Quotation Explorer - 'Acts'

Men are rewarded or punished not for what they do but for how their acts are defined. That is why men are more interested in better justifying themselves than in better behaving themselves.
People who concern themselves with the rights of other adults who engage in consensual acts involving sex, love, and/or eating croissants together are damaged and in pain. - Rob Delaney
It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one's acts. - Mahatma Gandhi
She'd not known grief would come in waves, brought on by the smallest of things. Nor had she realized that ordinary acts of living would continue even after the loss of a love and that it would remain possible to get caught up in the moment of a simple pleasure before remembering. - Tess Thompson
A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact. - Aldo Leopold
In the heart of appeasement there's the fear of rejection, and in acts of fear there are mirrors of oppression. - Criss Jami
Also, always encourage 'being good' over 'doing good.' Acts of goodness are the difficulty for us and should, of course, be avoided. 'Being good' is far less problematic, largely because it lacks definition and can be solely a state of mind completely unattached to reality. - Geoffrey Wood
Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness - both the ones you have received and the ones you have given - you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter. - Dawna Markova
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. - Thomas Jefferson
...she is careful who she sleeps with, because only those willing totreat her witht he same reverence are worthy of her attention....you are the Goddess, and "all acts of love and pleasure" are your rituals - Dianne Sylvan
Small Acts of Kindness are Priceless - M.G. Wells
Forgiveness and restoration are two difference acts. Forgiveness can lead to restoration but restoration is not hinged to forgiveness. - Gary Rohrmayer
The love between a man and a woman acts like a mousetrap to lure a man towards a woman enticing him like a pure cheese, but is secretly tied with a strap. - Anuj Somany
Whenever a person or agency has substantially more power than others, their behaviour are not democratic. and if in any circumstances their acts are not supervised then Power is always misused by certain people.Humanity is most important state and that is missing throughout world. - Vikram Singh Slathia
I love you sounds best spoken in quiet acts of kindness. - Richelle E. Goodrich
The most genuine acts of kindness are done without fanfare and when no one is looking. - Jason Pollock
Small unexpected acts of kindness are the building blocks of greatness. Start your day with a smile and see where it takes you ... - Edwin Lionel Flynn
One courageous act can make you a hero but frequent courageous acts will keep you a hero. - Amit Kalantri
To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts. - Jean Jacques Rousseau
Acts of men are better than acts of God. - Misato Katsuragi
I have done without electricity, and tend the fireplace and stove myself. Evenings, I light the old lamps. There is no running water, and I pump the water from the well. I chop the wood and cook the food. These simple acts make man simple; and how difficult it is to be simple! - C.G. Jung
A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to the world. - Ellen G. White
The devil attacks you today, because you have got a future. He wants to destroy you for that very reason, because he is scared of your future acts and exploits. - Sunday Adelaja
#3532. The law neither does nor requires idle acts.
[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions. - Confucius
The best of knowledge and righteous acts are those hidden to the people. - Al-Fudhayl ibn Iyyadh
I cannot forgive my friends for dying; I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing. - Logan Pearsall Smith
Those vibrations that we created have indeed fall upon us. Only those acts that were done in the ignorant (Self unawareness) state, that has given us reactions. - Dada Bhagwan
Now I just act like I don't remember; Mary acts like she don't care. - Bruce Springsteen
People-pleasers feel they must constantly be performing acts of service to others to gain acceptance. That requires a lot of work, effort, and energy. From the book: Removing Your Shame Label. - Eddie Capparucci, LPC
Great acts are made up of small deeds. - Lao Tzu
To properly do penance one must express contrition for one’s sins and perform acts to repair the damage caused by those transgressions. It is only when those acts are complete that the slate can truly be wiped clean and amnesty gives way to a new beginning. - Emily Thorne
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen. - William Hazlitt
History, although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
I came to the Greeks early, and I found answers in them. Greece's great men let all their acts turn on the immortality of the soul. We don't really act as if we believed in the soul's immortality and that's why we are where we are today. - Edith Hamilton
Most of what you do to fulfill God’s purposes will require acts of faith. - Jim George
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Love is capital which should never diminish; the greatest acts are not acts of courage, but acts of love. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts. - John Dewey
All acts of healing are ultimately our selves healing our Self. - - Ram Dass
Man acts as though he were the sharper and the master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man. - Heidegger, Martin
Nothing carries more potential for change than individual acts of human kindness. - Jamie Winship
Words are to be taken seriously. I try to take seriously acts of language. Words set things in motion. - Toni Cade Bambara
Confronted with such flagrant acts of intolerance—such abuses of the freedom of speech—a free society must surely do more. For intolerance is the one thing a free society cannot afford to tolerate. - Ayaan Hiri Ali
Doubt is a form of pessimism that acts as an agent, which is sent to hinder prosperity on its materilization journey. - Michael Bassey Johnson
That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. - William Wordsworth
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. - Anatole France
Like the ripples from a stone tossed into the pond from the water’s edge, the effects of our choices extend infinitely outward. Even the smallest of acts reverberates in the ears of unwritten histories. - Justin Young
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of acts of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over. - James Boswell
[God] deposits a dream of what we can be for Him, a dream that acts as our internal honing device. - Wayne Cordeiro
Over time, we commit acts with intentions, either good or bad, that require forgiveness. - Emily Thorne
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment. - Mahatma Gandhi
The mobile phone acts as a cursor to connect the digital and physical. - Marissa Meyer
Until they create tools to read an individual's mind,secrets will exist and people will still need to unload their conscience to a disgruntled partner.Politician will still have to apologize for hidden acts of mischief and deceit against their constituency. - j.d.moise
A person doesn't feel, then act; rather, he acts, then feels. Change actions to change feelings. - Orrin Woodward
Man is an extremely complex creature: he usually acts in an unselfish manner for selfish reasons. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse... If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source. - the Dhammapada
Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. - Robert F. Kennedy
Little deeds that proceed from charity please God and have their place among meritorious acts. - Francis de Sales
Five acts - humility, gratitude, vegetarianism, yearning, and crying - get you "It". Have you tried it? - Fakeer Ishavardas
A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts as the results of sudden impulses and accident, than of the reason of which we so much boast.
