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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.”
Baruch Spinoza - Tractatus politicus
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.”
Immanuel Kant - Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
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Among the special duties to others, the first is Truthfulness in speech and action.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Action, with all its uncertainties, is like an ever-present reminder that men, though they must die, are not born in order to die, but to begin something new.”
Hannah Arendt
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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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My spirit yearns for action, my breath for freedom.”
Friedrich Schiller
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To act freely is to retake possession of oneself; it is to place oneself back in pure duration.”
Henri Bergson - Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness
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Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
Henri Bergson
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
Hannah Arendt
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
John Locke - An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
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It is doubtless a fine harmony when doing and saying go together.”
Michel de Montaigne - Essays
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Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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To love is to act.”
Victor Hugo
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To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Finding the right words at the right moment is action.”
Hannah Arendt
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Action is the foundational key to all success.”
Pablo Picasso
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As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.”
Noam Chomsky
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From science comes foresight, from foresight action.”
Auguste Comte - Course of Positive Philosophy
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Action creates more fortunes than prudence.”
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and Maxims
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Whenever the true objects of action appear, they are to be heartily sought. Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing from the human to the divine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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All human acts involve more chance than decision.”
André Gide
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An action is the perfection and publication of thought.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature
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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream not only plan, but also believe.”
Anatole France
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That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”
John Stuart Mill
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In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain.”
John Stuart Mill
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It would seem that our actions have lucky or unlucky stars to which they owe a great part of the blame or praise which is given them.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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