— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
„Happiness, in truth, may not be the fruit plucked by my action yet without action all fruit will die on the vine.
I will act now.
I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.“
— Og Mandino American author 1923 - 1996
Ch. 16 : The Scroll Marked IX, p. 95.
„When you are seeking happiness through your action, you are always enslaved to the external situation“
— Sadhguru 1957
Context: When you are seeking happiness through your action, you are always enslaved to the external situation. As long as you are enslaved to the external situation, you will always be in some level of suffering because the outside situation is never going to be hundred percent in your control.
„We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.“
— Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
— Francis Hutcheson (philosopher) Irish philosopher 1694 - 1746
Context: That Action is best, which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions Misery. An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) Treatise II, Section 3
— Jack White American musician and record producer 1975
A message he left on his website to his fans, dated September 18th, 2003
„Be Good, Do Good.
Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done, for by performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme.“
— Swami Sivananda Indian philosopher 1887 - 1963
Light, Power and Wisdom (1959), p. 6; note that the short phrase "Be good, do good" had occurred in spiritual teachings of others in the 19th century, usually in conjunction with other injunctions. "Be Good, Do Good" became a prominent motto of the Divine Life Society. Variant: Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate. Light, Power and Wisdom (1959), p. 207
„The principle of utility judges any action to be right by the tendency it appears to have to augment or diminish the happiness of the party whose interests are in question... if that party be the community the happiness of the community, if a particular individual, the happiness of that individual.“
— Jeremy Bentham British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer 1748 - 1832
Introduction (1789 edition)
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
First known in Thomas Fuller's Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs (1732), but not found in the writings of Edmund Burke.
— Paul Glover Community organizer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; American politician 1947
Context: “Action without theory is reckless; theory without action is worthless.” (speech at Center for Popular Economics, Summer Institute), 2006-07-27
— Wolfgang Drechsler Political Philosophy and Innovation Policy scholar 1963