Quotes: Acts, Action

(deeds not words; action speaks louder)

act (verb), acts; acted; acting
1. To do something; to exert energy or some force; to be employed or operative: Henry acted promptly in helping the people in the auto accident.
2. To reach, to make, or to issue a decision on some matter: The members congregated to act on the bill.
3. To operate or function in a particular way; to perform specific duties or functions: Shirley was acting as a child's substitute mother until her parents were able to return home.
action (s) (noun), actions (pl)
1. A process or state of functioning: Jesse was told by the mechanic that his car was not in action yet.

An action may apply to more than one procedure and therefore it often suggests continued or repeated efforts over a period of time.

2. A process that one consciously does and which may be characterized by physical or mental procedures: Ted was told that getting his work assignment done was a crisis that demanded action and not an argument.


Action takes precedence over study.
—Judah Hanasi

Probieren geht über Studieren. (Trying is better than [just] studying it).
—German proverb

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 (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)

Leadership is action, not position.
—Donald H. McGannon

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