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Ralph Waldo EmersonThe world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Henry FordObstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Dave LettermanNext in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

DanteMy course is set for an uncharted sea.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

Zig ZiglarIf you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Michel de MontaigneNo wind favors he who has no destined port.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Constantine KavafyIthaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Ithaka

Winston ChurchillIt is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Albert EinsteinIf you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Friedrich NietzscheHe who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerTalent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ayn RandThe most depraved type of human being ... the man without a purpose.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

John KennedyIn a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

SenecaOur 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.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Fernando PessoaWhy is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

VauvenarguesThe most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Henry David ThoreauIt is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Jim RohnThe major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Jim RohnThe ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Jim RohnDon’t set your goals too low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Peter DruckerIf you have more than five goals, you have none.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerThe basic definition of the business and of its purpose and mission have to be translated into objectives.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Harry TrumanIf you don't have your own goals, you'll be doomed to work toward someone else's.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Zig ZiglarA goal properly set is halfway reached.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarIf you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarOutstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Vince LombardiLeaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Lou HoltzIf you're bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don't have enough goals.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Margaret ThatcherIt used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Ferdinand FochIn whatever position you find yourself, determine first your objective.

—  Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, French field marshal

Zig ZiglarWhen obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer


International proverbThe end justifies the means.

—  International proverb


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