The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. - William Wordsworth
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. - Thomas Jefferson
Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic. - Aldous Huxley
Instead of measuring yourself by your weight, measure yourself by your acts of kindness. - Elle Sommer
The end toward which all human acts are directed is happiness. - Aristotle
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. - Unknown
my problem is that my body acts before my brain thinks... it sometimes brings me huge trouble, or also huge success. recently, my body and brain got come to an agreement. it may be far better to live this gambling life than living in boring average ...they at least make my art more interesting - Hiroko Sakai
If you want self-esteem. Do estimable acts ~ V, from A Piece of Cake: Memoir - Cupcake Brown
The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. - Thomas Moore
Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A person's Acts of #Kindness far outlives their lifespan,for they leave behind a true, meaningful legacy. - Michael Levy
A man's final query is determined by how well he acts under pressure. If man can control his demeanor under extreme stress, he will be judged in a positive way. - Angela Khristin Brown
The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer. - Mahatma Gandhi
Throughout her life, she held firm to her belief that even the smallest acts of kindness and generosity by the least of us can cause a ripple effect to change the world. , Human Again - Nina Wirk
By portraying war as an opportunity for virtuous acts, the politicians romanticize evil. - Sheldon Richman
PAY PEANUTS & GET MONKEYS’ is a correct thought all the way, but what they have to say about a lot those who pay cashew nuts to one who acts like nuts and makes others work only like flunkeys. - Anuj Somany
True compassion sees each person as a brother or sister and acts accordingly. - Dillon Burroughs
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. - Robert F. Kennedy
When anyone thinks a woman who serves "gives 'cause that's what mothers or real women do," they deny her full humanity and thus fail to see the generosity inherent in her acts. - bell hooks
For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work. - Doug Larsen
The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. - lois bujord
God, I want to give You every minute of this year. I shall try to keep You in mind every moment of my waking hours....I shall try to let You be the speaker and direct every word. I shall try to let You direct my acts. I shall try to learn Your language. - Frank C. Laubach
Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love. - Anonymous
Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty. - Unknown
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. - Buddha
Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art: Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote The unreasonable fury of a beast: Unseemly woman in a seeming man! Or ill-beseeming beast in seeming both! - William Shakespeare
The surest cure for selfishness is to continually practice random acts of kindness. - R.A.Delmonico
If you have kindness in your heart, you offer acts of kindness to touch the hearts of others wherever you go—whether they are random or planned. Kindness becomes a way of life. - Roy T. Bennett
Only the subject's individual consciousness can testify for the unwitnessed acts, and there is no act more deprived of external testimony than the act of knowing. - Olavo de Carvalho
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. - Confucius
When a dog acts viciously we assume the reason is poor treatment and training by its owner. When a person acts criminally we look for the explanation in his brain, blood, and urine. When will psychiatrists begin testifying to the incompetence of schizophrenic pit bulls?
