Quotes_Opportunity

Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on opportunity.

“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” – John Dewey

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” Oprah Winfrey

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” Anthony Robbins

“If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.” – Richard Branson

“One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.” – Publilius Syrus

“The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions.” – Paulo Coelho

“Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity.” Arabian Proverb

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” – H Jackson Brown Jr

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.” ― Boris Pasternak

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“Where one door shuts another opens.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

“Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.” – Henry J. Kaiser

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” – Robert Kennedy

“It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.” – Eric Hoffer

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life.” Samuel Johnson

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francois Bacon

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” – Bruce Lee

“There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young, Jr

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” – Albert Einstein

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” – Oprah Winfrey

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Quotes_Invention

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on invention.

“…to invent is to discover that we know not, and not to recover or resummon that which we already know” — Sir Francis Bacon

“To understand is to invent.” — Jean Piaget

“Inventing is a skill that some people have and some people don’t. But you can learn how to invent.” — Ray Dolby

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.” — Nikola Tesla

“Doubt is the father of invention.” – Galileo Galilei

“Want is the mistress of invention” – Susanna Centlivre

“Necessity, the mother of invention” – Richard Franck

“Mothers are the necessity of invention.” – Bill Watterson

“I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness – to save oneself trouble.” – Agatha Christie

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.” — Mark Twain
“I never did anything worth doing by accident; nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Stumbling upon the next great invention in an ‘ah-ha!’ moment is a myth.” – James Dyson

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.” – Leonardo DaVinci

“Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles—he can only discover them.” — Thomas Paine

“All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself … are the infinitely various “leads” from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.” — Abraham Lincoln

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” — Thomas Alva Edison

“Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.” — Charles F. Kettering

“Invention presupposes imagination but should not be confused with it.” — Igor Stravinsky
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” – Edward Hopper

“Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” – Auguste Rodin

“Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing” – Joshua Reynolds

“I invented nothing new. I simply combined the inventions of others into a car. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed.’ — Henry Ford

“Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison’s inventions” – Ernest Dimnet

“I’m an inventor. I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started.” – Ray Kurzweil

“An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.” — Edwin Herbert Land

“Inventor, n. A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.” — Ambrose Bierce

“Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried” – Thomas Jefferson

“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” — Karl Marx

“We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.” — John Stuart Mill

“In the modern world we have invented ways of speeding up invention, and people’s lives change so fast that a person is born into one kind of world, grows up in another, and by the time his children are growing up, lives in still a different world” – Margaret Mead

“I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s.” — William Blake

“Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.” — Lawrence George Durrell

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Quotes_Clarity

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on clarity.

“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity” – Francois Gautier

“You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it.” – Alex Morrison

“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.” – Pericles

“A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success.” ― Steve Maraboli

“Clarity affords focus.” – Thomas Leonard

“It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content… it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.” – Rene Daumal

“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.” – Blaise Pascal

“Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.” – Thomas Szasz

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation.” – Richard Holloway

“For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity” – Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“Music is powered by ideas. If you don’t have clarity of ideas, you’re just communicating sheer sound.” – Yo-Yo Ma

“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream” – Vincent van Gogh

“Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men. We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose. This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves. There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgment to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness.” – Michel de Montaigne

“Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Whoever knows he is deep, strives for clarity; whoever would like to appear deep to the crowd, strives for obscurity. For the crowd considers anything deep if only it cannot see to the bottom: the crowd is so timid and afraid of going into the water.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all.” ― Julian Barnes

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” – Nikola Tesla

“Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.” – Karl von Clausewitz

“Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.” – Marquis de Vauvenargues

“Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will” – Blaise Pascal

“The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.” – Conan O’Brien

“I look at the human life like an experiment. Every new moment, every new experience, tragic or otherwise, is an opportunity to gain a more accurate perspective and helps lead me to clarity.” – Steve Gleason

“Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities? Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles?” – Pablo Neruda

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Your sure to find inspiration in this growing list of Creativity Quotes collections. You’ll find great thoughts from many cultures, eras, and disciplines in these collections. Click on this list of links to explore quotes by topic. Check back in the future for new additions to this list.
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Abstraction
Art
Artist
Awareness
Beauty
Beginning
Clarity
Connected
Creativity
Curiosity
Dedication
Direction
Discovery
Dreams
Experimentation
Exploration
Focus
Goals
Gratitude
Imagination
Imperfection
Influence
Insight
Inspiration
Light
Motivation
Optimism/Pessimism
Originality
Passion
Perception
Perspective
Photography
Planning
Play
Purpose
Questions
Seeing
Service
Story
Travel
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Quotes_Influence

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on influence.

