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A vision is an exercise in imagination: what is the end that you want to move towards? A vision sets the direction for your goals and actions, and helps define the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

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Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

— Napoleon Hill

We must learn to measure our efforts not by short-term effectiveness but by long-term faithfulness to the vision we care about.

— Parker J. Palmer

There is another world but it’s inside this one.

— Paul Eluard

Know what you want and try to go beyond your own expectations. Improve your dancing, practice a lot, and set a very high goal, one that will be difficult to achieve. Because that is an artist’s million: to go beyond one’s limits. An artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life.

— Paulo Coehlo

Sort out what is opinion and what is fact; then you can see intelligently. The more clearly you can see, the more powerful your actions will be.

— Pema Chödrön

Inspiration and wretchedness complement each other. With only inspiration, we become arrogant. With only wretchedness, we lose our vision.

— Pema Chödrön

One of the most powerful, and deeply spiritual, ways to work for social change is for us to take action in the present that embodies — right now! — the future vision that we seek

— Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow

The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be.

— Robert Collier

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.

— Robert Muller

If we take time to reflect together on who we are and who we could choose to become, we will be led into the territory where change originates.

— Roger Heuser and ‎Norman Shawchuck, Leading the Congregation

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

— Simone de Beauvoir

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

— Stephen Hawking

You may wonder, ‘How can I leave it all behind if I am just coming back to it? How can I make a new beginning if I simply return to the old?’ The answer lies in the return. You will not come back to the ‘same old thing.’ What you return to has changed because you have changed. Your perceptions will be altered. You will not incorporate into the same body, status, or world you left behind. The river has been flowing while you were gone. Now it does not look like the same river.

— Steven Foster, The Book of the Vision Quest

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

— Warren Buffet

A rock pile cases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

— William Butler Yeats

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

— Zora Neale Hurston
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