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"Action is character." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Character is ethics in action." - Michael Josephson

"plot is character in action." - Maren Elwood

"Will is character in action." - William McDougall

"Leadership is character in action." - James Hunter

"Character is revealed through action." - Aristotle

"I've always been very strong minded on character-based fights and character-based action. If you take the character out of the action and you just shoot it as an action sequence, the audience starts to lose connection." - Wade Eastwood

"Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action." - Helen Gahagan

"Sons of Anarchy has the perfect combination of character and action." - Christopher Golden

"The life of a character doesn't just exist between action and cut." - Walton Goggins

"'Sons of Anarchy' has the perfect combination of character and action." - Christopher Golden

"I find the constraints of drama actually freeing: It brings everything down to character and action." - Nic Pizzolatto

"PLOT is CHARACTER revealed by ACTION." - Aristotle

"But in action, one defies one's character." - Daniel Bell

"Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny." - Tryon Edwards

"It is circumstance and proper measure that give an action its character, and make it either good or bad." - Plutarch

"Once you've established where you are, you go to the character and elaborate on expressions and action." - Sergio Aragones

"France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"The strength of the group is in the will of the leader, and the will is character in action." - Vince Lombardi

"All drama is conflict. Without conflict, there is no action. Without action, there is no character. Without character, there is no story. And without story, there is no screenplay." - Syd Field

"I played this character twice in live action, and now I've become an animated character. It was actually fun to see myself drawn - I've never been a drawn character before." - Geena Davis

"Develop a clean line of action for your leading character" - Billy Wilder

"The essential thing is action. Action has three stages: the decision born of thought, the order or preparation for execution, and the execution itself. All three stages are governed by the will. The will is rooted in character, and for the man of action character is of more critical importance than intellect. Intellect without will is worthless, will without intellect is dangerous." - Hans von Seeckt

"What a director really does is set the emotional temperature and the mood and the level, amount, or lack of, distance between the action and the character, and the character and the audience." - James Gray

"All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and color from the end to which they are subservient." - John Stuart Mill

"Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every thing in human character goes to wreck, under the reign of procrastination, while prompt action gives to all things a corresponding and proportional life and energy." - William Alcott

"By action and reaction do we become strong or weak, according to the character of our thoughts and mental states. Fear is the deadly nightshade of the mind." - Edward S. Walker, Jr.

"What is the true test of character, unless it be its progressive development in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life?" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"What is the true test of character unless it be its progressive development in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A big part of honesty is self-discipline, personal resolve, and taking pride in who you are as a person and what each action means to your character." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"By action and reaction do we become strong or weak, according to the character of our thoughts and mental states. Fear is the deadly nightshade of the mind." - Edward Walker

"Good character consists of knowing the good, desiring the good, and doing the good habits of the mind, habits of the heart, and habits of action." - Thomas Lickona

"It depends, because sometimes an action role can be very demanding, and sometimes a dialogue-driven character can be very demanding, and vice versa. It depends." - Benicio Del Toro

"Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains." - Helen Gahagan Douglas

"I think making a great action movie is one of the hardest cinematic endeavors. By definition, smart characters avoid action. Smart people don't go down dark alleys, but if you're making an action movie and you want to have an action sequence, somehow you have to get that character into that dangerous situation." - Doug Liman

"Everything you could want - action, suspense, character and setting, all floating on the easy lyricism of a fine writer at the top of his game." - Lee Child

"The finest defense of character is correct action. Acquaint yourself with virtue, and you can expect proper treatment from those around you." - Brandon Sanderson

"Attention to detail and a perfectionist instinct, far from stimulating action, are character qualities that lead to renunciation. Better to dream than to be." - Fernando Pessoa

"It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through." - Zig Ziglar

"Comedy, drama, Westerns, sci-fi... it's all fine if the story's compelling and the character is interesting to me. I do like action a lot." - Jensen Ackles

"What made us different from other westerns was the fact that 'Gunsmoke' wasn't just action and a lot of shooting; they were character-study shows." - James Arness

"Presidential biography is, by its nature, out of scale; no character is bigger, no action greater, than the person and the doings of the American president." - Jill Lepore

"I'd like to do something where there's a strong female character and some action. I've done a few stunts in the past." - Vicky Mcclure

"In our animation we must show only the actions and reactions of a character, but we must picture also with the action. . . the feeling of those characters." - Walt Disney

"I don't want to get pigeon-holed into a certain kind of character. I love action roles and the hero, but I want to keep trying something new." - Michael Trucco

"I always begin with a character or characters, and then try to think up as much action for them as possible." - John Irving

