Aspiration Quotes

Most popular aspiration quotes

Hitch your wagon to a star.


Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

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Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.


Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.


Life's aspirations come
in the guise of children.


No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wing.
You cannot demonstrate an emotion or prove an aspiration.


Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.


Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.


The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.


Man can climb to the highest summits; but he cannot dwell there long.


Men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.

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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?
'Tis but a base ignoble mind
That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
He who bears in his heart a cathedral to be built is already victorious.
Aspiration is the twin angel to inspiration.  It unlocks the gates of joy.
I drink the wine of aspiration and the drug of disillusion. Thus am I never dull.
Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you get neither.
Man tells his aspiration in his God; but in his demon he shows his depth of experience.
Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.


He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.


Every man is in some sort a failure to himself.  No one ever reaches the heights to which he aspires.


If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.


The world's people all share the earnest aspiration to have peace, stability, justice and cooperation.
The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther."


It takes a certain level of aspiration before one can take advantage of opportunities that are clearly offered.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

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To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.

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Yet some there be that by due steps aspire
To lay their just hands on that golden key
That opes the palace of eternity.
We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan
Our statures touch the skies.
A fierce unrest seethes at the core
Of all existing things:
It was the eager wish to soar
That gave the gods their wings.
We all run the risk of declining, if somebody does not rise to tell us that life is on the heights, and not in the cesspools.

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What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.

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Always aspire higher than you can. For, however high you aspire, you will never arrive more than halfway up the cliff of your aspiration.
Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.


To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.


Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.


What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself.
A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.


Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.  Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I cannot reach them: but I can look up, and see their beauty; believe in them, and follow where they lead.
Associate reverently and as much as you can with your loftiest thoughts. Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who, in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention, disregarded also the humane aspiration.


Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.  Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.


An aspiration is a joy for ever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasurable activity.
Let the youthful soul look back on life with the question: what have you truly loved up to now, what has drawn your soul aloft, what has mastered it and at the same time blessed it?

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Your playing small doesn't serve the world.  There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.


Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration.
Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.


A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man by one which is lower than himself.  The one produces aspiration; the other, ambition.  Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Leaders talk about communicating a vision as an instrument of change, but I prefer the notion of communicating an aspiration.  It's not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.
You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.