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The origin of action - its effecient, not its final cause - is choice, and that of choice is desire and reasoning with a view to an end. This is why choice cannot exist either without thought and intellect or without a moral state; for good action and its opposite cannot exist without a combination of intellect and character. Intellect itself, however, moves nothing, but only the intellect which aims at an end and is practical.
Aristotle - Action - Choice - Intelligence


Tragedy is a representation of action that is worthy of serious attention, complete in itself and of some magnitude - bringing about by means of pity and fear the purging of such emotions.
Aristotle - Emotion - Tragedy - Pity - Fear

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra -
Yogiisms - Life - Confusing - Action

Self observation is essential to self growth. You must first understand the motives for your own actions in oreder to undertsand others.
Chin Ning Chu - Action - Self

I remain optimistic that we can turn things around, but I think we've got much less time than I thought to ensure our survival.
Tim Flannery -
Change - Environment - Action

We could go over the cliff. You would hope not. You would hope that people see what needs to be done. It's not rocket science. It's not difficult. It's not even all that costly. It's actually about the way you think about the world.
Tim Flannery -
Change - Environment - Action - Science - Hope

Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments.
Peter Garrett -
Climate Change - Challenges - Government - Action - Determination

A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
Anthony Robbins - Action - Self

Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure". Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don't be one of those merchants who wont risk the ocean!
Rumi -
Life - Courage - Action

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 going to want to work?
Jon Stewart -
Drugs - Marijuana - Work - Action - Funny

We wanted George W Bush the fuck out of the White House and we wanted John Kerry in. And it didn't work. (Vote for Change Tour)
Michael Stipe (REM) -
Action - Political - F##k


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