"We want the spirit of America to be efficient; we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency - clear disinterested thinking and fearless action" - Woodrow Wilson

"Action and contemplation are..." - Bernard Of Clairvaux

"I still don't understand why the tag of 'action hero' follows me. My films have all these elements - romance, action and comedy. None of the fight sequences of my character is an act of randomness. There's a reason to action in my films." - Sunny Deol

"It is quite impossible to understand the character of a person from one action, however striking that action may be." - Arthur Helps

"The centre of the tragedy, therefore, may be said with equal truth to lie in action issuing from character, or in character issuing in action." - A. C. Bradley

"Dialogue is character and character is plot." - George V

"Attitude produces character, and character produces hope." - Mark Burnett

"I think action should be revealed through character, so if you have a plot problem, it's probably a character problem." - Zoe Kazan

"I love action films. I'd love to do an action drama. I'm always looking to give my character something action-oriented to do" - Taylor Lautner

"I love action films. I'd love to do an action drama. I'm always looking to give my character something action-oriented to do." - Taylor Lautner

"Love is the purification of the heart from self; it strengthens and ennobles the character, gives higher motives and a nobler aim to every action of life, and makes both man and woman strong, noble, and courageous." - Maria Jane Jewsbury

"Action and becoming are one." - Meister Eckhart

"Action and adaptability create opportunity." - Garrison Wynn

"Action and flexibility create opportunity" - Garrison Wynn

"The action films I will make in the future will be more believable and character-based. I am now on my second cycle of fame, and I want to make films that smell real and are truthful." - Jean-Claude Van Damme

"I'm very interested in compassion - compassion for oneself and others. I write about very complicated characters and experiences and try to do it without judging the character or the action." - A.M. Homes

"Voice acting is very interesting, I've done several animated projects, and you have to make the voice reflect the character and try and do as much with a word as you can with a look in a live-action film." - William Shatner

"The action films I will make in the future will be more believable and character-based. I am now on my second cycle of fame, and I want to make films that smell real and are truthful." - Jeanclaude Van Damme

"Every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character." - Oscar Wilde

"Mental toughness is a state of mind - you could call it 'character in action.'" - Vince Lombardi

"Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action." - Kurt Vonnegut

"You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"It's nice to be playing a character who's never had a live-action version before." - Robbie Amell

"The action genre is not always the most synonymous with character development." - Eric Dane

"Don't put anything into a story that does not reveal character or advance the action." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"I'd be more interested in doing a smaller, character driven thing, rather than another action picture." - Sigourney Weaver

"This nation asks for action, and action now." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"In the battle between planning and action, action wins." - Chris Guillebeau

"Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy." - Luigi Pirandello

"The habits of feeling, action and judgment that comprise good character depend on personal self-discipline and powerful aspiration to become a good person, all of which must be drawn from within." - Edwin J Delattre

"Unless the will is free, man has no freedom; and if he has no freedom he is not a moral agent, that is, he is incapable of moral action and also of moral character." - Charles Grandison Finney

"Thus would I concentrate the powers of will. Thus would I shape character. Thus would I make good citizens. And thus would I lay the foundations for a generation of real architects - real, because true, men, and dreamers in action." - Louis Sullivan

"I don't want to do action that doesn't mean anything. Everything I do I want to have character development and three-dimensional characters, fallible humans, and this is definitely one of them." - Columbus Short

"Most of my stories are ideas in action. In other words, I get a concept, and I let it run away. I find a character to act out the idea. And then the story takes care of itself." - Ray Bradbury

"I approach my character with the question: What would an animal think? How would an animal respond? A lot of times, it's quick action and no fear, and sometimes it's irrational fear. You don't always know." - Victoria Pratt

"My favorite thing to do is action-driven, emotionally-charged scenes. If it's not just two people talking in a room, but it's on the move and things are happening and it's chaotic, and emotion comes from the characters and from the action, and the fall-out ultimately changes the character relationships, that exactly the kind of stuff I like writing." - Geoff Johns

"It is energy - the central element of which is will - that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action" - Samuel Smiles

"I define a thriller as a big-stakes, multiple-viewpoint novel involving suspense, action, and mystery, in which the reader doesn't know everything but usually knows more than any single character." - F. Paul Wilson

"It is energy - the central element of which is will - that produces the miracles of enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is the main-spring of what is called force of character, and the sustaining power of all great action." - Samuel Smiles

"I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house-tops." - Oscar Wilde

"Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions - what we do - that we are happy or the reverse. ... All human happiness and misery take the form of action." - Aristotle

"That's when you're laughing the hardest because you're not really in character. You're just trying to learn the moves, but once they call action, you're in it and it's like you transport yourself to a different place." - Malin Akerman

