Hill

An action doesn't have to be wrong just because it is not logical. It doesn't have to be right just because it has its logic. -Lion Feuchtwanger

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition. -John Portman

I have enjoyed the personal use of money; but I have gotten the greatest satisfaction from using it to advance my beliefs in human relations, human values. -Winthrop Rockefeller

I shall give you hunger, and pain, and sleepless nights. Also beauty, and satisfactions known to few, and glimpses of the heavenly life. None of these you shall have continually, and of their coming and going you shall not be foretold. -Howard Lindsay

Every man should be considered as having a right to the character which he deserves; that is, to be spoken of according to his actions. -James Mill

People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown. -Chuck Palahniuk

But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep. -Karl Shapiro

But to cut off relations with an aggressor may often invite retaliation by armed action, and this would, in its turn, make necessary some form of collective self-defence by the loyal members of the League. -Arthur Henderson

The years of the economic depression have been years of political reaction, and that is why the economic crisis has generated a world peace crisis. -Arthur Henderson

Therefore, let us not despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without haste and without pause. -Arthur Henderson

The spiritual is the cause of action. Action is life. -Daniel D. Palmer

The accumulation of personal wealth and the extension of commercial transactions have developed a great and lamentable increase in certain classes of crimes, while the improvements in transport have largely facilitated the escape of fugitive criminals. -Edward Blake

It means that through knowledge have come responsibility and hope, and through both, action. -Edward Livingston

If you dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it and don't think anything of personalities, or emotional conflicts, or of money, or of family distractions; it is amazing how quickly you get through those 5,000 steps. -Edwin Land

Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama. -George Pierce Baker

But what is drama? Broadly speaking, it is whatever by imitative action rouses interest or gives pleasure. -George Pierce Baker

In reading plays, however, it should always be remembered that any play, however great, loses much when not seen in action. -George Pierce Baker

Every human must take responsibility for his actions. -Jalal Talabani

The interaction of the variation in our genes is what's responsible for lots of our attributes and vigor. -Walter Gilbert

I just want real reactions. I want people to laugh from the gut, be sad from the gut – or get angry from the gut. -Andy Kaufman

To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness. -Ali ibn Abi Talib

A life which does not go into action is a failure. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Freedom of expression – in particular, freedom of the press – guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy. -Corazon Aquino

The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of the theatre of the absurd: the poor king; truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions – even parading without a permit! -David Kirk

Reformation ends not in contemplation, but in action. -George Gillespie

We were so fundamental that almost everything had been stripped away from the place of worship. Think of the role words can play, when all other enticements and sensual attractions are gone. -James D. Houston

When religious leaders get involved in elections, it is usually with a reactionary social agenda. -Elizabeth Joan Smith

All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and color from the end to which they are subservient. -John Stuart Mill

In arriving at a decision in a question of doubt, the apostles in the Acts were guided solely by their sense of the Spirit behind the action, not by any speculations as to consequences which might ensue. And so they found the truth. -Roland Allen

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. -Terence McKenna

I constantly try to reinvent my sensibilities and my ideas. I enjoy some of the satisfaction that I get when I feel good about what I've done. But the process is quite lonely and quite painful. -Vincent Gallo

I'd like to be able to tap with my action this low without buzzing. -Stanley Jordan

Life is so fresh, life is every day so new if we are fighting, only for the best. Sometimes I think the only real satisfaction in life is failure, failure in your endeavor to do your best. -Maude Adams

The idea that UN commitments should be followed by action is indeed a radical one, especially for the United States, where wilful neglect of its own commitments is the rule. -Jeffrey Sachs

Senior development specialists in the Treasury can be counted on one hand. America's government is not even aware of the gap between its commitments and action, because almost nobody in authority understands the actions that would be needed to meet the commitments. -Jeffrey Sachs

If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love. -Mortimer Adler

Red Carpet has a nice package abstraction layer that allows us to support RPMs and DEBs transparently. -Nat Friedman

Since stepping down as laboratory director in 1999, I have devoted an increasing fraction of my time to international issues. I am involved with energy, environment, and sustainability issues, particularly as they involve new energy sources free of greenhouse gases. -Burton Richter

The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen. -Claude Debussy

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments on the wing like mysterious butterflies, fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men. -Giorgio de Chirico

Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner. -James Fenimore Cooper

Awareness without action is worthless. -Phil McGraw

Great men of action… never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job, and at times they all are. -Oswald Mosley

Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil. -Swami Sivananda

God is all-full. He is self-contained. He is eternal satisfaction. -Swami Sivananda

If the law is a bad law, there is always the contingent right to take action that you would not otherwise take. -James Callaghan

God isn't dead – he's just missing in action. -Phil Ochs

There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song. -Phil Ochs

But once you allow yourself to recognize necessity, you find two things: One you find your options so restricted that the only course of action is obvious, and, two, that a great sense of freedom comes with the decision. -Steven Brust

To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity. -Steven Brust

You will not make a man wiser by taking freedom of action from him. A man can only learn when he is free to act. -Auberon Herbert

Blacks who have not succumbed to the victim culture have been, are, and will be doing quite well – all on their own, without handouts, affirmative action, and other patronizing measures. -Tammy Bruce

In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

What really helps a guy to become an action hero today is the directing of the movie. All those fast cuts. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient, and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song. -Zoltan Kodaly

It would be dangerous territory if I wasn't practising what I preach which is to always accept responsibility, always accept the consequences of your actions. -David Blunkett

Though public pronouncements of Israeli officials emphasize peace and mutuality, unilateralism actually drives Israeli actions. -Douglas Feith

If you live in Israel and you see the way life is there and then you go abroad and see the way Israel is reported on, the way that Israel gets reported on night after night is simply pictures of bombings or military actions. -Douglas Feith

In 1969, when I graduated from Harvard Law School, women and minorities made up a tiny fraction of the first year associates accepted by top law firms. -Jane Harman

At the same time as we clearly condemn actions of violence by groups in Palestinian against Israel. -Jane Harman

My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions which I carried out during many conflicts, which very often occurred between brothers of the same country, are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations based on personal ambitions. -Omar Bongo

The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that they may not be sinful, or so much as seem to be so. -George Whitefield

The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense. -Jean Piaget

On the one hand, there are individual actions such as throwing, pushing, touching, rubbing. It is these individual actions that give rise most of the time to abstraction from objects. -Jean Piaget

Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual actions but on coordinated actions. -Jean Piaget

The self thus becomes aware of itself, at least in its practical action, and discovers itself as a cause among other causes and as an object subject to the same laws as other objects. -Jean Piaget

During the earliest stages the child perceives things like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject and is familiar only with his own actions. -Jean Piaget

I have had a great deal of interaction with Koreans and feel a fairly strong bond with Korea. -Joichi Ito

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life. -John Hannah

I am only an actress when they say, 'action' and I stop being an actress when they say, 'cut'. I am a normal person outside of acting. -Paz Vega

I have long felt that it is readers and viewers of conservative media who could benefit from a more balanced discussion of what is at stake in our policy and the actions of our government. -Joe Wilson

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice. -Friedrich August von Hayek

When we make the cerebral state the beginning of an action, and in no sense the condition of a perception, we place the perceived images of things outside the image of our body, and thus replace perception within the things themselves. -Henri Bergson

I never forget, remember that. Not an action, not a name, not a face. -Piper Laurie

You can't force something like that. But we have encouraged our audience, because we avoid the confrontation of regular rock concerts: us up here, you down there. Instead, we're looking for interaction. -Page McConnell

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions – which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives. -Saint Teresa of Avila

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder. -William Slim

The Fuhrer alone is the present and future German reality and its law. Learn to know ever more deeply: from now on every single thing demands decision, and every action responsibility. -Martin Heidegger

The Iraqi people are living a long-running tragedy because of the legacy of the old regime, the Americans and their actions that are unsuitable for Iraqi society, and the weakness of national resolve. -Ahmed Chalabi

To be loved is important as is having a sense of accomplishment but to love is equally important in life especially when it is combined with taking action to do something for someone else to make their life better. -Richard Kiel

The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good, by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction. -Mortimer Adler

When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them. -Ramakrishna

Movement should be a counter, whether in action scenes or dialogue or whatever. It counters where your eye is going. This style thing, for me it's all fitted to the action, to the script, to the characters. -Samuel Fuller

What I argue is that if I'm going to be held accountable for my actions that I should be allowed to record… my actions. Especially if somebody else is keeping a record of my actions. -Steve Mann

Several of the energy companies want to do the right thing. It's a matter of leveling the playing field though for them and that's why corrective action here is necessary. -Ed Royce

The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them. -Theodor W. Adorno

When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality. -Theodor W. Adorno

He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs, his country songs, that they were great songs. And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found, and he found a tremendous reaction to that. -Alan Lomax

To me, it is a process, a process that starts with raising awareness, engaging international partners on this issue, and being committed to a different course of action. -Alexis Herman

While Slovakia did not make the first round of NATO membership, as various requirements and reforms are instituted, these actions will enhance the opportunities to join NATO. -John Mica

Ron allowed us to see right away the private piece of a person about to become very public. I suspect we're going to see more of her very private world – Laura's private experience. I'm not sure yet how public she's going to be about the actions she's going to have to take. -Mary McDonnell

I had an almost fetishistic attraction to film technology. -Lars von Trier

The marketing department is really an important part of getting an animated film to work. If the people running it are used to selling live action films and the hard rock music and the sex and all those things… Anything outside that, they just don't know what to do with it. -Don Bluth

I prefer that animation reach into places where live action doesn't go, and it seems like all of animation nowadays is trying to go where live action is. -Don Bluth

I'm also very pleased that we were able to include a full orchestrated score for Dragon's Lair 3D. The 40 different music pieces blend with the action to make you feel more a part of the whole adventure. -Don Bluth

As you follow the escapades or the journey of the hero through a story, it evokes some kind of emotion in the viewers. The director's job is to make sure that the audience goes through the journey and has an emotional reaction. -Don Bluth

The kiss always gets a hell of a reaction. -Dominic West

Unless action is taken soon – unless we can display the same vision of that earlier period – we will lose the treasure of California's open space and environmental beauty. -Adam Schiff

You can expect interior enforcement actions in the future. -Asa Hutchinson

Surely our inaction with respect to Syria is a poor precedent if we're fighting a war on terror. -Bill Kristol

As for action movies, I did Tarzan, and I'm also about to shoot Meltdown, which John Carpenter wrote. -Casper Van Dien

The very best thing about doing it is seeing the reaction on kid's faces when you tell them you've done it. -David Thewlis

Factions are a sign of illness in a party. -Ernest Mandel

While different people may approach opportunities in different ways, we need to base decisions on a fundamental set of values as we chart our course of action. -Ron D. Burton

Because we have so much eye candy and mind candy, spending so much time trying to pay the rent, all of this conspires to keep us from thinking too hard or taking action from that. Our time is stolen. So much of our daily life is stolen. -Lydia Lunch

I'm a total pleasure seeker. I pursue anything that satisfies me. I usually get it. I have specific needs and I know what they are so I can achieve satisfaction. -Lydia Lunch

The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances, and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it? -Ronnie James Dio

The Microsoft actions announced today are exactly the kinds of industry initiatives we need. Microsoft is using its resources to bring real privacy protection to Internet users by creating incentives for more websites to provide strong privacy protection. -William M. Daley

Through the continued accumulation of detailed and reliable knowledge about elementary reactions, we will be in a better position to understand, predict and control many time-dependent macroscopic chemical processes which are important in nature or to human society. -Yuan T. Lee

Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity. -Abu Bakr

Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile. -Abu Bakr

Intentions count in your actions. -Abu Bakr

It was a question of helping a man prepare in the way that suits him best. The theory is if you give a man responsibility for his own actions, then it is up to him to accept that responsibility. -David Gower

Every painting I do is related to the last one: it may be a continuation of a previous painting or it may be a reaction against it. -William Scott

I wanted something that had the feel of a complete band and a variety of instrument. Apart from doing the album for musical satisfaction, I felt it was an important statement for other women – showing you don't have to rely on other people to do things for you. -Danielle Dax

I wrote a great deal… but very little of any importance; there are not more than four of five papers which I can still remember with some satisfaction. -G. H. Hardy

When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one's own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists. Under no other circumstances is a state of love present, regardless of the popular usage of the term. -Harry Stack Sullivan

Promoting the interaction of orders remains one of the most difficult, but crucially important, challenges we face concerning our national market system. -Arthur Levitt

