Quotes about Goals

"It seems to me that in an enterprise, if everybody concerned is absolutely clear about the goals and objectives and far purposes of the organization, practically all other questions then become simple technical questions of fitting means to the ends. But it is also true that to the extent that these far goals are confused as conflicting or ambivalent or only partially understood, then all the discussions of techniques and methods and means in the world will be of little use."

Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was a professor of psychology at Brandeis University who founded humanistic psychology and created Maslow's hierarchy of needs.


"There are two things to aim at in life; first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second."

Logan Pearsall Smith (18 October 1865 – 2 March 1946) was an American-born essayist and critic.


"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar (born 6 November 1926) is an American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker.


"A bend in the road is not the end of the road. Unless you faile to make the turn."

Joan Lunden (born September 19, 1950) is an American journalist, author and television host. She was the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America (GMA) from 1980 through 1997 and is the author of 8 books.


"This one step-choosing a goal and sticking to it-changes everything."

Scott Reed (-) campagne manager Bob Doyle.


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

Michael Hanson (-) author


"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus."

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history.


"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it."

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of the genre.


"A goal without a plan is just a wish."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator.


"It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself, but at some more ambitious goals beyond it."

Arnold Joseph Toynbee (April 14, 1889 – October 22, 1975) was a British historian whose twelve-volume analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations, A Study of History, 1934–1961, was a synthesis of world history, a metahistory based on universal rhythms of rise, flowering and decline, which examined history from a global perspective.