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Motivational Quotes about Goals & Individual Potential

Motivational Quotes about Goals and Success

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you can stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

– Napoleon Hill, on Goals

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein, about potential

“The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.”

– D. Hitchcock, about Goals

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.. Hack away at the unessential.”

– Bruce Lee

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to a hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things I haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1000 things.”

– Steve jobs


“A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won’t be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.”

– Pearl Bailey (1918 – 1990)


“To live for some future goal is shallow; it’s the side of the mountain that sustains life, not the top.But of course without the top you couldn’t have the sides. It is the top that defines the sides.”

 – Unknown

“It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.”

– Philip Adams

“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 goal beyond it.”

– Arnold Toynbee (1889 – 1975)

“As I prepare for the plunge into the unknown I recognize the risk involved. Yet I welcome it, for the opportunity to become the man that I am capable of becoming is worth whatever potential cost. It is time to cast the dice.”

-David Badias

“The final moment of success is often no more thrilling than taking off a heavy backpack at the end of a long hike. If you went on the hike only to feel that pleasure, you are a fool. Yet people sometimes do just this. They work hard at a task and expect some special euphoria at the end. But when they achieve success and find only moderate and short-lived pleasure, they ask is that all there is? They devalue their accomplishments as a striving after wind. We can call this the progress principle: Pleasure comes more from making progress toward goals than from achieving them.”

 – Jonathan Haidt

“Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.”

– Arnold Bennett

“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.”

– Denis Watley

“In my eyes well tears, though not tears of sadness. Tears of happiness for what life can be. The leagues one can overcome can be so satisfying that the body is overjoyed with the soul that inhabits it.”

– David Badias

“Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”

– Shakti Gawain

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

– Mark Twain, about Goals

 “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, on Goals