I had assumed that Bush's seemingly inflexible policy to support Sharon was for political reasons of his getting elected. But as to whether he really believes his actions are going to hasten the day of the final conflict, I do not know. -Huston Smith

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history? -Katharine Anthony

I want to do more action adventures and more romantic comedies. -Maria Bello

The decision to go to war is the most important decision that I can make as a representative in Congress. As a veteran, I see any potential military action first through the eyes of the young men and women who volunteered to wear the uniform and would carry out such a mission. -Mark Kirk

You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps. -George Konrad

I was never able to convince myself that there was a cost-free alternative course, as from 1961, or that any of the different strategies since proposed, especially those involving stronger military action, would have made sense. -William P. Bundy

I ask the people of Connecticut for their forgiveness, I should have paid more attention to people around me and people that I trusted but I am sorry for my actions and take full responsibility. -John Rowland

I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor; it's the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you. -Martin Yan

We call those works of art concrete that came into being on the basis of their inherent resources and rules – without external borrowing from natural phenomena, without transforming those phenomena, in other words: not by abstraction. -Max Bill

You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel. -Michael Ondaatje

The time has come for the American government to recognize the damage that has occurred to our economy, and to take firm action to curtail what I believe is both unfair and illegal foreign competition. -Norm Dicks

David Lynch was very good, very patient with us, and the reaction in the United States seems pretty good. -Richard Farnsworth

I worked for Sam Peckinpah on quite a bit of action in his films, and he got excited once in a while. -Richard Farnsworth

One, we committed to put about 650 people in the field to focus totally on customer satisfaction. -Sanjay Kumar

The work that is truly productive is the domain of a steadily smaller and more elite fraction of humanity. -Vernor Vinge

We see in the electroencephalogram a concomitant phenomenon of the continuous nerve processes which take place in the brain, exactly as the electrocardiogram represents a concomitant phenomenon of the contractions of the individual segments of the heart. -Hans Berger

I therefore set to work, and after two and a half years of not inconsiderable labour I now have the privilege and the satisfaction of accompanying the early volumes of the series with this preface. -James Loeb

We emerged from the events of September 11 more steadfast in our beliefs, more courageous in our actions and more determined to protect our values than ever before. -Jane D. Hull

I still that that movie-goers like the experience of leaving their homes and going to have a communal experience, especially in comedies or interactive things where you can get an audience reaction to. -Jerry Bruckheimer

I have the satisfaction of knowing I did something useful for society. -John Cameron

Redistricting is one of the purest actions a legislative body can take. -John Engler

To rest satisfied with existing evils, as if we could do nothing, is not obedience; but neither is it obedience to imitate the actions of the apostles. -John Nelson Darby

I am extraordinarily lucky, I was born in a family of strong moral values, and in my life I was able to do what I liked best: debuts, great theatres, but above all, inner and deep satisfaction. -Jose Carreras

Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever. -Jose Marti

The same stimulus that animates men to action, will have a proportionate effect on juvenile minds. -Joseph Lancaster

I was induced to establish several orders of merit, from conviction that emulation, well directed, becomes a useful servant; and, that the latent genius of some youth is more easily brought into action this way, than by the more sordid gratification of self-interest. -Joseph Lancaster

But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be, whenever and wherever the hour strikes and calls to noble action. -Joshua Chamberlain

So, to prepare for the role, I had to take music lessons, talk to wives who had husbands overseas, and carefully study the reactions and mannerisms of a friend who was expecting. -June Allyson

Obviously, the hit singles get the biggest reaction – that's when you can see people really getting excited. -Kathy Valentine

The papers reveal that in several key abortion cases, justices were keenly interested in the perceived public reaction to their rulings – indicating that courts can be influenced by public sentiment. -Lee Greenwood

I think that it's a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it's only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections. -Garry Kasparov

There are many ways of showing your protest and discontent without the actions of Kremlin. -Garry Kasparov

I have some security that could protect me against provocations but of course there are more terrible actions that could not be stopped by any security. -Garry Kasparov

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership. -James Cash Penney

The column's worked out great for me. I've gotten a ton of ego satisfaction, had a lot of fun, won a batch of prizes and occasionally done some public good. -Allan Sloan

It has long been known that the chemical atomic weight of hydrogen was greater than one-quarter of that of helium, but so long as fractional weights were general there was no particular need to explain this fact, nor could any definite conclusions be drawn from it. -Francis William Aston

The limit is not as narrow as it might be. I do not claim for this action, as it now goes on, an ideal degree of efficiency. What I do claim is that this type of competition already reveals its nature and its ultimate power to hold seeming monopolies in check. -John Bates Clark

I liked the energy of cooking, the action, the camaraderie. I often compare the kitchen to sports and compare the chef to a coach. There are a lot of similarities to it. -Todd English

Hunger and sex still dominate the primitive mammalian side of human existence, but at the present time it looks as if humanity were within sight of their satisfaction. Permanent plenty, no longer a Utopian dream, awaits the arrival of permanent peace. -John Desmond Bernal

The problem is essentially that of communications to an army in action. After a rapid advance communications become disorganized, and there is a temporary halting until they are again in working order. -John Desmond Bernal

Your political reputation affects how likely allies are to trust you, and what kind of deals they'll offer at the negotiating table. There's also some emotional response in there, so factions do bear grudges. Just like the real thing. -Mike Simpson

I fear a permanent Confederation will never be settled; tho the most material articles are I think got thro', so as to give great offence to some, but to my Satisfaction. -William Whipple

As individuals, we will be judged in our lives by the totality of our actions. Not one thing will stand out. And I think that's how we get judged by our colleagues and that's how we get judged by the good lord. -Rahm Emanuel

I figure you're only here for a matter of moments. Ever since I was a kid watching movies I've always wanted to make people laugh or have some sort of emotional reaction. -Tim Conway

In the Federal Government, electronic records are as indispensable as their paper counterparts for documenting citizens' rights, the actions for which officials are accountable, and the nation's history. -Allen Weinstein

The factor most ignored in discussing interstellar flight is the kinetic energy that must be invested in the ship to make its tons of matter move at a substantial fraction of the speed of light. -Barney Oliver

America's veterans and troops serving abroad today fought hard to preserve our red, white and blue, from the Revolutionary War to today's Global War Against Terrorism, and Congress' action today is appropriate for one of our most sacred symbols. -Bill Shuster

