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  • The immediate is often the enemy of the ultimate.

  • It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

  • ... better is the enemy of good.

  • If you don't know what you want from life, you will accept anything.

  • To save the mind from preying inwardly upon itself, it must be encouraged to some outward pursuit. There is no other way to elude apathy, or escape discontent; none other to guard the temper from that quarrel with itself, which ultimately ends in quarreling with all mankind.

  • Goals too clearly defined can become blinkers.

  • ... the very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.

  • When I sit back in my rocking chair someday, I want to be able to say I've done it all.

    • Dolly Parton,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Dolly: Here I Come Again ()
  • A goal is the basic unit of life design.

  • Having a goal sometimes limits your flexibility.

    • Judy Kain,
    • in Jim Downs, The Book of Positive Qualities ()
  • ... a goal needs a time limit, because without a limit, a goal is just a wish.

    • Shirley Hutton,
    • with Constance deSwaan, Pay Yourself What You're Worth ()
  • A dream is an all-powerful, intense wish for yourself. It's your heart talking. A goal is how your head plans to realize it.

  • When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, I kind of wanted to be a vampire.

  • It stands to reason that if we direct all our efforts towards reaching a goal, we stand in grave danger of losing everything on which we have based our daily activities. For when a goal is superimposed on an activity instead of evolving out of it, we often feel cheated when we reach it.

  • It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.

  • ... the ability to achieve goals is directly related to a willingness to use the wastebasket.

  • ... what an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motions of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason.

  • Her life was like running on a treadmill or riding on a stationary bike; it was aerobic, it was healthy, but she wasn't going anywhere.

  • Your goal should be out of reach but not out of sight.

  • A good goal is like a strenuous exercise — it makes you stretch. Goals should be slightly out of reach to be of maximum value.