Imperfect though it may be, the Beijing Platform for Action is the strongest statement of consensus on women's equality, empowerment and justice ever produced by governments.
We are affirming human rights for all women and girls, acknowledging the full range of diversity that exists, and detailing actions to prevent violence.
This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it. Nobody realized Everybody wouldn't do it. In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
Grand business plans are all very well, but nothing beats dipping your toe in the water.
Once thewhatis decided thehowalways follows. We must not make thehowan excuse for not facing and accepting thewhat.
One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over ... your problem won't improve with age.
We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act ... It is often through taking action that we can discover some of them
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Every step you take, is a step away from where you used to be.
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
First things first, second things never.
When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment, or the moment defines you.
Action may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without action.
No organizational action has more power for motivating employee behavior change than feedback from credible work associates.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Well done is better than well said.
Leadership is practiced, not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
Preach! Write! Act! Do any thing, save to lie down and die!
Never confuse movement with action.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
While we're talking, envious time is fleeing; seize the day, put no trust in the future.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
A powerful new idea can kick around unused in a company for years, not because its merits are not recognized, but because nobody has assumed the responsibility for converting it from words to action.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
In a small company, one person's hunch can be enough to launch a new product. In a big company, the same concept is likely to be buried in committee for months.
Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
In government it is order that matters; In action it is timeliness that matters.
I got my start by giving myself a start.
My rule is always to do the business of the day in the day.
All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.