When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. -Carter G. Woodson

All the action, in semiconductors at the present time is in the new consumer applications, and that's where we have focused our activities since we started doing our own products in the late '90s. -David Milne

Men like Hitler and Stalin and their immediate lieutenants cannot plead in defence of their actions that these were justified by the accepted values of that time. -Douglas Hurd

The tragedy of 9/11 galvanised the American superpower into action, leaving us in Europe divided in its wake. -Douglas Hurd

You can hardly judge women's effect on politics merely from the action of individual women officeholders. -Florence Ellinwood Allen

I'm interested to go other places, I've been the boy in the bubble since we've been shooting, I need to go travel a little bit, see where the action is, other than going to see family, of course. -George Eads

I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties. -Hugh Mackay

The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what's actually happening to our culture? -Hugh Mackay

It was never really my choice to be an action heroine. -Izabella Scorupco

Congress first took action against steroids by passing The Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990. -Jim Sensenbrenner

The one indication that I got that I was doing the right job in Bosnia was that at different periods of time all the factions came down very hard on me. -John Pomfret

The name of Jesus, like a secret charm, awakened similar emotions in the hearts of all the converts, and called immediately into action every feeling of moral loveliness, and every desire of dutiful obedience, which constitute Christian purity. -John Strachan

I would prefer being in a hard battle; however, I will be satisfied with whatever happens to me in this war, if only the country comes out of this peril safe and to the satisfaction of the finest and best government on earth. -Knute Nelson

I think the best type of action movie combines a love story with the action. -Morris Chestnut

Oh yeah, I'm a huge romance fan. And some women like action. -Morris Chestnut

But whatever the POV, and the difficulty of forcing the action into a particular frame, stay within it. -Arthur Herzog

Children have very sharp powers of observation – probably sharper than adults – yet at the same time their emotional reactions are murky and much more primitive. -Donna Tartt

The dynamic element in my philosophy, taken as a whole, can be seen as an obstinate and untiring battle against the spirit of abstraction. -Gabriel Marcel

The reaction to this album has just been fabulous around the world… and I've had offers to perform from around the world and I'm tempted to do it. I've got itchy lips. -Herb Alpert

But while I loved all of these courses, there was an irresistible attraction of economics. -Joseph Stiglitz

But individuals and firms spend an enormous amount of resources acquiring information, which affects their beliefs; and actions of others too affect their beliefs. -Joseph Stiglitz

Are hackers a threat? The degree of threat presented by any conduct, whether legal or illegal, depends on the actions and intent of the individual and the harm they cause. -Kevin Mitnick

My actions constituted pure hacking that resulted in relatively trivial expenses for the companies involved, despite the government's false claims. -Kevin Mitnick

The attraction in this city is money, from gambling. What you are if you work here is a shill. -Joe Williams

Man, like other organisms, is so perfectly coordinated that he may easily forget, whether awake or asleep, that he is a colony of cells in action, and that it is the cells which achieve, through him, what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself. -Albert Claude

Sending our young men and women into battle is perhaps the most serious course of action a Nation can undertake. -Bennie Thompson

The moment for action has arrived, and I know that I can trust in you to save our country. -George B. McClellan

Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world. -Henry A. Wallace

It definitely seems like we are connecting with people, which is nice, because I've had a lot of music do the same for me. It's not like I don't I understand why we get the reactions we do. -Jon Crosby

My first husband would never make up his mind in less than five years, so I used to get him to think that whatever course of action needed to be taken was his idea. Then he'd go right ahead. -Mary Wesley

I enjoy 'Supermarket Sweep' because of its adlib demands in following the fast action. -Randy West

In this context, I believe it is an imperative for the new President to select and install his team as quickly as possible, and this does not imply that he must or should appoint members of the 'other' party to his Cabinet, which could contribute to inaction and inefficiency. -Richard V. Allen

Enclave life becomes very tense, Even when they do elect a leader, the factions remain, with the threat of splitting off. -Mary Douglas

I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid. -Richard Russo

Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions. -Richard Russo

I don't believe that economic and cultural interaction automatically brings greater peace and understanding, although it may help in that regard. -William C. Kirby

Putting together a counter- terrorism policy, it's very easy to look at law enforcement or defense, military action or stopping the money flows or whatever, but the really difficult part is integrating all aspects of the policy, and I think she put a lot of emphasis on that. -Lee H. Hamilton

Our enemies can deal a blow to us any time they wish. They did not wait for permission to do this. They do not deal a blow with prior notice. They do not take action because they can't. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Our actions in the Middle East over the last 15 years have already guaranteed radical Muslims quite enough ammunition to kill Americans for the next century, even if Guantanamo did not exist. -Nick Clooney

I think a big part of our attraction to sport movies are the stories contained within the sports. -Rachel Griffiths

My reaction to a lot of the current situation that we're in is based in part on a serious concern that the present administration's course ignores reality. -Vint Cerf

It is our duty to watch over the actions and activities of this government and to insist that, in words as well as in deeds, the interests of our constituency primarily and of the Nation ultimately are served. -Diane Watson

I just think that it's maybe fashionable today to try to take individual actions and individual failures and take the broadest possible brush and try to paint a company. -Lee Scott

The selfless actions of these heroes have removed them from their families, businesses and homeland to fight, so that others may experience the liberty awaiting our troops upon safe return to America. -Jim Walsh

I'm thinking in terms of a point of departure, a field of action for performers to express an expressive need of mine which hopefully the context of music would convey. -John Eaton

Concentrated serum albumin fractionated from blood plasma was effective in battlefield treatment of shock. -Paul D. Boyer

When I moved to Stanford I began to pursue the line of research I have been following ever since, namely trying to understand the larger implications of fractional quantum hall discovery. -Robert B. Laughlin

What's happened with society is that we have created these devices, computers, which already can register and process huge amounts of information, which is a significant fraction of the amount of information that human beings themselves, as a species, can process. -Seth Lloyd

But, it is hard too, because I want to do another action film. Believe it or not, it was fun. -Shane West

At the same time, reading an action script… It makes me wonder. Was The Matrix a good script? I don't know. -Shane West

I think tolerance is something everybody needs to be reminded of, especially in a reactionary political world. Well, actually, I should say, a reactionary political climate. -Bruce Davison

A large fraction of the most interesting scientists have read a lot of SF at one time or another, either early enough that it may have played a part in their becoming scientists or at some later date just because they liked the ideas. -Frederik Pohl

