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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

Timothy LearyWe are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

Lao-TzuIf you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Laurence J PeterIf you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

VoltaireI don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Jean-Luc GodardIt's not where you take things from — it's where you take them to.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Jim RohnYou cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

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

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.

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

Douglas MacArthurWe are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Wolfgang GoetheOne never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Antonio PorchiaHumanity does not know where to go because no one is waiting for it: not even God.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Carl SandburgI'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Albert CamusAlways go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Wolfgang GoetheHe who moves not forward, goes backward.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Henry David ThoreauNever look back unless you are planning to go that way.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Francis BaconNature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecDo not ask God the way to heaven; he will show you the hardest one.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Fyodor DostoyevskyTo go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Ambrose BierceWhen lost in a forest go always down hill. When lost in a philosophy or doctrine go upward.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Martin Luther KingOur scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Zig ZiglarLack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

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

Zig ZiglarPeople do not wander around and then find themselves at the top of Mount Everest.

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

Marcel ProustMy destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

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

Quotes in Verse

Wallace StevensThe way through the world
Is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet


Funny Quotes

Yogi BerraYou’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist

Woody AllenCan we actually know the universe? My God, it's hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director


Chinese proverbTo know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

—  Chinese proverb

Movie Quotes

Peter PanThere it is, Wendy; second star to the right and straight on till morning.

—  from the film Peter Pan

Toy Story (1995)To Infinity and Beyond!

—  from the film Toy Story (1995)

Apocalypse Now (1979)I was going to the worst place in the world, and I didn't even know it yet.

—  from the film Apocalypse Now (1979)


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