An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.


Berenice Abbott


The most important thing about goals is having one.


Geoffrey F. Abert (American author, “After the Crash”)


In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


So long as I believe I have to do certain things, I will just go right ahead. That's how I run my life.


Corazon Aquino (1933-, Philippine president)


All men seek one goal: success or happiness.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


A good goal is like a strenuous exercise -- it makes you stretch.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Give yourself something to work toward -- constantly.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


The one thing worth living for is to keep one's soul pure.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


To meet my goals, I couldn't let up when I was playing tennis.


Tracy Austin (1962-, American tennis player)


You may not accomplish every goal you set -- no one does -- but what really matters is having goals and going after them wholeheartedly.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


To grow and know what one is growing towards -- that is the source of all strength and confidence in life.


James Baillie


Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.


Josephine Baker


The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.


Russell Wayne Baker (1925-, American journalist)


It's expectation that differentiates you from the dead.


Sheila Ballantyne


Reappraise the past, reevaluate where we've been, clarify where we are, and predict or anticipate where we are headed.


Toni Cade Bambara (1959-, American writer)


I have an almost complete disregard of precedent and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things always have been done.... I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. I go for anything new that might improve the past.


Clara Barton (1821-1912, American humanitarian)


That they can strengthen through the empowerment of others is essential wisdom often gathered by women.


Mary Field Belenky


The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922, Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone)


If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


There is a place in God's sun for the youth "farthest down" who has the vision, the determination, and the courage to reach it.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


You can imprison a man, but not an idea.You can exile a man, but not an idea.You can kill a man, but not an idea.


Benazir Bhutto


Some people drift along like a cork on a river, feeling that they cannot do anything except drift, moment to moment. This is an attitude of mind. Everyone can be constructive even in tiny ways.


Edward De Bono (1933-, British writer on thinking process)


Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.


Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979, Conductor, composer, teacher)


Who ever is adequate? We all create situations which others can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.


Stephen A. Brennan (American basketball coach)


I'll walk where my own nature would be leading; it vexes me to choose another guide.


Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)


As you emphasize your life, you must localize and define it... you cannot do everything.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


Don't fool yourself that you are going to have it all.You are not. Psychologically, having it all is not even a valid concept. The marvelous thing about human beings is that we are perpetually reaching for the stars. The more we have, the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlepp.


Helen Gurley Brown (1922-, American businesswoman, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine)


As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Choosing goals that are important to you is one of the most essential things you can do in order to live your dreams.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Goals are not dreamy, pie-in-the-sky ideals. They have every day practical applications and they should be practical.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Goals help you channel your energy into action.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


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


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


I am comforted by life's stability, by earth's unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life discerns his object and toward that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose your ability to learn new things and move forward in your life.


Dr. David M. Burns


Someday, someone will follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. And I wish him well.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


The purpose of life is a life of purpose.


Robert Byrne


The business of life is to enjoy oneself; everything else is a mockery.


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


There are those who travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different and yet they are the same. The success has this over his rivals: he knows where he is going.


Mark Caine


You can plant a dream.


Anne Campbell


If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.


Queen Christina (1626-1689, Swedish queen)


A salesman must also have flexible goals. You may say, "I want to sell 10 accounts this week," and you sell five. You're ready to die. But, you tell yourself, "Five isn't too bad. You know, next week maybe I'll sell 10.


Curtis Carlson (American businessman, founder of Carlson Companies, Inc.)


I consider a goal as a journey rather than a destination. And each year I set a new goal.


Curtis Carlson (American businessman, founder of Carlson Companies, Inc.)


A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


I learned that, before you reach an objective, you must be ready with a new one, and you must start to communicate it to the organization. But it is not the goal itself that is important.


Jan Carlzon (1941-, Swedish business executive, CEO of SAS)


One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." Said the Cat. I don't much care where -- Said Alice. Then it doesn't matter which way you go, said the Cat.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


I am always more interested in what I am about to do than in what I have already done.


Rachel Carson (1907-1964, American marine biologist, author)


If we have not achieved our early dreams, we must either find new ones or see what we can salvage from the old. If we have accomplished what we set out to do in our youth, we need not weep like Alexander the Great that we have no more worlds to conquer.


Rosalynn Carter


Grudge no expense -- yield to no opposition -- forget fatigue -- till, by the strength of prayer and sacrifice, the spirit of love shall have overcome.


Maria Weston Chapman


People are subject to moods, to temptations and fears, lethargy and aberration and ignorance, and the staunchest qualities shift under the stresses and strains of daily life.


Ilka Chase (1905-1978, American author, actor)


Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for its own sake, but as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts.


Mary Ellen Chase


There is no such thing as expecting too much.


Susan Cheever


Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The true object of human life is play.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Let us watch well our beginnings, and results will manage themselves.


Alexander Clark


In my business, you measure your respect by the enemies you make.


Theo E. Colborn


Tell them that as soon as I can walk I'm going to fly!


Bessie Coleman


The first essentials, of course, is to know what you want.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


A windmill is eternally at work to accomplish one end, although it shifts with every variation of the weathercock, and assumes ten different positions in a day.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Many a person who started out to conquer the world in shining armor has ended up just getting along. The horse got tired, the army rusty. The goal was removed and unsure.


Robert A. Cook


He turns not back who is bound to a star.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


To look back is to relax one's vigil.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


The American people can have anything they want; the trouble is, they don't know what they want.


Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926, American socialist leader)


Your goal should be out of reach but not out of sight.


Anita DeFrantz (1952-, American lawyer, Olympic rower)


One must desire something to be alive: perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.


Margaret Deland


We're all pilgrims on the same journey -- but some pilgrims have better road maps.


Nelson Demille


Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


You know, my children, that humanity advances only by forming itself an ideal and endeavoring to realize it. Every passion has its ideal, which is modified by that of the whole.


Jenny P. D'hericourt


It is unfair to hold people responsible for our illusions of them.


Comtesse Diane


If I've got correct goals, and if I keep pursuing them the best way I know how, everything else falls into line. If I do the right thing right, I'm going to succeed.


Dan Dierdorf (1949-, American football player)


A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.


Annie Dillard (1945-, American author, poet)


You decide what it is you want to accomplish and then you lay out your plans to get there, and then you just do it. It's pretty straightforward.


Nancy Ditz


Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.


Fitzhugh Dodson


Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are means to mobilize the resources and energies of the business for the making of the future.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Let us live, while we are alive!


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Life's objective is life itself.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If one were to take that goal out of its religious form and look merely at its purely human side, one might state it perhaps thus: free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


A fool or idiot is one who expects things to happen that never can happen.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement.


Charles J. Givens (1941-, American businessman, author, trainer)


Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We aim above the mark to hit the mark.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Goals determine what you're going to be.


Julius Erving (1950-, American basketball player)


It's weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them.


Joanna Field


In whatever position you find yourself determine first your objective.


Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929, French field marshal)


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