The whole action of the laws tended to increase the number of consumers of food and to diminish the number of producers, was due the invention of the Malthusian theory of population. -Henry Charles Carey

Bin Laden is remarkably eager for Americans to know why he doesn't like us, what he intends to do about it and then following up and doing something about it in terms of military actions. -Michael Scheuer

In other words, what is supposedly found is an invention whose inventor is unaware of his act of invention, who considers it as something that exists independently of him; the invention then becomes the basis of his world view and actions. -Paul Watzlawick

Every person has only so much attention to give, and politics and government takes up only a fraction of what it did 25 years ago. -Robert Teeter

We need people out talking about the President, explaining, agreeing with and praising his actions. -Robert Teeter

I respect very much the role of the media in our society; I think they can be very, very helpful. They serve as a very useful check, sort of a watchdog over the actions of the government, and I respect that. -Alberto Gonzales

It wasn't conscious, but I guess that one book is the reaction to the other. The first is so imprisoned in a male point-of-view, and the second is a point-of-view that can go anywhere it wants. -Jeffrey Eugenides

Most of our history in space has been communicated in terms of action – what people do, a chronological list of events which have transpired – as opposed to the human experience of having done those things. -Story Musgrave

I try to tell the people that are sort of new here when they come in and do their flights and whatever, the things that you remember most after your flights are the interactions you've had with your crew. Those are the most satisfying things you take away from a flight. -Shannon Lucid

I prefer that for my own satisfaction over radio, there's no audience. TV, there's no audience. I need the response of the audience, even if it's a silent response. -Al Lewis

In addition to demanding answers and accountability from the Veterans Administration, Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer because of the actions of a federal agency. -Doc Hastings

As efforts to fix this failure at the Veterans Administration continue, I also intend to persist in demanding answers and action on the establishment of a new clinic to serve the veterans in North Central Washington. -Doc Hastings

Unfortunately, actions taken by the Senate ensured that relief from the death tax would only be temporary and that it would come back to life at the full rate again in 2011. -Doc Hastings

Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East, a major player in global energy markets, and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world. -Howard Berman

The focus should not be on talking. Talk is cheap. It must be on action. -Howard Berman

Al Qaeda operates by launching surprise attacks on civilian targets with the goal of massive casualties. Our only means for preventing future attacks, which could use WMDs, is by acquiring information that allows for pre-emptive action. -John Yoo

They plan to ride into the White House on the Sweet Talk Express. Well, think again. Bush and Cheney are not compassionate conservatives. They are ruthless reactionaries. -Patricia Ireland

Linda Hamilton is my hero. She was so tough and so strong and so vulnerable at the same time. I think that's what woman action figures are allowed to be: vulnerable, in a way that women are. -Victoria Pratt

I approach my character with the question: What would an animal think? How would an animal respond? A lot of times, it's quick action and no fear, and sometimes it's irrational fear. You don't always know. -Victoria Pratt

That's the thing with sci-fi and action roles. You have to play the danger as real. If you don't, you end up with egg on your face. You have to commit. You can't think about how stupid it might look without the special effects. -Victoria Pratt

Women can't be afraid to look like action heroes. It's not always pretty, but when it's on the screen, it translates well to the audience. -Victoria Pratt

No one in government should ever think that the citizens they work for can't or won't scrutinize their actions. -Roy Barnes

I think America right now is looking for somebody who appeals to every faction. -Aaron Eckhart

Then in a fraction of a second, I realized that these sportsmen were not anyone's enemies. -Bill Toomey

Olympians are the product of the Movement, and to get them to the stadiums, pools and playing fields, it takes the actions of legions of people who might not be Olympians. -Bill Toomey

The attraction, and my particular participation is in being able to communicate with my fans, answer their questions, get a feel for how they respond to Vader. -David Prowse

From my experience as an actor, choreographer, action director, and producer, I understand the elements and the dynamics of being a film maker. -Donnie Yen

There is nothing I have to reflect on that gives me more satisfaction than the fact that my life is insured for the benefit of my Dear Wife and children. -Ezra Cornell

A lot of action movies today seem to have scenes that just lead up to the action. -Jason Statham

Normally, the same strange impulse which brings a crowd to an accident is present in the reaction to a concert in which something goes wrong. -Lara St. John

But if I'm going to cause somebody else discomfort by my actions, then I should probably modify my actions toward them to make them as comfortable as possible. -Max Cannon

We must take action now, by permitting re-importation, to ensure that health care and prescription drugs remain accessible and affordable for everyone. -Mike Simpson

Finally, the House is working to require a comprehensive federal review of IRS regulations with a follow-up report to Congress on possible actions to reduce the tax paperwork burden imposed on small businesses. -Mike Simpson

Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments. -Peter Garrett

A tendency could not but arise to reconcile with Christian profession a good many modes of life, enjoyments, occupations, social actions and customs, from which the first Christians had recoiled. -Robert Rainy

Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action. -Robert Shea

People would read all kinds of reaction into it, but Tracy told me himself that half the time he was just standing very still, trying to look sober and composed. That takes nothing away from him. The fact he got away with it was a tribute to his talent. -Cesar Romero

I can't deny that some customers and prospects think it's the key to our future. But it's not. We're certainly supportive of the Dept. of Justice and the 20 states that have brought this action. -Jim Barksdale

One of Netscape's main attractions to customers from Day One is that we provide alternatives. And that's cherished by many customers – certainly not all. -Jim Barksdale

I'm not trying to disrespect anybody by saying this – I'm not sure I feel any interaction with Asian America in any collective sense. – It's like, when you're telling me this right now, my reaction is, Really? Asian America knows about me? -Chad Hugo

When he asked me, with obvious self-satisfaction, what I thought of the scenario, I hardly knew how to answer. I asked if he had seen the play and was hardly surprised when he said no. -Elmer Rice

I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don't have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn't pawn this off on anybody. I'm sorry it happened. And I hurt people. -Louie Anderson

It is important to consider whether the sample size selected by the Environmental Genome Project will provide sufficient power to discover most alleles relevant to gene-environment interactions. -Samuel Wilson

We must stifle the voice of hatred and faction. -Bainbridge Colby

Not that pleading can be taken as a test, for the forms of action, notably Debt, ignore the fundamental difference between duties imposed by law and duties created by the will of the parties. -Frederick Pollock