"In a way, this kind of insight or recognition often permeates the way I think of character, how I plot action, and the way in which I use imagery, seeing binaries as false." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"Thematic investigation thus becomes a common striving towards awareness of reality and towards self-awareness, which makes this investigation a starting point for the educational process or for cultural action of a liberating character." - Paulo Freire

"I forgot that little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has someday to cry aloud on the housetops." - Oscar Wilde

"All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal." - Flannery Oconnor

"The writer must be a participant in the scene... like a film director who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work, and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least the main character." - Hunter S Thompson

"All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal." - Flannery O'Connor

"He has such a clear vision of exactly what he wanted out of each character, out of each set, out of each wardrobe change, out of each emotional beat, and action." - Ryan Reynolds

"It is energy - the central element of which is will - that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action." - Samuel Smiles

"For me, to take a movie and travel the world and go and work with these cultures and an international cast and have this spy thriller that's not just about character but also action and suspense, they're very challenging films as a producer to make, creating stories, creating set pieces that serve this character [Ethan Hunt]." - Tom Cruise

"In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action." - Hannah Arendt

"I have supported affirmative action, I do support affirmative action and I will support affirmative action." - Joe Lieberman

"Any action coming out of unconsciousness is sin. The action may look virtuous, but it cannot be. You may create a beautiful facade, a character, a certain virtuousness; you may speak the truth, you may avoid lies; you may try to be moral, and so on and so forth. But if all this is coming from unconsciousness, it is all sin." - Rajneesh

"Everything today is such a massive visual show. It's very rare to get a film where the characters are raw and real - and you can take people back to where they are watching live cinema. With character-driven action. Not visual-driven action." - Wade Eastwood

"The very term "turning pages" suggests nonstop action. But I am all about character and beautiful writing. I eat that up like popcorn. Whether a book is action-packed or not, all I need are well-written prose and quirky, fabulous characters to keep me going." - Elizabeth Wein

"No government can be strong and flourishing while the national character is weak and degraded. A government must flourish and decay with its subjects; and, when a prince makes a law or performs an action which has a tendency to injure the character or prosperity of the nation, he injures himself." - Benjamin Robbins Curtis

"I've heard people tell me there's never been a gay character like Agron on TV before, and some fans have even thanked me because they now feel like they have a gay action hero, and it's very endearing to hear that kind of stuff. But I just played him the way he was and tried to do right by the character." - Dan Feuerriegel

"What really sells a fight, and any kind of action, is the performance of it. If someone is uncomfortable or uncertain about doing action because they're too concerned about their safety or about being right, it pulls them out of being that character, in that situation." - Zoe Bell

"It seems pretentious to assume that we are not creatures of action. I think often it takes a situation of extreme absurdity, extreme action, to push us to the limits of what our character is, and to change us as people." - Eleanor Catton

"Consider: for all the gobbledegook [film studio] executives spout about backstory, all that we, the audience, want to know is what happens next. That's the only thing that's going on. . . . Character is nothing other than action, and character-driven means The plot stinks, and you'd better hope the star is popular enough to open the movie in spite of it." - David Mamet

"In 'Tintin,' it's like a live-action role. You're living and breathing and making decisions for that character from page 1 to page 120, the whole emotional arc. In an animated movie, it's a committee decision. There are 50 people creating that character. You're responsible for a small part." - Andy Serkis

"I was always trying, even in pure action movies, to find what was sensitive about the character more than the pure action." - Christopher Lambert

"How many times can you play an action character, or a quirky romantic? Every actor has to find his own way to make each character unique." - Edward Herrmann

"Action and reaction are equal and opposite." - Gertrude Stein

"You can't really do a big character in an action film; you're already suspending your disbelief in the action, then to suspend your disbelief in the character is too much." - Adam Mckay

"Adversity builds character and character takes you places money can't." - Ti

"Character is destiny and character is important to American campaigns." - Mark Shields

"I treat any scene the same - dialogue, action - you're still creating something in character. It's all acting, fighting." - Clive Owen

"What interests Sam Mendes are characters and relationships, and he was a genius at giving you the freedom to create the type of character you want, and also to explore and have fun with your fellow actors. For him, characters and relationships are really the heartbeat of the film, and then the action is the backdrop. By developing the characters, he makes you care that much more about the action and going on a journey with the characters." - Naomie Harris

