Goal Quotes

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Quotes About Goals

"Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in;  aim at earth, and you will get neither."

 C.S. Lewis

"To get to heaven, turn right and go straight."

"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

Wayne Gretzky

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Will Rogers

"If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else."

Casey Stengel

"If it is to be, it is up to me."

"A prerequisite for 'doing' is goal setting."

Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, May 1983, page 31)

Elder Marvin J. Ashton warned us to be careful when we have achieved some of our goals:

"To qualify one's self to go to the temple is a lofty ambition, a worthy achievement.  We need to remind ourselves of its eternal purposes.  However, we have not arrived when we share the blessings of the temple.  Oftentimes there are real dangers in our lives when we allow lofty ideals and goals, such as temple marriage, to become an end instead of a means.  All of our priorities must be properly placed within the framework of eternity if we are to avoid the stagnations of arriving."

("What is Your Destination?"  Ensign, July 1972, p. 62) Quoted in Michael D. Christensen's book:  Just Be Yourself, That's Hard Enough, p. 118-119

"Not failure, but low aim is often our greatest sin."

LeGrand Richards  (Address, Brigham Young University, October 14, 1967, page 5)

"Goals are good. Laboring with a distant aim sets the mind in a higher key and puts us at our best."

Spencer W. Kimball  (Regional Representatives' Seminar, April 3, 1974)

"It is rewarding to set goals, chart a course, and follow through."

Rulon T. Burton,  "Know Where Your Money Goes," Ensign, June 1973, 45

“A dozen times a day we come to a fork in the road and must decide which way we will go...   It is important to get our ultimate objectives clearly in mind so that we do not become distracted at each fork in the road by the irrelevant questions:  Which is the easier or more pleasant way?  Or,  Which way are others going?”

(President Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 164)

"You don't run twenty-six miles at five minutes a mile on good looks and a secret recipe."

Frank Shorter

"To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do things you have never before done."

"Before you decide about your aim in life, check your ammunition."

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

 Anita DeFrantz

"All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line.  Many a man had taken the first step.  With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." 


"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

"We need to do all that is in our power to accomplish our goals, and the Lord will make up the difference."

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin - Ensign, Dec. 2000, 10

"It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don't fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never crossing the goal line." 

Thomas S. Monson, Liahona, May 2003, 19-22

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success."

Diana Rankin