human action


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n human action something that people do or cause to happen
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  • Aristotle
    “All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”
  • Charlotte Bronte
    “It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”
  • George Eliot
    “Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.”
  • Thích Nhat Hanh
    Thích Nhat Hanh
    “The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.”


In literature:

Humanity is still a child, and yet we demand justice of it, expect right and righteous action from it.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The greatest part of human actions is considered as indifferent.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
One other action of his deserves to be recorded, for it affords an instance of how nearly dogs approach at times to human beings.
"'Murphy'" by Major Gambier-Parry
However crude her drawings of human figures, since she was a tiny girl they had in them a suggestion of life and action.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
A human interest interview may begin with a quotation, a summary, a name, or an action.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
But his actions, above all, testify to his humane disposition.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The characters are all human, the action simple and direct, and the tone healthy and agreeable.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
I say yourselves, because, in spite of all our beautiful lies, self is the centre of all human action.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Suicide in me would have been of all human actions the most natural.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
But it is a law which prevails in all human action.
"Humanity in the City" by E. H. Chapin
It is curious and interesting to trace the influence of personal example on human life and action.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
In these words Jesus tries to enforce a great truth in human life, by showing how the principle works out in the action of a tree.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
When taken in any quantity it disturbs healthy action in the human system, and in large doses suddenly destroys life.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
The human skeletons are left within the Tower to disintegrate by action of sun and wind, heat and cold.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
They cannot certainly be referred to any known law of human action.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
The idea of final cause is also fruitful in sciences which have to do with human action.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
If he happened to be a humane person he would regret the loss of life, and show it, probably, by his actions.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
In his paintings there is a life, a dramatic action, quite distinct from that of human figures.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
In sadness then I ponder how quickly fleets the hour Of human strength and action, man's courage and his power.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
Approbation and reprobation, divine and human, come to be associated in thought with the sympathetic and unsympathetic actions respectively.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer

In poetry:

But these in separate actions,
Or in forces all combined,
Leave not so sad a ruin
As the wreck of one human mind.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Po. Nay, if you doubt it, I wish it nere might take.
Have I made hell a partie in the action,
And laid such snares, that more then humane force
Cannot withstand my well knit stratagem;
Yet will you still torment me with these doubts?
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
Blessed is he who carries in his heart
A God, a pure ideal he obeys,
Ideal of Virtue, Science or of Art,
And strives to reach its heaven all his days;
The source of Action's greater, nobler part,
The Infinite revealed in human ways.
"Pasteur on the Infinite " by Washington Van Dusen
If ever this world from corruption is free,
And righteousness reign in the kingdom to be,
Like salt in its simple and soluble way
Infusing malodour, preventing decay.
So human endeavor in action sublime
Must never relax till the finale of time.
"The Salt of the Earth" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Leaders need to modify their thinking and actions in order to truly unleash the human spirit in their store managers.
Status-seeking drives a lot of human action, but this weighs in favor if the free markets rather than against them.
"There have been thousands of actions in this war -- an intensely human endeavor -- not all of which have been executed flawlessly," Mr Tenet said.
This stripped down actor's piece is sparce on action and scenery, but rich with examples of the human spirit and its resiliency.
Rudy Tanzi explores new discoveries in neuroscience that maximize the potential of the human brain in practical and actionable ways.
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration on Tuesday defended its response to the security and humanitarian crises in Congo, rejecting criticism from Congress and human rights groups that the US has failed to take decisive action.
Every week on Action 4 Sunrise, the Harlingen Humane Society feature san animal in need of a loving home.
Texas Stonewall Democrats are the latest to condemn the highly questionable actions of the police department and the TABC, following the national Human Rights Campaign organization.
Students, scientists and researchers in the Chicago area have a new outlet to delve into supercomputing, green energy, the human genome and other hot topics, and to work with manufacturers to try to put the ideas into action.
How do human actions impact the health of Lake Erie and its coastal areas.
Kinyarwanda speaks to the power of collective action to defend human rights and demand peace.
We strive to better understand the roles of insulin action, insulin secretion, and related metabolic abnormalities in human physiology and disease.
"In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action".
A class action lawsuit accuses a California-based business of human trafficking, racketeering and fraud as it brought hundreds of Filipino teachers to Louisiana to work in public schools.
The distinction between actors and special effects shrinks ever further in the video game turned horror film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which reduces its human players to plastic action figures in tired genre settings.

In science:

Conscious human existence can be understood as a trajectory in the space-time phase space, unfolding as a consequence of our perceptions, decisions and actions.
Identifying Complex Networks by Random Walks
Infrastructure” action of the improving Human Potential Program (ARI) of the EU.
Reversible phase transformation and doubly-charged anions at the surface of simple cubic RbC60
We cannot therefore completely rule out the possibility that human actions might cause a transition, if not to full runaway, then at least to a much warmer climate state than the present one.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Decisions by humans may be modeled via quantization of the distribution of prior probabilities and the use of the quantization level centroid of the category in which a player falls as the prior probability when performing hypothesis testing on that player’s action.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication. Cambridge, Cambridge Press.
Exploring Peer Review in the Computer Science Classroom
Human brains are complex but seem not to be code controlled. 9 In some cases a control code exchange that imports a malicious code will require user activity while the user is unaware that this is a consequence of his actions.
Informal Control code logic
User action graphing effort (UsAGE). In: Conference Companion on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI'95.
Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method
His research on game theory included applying it to human interactions, trying to describe how we all behave mathematically and come up with a model that could predict our actions.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
It is possible to fix the time of each performed operation from large flow of human (customer/user/client) actions and to obtain the data set representing whole picture.
Editorial process in scientific journals: analysis and modeling
The sequences of human actions (telephone calls, information queries or stock exchanges) are not new sub ject to study.
Editorial process in scientific journals: analysis and modeling
This discovery attracts an interest and provokes analysis of new processes involving human actions in different fields of our life.
Editorial process in scientific journals: analysis and modeling
The continuous human behaviour can be considered as the set of consecutive actions in time.
Editorial process in scientific journals: analysis and modeling
This approach has the advantage of simplicity, and of not relying on hard-to-control human actions.
The Search for the Laws of Automatic Random Testing
Measuring all the human traits that affect link formation and observed actions is unrealistic. A method to measure the strength of causal effects without recourse to these alternatives is of central importance for studying social networks.
Statistical Tests for Contagion in Observational Social Network Studies
Piles of work have been done in human action recognition and localization to save manual work and accelerate processing efficiency.
Dynamic Feature Description in Human Action Recognition