Acting entails taking decisive, productive action to solve a problem. In life, action is essential. 

I have curated some of the best ‘Action’ quotes, sayings and captions for you to read and share with others.


Action Quotes

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God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. ~ St. Augustine

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The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. ~ Tony Robbins.

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Passion is the genesis of genius. ~ Tony Robbins.

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No one builds a legacy by standing still. ~ Oscar Auliq-Ice.

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Never confuse motion with action. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese Proverb.

Listen to me. We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here? ~ Steve Jobs.

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Attitude drives actions. Actions drive results. Results drive lifestyles. ~ Jim Rohn.

Commit to CAN I! – Constant And Never-Ending Improvement. ~ Tony Robbins.

There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up. Never stop believing. Never stop fighting. ~ Hope Hicks.

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Every action has a consequence, so always try to be good. ~ Richard Eyre.

Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end. ~ Napoleon Hill.

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Winners take imperfect action while losers are still perfecting the plan. ~ Tony Robbins.

Best Action Quotes

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

Nothing will work unless you do. ~ Maya Angelou.

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. ~ Baltasar Gracian.

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Action is the antidote to despair. ~ Joan Baez.

Action will destroy your procrastination. ~ Og Mandino.

Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of action. ~ Steve Maraboli.

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Motivation is motive in action. ~ Denis Waitley.

Knowing is not enough! You must take action. ~ Tony Robbins.

Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it. ~ Zig Ziglar.

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. ~ Dale Carnegie.

Successful people are action oriented. ~ Jim Rohn.

Powerful Action Quotes

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

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Action without planning is the cause of all failure. Action with planning is the cause of all success. ~ Brian Tracy.

Hoping drains your energy. Action creates energy. ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki.

When your every thought and your every action is directed to your ultimate life goals, you become unstoppable and assured of great success and happiness. ~ Robin S. Sharma.

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. ~ Rumi.

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An action is essentially good if the motive of the agent be good, regardless of the consequences. ~ Immanuel Kant.

Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s when doubt comes in. ~ Conor McGregor.

Action expresses priorities. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

Knowledge is NOT power. Knowledge is only POTENTIAL power. Action is power. ~ Tony Robbins.

Worship is an inward feeling and outward action that reflects the worth of God. ~ John Piper.

Famous Action Quotes

Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre.

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit. ~ Conrad Hilton.

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Good actions are never lost. ~ Turkish Proverb.

You don’t get results by focussing on results. You get results by focussing on the actions that produce results. ~ Mike Hawkins.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ~ Benjamin Disraeli.

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

Action is the foundational key to all success. ~ Pablo Picasso.

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Doubt can only be removed by action. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Well done is better than well said. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

Wealth does not count; words do not count; actions count! ~ Unknown.

The most important actions are never comfortable. ~ Tim Ferriss.

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You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar.

When every action has a purpose, every action has a result. ~ Greg Plitt.

Popular Action Quotes

Name a moral statement or action, uttered or performed by a religious person that could not have been uttered or performed by an unbeliever. ~ Christopher Hitchens.

Setting goals helps bring your future into your present and the present is the only time we can take action. ~ Zig Ziglar.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu.

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

Action without thought is mindlessness, and thought without action is hypocritical. ~ Ayn Rand.

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~ Peter Marshall.

Your attitude determines your actions, and your actions determine your accomplishment. ~ John C. Maxwell.

There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it. ~ Mario Cuomo.

Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. ~ Albert Camus.

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Never lower your target ; increase your actions. ~ Grant Cardone.

Let your performance do the thinking. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Top Action Quotes

Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results. ~ Denis Waitley.

The path to success is to take massive, determined actions. ~ Tony Robbins.

Ideas without action are useless. ~ Helen Keller.

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

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Effort increases action. Action creates momentum. Momentum creates success. ~ Dwayne Johnson.

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. ~ Pearl S. Buck.

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. ~ John F. Kennedy.

The greatest happiness is to transform one’s feelings into action. ~ Madame de Stael.

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. ~ Lewis Cass.

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If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. ~ Jim Rohn.

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

Ultimate Action Quotes

Either you run the day or the day runs you. ~ Jim Rohn.

Ideas without action are worthless. ~ Harvey Mackay.

Dream big, start small, but most of all, start. ~ Simon Sinek.

There is nothing impossible to him who will try. ~ Alexander the Great.

Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe. ~ T.D. Jakes.

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. ~ Prince.

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The value of an idea lies in the using of it. ~ Thomas Edison.

You are what you do, not what you say you do. ~ Carl Jung.

Words may inspire but only action creates change. ~ Simon Sinek.

It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. ~ Jane Austen.

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. ~ Norman Vincent Peale.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Here is a good video on the science of taking action in life.


So these were the 84 quotes about Action.

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