“People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.” – T. S. Eliot

“To be realistic one must always admit the influence of those who have gone before.” – Charles Eames

“The superior artist is the one who knows how to be influenced.” – Clement Greenberg

“Every art, like our own, has in its composition fluctuating as well as fixed principles. It is an attentive inquiry into their difference that will enable us to determine how far we are influenced by custom and habit, and what is fixed in the nature of things.” – Sir Joshua Reynolds

“A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave.” – Henri Matisse

“Picasso once remarked, ‘I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself.’” – Gertrude Stein

“I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.” – Walt Disney

“I don’t believe in learning from other people’s pictures. I think you should learn from your own interior vision of things and discover, as I say, innocently, as though there had never been anybody.” – Orson Welles

“The only real influence I’ve ever had was myself.” – Edward Hopper

“Add new painters to your list of favorites all the time.” – Irwin Greenberg

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Goethe

“The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that’s true of everyone, don’t you?” – Tennessee Williams

“We don’t make a photograph just with a camera, we bring to the act of photography all the books we have read, the movies we have seen, the music we have heard, the people we have loved.” – Ansel Adams

“There are so many moments and works that influence us in what we do. Movies, music, TV and, most importantly, the profound everydayness of our lives.” – Barbara Kruger

“The influences may be subliminal and subtle but all that surrounds us in some way changes how we see things and who we are.” – Martine Gourbault

“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.” – Walt Disney

“Advertising reflects the mores of society, but it does not influence them.” – David Ogilvy

“The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.” – E. M. Forster

“I have been influenced by paintings I have seen in books, and in museums, not because they defined success but because they suggested possibilities.” – Eleanor Blair

“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.” – Edmund Burke

“Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Ideas are the mightiest influence on earth. One great thought breathed into a man may regenerate him.” – William Ellery Channing

“The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.” – Orison Swett Marden

“When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.” – Stephen Covey

“The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” – Scott Adams

“There is no pebble so small that it won’t make ripples when tossed into a body of water.” – Charles Peck

“Any one of us can be a rainbow in somebody’s clouds.” – Maya Angelou

“And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.” – Marianne Williamson

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napoleon Hill

“It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.” – Clint Eastwood

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.” – Winston Churchill

“Be around the people you want to be like, because you will be like the people you are around.” – Sean Reichle

“Be around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant influence.” – Jim Rohn

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” ― Stephen King

“It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.” – Eric Hoffer

“Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers, but by its kind.” – William Ellery Channing

“The most powerful moral influence is example.” – Huston Smith

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” – Albert Einstein

“There is no influence like the influence of habit.” – Gilbert Parker

“Affluence means influence.” – Jack London

“A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” – Bertrand Russell

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence.” – Billy Graham

“The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.” – Herodotus

“I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.” ― Beatrix Potter

“The purpose of influence is to “speak up for those who have no influence.” ― Rick Warren

“Once you’ve found your own voice, the choice to expand your influence, to increase your contribution, is the choice to inspire others to find their voice. Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another. As we recognize, respect and create ways for others to give voice to all four parts of their nature–physically, mentally, emotionally/socially, spiritually–latent human genius, creativity, passion, talent and motivation are unleashed. It will be those organizations that reach a critical mass of people and teams expressing their full voice that will achieve next-level breakthrough in productivity, innovation and leadership in the market place and society.” – Stephen Covey

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PhotoQuotes

We can all learn a lot from the photographers who make the classic photographs.

Here’s a list of links to collections of my favorite quotes by master photographers.

You’ll find them inspiring!

Ansel Adams

Robert Adams

Diane Arbus

Richard Avedon

Ruth Bernhard

Bill Brandt

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Wynn Bullock

John Paul Caponigro

Paul Caponigro

William Eggleston

Alfred Eisendstadt

Andreas Feininger

Robert Frank

Ernst Haas

Andre Kertesz

David La Chapelle

Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Annie Liebovitz

Jay Maisel

Sally Mann

Robert Mapplethorpe

Joel Meyerowitz

Cindy Sherman

Stephen Shore

Aaron Siskind

W Eugene Smith

Alfred Steiglitz

Joyce Tenneson

Jerry Uelsmann

Edward Weston

Weegee

Minor White

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Quotes_Awareness

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on awareness.

“To be awake is to be alive.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” – Aristotle

“To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being.” – William James

“Although it is difficult to pinpoint the physical base or location of awareness, it is perhaps the most precious thing concealed within our brains. And it is something that the individual alone can feel and experience. Each of us cherishes it highly, yet it is private” – Dalai Lama

“I’ve worked all my life on the subject of awareness, whether it’s awareness of the body, awareness of the mind, awareness of your emotions, awareness of your relationships, or awareness of your environment. I think the key to transforming your life is to be aware of who you are.” – Deepak Chopra

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu

“To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.” – Eric Hoffer

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” – Abraham Maslow

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Abraham Lincoln

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ― Carl R. Rogers

“Ultimately spiritual awareness unfolds when you’re flexible, when you’re spontaneous, when you’re detached, when you’re easy on yourself and easy on others.” – Deepak Chopra

