The best Quotes by Ernest Gaines

The best Quotes by Ernest Gaines

Ernest James Gaines (January 15, 1933 – November 5, 2019) was an American author whose works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages.

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing.
Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.
A myth is an old lie that people believe in. White people believe that they're better than anyone else on earth - and that's a myth.
Grace under pressure isn't just about bullfighters and men at war. It's about getting up every day to face a job or a white boss you don't like but have to face to feed your children so they'll grow up to be a better generation.
I knew I wanted to be a writer and I knew if I had a wife and family, I would neglect something, and I was afraid it wouldn't be the writing.

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If watching is all you're going to do, then you're going to watch your life go by without you.
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Take your time to think, but when it is time to act, stop thinking and act!
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When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.
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He who thinks too much, will not act.
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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
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Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me to live.
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Knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.
Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy - Season 1 Episode 6
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The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those that got there first.
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Don't think, just do!
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Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
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What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
The sheep that sleeps gets carried by the current.
Harsh words can't solve problems - action will.
Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender - Season 1 Episode 11
Books have great value, actions have greater value.
Brandon Sanderson in Mistborn - The Well of Ascension
You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over.
Saying and doing are two things.
There isn't much I have to say, that I wouldn't rather just shut up and do.
Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than that: intentions.
Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street
There are some things you only learn through experience.
I didn't study; I live.
My whole philosophy is about doing, not talking.
Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in!
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
I don't really like talking. I like to execute. I'm not a talking person. I'm an action person.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.
Perfection is impossible. In the 1,526 singles matches I played in my career, I won almost 80% of those matches. But what percentage of points did I win? 54%! In other words, even top ranked tennis players win barely more than half the points they play. When you lose every second point on average, you learn not to dwell on every shot.
Roger Federer - Juni 2024
We've had a lot of away games in the Champions League this season where we've heard the fans. When I think of the game in Newcastle, where you can hear our fans the whole time, even though it was said beforehand that Newcastle is the loudest stadium in England – that's really saying something. We are looking forward to our fans, they will deliver again in Paris.
I felt like a child amongst all the established players. First of all I had to prove myself in training and earn respect and over several months show what I was capable of.
Florian Wirtz - July 2021
Recently, on my 18th birthday, my mother showed me a note from my time at primary school. We had to write down what we wanted to be. The only thing I'd written was: football player. I really did always want that and started early on to kick everything I came across: balloons, balls and anything else lying around the house. There was a lot flying about at our place.
Florian Wirtz - July 2021
Your mom's so fat, even in Minecraft she appears round.
One candidate is too old and mentally unfit to be president. The other one is me.
Joe Biden - März 2024
What do you call an Asian Dwayne Johnson?
The Wok.
I'm paranoid. On my stationary bike, I have a rear view mirror.
When you're in love it's the most glorious two and a half days of your life.
I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.
I tried phone sex - it gave me an ear infection.
During sex I fantasize that I'm someone else.
I like to read biographies of authors that I love, like Richard Yates. I also like to see what non-fiction authors are out there. My bible is Something Happened. It's one of the greatest books I've ever read. But if I don't read a Dostoevsky soon I'm going to kill myself.
For 45 years I've worked without an audience.
I love being famous. It validates that I have something to say.

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