A Quote by Alan Lightman on action, argument, consequences, future, impulses, judgment, justice, learning, meaning, needs, past, people, sincerity, present, time, uncertainty, and world

Most people have learned to live in the moment. The argument goes that if the past has uncertain effect on the present, there is no need to dwell on the past. And if the present has little effect on the future, present actions need not be weighed for their consequence. Rather, each act is an island in time, to be judged on its own. ... It is a world of impulse. It is a world of sincerity. It is a world in which every word spoken speaks just to that moment, every glance given has only one meaning.

Alan Lightman

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A Quote by Alan Greenspan on action, competition, crime, facts, government, judgment, laws, principles, world, and elightenment

The world of antitrust is reminiscent of Alice's Wonderland: everything seemingly is, yet apparently isn't, simultaneously. It is a world in which competition is lauded as the basic axiom and guiding principle, yet "too much" competition is condemned as "cutthroat." It is a world in which actions designed to limit competition are branded as criminal when taken by businessmen, yet praised as "enlightened" when initiated by the government. It is a world in which the law is so vague that businessmen have no way of knowing whether specific actions will be declared illegal until they hear the judge's verdict after the fact.

Alan Greenspan (1926 -)

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A Quote by Al Batt on action and difficulty

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Al Batt

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A Quote by Akhnaton [Ikhnaton or Akhenaton] on action, belief, boldness, children, honor, and life

Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it.

Akhnaton (c.1375 - c.1353 BC)

Source: title taken by Amenhotep IV

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A Quote by Agesilaus II on action, character, circumstances, and good

It is circumstance and proper timing that give an action its character and make it either good or bad.

Agesilaus II (444 - 360 BC)

Source: Plutarch, Lives, Agesilaus, 36

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A Quote by Adlai Ewing Stevenson on action, age, earth, emotion, faith, knowledge, love, men, people, and words

What a man knows at 50 that he did not know at 20 is, for the most part, incommunicable. The knowledge he has acquired with age is not the knowledge of formulas, or forms of words, but of people, places, actions - a knowledge gained not by words but by touch, sight, sound, victories, failures, sleeplessness, devotion, love - the human experiences and emotions of this earth and of oneself and other men; and perhaps, too, a little faith, a little reverence for things one cannot see.

Adlai Stevenson (1900 - 1965)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on action and ignorance

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: quoting from Goethe

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on action, charity, community, government, individuality, justice, men, nature, needs, people, schools, separation, and variety

The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. The desirable things which the individuals of a people can not do, or can not well do, for themselves, fall into two classes: those which have relation to wrongs, and those which have not. Each of these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first - that in relation to wrongs - embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and nonperformance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: fragment on government (July 1, 1854?)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on action and nature

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on action and words

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

Source: letter to John Adams, 1774

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