Art is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means to relieve the dissatisfaction. -John Chamberlain

I think the older I get the more creative I get, I don't have the distractions that I had when I was younger. -Marc Almond

He has such a clear vision of exactly what he wanted out of each character, out of each set, out of each wardrobe change, out of each emotional beat, and action. -Ryan Reynolds

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions – or what is called the 'text' in literary terms. -Tony Conrad

But picketing – picketing for or against something, and handing out literature – these are conspicuously formal actions. They have to be understood as indirect communication. -Tony Conrad

It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they're just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax. -Glenn Frey

News is important information that may influence your investments. Noise is talk or buzz or some headline that prevents you from seeing a story clearly. News is useful. Noise is a distraction. Calling what's noise and news after the fact is easy. -Maria Bartiromo

I like working on stage because there's something very immediate about it, that interaction with an audience where you immediately hear their reaction, or feel them, whether they're with you. -Saffron Burrows

Like any show, I think some episodes are going to be stronger than others, but I think it's a good show that people enjoy and I hear the reactions too. -Anthony Michael Hall

Community action is as valuable a principle on the international level as it has been domestically. -Barney Frank

It is because the fight against the harshest aspects of unrestricted capitalism is therefore a political problem and not an intellectual one that community action remains so essential. -Barney Frank

When community action was put into federal law in the early sixties as part of the effort to combat poverty and social injustice, I supported it intellectually. -Barney Frank

In baseball, I was a pitcher, which I hated because there was no action there. -Bo Jackson

A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors. -Daniel Boone

Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day. -Daniel Boone

The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare. -Edward Thorndike

Forgiveness isn't about condoning what has happened to you or someone else's actions against you. -Jennifer O'Neill

In addition, it is very likely that United States action in Iraq caused Iran to open its nuclear facilities for international inspection and suspend its uranium enrichment activities. -Jim Gerlach

In regards to the reaction to Life Is Killing Me, I would say that I'm never happy about anything. -Josh Silver

When James Cameron brought me the script, which I developed with both Cameron and Jay Cocks, I wanted to make it a thriller, an action film, but with a conscience, and I found that it had elements of social realism. -Kathryn Bigelow

Proteins are the machinery of living tissue that builds the structures and carries out the chemical reactions necessary for life. -Michael Behe

It is giving me a great satisfaction, because I had the notion that we could make great wines equal to the greatest wines in the world, and everybody said it was impossible. -Robert Mondavi

One of the most powerful defences the media can offer for controversial actions is, of course, public interest. -Rowan Williams

To help the poor to a capacity for action and liberty is something essential for one's own health as well as theirs: there is a needful gift they have to offer which cannot be offered so long as they are confined by poverty. -Rowan Williams

I think it is important that you care about the characters, and you are not just waiting for the next action sequence but have a vested interested in what happens to them. -Shawn Ashmore

The Brady Bunch is a live action modern fairytale of family. In this context it's less odd that it's lasted for over thirty years; and why it may last in some respects as long as Mother Goose! -Christopher Knight

I've seen, not surprisingly, no action taken against those people, but here I am, an anarchist website, not even close to what that is, not even close to what else you can find on the Internet. -Sherman Austin

We had a single find of BSE in this country. And we believe that what we're doing is appropriate action taken in an abundance of caution under the circumstances. And I believe it's the right thing to do. -Ann Veneman

Without going into too much detail, the end of my major action scene, after the climax of the scene, there was one little change that I suggested regarding the way things should turn out. It was in the detail of the tears of blood. -Chiaki Kuriyama

Obviously, the difference between a game and actual training is you're using your whole body, so in that sense, maybe not, although maybe something to do with reaction, the speed of reaction, maybe that was of use during the training. -Chiaki Kuriyama

The reactions haven't differed; the concerns have been different. When I read for a predominantly Indian audience, there are more questions that are based on issues of identity and representation. -Jhumpa Lahiri

There is one final point I would like to make this week. As I said on the floor of the House during deliberation of this latest supplemental, hope is something Americans should never lose. Let each of us, both by our words and actions, continue to provide that hope. -Jo Bonner

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as more recent attacks in Madrid, Spain, and London, England, showed in a very tragic way just how vulnerable many areas of the world are to these sorts of actions. -Jo Bonner

Since the September 11 attacks, nearly 400 individuals have been arrested by the Justice Department as a result of ongoing investigations into international terrorism. Of that total, over half were convicted as a result of their actions. -Jo Bonner

The Inspector General issued six reviews and reports on actions taken based on provisions of the act. In those six reports, the IG found that not one violation of an individual's civil liberties – a total of zero – had taken place since the act was instituted. -Jo Bonner

I don't always set stories in villages, more often in towns. But always in smallish communities because the characters' actions are more visible there, and the dramatic tension is heightened. -Joanna Trollope

In live action movies, you just hope that everything works. Because the actor may had a bad morning and doesn't play good, or accidents happen continuously. Many things contradict what you are trying to say. But in cartoons, nothing contradict what you want to say. -John Hench

In the 90's action pictures were all the rage. As a woman, I was fed up with them and I initially thought that the script was just another action film dressed up as a period piece. -Madeleine Stowe

It was exactly what was released two months later with the exception of a couple of reaction shots which we went back in to get. I liked the movie very much and asked him what the studio's problem was. I felt that he was at a point where they might have worn him down. -Madeleine Stowe

At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction. -Margaret Mahy

I hope that they are finding satisfaction. I'm in no way making a judgment. I know it doesn't make me happy. -Randy Harrison

Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought. -Robert Smithson

Somewhere along the line, the actions of this government are the actions of me. -Sean Penn

In bad weather, I spent hours drawing action figures on paper, coloring them, backing them on cardboard, then cutting them out and creating whole stories around their lives. -Terry Brooks

We must be vigilant in our actions towards criminals, and innovative in our approach towards solving crime. -Thomas Menino

Everything is a reaction. -Robyn Hitchcock

I've no regrets. You take responsibility for your actions. -Ron Moody

My entry into the environmental arena was through the issue that so dramatically – and destructively – demonstrates the link between science and social action: nuclear weapons. -Barry Commoner

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it. -Barry Commoner

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it. -Barry Commoner

Wherever we play golf, people come out here to get autographs. They obviously come out to watch us play and see us in action, but they also want to interact with us. -Bernhard Langer

