Includes goal quotes (some with pictures to share on social media!) from some of the greats like Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Henry David Thoreau, and Earl Nightingale but also strong women like Oprah Winfrey and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Goal Quotes From Authors & Artists
So many of my readers are creative and with that comes a need for motivation from time to time (I know I need it!) It is fun to see that artists throughout time have have to have goal setting quotes to keep themselves going!
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Leo Tolstoy, Author of War and Peace
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott, Author Little Women
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
You wanna fly, you got to give up the thing that weighs you down.
Toni Morrison, Novelist
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Writer
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Author of Treasure Island & Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur & Author
If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.
Alice in Wonderland, Written by Lewis Carroll
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It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Albus Dumbledore, as written by J. K. Rowling
Modern Goals Quotes
It is fun to see what our contemporaries are saying about goals and dreams!
Having that drive to succeed doesn’t belong in the past, it is raging right here in the present.
Tara Jacobsen, Author
You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.
Oprah Winfrey, Media
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
Cavett Robert, Public Speaker
The measure of a great life is whether it matches your dream.
Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker
People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
Gary Ryan Blair, Author
You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.
Ted Turner, Media
Sports Goals Quotes
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
Bo Jackson, Professional Football Player
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
Muhammad Ali, Boxer
I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.
Michael Phelps, Olympian
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden, College Basketball Coach
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I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.
Serena Williams, Professional Tennis Player
Famous Quotes About Goals
Oh the wisdom of the ages! I love seeing goal quotes that have lasted throughout millennia. As a woman it is interesting to see that many of the great quotes that have been handed down are attributed to men. I would like to think that this is a sign of those times, not that women were not goal oriented even then!
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes, Greek statesman
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Orison Swett Marden, Founder Success Magazine
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Diplomat
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates, Greek Philosopher
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
Napoleon Hill, Author Think and Grow Rich
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Abraham Lincoln, American President
Goals Quotes Wrapup
I loved doing the research for this post. I started by doing the “normal” search for goals quotes but then realized that there was an under representation of women so I went back and did looked at lists of strong women and check to see if they had any good goal setting quotes.
Hopefully this will help you find the motivation to achieve your goals and dreams!
Please feel free to use the graphics in the post at will, leaving the MarketingArtfully.com attribution intact. If you have any favorite quotes about goals that I missed or that you would a picture quote for, let me know (tara (at) marketingartfully.com) and I might add it!