35 best quotes about goals & achievement

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Many people have an idea of their destination, but they would like to reach it by strolling.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, german poet, playwright, novelist
The slowest person can walk faster than the person who wanders aimlessly as long as he does not lose his goal.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, important German poet of the Enlightenment

The aimless suffer their fate – the purposeful man shapes it.

Immanuel Kant, German philosopher of the Enlightenment

If you have your inner images clearly in front of you, you can’t wait for the next opportunity to act.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-american actor and politician 

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

Zig Ziglar, American author

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher 

Having lost sight of our objectives, we redoubled our efforts.

Mark Twain, American writer

Believe me, few things are more depressing than reaching your destination in a straight line.

Günter Grass, german writer
Achieving Your Goals: How to get ahead of the game

A vision without action is a daydream. Acting without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese proverb

The secret of success is consistency of purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli, English Statesman and writer (1804-1881)
Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
Friedrich Nietzsche, german philologist & Philosopher

Tirelessly pursuing a goal is the secret of success.

Anna Pavlova, Russian ballet master dancer

Being successful requires two things:
Clear goals and a burning desire to achieve them.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, german poet, playwright, novelist 

Those who know the goal can decide; those who decide find peace; those who find peace are safe; those who are safe can reflect; those who reflect can improve.

Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551 – 479 BC)

As soon as the mind is directed towards a goal, many things come its way.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, deutscher Dichter & Naturforscher

We live in a time of perfect means and lost ends.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

Only those who know their destination will find the way.

Laozi, Chinese philosopher (6th century BC)

A firm resolution is the most important instrument for success.

Lord Chesterfield, british Statesman & writer

The distance is unimportant. Only the first step is important.

Marquise du Deffand, French writer

Where there is a will, there is a way.


Set your goals big enough and circumstances will align with your goals.

Mahatma Gandhi, indian social activist, politician
Achieving goals: workbook

If you realize that you can’t achieve your goals, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the measures.

Confucius, Chinese philosopher

If you chase two hares, you won’t catch one.

Russian proverb
If you chase two hares, you won’t catch one. – Russian proverb

First of all, you need a specific, clear, practical ideal – a goal. Secondly, you need the necessary means to achieve your goal – wisdom, money, materials and methods. Thirdly, you have to adapt your means to the goal.

Aristotle, Greek philosopher

Progress has little to do with speed, but a lot to do with direction.


You have to set it up so that the destination comes towards you.

Theodor Fontane, German writer

Man is a goal-oriented being, but most of the time he strives too much and aims too little.

Günter Radtke, German writer

Those who have no vision can neither fulfill great hopes nor realize great plans.

Woodrow Wilson, American statesman

If your goal is big and your means are small, act anyway. Through your actions alone, your resources will also grow. 

Aurobindo Ghose, Indian politician & Philosopher

Only the thing you give up is lost.

Ernst von Feuchtersleben, Austrian poet & essayist
The Uplifting Self Improvement Journal-Achieving Goals with Conscious Self Mastery

Deciding to achieve a goal is often the achievement itself; resolute determination often almost seems to have the air of omnipotence.

Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer & reformer

If you are running in the wrong direction, there is no point in increasing your speed.

Birgit Breuer, German politician

The more important and difficult a work is, the more preparatory work it requires.

Henri de Saint-Simon, french sociologist & Philosopher



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