Sermon quotes on vision

Augustine of Hippo

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.


Chinese Proverb

If your vision is for a year, plant wheat. 

If your vision is for ten years, plant trees. 

If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people. 

Larry Crabb

A vision we give to others of who and what they could become has power when it echoes what the spirit has already spoken into their souls. 

Henry Ford

Vision without execution is just hallucination.

Helen Keller

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision. 

Søren Kierkegaard

What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know…The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do…to find the idea for which I can live and die.


Søren Kierkegaard

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.

Henri Nouwen

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.

The Leadership Challenge

The vision of an organization acts as its magnetic north.

Abraham Lincoln

Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.

Max Lucado

Jesus gives us hope because He keeps us company, has a vision and knows the way we should go.

Meister Eckhart

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

Sermons of Meister Eckhart

Attributed to Michelangelo 

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.


Marcel Proust

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Remembrance of Things Past 


Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s America: Selections from the Writings of the Oyster Bay Naturalist

John Ruskin

Genius is only a superior power of seeing

Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. 

Studies in Pessimism: The Essays


Krister Stendahl 

Our vision is more obstructed by what we think we know than by our lack of knowledge.

Jonathan Swift

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Iris Murdoch

I can only choose within the world that I can see.

The Sovereignty of Good

Chuck Swindoll 

When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Emerson in His Journals, Harvard University Press

Benjamin Zander

Goals can be energizing—when you win. But a vision is more powerful than a goal. A vision is enlivening, it’s spirit-giving, it’s the guiding force behind all great human endeavors. Vision is about shared energy, a sense of awe, a sense of possibility. 

Ancient Chinese Proverb

If your vision is for a year, plant wheat. 

If your vision is for ten years, plant trees. 

If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.

John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see.

Peter Drucker

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, of building a personality beyond its normal limitations.

Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

Elisabeth Elliot

Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God did not protect His own Son.

Meister Eckhart

The reason we are not able to see God is the faintness of our desire.

Mark Batterson

If you let your circumstances define the way you see God, you are a prisoner of perspective. Or worse, a prisoner of your past mistakes! But if you let God define the way you see your circumstances, you are a prisoner of hope.

Double Blessing: Don’t Settle for Less Than You’re Called to Bless, Multnomah, 2019.

Andy Stanley

A clear vision, along with the courage to follow through, dramatically increases your chances of coming to the end of your life, looking back with a deep abiding satisfaction, and thinking, I did it. I succeeded. I finished well. My life counted.


Max Lucado

Jesus gives us hope because he keeps us company, has a vision, and knows the way we should go.

George Eliot

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heartbeat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.  As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded, with, stupidity.

Thomas Merton

Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through all the time. This is not just a fable or a nice story.  It is true. If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently. God shows himself everywhere, in everything- in people and in things and in nature and in events. It becomes very obvious that God is everywhere and in everything and we cannot be without him. It’s impossible. The only thing is that we don’t see it.

Life And Solitude (tapes)  

Jim Collins

Vision isn’t necessary to make money; you can certainly create a profitable business without it. There are plenty of people who have made a lot of money, yet had no compelling vision. But if you want to do more than just make a lot of money—if you want to build an enduring, great company—then you need a vision.

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