Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do.
— William James

Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe earnest quote

I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.
— Charles Dickens

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This man is frank and earnest with women. In Fresno, he's Frank and in Chicago he's Ernest.
— Henny Youngman