Online I find references to Jesus, God, Buddha, Peter Ustinov, Tom
Servo/ Mystery Science Theater 3000, the White Rabbit, Forest
Whitaker, and Ronald Reagan. It's hard to know who was first but I'm
inclined to give special mentions to the "Alice in Wonderland" movie
Don't Just Do Something - This Week's Theme: Tuning in to God
"You know how people say, "Don't just stand there, do something"? I
believe God is telling us, "Don't just do something, stand there." God
wants us to be quiet sometimes and just meditate. We have to listen
before we can learn and obey."
------- Peter Ustinov
Re: No small parts...only small actors!! (by Steven Weller, 1999)
"My favorite annecdotes along these lines come mostly from Peter
Ustinov (...), long an opponent of the so-called 'method' acting
style. He recognized (rightly, I think) that there ARE small parts;
parts that just require someone to show up and say a word or two, and
that's it. While there was a long, drawn-out story about telling a
method actor about how he wanted him to deliver his one, single line,
'as if you have a brother in Shropshire who drinks port,' the best was
probably the heart-felt exclamation to an actor who was seriously
overplaying the business of his small role - 'Don't just do something,
By the way, as far as I can recollect the Ustinov anecdote in the book
-- I forgot the title , but it was something along the lines of
"The Guide To Insulting" -- featured an elderly woman at a tea party.
------- White Rabbit
Meet thousands of idiots (by Stuart Castergine, 1993)
"'Don't just do something, stand there!' -- White Rabbit"
Greatest Moments and Scenes
"The White Rabbit's comical quip, 'Don't just do something, stand
there!,' and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the animated Disney
classic, Alice in Wonderland (1951)"
If it's from the book, credits would go to Lewis Carrol/ Charles L.
Dodgson. However I downloaded the complete text of "Alice in
Wonderland" and could not find the phrase (or anything resembling it).
If the line indeed originated in the Disney script, credits would go
to one of the writers: Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Erdman
Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, William Cottrell (I), Dick Kelsey,
Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, Del Connell, Tom Oreb, and John Walbridge.
Here again I cannot locate the exact phrase in the script.
IMDB - Full Cast and Crew for Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Disney's Alice In Wonderland movie script
"White Rabbit: Dont just do something standing... Uh... no no! Go go!
Go get my gloves! Im late! "
"Alice in Wonderland" Download at Project Gutenberg (Junior Classics
-- Volume 06 : Old-Fashioned Tales)
"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" -- White Rabbit
MSPC Sermon Archive
"[To] Martha Jesus said, "Don't just do something, stand there!"
Better yet, sit here, with Mary. Stay still. There is doing, and then
there is over-doing. He wasn't saying that Martha shouldn't do
anything. Just that Martha shouldn't try to do everything."
Sleeping for World Peace
"You tap into greater strength by letting go than acting out of
anxiety. Buddha said, "Don't just do something--stand there.""
------- Tom Servo/ Mystery Science Theater 3000
Re: On God and Science (by Kent Sandvik, 1992)
"'Don't just do something! Stand there!' -- Mystery Science Theater
(Genesis) Captain America and the Avengers (by Chris Randall, 1992)
"'Don't just do something, stand there! -Tom Servo, MST3000"
------- Ronald Reagan
Docnetblog: August 2002 Archives
"'Don't just do something, stand there.' -Ronald Reagan"
------- Daniel Berrigan
Forums - Trading Maxims/Quotes
"'Don't just do something, stand there!' -Daniel Berrigan"
------- Forest Whitaker
Stars Honored at Kennedy Center
"Forest Whitaker said last night: 'Don't just do something, stand
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