If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism. - Fidel Castro
In the last analysis, my fellow country men, as we in America would be the first to claim, a people are responsible for the acts of their government. - Woodrow Wilson
Men argue. Nature acts. - Voltaire
Man does not know most of the rules on which he acts; and even what we call his intelligence is largely a system of rules which operate on him but which he does not know. - Friedrich Hayek
This war has made racists of too many of the and too many of us, and it is the leadership in Khartoum that has stoked this fire, that has brought to the surface, and in some cases created from whole cloth, new hatreds that have bred unprecedented acts of brutality. - Dave Eggers
Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one. - W. H. Auden
[These]were the legitimate acts of self-defense which had been forced upon the Irish people by English aggression... We did not initiate the war, nor were we allowed to choose the battleground. - Michael Collins
The more I read, {the Bible] the more Paul sounds like a stroke victim, who never taught a thing that Jesus taught, and only quotes him once, in Acts, wrongly, and the 12 are constantly chastising him for his teachings. - Glenn Hefley
Tiny acts of kindness can have BIG results. - Elizabeth Bourgeret
That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. - William Wordsworth
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine. - Cicero
Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what's in it for you create ripple effects. Ones that lift up families and communities, that spread opportunity and boost our economy. - Barack Obama
The acts of observing and judging are necessarily solitary acts. - Mike Klepper
Put your heart into even the smallest seemingly insignificant acts possible. Then be patient enough for the universe to give back to you what you reap. - Matthew Donnelly
A book acts as the getaway car when you need to escape.Even when you're the one writing it. - Julie Wright
The environment acts more strongly upon the individual life the less fixed and strong this individual life may be. - Maria Montessori
An advanced human rights friendly Constitution is fine and well - but what good is it if it is not put into practice? The government says it cherishes the principles in the SA Constitution, and yet acts in a manner which cannot be reconciled with that very Constitution. - Christina Engela
We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.
For every Gospel action, there is an opposite and devious demonic reaction. We see this in the book of Acts. It appears in church history. We experience it in our personal journeys. - Daniel Henderson
Are you the sum total of your worst acts? - Bryan Stevenson
For four centuries now, the American people have resigned themselves to natural disasters and acts of God: floods, prairie fires, blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, dust bowls, epidemics, academics, lawyers, and politicians. - Markham Shaw Pyle
What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. - Mary GrandPré
The acts of daily forbearance, the headache, or toothache, or heavy cold; the tiresome peculiarities of husband or wife, the broken glass...all of these sufferings, small as they are, if accepted lovingly, are most pleasing to God's Goodness. - Francis de Sales
Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. - Saint Teresa of Avila
The best portions of a good man's life, his little, nameless acts of kindness and love. - William Wordsworth
I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, for the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people. - Toni Morrison
He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip. - Lao Tzu
The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future. - Frank Herbert
One of the most moral acts is to create a space in which life can move forward. - Robert M. Pirsig
If true acts of worship must be sincere without expecting anything, it should not need to be able to offer the promise of anything - Handi Priyono
Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens. - Maria Augusta von Trapp
Change comes by substituting good habits for less desirable ones. You mold your character and future by good thoughts and acts. - Spencer W. Kimball
The three great acts are love, goodness and self-sacrifice. - Lailah Gifty Akita
We donot qualify as humans going by our acts, but we surely prove through our vulnerability and sufferings! - Ramana Pemmaraju
our value/belief system acts as aconditioning factor for our thinking pattern. - Derric Yuh Ndim
I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." ~ Gandalf (J. R. R. Tolkein ~ The Hobbit) - J.R.R. Tolkien
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. - Sai Baba
It is probable that the most inhuman monsters, even the Himmlers and the Mengeles, convince themselves that they are engaged in noble and courageous acts. - Noam Chomsky
We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough. - Rabbi Harold Kushner
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. - William Blake
Never give a conscious meaning to your unconscious acts! - Ramana Pemmaraju
A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic. - Clifford Geertz
Vigilantes who executed some of the most vicious and ignoble acts of lawless brutality in U.S. history nevertheless considered those very acts to be the work of citizenship and in many cases elicited wide popular approval. - Linda Gordon
The real acts of a real devil you know have been made acceptable by the fictitious actions of a nonexistent devil that you do not know. - Mike Klepper
Beheading, burying and burning humans alive are extreme acts of cruelty. Such crimes against humanity must be investigated and the guilty parties brought to justice. May ALL victims rest in peace! - Widad Akreyi
POCKET, n. The cradle of motive and the grave of conscience. In woman this organ is lacking; so she acts without motive, and her conscience, denied burial, remains ever alive, confessing the sins of others. - Ambrose Bierce
People do not change. It is just that they change the masks they wear and the acts they put on, with new costumes, new dialogues and new settings.That is human nature. - Ama H. Vanniarachchy
No matter how crazy or hard a man acts sometimes he has a soft side. - Auliq-Ice
Reveal you soul only to God. Don’t judge other by their acts, good or bad; still learn from what you see. - VIRGIL PROFEANU
To all appearances, the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing. - Marcel Duchamp
Dreams alone with no acts toward achieving them are useless: no dreams at all is a condition of the pathetic. - Jonas Samuelle
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action. - Jawaharlal Nehru
Our own acts are isolated and one act does not buy absolution for another. - William Butler Yeats
For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived. - John F. Kennedy
Be an example of small acts of kindness; help someone in need. - Debasish Mridha
Look not to the faults of others, nor to their omissions and commissions. But rather look to your own acts, to what you have done and left undone. - Gautama Buddha
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