For me, the Immaculate Conception is the feast of ‘passive action,’ the action that functions simply by the transmission through us of divine energy. Purity, in spite of outward appearances, is essentially an active virtue, because it concentrates God in us and on those who are subject to our influence.
A life which does not go into action is a failure.
The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.
I looked up affirmative action once in Wikipedia, and it said, ‘A measure by which white men are discriminated against,’ and I got so mad.
The teapot takes in water and gives out tea. So the human individual takes in anything you give him and promptly transforms it; he is ready to give you out again his own reactions – first, in thought and emotion, then in voice or action.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
If the law is a bad law, there is always the contingent right to take action that you would not otherwise take.
The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
There is a weapon we can fight with. That is the weapon of political action.