Quotes about Action

"It's not enough that we do our best,
sometimes we have to do what is required."

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874– 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.


"Perfection doesn't exist..only good attempts."

Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities.


"I will persist intil I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail, I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at the time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking."

Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages.


"Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784) often referred to as Dr Johnson, was a British author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".


"All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are the more they are frightened. The couragous man is the man who forces himself in spite of his fear to carry on."

George Smith Patton, Jr. (also George Smith Patton III) (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a United States Army officer best known for his leadership while commanding corps and armies as a general during World War II. He was also well-known for his controversial outspokenness.


"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying "there comes number seventy-one""

Richard DeVos, Sr. (born March 4, 1926, Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American businessman, and owner of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team. In 2009, Forbes magazine listed him as the 61st wealthiest person in the United States with an estimate net worth of USD$ 4.2 billion. In 2010, "Forbes" ranked him as the 176th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $4.5 billion.(At one point, he was in the top 10 of wealthiest Americans).


"If you're going through hell, keep going."

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.


"It is not enough to do your best, you must know what to do, and then do your best."

William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. He is perhaps best known for his work in Japan. There, from 1950 onward he taught top management how to improve design (and thus service), product quality, testing and sales (the last through global markets)through various methods, including the application of statistical methods.


"No one can possibly know what is about to happen, it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time."

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – November 30, 1987) was an American novelist, writer, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist.


"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."

Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.