Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
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- Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what clearly lies at hand.
- Action hangs, as it were, dissolved in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.
- No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
- Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.
- Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
- The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.