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Action is a display of potency and control that are limited. It is a manifestation of man who is restrained by the circumscribed powers of his mind, the physiological nature of his body, the vicissitudes of his environment, and the scarcity of external factors on which his welfare depends.Human Actionp. 70; p. 70Action
Action is an attempt to substitute a more satisfactory state of affairs for a less satisfactory one. We call such a willfully induced alteration an exchange.Human Actionp. 97; p. 97Action
Action is purposive conduct. It is not simply behavior, but behavior begot by judgments of value, aiming at a definite end and guided by ideas concerning the suitability or unsuitability of definite means. . . . It is conscious behavior. It is choosing. It is volition; it is a display of the will.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Sciencep. 34Action
All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.Socialismp. 97Action
Economics, as a branch of the more general theory of human action, deals with all human action, i.e., with mans purposive aiming at the attainment of ends chosen, whatever these ends may be.Human Actionp. 880; p. 884Action
Human action is purposeful behavior.Human Actionp. 11; p. 11Action
Human life is an unceasing sequence of single actions.Human Actionp. 45; p. 45Action
Man thinks not only for the sake of thinking, but also in order to act.Epistemological Problems of Economicsp. 37Action
Mans striving after an improvement of the conditions of his existence impels him to action. Action requires planning and the decision which of various plans is the most advantageous.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Sciencep. 90Action
Most actions do not aim at anybody's defeat or loss. They aim at an improvement in conditions.Human Actionp. 116; p. 116Action
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