The third fallacy is that affirmative action doesn't work. -Harold Washington

What is so remarkable about the success of affirmative action is that it has been accomplished despite the Justice Department and the policies of the federal government. -Harold Washington

Affirmative action works but we're going to need to muster all our political resources if we are to keep it in place. -Harold Washington

At no point was my career under threat, so I always knew that I would get back into action. -Jamie Redknapp

Books are a real solace, friendships are good but action is better than all. -John Burns

For the moment and for some time great events have been denied me, forward action not come my way. -John Burns

Instead, it appears to be a particular mark of beauty that it is considered with tranquil satisfaction; that it pleases if we also do not possess it and we are still far removed from demanding to possess it. -Moses Mendelssohn

Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God. -Moses Mendelssohn

I seem to always inspire a strong reaction one way or the other. -Nathan Lane

So we are disappointed that some of our closest allies, including Canada, have not agreed with us on the urgent need for this military action against Iraq. -Paul Cellucci

There's a lot of Americans, black and white, who think that we've arrived where we need to be and nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled. -Spike Lee

If you take my performance or my understanding of the role and my appreciation for story and then dress it in CGI, that I guess becomes an action film. -Vin Diesel

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense… I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters. -Alan Dean Foster

Some people come out going, I don't get it. And I don't quite know what they're trying to get, what they're struggling for. We have had the reaction where people leave the movie sort of uncomfortable and befuddled. Although that wasn't our intention. -Joel Coen

The only people who steal are thieves, and that's a very small percentage of civilization. Most people want to have some way to make the economic transaction valid. They want to return the favor, if you will… return the benefit and reciprocate. -Michael Nesmith

I always received much more satisfaction as a defense attorney in obtaining an acquittal for a client than I ever have as a D.A. in obtaining a conviction. All my interests and sympathies tend to be on the side of the individual as opposed to the state. -Jim Garrison

These sorts of things can happen, identities can be switched, the emotional implications are something that he has not been trained to feel. His whole life has been about separating himself from these sorts of actions. -Atom Egoyan

One of the points about distractions is that everything that they do is destabilizing. -Bruce Sterling

I appreciate an audience that reacts to the music, even if they jump on stage and try to beat us up, I think that's a fantastic reaction. I think that they're really hearing something then. -Alice Cooper

We like reactions – a reaction is walking out on us, a reaction is throwing tomatoes at the stage, that's a healthy psychological reaction. -Alice Cooper

I have a 6-year-old, and his thing is to turn on Radio Disney in the car, and I get such an allergic reaction to listening to that music and the context into which it falls. I'm really working on him about that. -Aimee Mann

Everybody gets typecast in movies, but you have to make wise choices. I'd say around 90 percent of movie casting is about the way you look, so you have to fight that. If producers had their way, I'd only be in action films, but I'm interested in a more varied career than that. -Famke Janssen

I'd be more interested in doing a smaller, character driven thing, rather than another action picture. -Sigourney Weaver

I don't know what this definition of affirmative action is for some. -Chaka Fattah

I want do some kind of action movie, car chases and explosions. -Devon Sawa

Id like to do an action film or a dark sort of independent piece. -Devon Sawa

For instance, when I go to the premiere on Tuesday I probably won't watch the film at all – I'll be watching the audience just to see their reaction to different moments, what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong, stuff like that. -Devon Sawa

The Geometer has the special privilege to carry out, by abstraction, all constructions by means of the intellect. Who, then, would wish to prevent me from freely considering figures hanging on a balance imagined to be at an infinite distance beyond the confines of the world? -Evangelista Torricelli

With millions of family wage manufacturing jobs lost since 2001, we need an energy bill that takes bold action to tap into American ingenuity in order to lead the world in new clean energy technology, rather than playing catch-up to the Japanese, Danish, and Germans. -Jay Inslee

Basins of attraction, of self organization, show up as well in our complex social environment, in human organizations. Here again, while we cannot predict the result of any given input, we can say that it will likely fall within one of several areas. -Kevin Kelly

When I was speaking about communicating, I meant that the listener – we have to reach the listener; otherwise, of course, you're writing the piece, as I say, only for the satisfaction of seeing it on the paper for yourself, and then it ends right there. -Leo Ornstein

Besides merely some pleasure that we get out of the combinations of pitches together and lines, I think that there is some satisfaction that we get in the fact of having this diffuse thing organized very concretely and put onto a frame and have it actually decided. -Leo Ornstein

Every man judges his own happiness and satisfaction with life in terms of his possession or lack of possession of those things that he considers worthwhile and valuable. -Meir Kahane

The Jewish nation is indeed, the heart of the world and there is no reason for the existence of empires, kings, rulers, masses or systems aside from their reaction to the Jewish people. -Meir Kahane

Persecution produced its natural effect on them. It found them a sect; it made them a faction. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

Fortunately, President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy disagreed with the estimate and chose a course of action less ambitious and aggressive than recommended by their advisers. -David Kay

In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action – you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things. -E. Stanley Jones

Our actions are the results of our intentions and our intelligence. -E. Stanley Jones

Our intentions may be very good, but, because the intelligence is limited, the action may turn out to be a mistake – a mistake, but not necessarily a sin, for sin comes out of a wrong intention. -E. Stanley Jones

The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes. -E. Stanley Jones

The conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions; and the reactions are just as important as the actions. -E. Stanley Jones

When the depths are upheld by the Holy Spirit, then the reaction is Christian. -E. Stanley Jones

I have been wearing black, which was a reaction to the Ginger thing. But now I have hopes and I can be anything. Tomorrow I might be naked with a feather boa, who knows? -Geri Halliwell

I didn't have a lot of overtly political songs. I think it was more the actions of the group that were threatening to the authorities, and also our political philosophies apart from the music. -Greg Ginn

The REM and Nirvana successes don't mean much to me except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend. Don't try to sound like someone else. REM and Nirvana don't sound like anyone else. -Greg Ginn

It's like the old rule-if you introduce a gun into the first act of a play, it's going to be used in the third act. So if you do a movie about criminals, you have to accept there's going to be Some action. -Harold Ramis

That's one of the great things about DVD: In addition to reaching people who didn't catch the movie in theaters, you get to have this interaction of sorts. -Harold Ramis

I became almost immediately fascinated by the possibilities of trying out all conceivable reactions with them, some leading to explosions, others to unbearable poisoning of the air in our house, frightening my parents. -Richard Ernst

