Sermon quotes on goals

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God has reserved to Himself the right to determine the end of life, because He alone knows the goal to which it is His will to lead it. It is for Him alone to justify a life or to cast it away.

Brother Andrew

I have come to see clearly that life is more than self. It is more than doing what I want, striving for what will benefit me, dreaming of all I can be. Life is all about my relationship with God. There is no higher calling, no loftier dream, and no greater goal than to live, breathe, and be poured out for Jesus Christ.

Amy Carmichael

If I fear to hold another to the highest goal because it is so much easier to avoid doing so, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Julius Erving

Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them. 

Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. 

Robert P. Harrison

Precisely because our frenzy is fundamentally aimless while remaining driven, we set ourselves goals whose main purpose is to keep the frenzy going until it consummates itself in sloth. If at present we are seeking to render the totality of the earth’s resources endlessly available, endlessly usable, endlessly disposable, it is because endless consumption is the proximate goal of a production without end.

“Toward a Philosophy of Nature,” in Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, ed. William Cronon (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995)

Sir Edmund Hillary

It all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it. 

Helen Keller

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

Mark the Monk

Do not think or do anything without having some aim in sight; the person who journeys aimlessly will have labored in vain.

On the Spiritual Law

Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

C.S. Lewis

True friends face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, goals.

John Lubbock

How little we see! What we do see depends mainly on what we look for.

The Beauties of Nature

Ann Patchett

Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.

State of Wonder (London: A&C Black, 2011), 246.

Daniel H. Pink

Goals that people set for themselves and that are devoted to attaining mastery are usually healthy. But goals imposed by others—sales targets, quarterly returns, standardized test scores, and so on—can sometimes have dangerous side effects.

Drive, Penguin Publishing Group.

Paul Rosch

The pressure to succeed is greater than it has ever been—People feel that they must pursue that goal been…people feel that they must pursue that goal even if it means crawling over the bodies of coworkers or sacrificing what they really want

American Institute of Stress


Vincent van Gogh

The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.

A Letter To His Brother Theo

Rick Warren

The smile of God is the goal of your life.

Rick Warren

God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.

Jack Welch

By reaching for what appears to be impossible, we often actually do the impossible; and even when we don’t quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done.

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