Quotes about Goals

"Despair is the prices one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim."

Henry Graham Greene (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an English author, playwright and literary critic. His works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene was notable for his ability to combine serious literary acclaim with widespread popularity.


"You must accept that you might fail, then if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, and you don't branch out, you don't try-you don't take the risk."

Rosalynn Smith Carter (born August 18, 1927) is the wife of the former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, and in that capacity served as the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981. As First Lady and after, she has been a leading advocate for numerous causes, perhaps most prominently for mental health research.


"Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal."

E Joseph Cossman (-) was an American salesperson largely known in the marketing circle for selling ant farms and shrunken heads through the direct door-to-door method. His name is also associated with entrepreneurship seminars organized during his lifetime. His destiny took a different shape when after leaving the Army in WW-II he changed a classified ad in a newspaper into a success story through entrepreneurship.


"I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficienly understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut."

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.


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

Brian Lindsay (-)


"The achievement of your goal is assured the momen you commit yourself to it."

Mark R. Douglas (-)


"If you want to live a happy life tie it to a goal. Not to people or things."

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time. A German-Swiss Nobel laureate, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".


"Difficulties increase the nearer we approach our goal."

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.


"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results. Just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat."

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.


"Always claim for achievement, and forget about success."

Helen Hayes Brown (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 70 years. She eventually garnered the nickname "First Lady of the American Theatre" and was one of twelve people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.