Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section III. Voluntary Action
1. Simple Voluntary Action
ACTION, performance; doing &c. v.; perpetration; exercise, exercitation; movement, operation, evolution, work, employment; labor (exertion) [See Exertion]; praxis [L.], execution; procedure (conduct) [See Conduct]; handicraft; business [See Business]; agency (power at work) [See Agency].
DEED, act, overt act, stitch, touch, gest or geste; transaction, job, doings, dealings, proceeding, measure, step, maneuver or maneuvre, manuver or manuvre, bout, passage, move, stroke, blow; coup, - de main, - détat [F.]; tour de force [F.] (display) [See Ostentation]; feat, exploit; achievement (completion) [See Completion]; handiwork, craftsmanship, workmanship; manufacture; stroke of policy (plan) [See Plan].
ACTOR (doer) [See Agent].
DO, perform, execute; achieve (complete) [See Completion]; transact, enact; commit, perpetrate, inflict; exercise, prosecute, carry on, work, practice, play.
EMPLOY ONESELF, ply ones task; officiate, have in hand (business) [See Business]; labor [See Exertion]; be at work; pursue a course; shape ones course (conduct) [See Conduct].
ACT, operate; take action, take steps; strike a blow, lift a finger, stretch forth ones hand; take in hand (undertake) [See Undertaking]; put oneself in motion; put in practice; carry into execution (complete) [See Completion]; act upon.
BE AN ACTOR [See Agent]; take -, act -, play -, perform- a part in; participate in; have a -hand in, - finger in the pie; have to do with; be a party to, be a participator in; bear -, lend- a hand; pull an oar, run in a race; mix oneself up with (meddle) [See Activity].
BE IN ACTION; come into operation (power at work) [See Agency].
IN ACTION; doing &c. v.; acting; in harness; up to ones ears in work; in the midst of things; on duty; at work; operative; in operation [See Agency].
in the -act, - midst of, - thick of; red-handed, in flagrante delicto [L.]; while ones hand is in; while one is at it.
Action is eloquence.Coriolanus
Actions speak louder than words.
Actum ne agas.Terence
Awake, arise, or be forever falln.Paradise Lost
Dii pia facta vident.Ovid
Faire sans dire.
Fronte capillata post est occasio calva.
Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.Bailey
We live in deeds not years.Bailey
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.Huxley
Thought is the soul of act.R. Browning
Vivre ce nest pas respirer cest agir.
Our nature is movement; absolute stillness is death.Pascal