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” ― Dolly Parton

“Awareness is empowering.” – Rita Wilson

“Awareness requires a rupture with the world we take for granted; then old categories of experience are called into question and revised.” – Shoshana Zuboff

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung

“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.” ― John O’Donohue

“I want art to make me think. In order to do that, it may piss me off, or make me uncomfortable. That promotes awareness and change, or at least some discussion.” – Pink

“The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.” – Marina Abramovic

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” – Allen Ginsberg

“A lot of actors on film sets… very often they’re not paying attention to the physical world around them. I think through studying art, I’ve always had that awareness and that’s something that I’ve wanted to bring in to go beyond acting… As a form of expression, they are intrinsically linked.” – Andy Serkis

“We’re highly social animals – I’m told by scientists that what makes us different from other animals is an acute social awareness, which is what has made us so successful.” – Alan Alda

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King

“We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance” – Martha Graham

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” – W. Eugene Smith

“I think there are two aspects to smart environments. One is information embedded in places and things. The other is location awareness, so that devices we carry around know where we are. When you combine those two, you get a lot of possibilities.” – Howard Rheingold

“As our various electronic devices gain more and more sensory awareness, we open up the potential for entirely new forms of interaction. Not just new interfaces – tapping and shaking and whatnot – but a shift in presence.” – Jamais Cascio

“Awareness in our society has flipped all types of injustice on its head.” – Serj Tankian

“The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you’ll get action.” ― Malcolm X

“These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.” – Anthony de Mello

“Awareness without action is worthless.” – Phil McGraw

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Quotes_Planning

Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on planning.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin

“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” ― Hillary Rodham Clinton

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” Confucius

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.” – Alfred A. Montapert

“He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” – H. Stanley Judd

“A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective.” – John Argenti

“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” – Brian Tracy

“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” – William A. Ward

“Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” ― Sun Tzu

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.’ – Leonard Bernstein

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein

“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” ― Winston Churchill

“It’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning.” Dr Graeme Edwards

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” – George S. Patton

“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.” – Publilius Syrus

“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.” – Claire Cook

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” – Napoleon Hill

“You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don’t believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.” – Harry S. Truman

“Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” – Indira Gandhi

“He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.” – Herodotus

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” – Peter Drucker

“Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Just because you make a good plan, doesn’t mean that’s what’s gonna happen.” – Taylor Swift

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” ― Robert Burns

“Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit.” – Joe Lewis

“No plan survives and encounter with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” – Colin Powell

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” -  John Lennon

“The reason that everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything.” – Jerry Brown

“We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” – Abraham Maslow

“If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” – Edward Everett Hale

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” – Napoleon Hill

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“You must plan to be spontaneous.” – David Hockney

“Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.” ― Alan Dean Foster

“Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.” – Arnold H. Glasow

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

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39 Quotes On Goals

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Quotes_Goals

 

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on goals.

“There is one quality more important than “know-how” and we cannot accuse the United States of any undue amount of it. This is “know-what” by which we determine not only how to accomplish our purposes, but what our purposes are to be.” – Norbert Wiene

“I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.” John Wolfgang von Goethe

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

“You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. ” – Zig Ziglar

“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Lucius Seneca

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi Berra

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

“You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey

“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” - Diana Scharf Hunt

“Goals help you channel your energy into action.” – Les Brown

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” – Zig Ziglar

“The shortest distance between two points assumes you know where you’re going.” – Robert Brault

“A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.” – Andre Gide

“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.” – Charles DeLint

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

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Anonymous

“We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” - Robert Brault

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” – Sidney Howard

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” – Brian Tracy

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ― Bruce Lee

“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.” – Kevin Smith

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” – Doug Larson

“Success is 10% inspiration, 90% last-minute changes.” – Anonymous

“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” – Jon Bon Jovi

“Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.” – John Dewey

“What keeps me going is goals.” – Muhammad Ali

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” – Lou Holtz

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Goals determine what you’re going to be.” – Julius Erving

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn

“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

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” – John Dewey

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Quotes_Connection

Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on being connected.

“I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” – Alan Watts

“I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.” -  David Suzuki

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -  John Muir

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” – Chief Seattle

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”-  Albert Einstein

“All is connected… no one thing can change by itself.” – Paul Hawken

“The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.” – Fritjof Capra

“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” -  Aldo Leopold

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” -  Thomas Merton

“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”  – Charles Eames

“I am a part of all that I have met.” – Lord Tennyson

“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville

“I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”  – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”  — Herman Melville

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. ” – Margaret J. Wheatley

“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” – Augustine of Hippo

“We are members one of another; so that you cannot injure or help your neighbor without injuring or helping yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” -  Martin Luther King, Jr

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono

“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’” -  Howard Thurman

“In everybody’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner fire.” -  Albert Schweitzer

“Maybe we are not here to see each other but to see each other through.” – Anonymous

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

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