Quotes about Goals

"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them."

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.


"Before you begin a thing, remember yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to forsee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can't.
You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin."

Kathleen Norris (born in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 1947) is a best-selling poet and essayist. She became known for her writings about Christian spirituality.


"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 Zadek Lewin (September 9, 1890 - February 12, 1947) was a German-American psychologist, known as one of the modern pioneers of social, organizational, and applied psychology.


"Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."

Louis Pasteur (December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist born in Dole. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases.


"We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve."

Maxwell Maltz (-) from: Communication Bulletin for Managers & Supervisors, June 2004


"A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

George Smith Patton, Jr., also George Smith Patton III (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a United States Army officer best known for his leadership while commanding corps and armies as a general during World War II. He was also well-known for his controversial outspokenness.


"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work."

Daniel Hudson Burnham (September 4, 1846 – June 1, 1912) was an American architect and urban planner.


"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action."

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time.


"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described social ecologist. His books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government and the nonprofit sectors of society.


"The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.