Goal Quotes

You can never read too many quotes about goals.

Here are tons of them for your enjoyment:

There is no shame in having fallen.  Nor any shame in being born into a lowly estate.  There is only shame in not struggling to rise.  And also shame for not wishing to attain the better.  Or not dreaming about it and praying for it.  -Samuel Amalu

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.  -James M. Barrie

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy. -Denis Waitley

If you have goals and procrastination you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you will have anything you want. -Thomas J. Vilord

Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant’s into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don’t just think it…ink it! -Unknown

I care not what your education is, elaborate or nothing, what your mental calibre is, great or small, that man who concentrates all his energies of body, mind and soul in one direction is a tremendous man. -DeWitt T. Talmage

There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere. There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals. -Ben Stein

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 (1865-1946)

You set a goal to be the best and then you work hard every hour of every day, striving to reach that goal. If you allow yourself to settle for anything less than number one, you are cheating yourself. -Don Shula

Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment. -Anthony Robbins

What an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motion of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason. -Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911)

A determinate purpose of life, and steady adhesion to it through all disadvantages, are indispensable conditions of success. -William M. Punshon

Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead…. 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 (1880-1966)

The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. -Benjamin Mays

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

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

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

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. -Harvey MacKay

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

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

Unless you give yourself to some great cause, you haven’t even begun to live. -William P. Merrill

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. -William James (1842-1910)

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)

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

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

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

It’s weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them. -Joanna Field

One must desire something to be alive: perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death. -Margaret Deland

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. -Les Brown

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. -Greg Anderson

The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end. -Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951)

In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice. -George M. Adams (1878-1962)

New boots…big steps.  -Chinese Proverb

Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. -Aristotle

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment.  He is born to hopes and aspirations.  -Robert Southey

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Being easy-going when you have a goal to reach seldom makes the going easy.  -Frank Tyger

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. -Henry Ford

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. -Oscar Wilde

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road. -Dag Hammarskjold

The goal ever recedes from us.  The greater the progress the greater the recognition of our unworthiness.  Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.  -Mahatma Gandhi

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. -Charles C. Noble

It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are.  –Mackintosh

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. -Henry David Thoreau

True happiness is not made in getting something.  True happiness is becoming something.  This can be done by being committed to lofty goals.  We cannot become something without commitment.  -Ashton

You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential. -Steve Garvey

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get. -Jim Rohn

Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit. -Bear Bryant

Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive. -Scott Adams

If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and that is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings. -Susan Polis Schultz

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. -Louis Pasteur

Goals are to be set clear without frills. Do not be deterred and take reality as it is, not as it should be. -Jacob Gelt Dekker

This one step–choosing a goal and sticking to it–changes everything. -Scott Reed

If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? -Basil S. Walsh

There are those who travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different and yet they are the same. The successful one has this over his rivals: he knows where he is going. -Mark Caine

There are no achievements without goals. -Robert K. Mckain

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. -Ben Stein

Create a to-do list, prioritize, and refer to it often. -Linda Richter

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. -Thomas Carlyle

The most important thing about goals is having one. -Geoffrey F. Abert

If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind. -Seneca

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going. -Napoleon Hill

Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. -Zig Ziglar

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. -French proverb

The great thing in the world is not so much were we stand, as in what direction we are taking. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continued the climb. -Denis Waitley

The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose. -Orison Swett  Marden

People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals–that is, goals that do not inspire them. -Anthony Robbins

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goals. -Brian Tracy

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    • motivational speaker
    • February 26, 2010

    If one follows all these 20 quotes, he will be successful in life.

    • Laurie Vowels
    • February 26, 2010

    All good quotes that make you think. I especially like 7, 14 & 19.
    Here’s a couple by Deepak Chopra…”You and I are infinite choice makers. We are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” and “Everything that’s happening at this moment is a result of choices you’ve made in the past.”

    • viona
    • February 26, 2010

    To be honest, one of the greatest things to happen to me was to find the simple truths website for now trully life is more fum and simpler!!!
    Mwaaaahhh!!! thanks !!

    • Kavita
    • February 28, 2010


    Absolutely awasome quotes. My favorite one is 13. How can we not believe in it.

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