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On Goals...


Plan the flight, fly the play, as some do say. If you’re aiming at something, then you’ve got a better chance of hitting it. Having sky-high goals can also be a great motivator and lead you to getting beyond where you would otherwise have been. So get into the cannon and shoot high!

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‘Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.’

Louisa May Alcott

‘Do not seek to follow the footsteps of the men of old. Seek what they sought.’


‘You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.’

Yogi Berra

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.’

Les Brown

‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s heaven for?’

Robert Browning

‘If you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won’t end up with a handful of mud, either.’

Leo Burnett

‘The moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars.’

Arthur C. Clarke

‘Perfect solutions of our difficulties are not to be looked for in an imperfect world.’

Winston Churchill

‘No one travels so high as he who knows not where he is going.’

Oliver Cromwell

‘Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

‘The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.’

Cecil B. De Mille

‘The secret of success is constancy of purpose.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘Life is too short to be small.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘Hitch your wagon to a star.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘We aim above the mark to hit the mark.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.’

Henry Ford

‘It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘If the individual is narrowly concentrated on the goal, to the exclusion of other relevant aspects of the problem situation, he is often unable to achieve a solution. The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work.’

Mary Henle

‘You can’t rest unless you set goals that make you stretch.’

Tom Hopkins

‘Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.’

C. S. Lewis

‘Not failure, but low aim, is crime.’

James Russell Lowell

‘It’s a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best, you will often get it.’

W. Somerset Maugham

‘Not every end is the goal. The end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘Give yourself the freedom to explore the possibility of life without limits. Goals are dreams with deadlines, a means to an end but not the ultimate purpose of life.’

Glynis Nunn

‘Keep your eyes on the stars but keep your feet on the ground.’

Theodore Roosevelt

‘A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.’

Jean Rostand

‘Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind.’

Lucius Seneca

‘I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like the state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.’

George Bernard Shaw

‘An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.’

Robert Louis Stevenson

‘In the long run, men only hit what they aim at.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think BIG.’

Donald Trump

‘High expectations are the key to everything.’

Sam Walton

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’

Oscar Wilde

‘Too low they build who build below the skies.’

Edward Young



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