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





Ambition means longing and striving to attain some purpose. Therefore, there are as many brands of ambition as there are human aspirations.


B.C. Forbes


It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw on from within.


B.C. Forbes


You've got to know where it is and go after it. You won't get it every time, but it's worth trying.


Arthur C. Frantzreb


Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it.


Michael Friedsam


Knowing where you're going is all you need to get there.


Frederick (Carl) Frieseke (1874-1939, American-born French painter)


Unless you have some goals, I don't think there's any way to get above the pack. My vision was always well beyond what I had any reason to expect.


John Fuqua (1946-, Businessman, founder of Fuqua Industries)


What does so-called success or failure matter if only you have succeeded in doing the thing you set out to do. The DOING is all that really counts.


Eva Le Gallienne


We have believed -- and we do believe now -- that freedom is indivisible, that peace is indivisible, that economic prosperity is indivisible.


Indira Gandhi (1917-1984, Indian Prime Minster)


Happy the man who knows his duties!


Christian Furchtegott Gellert


A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


One should want only one thing and want it constantly. Then one is sure of getting it. But I desire everything, and consequently get nothing.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.


Arnold H. Glasgow


He who demands little gets it.


Ellen Glasgow (1874-1945, American novelist)


The best antidote I have found is to yearn for something. As long as you yearn, you can't congeal: there is a forward motion to yearning.


Gail Godwin


A distracted existence leads us to no goal.


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


One never goes further than when they do not know where they are going.


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


Their is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.


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


What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.


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


What our deepest self craves is not mere enjoyment, but some supreme purpose that will enlist all our powers and give unity and direction to our life.


Henry J. Golding


Every woman dreams of her own political career and her own place in life.


Raisa M. Gorbachev


To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle.


Judith Guest


Until I die, I'm going to keep doing. My people need me. They need somebody that's not taking from them and is giving them something.


Clara Mcbride Hale


Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Set too many goals and keep adding more goals. Goals have a tendency to be realized all at once.


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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The more goals you set, the more goals you get.


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break.


Rick Hansen (1957-, Canadian lecturer, author, founder of Man In Motion World Tour)


You get what you set out to do.


John Hanson (American businessman, founder of Winnebago Industries)


To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action until the goal is reached. The key is action.


Michael Hanson


Life has a value only when it has something valuable as its object.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments.


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


Fortunate is the person who has developed the self-control to steer a straight course toward his objective in life, without being swayed from his purpose by either commendation or condemnation.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.


Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-, New Zealand mountaineer)


Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there.


Bo Jackson (1962-, American baseball and football player)


Your world is as big as you make it.


Georgia Douglas Johnson


The mind's direction is more important than its progress.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Goals are dreams with deadlines.


Diana Scharf Hunt


Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.


HL Hunt (American oil magnate)


Aim for the top. There is plenty of room there. There are so few at the top it is almost lonely there.


Samuel Insull


I always ask the question, "Is this what I want in my life?"


Kathy Ireland (1963-, American model)


True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self, but the point is not only to get out; you must stay out, and to stay out, you must have some absorbing errand.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


You are not likely to get anywhere in particular if you don't know where you want to go.


Percy H. Johnson


Everyone has a success mechanism and a failure mechanism. The failure mechanism goes off by itself. The success mechanism only goes off with a goal. Every time we write down and talk about a goal, we push the button to start the success mechanism.


Charles "Tremendous" Jones (American motivational speaker, author)


I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth whenever I please.


Mother Jones


The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.


David Starr Jordan (1851-1931, American biologist, educator)


Without a goal to work toward, we will not get there.


Natasha Josefowitz


You will now have a starting place and a destination, and you will be able to determine what it will cost you to get there. You will be going someplace.


H. Stanley Judd (American author)


From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


The only people who attain power are those who crave for it.


Erich Kastner


Once I decide to do something, I can't have people telling me I can't. If there's a roadblock, you jump over it, walk around it, crawl under it.


Kitty Kelley


Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Often the search proves more profitable than the goal.


E. L. Konigsburg


You have to set new goals every day.


Julie Krone (1963- American jockey)


There must be a goal at every stage of life! There must be a goal!


Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995, American civil rights activist, author)


In everything one must consider the end.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I've surpassed any goal I set for myself as far as my body, my career, and getting married.


Ricki Lake (1968-, American actress, animal rights activist)


You cannot do a goal. Long-term planning and goal-setting must therefore be complemented by short-term planning. This kind of planning requires specifying activities. You can do an activity. Activities are steps along the way to a goal. Let's say you desire security. Putting $10.00 in the bank or talking to your stockbroker about your investment plans are activities that will move you toward your goal.


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


He might never really do what he said, but at least he had it in mind. He had somewhere to go.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


If you don't wake up with something in your stomach every day that makes you think, "I want to make this movie," it'll never get made.


Sherry Lansing


The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.


Willa Lather


When you stop talking, you've lost your customer.


Estee Lauder


Without imagination, nothing is dangerous.


Georgette Leblanc


You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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Unless you give yourself to some great cause, you haven't even begun to live.


William P. Merrill


A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat, but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.


Kurt Lewin


I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.


Harvey Spencer Lewis (American author, "Mansions Of The Soul")


Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


If we do not do the work we were meant to do, it will forever remain undone.


Anna Lindsay


Becoming a star may not be your destiny, but being the best that you can be is a goal that you can set for yourselves.


Bryan Lindsay


When you have determined what you want, you have made the most important decision of your life. You have to know what you want in order to attain it.


Douglas Lurtan


One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes.


Helen Merrell Lynd


A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.


Harvey MacKay (American businessman, speaker, author)


The self-confidence one builds from achieving difficult things and accomplishing goals is the most beautiful thing of all.


Madonna (1958-, American musician, singer, actress,)


People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project. Always have something ahead of you to "look forward to" -- to work for and hope for.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


We, whoever we are, must have a daily goal in our lives, no matter how small or great, to make that day mean something.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


We can do whatever we wish to do provided our wish is strong enough.... What do you want most to do? That's what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties.


Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British author)


The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that sort of thing is simply to have a good time. But man gets so solemn over the process that he forgets the end.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


He who wants to do everything will never do anything.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is a sin


Benjamin E. Mayes


The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.


Benjamin Mays


The capabilities of the human mind are enormous. There is usually no inherent reason you cannot accomplish whatever goal you set for yourself.


Michael J. McCarthy (1916-, American lawyer, businessman)


A set definite objective must be established if we are to accomplish anything in a big way.


John McDonald


You return and again take the proper course, guided by what? -- By the picture in mind of the place you are headed for...


John McDonald


There is no achievement without goals.


Robert J. McKain


To have no set purpose in one's life is the harlotry of the will.


Stephen McKenna


Unless in one thing or another we are straining toward perfection, we have forfeited our manhood.


Stephen McKenna


Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky.


Ronald McNair


The person who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


A person with definite aims to be accomplished may be compared to the process of digging a well. To dig the well to a depth of seventy-two cubits and stop without reaching the spring, is after all, throwing away the well.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


I truly believe that before I retire from public office, I'll be voting for a woman for president.


Barbara Mikulski


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


Cecil B. De Mille (1881-1959, American film producer and director)


No wind favors him who has no destined port.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with a purpose.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The soul that has no established aim loses itself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


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