Purpose, will, ambition

Quotations: Purpose, will, ambition

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.
— John Wesley, evangelist and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)

Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
— Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman, author (1804-1881)

If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, philosopher (1803-1882)

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879-1955)

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, author, business coach, motivational speaker

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
— Roy Disney, producer

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
— Seneca, Roman statesman, dramatist and Stoic philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.D.)

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
— Henri F. Amiel, Swiss writer (1821-1881)

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
— Oliver Goldsmith, English author (1728-1774)

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
— Andre Gide, French author (1869-1951)

Those people who are uncomfortable in themselves are disagreeable to others.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant… He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever… You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you cant buy courage and decency, you cant rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a vision of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.
— Peggy Noonan, 20th century American author, speech writer for U.S. President Ronald Reagan

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
— Lord Chesterfield, English man of letters (1694-1773)

I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.
— Thomas Edison, American inventor) (1847-1931), responding to a reporter who asked how it felt to fail 2000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.
— Japanese proverb

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
— Mary Pickford (Gladys Louise Smith), American actress (1893-1979)

The way to succeed is never quit. Thats it. But really be humble about it.
— Alex Haley, American author (1921-1992)

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter, we persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.
— Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), French dramatist (1622-1673)

What does not destroy makes me stronger.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.
— Saint Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva (1567-1622)

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
— Oliver Goldsmith, English author (1730-1774)

Endurance is nobler than strength and patience than beauty.
— John Ruskin, British critic and author (1819-1900)

By and by never comes.
— St. Augustine, philosopher and bishop of Hippo (354-430)

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else.
— Unknown

One is defeated only when one accepts defeat.
— Marshal Foch, French general and war hero (1851-1929)

It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns.
— Unknown

Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.
— Dennis DeYoung, songwriter and member of the pop rock band Styx (b. 1947)

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
— Albert Einstein, Swiss-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), from a letter to Samuel Kercheval, 1816

The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), from his Autobiography (1821)

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think…
— Lord Byron, English poet (1788-1824), from Don Juan, Canto III

[A]n aim in life is the only fortune worth the finding; and it is not to be found in foreign lands, but in the heart itself.
— Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist and adventurer (1850-1894), from The Amateur Emigrant

All progress depends on the unreasonable man.
— George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th-century Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit

To know just what has to be done, then to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.
— To know just what has to be done, then to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.

When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.
— Unknown

[T]he 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 disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.
— Benjamin Elijah Mays, American educator and president of Morehouse College (1895-1984

Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose.
— Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose.

The most important part of doctrine is the first two letters.
— David C. Egner

As long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

Striving to do better, oft we mar whats well.
— William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616)

The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.
— Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction writer (b. 1917)

The more you prepare, the luckier you appear.
— Terry Josephson, 20th/21st-century motivational author

Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.
— Terry Josephson, 20th/21st-century motivational author

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
— Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president (1872-1933)

A sense of duty imprisons you.
— Jenny Holzer, American conceptual artist (b. 1950)

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
— Martina Navratilova, tennis player

Sports gives your life structure, discipline, and a pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.
— Bob Cousy, basketball player

The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will.
— Vince Lombardi, football coach

It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.
— Vince Lombardi, football coach

The will must be stronger than the skill.
— Muhammed Ali, boxer

It’s not up to anyone else to make me give my best.
— Hakeem Olajuwon, basketball player

In golf and in life, it’s the follow-through that makes the difference.
— Anonymous

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
— Vince Lombardi, football coach

When the game is over, it is really just beginning.
— Jerry Kramer, football player

He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
— Lao-tzu, Chinese founder of Taoism (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly apocryphal)

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
— Hamilton Wright Mabee

We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage.
— Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tse, Ancient Chinese philosopher

Decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
— George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), English novelist and journalist (1819-1880)

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
— Voltaire, French philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

A burden that one chooses is not felt.
— Italian proverb

Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.
— Indian proverb

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
— Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian prime minister (1889-1964)

Failure is the mother of success.
— Chinese proverb

Beginning is easy – to keep going is hard.
— Japanese proverb