On private transactions, I'll just go very quickly now, a major difference between the United States and Euroland is that in Europe banks are much more important in financial transactions than in the United States. -Robert C. Solomon

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem; it does not require a belief in abstract entities. -Tom G. Palmer

Whether the family of the Clarkes were of Norman extraction cannot be easily ascertained. -Adam Clarke

Our show is less about a girl who is doing miracles and more about the domino effect of this girl's life, and how everyone else is affected. Our show seems to be a questioning show as opposed to an action sort of fairy tale. -Amber Tamblyn

I would love to do some kind of mystery movie, or an action flick, something with that combination. -Christina Milian

I would just love to do something where I'd have to train and work really hard and do one of those types of action movies, which a lot of women are doing now. -Christina Milian

Democracy can only spring from practising it early, and democratic action was not to expected from young people brought up under a close authoritarian system. -Dora Russell

The storyboard artists job is to plan out shot for shot the whole show, write all the dialog, and decide the mood, action, jokes, pacing, etc of every scene. -Craig McCracken

As you can probably tell, I like films and directors that bring a totally unique style to filming action. -John Foster

The standard entertainment industry reaction to Hollywood's box office slump reveals the same shallow, materialistic mindset that helped create the problem in the first place. -Michael Medved

The American public is not aware that there might be potential allergenic and toxic reactions. With regular food, at least people know which foods they have an allergy to. -Jeremy Rifkin

Sometimes a serendipitous reaction occurs when a network asks you if you have any ideas for a series, at a time when your creative flow is working in that direction. -Joe Murray

He was so tenacious he defied the distraction of women by refusing to have them in his presence, just as later in life he denied his blindness by calling for more and more candles. -Kit Williams

I think it's a good thing for a president or political leaders to want to put their values or their faith into action. Desmond Tutu did that in South Africa. Martin Luther King Jr. did that here. This is a good thing. -Jim Wallis

So when the only domestic social policy is tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans, we say, 'Where is faith being put into action here?' -Jim Wallis

I think it's an extremely important factor to have your team together. It goes back to having distractions. When you all stay together for a period of time you're not training people or feeling out different personalities. -Larry Dixon

Winning teams have the least amount of distractions. They have a really tight group of people working towards the same common goal. -Larry Dixon

There are very important and practical issues raised by following this alternative route which says, let's look to material conditions, to the systems of production, to the needs that human beings have, and to competing alternative solutions to the satisfaction of those needs. -Marvin Harris

The heart of the matter seems to me to be the direct interaction between one's making a poem in English and a poem in the language that one understands and values. I don't see how you can do it otherwise. -Robert Fitzgerald

Words began to appear in English and to make some kind of equivalent. For what satisfaction it is hard to say, except that something seems unusually piercing, living, handsome, in another language, and since English is yours, you wish it to be there too. -Robert Fitzgerald

That's why I wrote this book: to show how these people can imbue us with hope. I read somewhere that when a person takes part in community action, his health improves. Something happens to him or to her biologically. It's like a tonic. -Studs Terkel

I may never get my own action figure, but at least I think what I'm doing is really legitimate musically. -Gavin DeGraw

At Adaptive Path, we've been doing our own work with Ajax over the last several months, and we're realizing we've only scratched the surface of the rich interaction and responsiveness that Ajax applications can provide. -Jesse James Garrett

But let no one be under any doubt that the scale of the challenge that Europe faces in this emerging global economy is immense and the practical pace of our collective action to meet these challenge to date has just been too slow. -John Hutton

We know the ideal isn't where the action is. -Joseph Epstein

Meanwhile, parents, students and teachers all report higher satisfaction with charter schools. People like them. They cost less money. They raise the academic achievement of poor kids. Go ahead, get a little enthused. -Maggie Gallagher

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other. -Nora Roberts

We've become much more casual and much more relaxed in social interactions, where there was a formality and maybe a kind of respect at that time that doesn't exist now. -Radha Mitchell

Only through the conscious action of the working masses in city and country can it be brought to life, only through the people's highest intellectual maturity and inexhaustible idealism can it be brought safely through all storms and find its way to port. -Rosa Luxemburg

I have a Web site that parents and girls can use to learn about Title IX and take action if they find their school is not in compliance. Thirty years after Title IX passed, 80 percent of schools are not in compliance. -Geena Davis

I asked each one of them to make out with me and their reactions varied from excitable to horrified. -Rachel Perry

There are actors who spend 20 years working and still don't achieve what I've achieved so quickly. So I think my only course of action is to work as hard as I can, not just for the sake of the film, but also to prove to these people that I do have talent. -Zhang Ziyi

Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind. -Martha Beck

You may call me selfish if you will, conservative or reactionary, or use any other harsh adjective you see fit to apply, but an American I was born, an American I have remained all my life. -Henry Cabot Lodge

My first two records were more energetic; Phantom Moon is subtle, quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected. -Duncan Sheik

I'm an action fanatic. -Noah Hathaway

I don't want to sit and cry for an hour in a movie. I'd rather have an action or a comedy. -Noah Hathaway

I obtain great satisfaction out of using my intellect. -Temple Grandin

It was also Hegel who established the view that the different philosophic systems that we find in history are to be comprehended in terms of development and that they are generally one-sided because they owe their origins to a reaction against what has gone before. -Walter Kaufmann

Thinking is the place where intelligent actions begin. We pause long enough to look more carefully at a situation, to see more of its character, to think about why it's happening, to notice how it's affecting us and others. -Margaret J. Wheatley

I believe it is an important project, it makes the cost of doing business lower and they will make us more competitive at the same time, it will also provide some satisfaction to the people who demand services for them of the quality they want and also quickly. -Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

The gastric laboratory uses its protein ferment under an acid reaction. -Ivan Pavlov

The starship thing is really political action and reaction, the natural outgrowth of Volunteers. -Paul Kantner

Large sums were paid for the use of money, because the available amount of gold and silver was far less than was needed to carry on the commercial transactions of the times. -John Buchanan Robinson

Americas are, for a variety of reasons, the most adept at producing the kind of entertainment that delivers easy satisfactions. -Todd Gitlin

The manufacture of desire isn't at the heart – if it isn't absurd to speak of a heart – of the media torrent. Chronic dissatisfaction is at the heart of the matter. -Todd Gitlin

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