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Visionary people can see future, at least in the form that they want it to be. Visions are useful things in that they act like a guiding beacon, pulling you always in the right direction, even through the dark nights when the ideas dry up and your skin goes cold.

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attention, beginning, certainty, commitment, enthusiasm, the future*, goals*, leaping, passion, persistence, progress, seeing*


‘Where there is no vision the people perish.’

— Proverbs 29:18

‘A vivid image compels the whole body to follow.’


‘Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world!’

Joel Barker

‘Vision animates, inspires, transforms purpose into action.’

Warren Bennis

‘A true leader is one who designs the cathedral and then shares the vision that inspires others to build it.’

Jan Carlzon

‘It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.’

Lewis Carroll

‘The empires of future are empires of the mind.’

Winston Churchill

‘It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.’

Winston Churchill

‘Make your plans as fantastic as you like, because 25 years from now they will seem mediocre. Make your plans ten times as great as you first planned, and 25 years from now you will wonder why you did not make them 50 times as great.’

Henry Curtis

‘There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings.’

Leonardo da Vinci

‘Between the vision and the act lies the shadow.’

T. S. Eliot

‘Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.’

Carl Gustav Jung

‘First I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (24 May, 1961)

‘The one thing worse than not being able to see is having no vision.’

Helen Keller

‘Capital isn’t scarce. Vision is.’

Michael Milken

‘Vision is the blazing campfire around which people will gather. It provides light, energy, warmth and unity.’

Bill Newman

‘Vision is the key to understanding leadership, and real leaders have never lost the childlike ability to dream dreams.’

Bill Newman

‘The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.’

Ayn Rand

‘Every man takes the limits of his field of vision for the limits of the world.’

Arthur Schopenhauer

‘A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.’

Charles M. Schwab

‘It’s not what the vision is, it’s what the vision does.’

Peter Senge

‘Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.’

Jonathan Swift

‘For I dip’t into the future
Far as the human eye could see,
Saw the vision of the world
And all the wonder that could be.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise.’

Woodrow Wilson

‘It takes visions and courage to create. It takes faith and courage to prove.’

Owen D. Young



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