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Never confuse movement with action.

Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway What does that mean? This quote was related in the book by Marlene Dietrich, who added “In those five words he gave me a whole philosophy.” Let’s start with movement. Movement can be anything which causes a change in the situation, whether it’s the deck chairs on […]

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The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.

The distance between your dreams and reality is called action. – Unknown What does that mean? This quote is about making your dreams a reality. We all have them, although we might call them aspirations or plans. But we all want to accomplish things. These things start as ideas in our minds. We develop them, […]

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You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action.

You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about the difference between thinking about doing something and taking action. Wishing for something to happen is thought without action. It is action which gets things […]

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

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. – Joaquín Setantí What does that mean? Often cited to Seneca, it appears to actually be from an Early Renaissance Spanish Philosopher. But either way, it is a useful quote to consider. What happens when you take action? You […]

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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.

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 What does that mean? This is a quote I first heard years ago, and it really hit home. Why don’t we take action after we make a decision? Because we […]

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Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.

Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world. – Nelson Mandela and Joel A. Barker What does that mean? This quote apparently has some dispute regarding the proper attribution. Regardless of who said it, I believe it is an interesting quote […]

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There is no wisdom without love.

There is no wisdom without love. – Sri Ram What does that mean? This is kind of a cryptic quote, and can be taken a number of ways. I want to focus on the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It takes action to move from simple knowledge to wisdom. Sometime it takes a lack of […]

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Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.

Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so. – Cicero What does that mean? While I couldn’t find a hard citation for this quote, it is a very interesting thought to consider. What do writers write about when they can’t think of anything to write? According to the quote, you write about your […]

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

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. – Napoleon Bonaparte and Andrew Jackson What does that mean? Put another way, there’s a time to cut bait, and a time to fish. You can only prepare for so long. Beyond a certain point, it becomes pointless. It […]

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Freedom lies in being bold.

Freedom lies in being bold. – Robert Frost What does that mean? Let’s start by looking at the opposite. As opposite of free that I can think of is being a prisoner. By definition they have no freedom. How bold are they? Other than the occasional ‘bold and daring escape attempt,’ bold is usually only seen in […]

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Actions driven solely by anger are of no use at all; realizing this can help strengthen your determination to resist it.

Actions driven solely by anger are of no use at all; realizing this can help strengthen your determination to resist it. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Does anger really accomplish anything? Some might say that it is useful for motivation, but there are few other things of which I can think that it can do […]

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He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.

He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? The quote opens by considering someone who spends the time to fully deliberate all possible outcomes and ramifications of an action before acting. The implied question is ‘How long will that take […]

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

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 What does that mean? This quote is fairly typical of his day and age. Back then, you didn’t have strangers asking to be your friend on every Social Media site. […]

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If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided

If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This is a Twitter-Friendly version of “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.” This quote is about hesitation, reluctance to commit and the trouble you can get […]

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

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius What does that mean? This quote reminds me to be wary of the boastful and the prideful. These people are not modest in their speech. Some may have accomplished much, but there are ways of letting the world know of your […]

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