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  • "Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence, or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."
    Tim Kreider (1967–), US essayist and cartoonist
    Source: New York Times (June 30, 2012)
  • "In some situations, doing nothing—forever—is the right response … Sometimes, not trying to fix something is precisely what's needed to fix it."
    Peter Bregman, US strategic business adviser
    Source: Harvard Business Review blog (December 5, 2011)
  • "Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."
    Theodore Roosevelt (18581919), US president
    Source: Quoted in The Military Quotation Book, Revised and Expanded (James Charlton, 2002)
  • "One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over … your problem won't improve with age."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: “Interview with Warren Buffett,” Harvard Business Review (Norman Augustine, November–December 1995)
  • "In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."
    Margaret, Baroness Thatcher (1925–), British former prime minister
    Source: Quoted in People (September 15, 1975)
  • "The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of man."
    Jacob Bronowski (19081974), Polish mathematician and philosopher
    Source: The Ascent of Man (1973)
  • "Never confuse movement with action."
    Ernest Hemingway (18991961), US author
    Source: Quoted in Papa Hemingway (A. E. Hotchner, 1966)
  • "Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat."
    Eric Hoffer (19021983), US philosopher
    Source: The Passionate State of Mind (1955)
  • "I acted, and my action made me wise."
    Thom Gunn (19292004), British poet
    Source: “Incident on a Journey,” Fighting Terms (1954)
  • "Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer (19061945), German religious writer
    Source: Letters and Papers from Prison (1953)
  • "A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it."
    John Galsworthy (18671933), British novelist and playwright
    Source: Maid in Waiting (1932)
  • "Freedom from activity is never achieved by abstaining from action."
    Bhagavad Gita, Hindu scripture
    Source: 3:4 (300? bc)
  • "Chie Wen Tzu used to think thrice before acting. The Master hearing of it said, Twice is quite enough."
    Confucius (551479 bc), Chinese philosopher, administrator, and writer
    Source: Analects (500? bc)
  • "When fog prevents a small-boat sailor from seeing the buoy marking the course he wants, he turns his boat rapidly in small circles, knowing that the waves he makes will rock the buoy in the vicinity. Then he stops, listens and repeats the procedure until he hears the buoy clang. By making waves, he finds where his course lies. Often the price of finding these guides is a willingness to take a few risks, to “make a few waves.”"
    Richard Armstrong (19031986), British author and mariner
    Source: Attributed
  • "Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."
    Peter F. Drucker (19092005), US management consultant and academic
    Source: Attributed
  • "There are people who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened."

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