"Philanthropy requires thought, action, and passion." - Robert L. Payton

"Action will delineate and define you." - Thomas Jefferson

"Thought and action must never part company." - Hannah Arendt

"Talk and action are two different things." - Rudy Giuliani

"Sex, action, special effects, and violence sell." - Pam Grier

"Thunderous action and nail-biting suspense" - Peter Travers

"Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action." - Paul J Meyer

"A detective novel should contain no long descriptive passages, no literary dallying with side-issues, no subtly worked-out character analyses, no 'atmospheric' preoccupations. Such matters have no vital place in a record of crime and deduction. They hold up the action and introduce issues irrelevant to the main purpose, which is to state a problem, analyze it, and bring it to a successful conclusion. To be sure, there must be a sufficient descriptiveness and character delineation to give the novel verisimilitude." - S. S. Van Dine

"I'd love to do a Paul Greengrass movie, or something like that, that's a character-driven action film. I'd like someone to make me go to the gym every day, and all that stuff. I don't know. Wherever the good characters are, I tend to try to get a job. It was nice because this was dipping my toe in the action genre. Maybe I might put my foot in, next time." - Carey Mulligan

"Well I liked the mixture actually. It's really good fun to have throughout a shoot to move from something which is quite character based in certain scenes where there's very little action and you're just working with actors and I suppose I've had quite a lot of practice at that. This is more action than I've had a chance to do so that was fun for me too to go into the action then and have some really good crew working with me. And sometimes you get these scenes where they blend." - Oliver Parker

"And one of the funnest things was watching what they did before the director called action and after the director called cut. And they'd keep their hands in the puppets, they'd stay in character, and then they'd start goofing around with each other and be off of script, and it would get quite blue." - Brian Henson

"I'm a big fan of the 70's action films. Where there is a lot of character and a lot of great action, but the action is kind of cemented with a great back-story with characters. And I thought, this kind of reminded me of the movies that, early on when I was telling Dwayne (Johnson) and the guys, the producer... my whole thing is if you look at a movie like The Driver by Walter Hill, it's a film where there's no names. They are just named, "the driver", "the cop"." - George Tillman, Jr.

"Action and feeling go together, and by regulating the action... we can directly regulate the feeling." - William James

"Good poetry does undoubtedly tend to form the soul and character; it tends to beget a love of beauty and of truth in alliance together, it suggests, however indirectly, high and noble principles of action, and it inspires the emotion so helpful in making principles operative." - Matthew Arnold

"To me, acting is a matter of absolute concentration. You can laugh and giggle with your friends up to the minute the director says, "Action!" Then you snap your mind into shape and into the character that you're playing and relate to the people that you're acting with and forget everybody else that you've been joking with." - Elizabeth Taylor

"It's fun being one of the boys. It's fun to play a character that's rough and gets down and dirty and not to be this precious girl who just sits in the corner and just sort of stands by the action." - Diane Kruger

"It's fun being one of the boys. It's fun to have a character that's rough and gets down and dirty and not to be this precious girl who just sits in the corner and just sort of stands by the action." - Diane Kruger

"To the love of pleasure we may therefore ascribe most of the agreeable, to the love of action we may attribute most of the useful and respectable, qualifications. The character in which both the one and the other should be united and harmonised would seem to constitute the most perfect idea of human nature." - Edward Gibbon

"The time which passes over our heads so imperceptibly makes the same gradual change in habits, manners and character, as in personal appearance. At the revolution of every five years we find ourselves another and yet the same;-there is a change of views, and no less of the light in which we regard them; a change of motives as well as of action." - Walter Scott

"Reason... contradicts the established order of men and things on behalf of existing societal forces that reveal the irrational character of this order - for rational is a mode of thought and action which is geared to reduce ignorance, destruction, brutality, and oppression." - Herbert Marcuse

"Reason ... contradicts the established order of men and things on behalf of existing societal forces that reveal the irrational character of this order for "rational" is a mode of thought and action which is geared to reduce ignorance, destruction, brutality, and oppression." - Herbert Marcuse

"Action without thought is mindlessness, and thought without action is hypocritical." - Ayn Rand

"Love without action is meaningless and action without love is irrelevant." - Deepak Chopra

"Harm can come about without will or action. But will and action can avert harm." - A S Byatt

"In Judaism social action is religiousness, and religiousness implies social action." - Leo Baeck

"Creative and action are synonymous. You can't be creative. Without taking action." - Steve Fisher

"Action is happiness here; and without action there can be no heaven." - Johann Heinrich Voss

"Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!" - Martin Luther

"There can be no learning without action, and no action without learning" - Reg Revans

"Knowledge without action is wastefulness and action without knowledge is foolishness." - Al-Ghazali

"Every great book is an action, and every great action is a book." - Martin Luther

"Reaction and non-action both create karma, but conscious action transcends karma." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar



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