120 Achievement Quotes
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What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.
Henry Parry Liddon
Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Out of the strain of the Doing, Into the peace of the Done.
Julia Louise Woodruff
It’s them that takes advantage that gets advantage in this world.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F Kennedy
Back of every achievement is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
About all some men accomplish in life is to send a son to Harvard.
Edgar Watson Howe
He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.
Give me a fulcrum on which to rest, and I will move the earth.
The only way round is through.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
Is there anything in life so disenchanting as attainment?
Robert Louis Stevenson
I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
William Henry Hudson
In esse I am nothing; in posse I am everything.
Out of the best and most productive years of each man’s life, he should carve a segment in which he puts his private career aside to serve his community and his country, and thereby serve his children, his neighbours, his fellow men, and the cause of freedom.
Good is not good, where better is expected.
Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.
We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.
When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
Everyone must row with the oars he has.
Better is the enemy of good.
Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
What one has to do usually can be done.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. With all humility, I think ‘whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might,’ infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one’s neighbour as one’s self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbour; you must be living with your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.
To achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
The more we realize our minuteness and our impotence in the face of cosmic forces, the more astonishing becomes what human beings have achieved.
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