VISION

is the ability to think ahead with imagination or wisdom.

“Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.”

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682); scholar, essayist

“We shall not cease from exploration; And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.”

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965); poet, critic

“It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see, and pursuing that vision no matter who tells you not to.”

Howard Schultz (born 1953); businessman, entrepreneur

“Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.”

Edward de Bono (born 1933); psychologist, physician

“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.”

Saint Augustine (354-430); Roman Catholic saint

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745); satirist

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008); science fiction author, inventor

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be. ”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616); dramatist, poet

“I live to hold communion With all that is divine, To feel there is a union 'Twixt Nature's heart and mine.”

George Linnaeus Banks (1821-1881); writer

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

Steve Jobs (1955-2011); Co-founder Apple Inc.

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915); American political leader, author

“I will speak to a youth which can accomplish everything, precisely because it accepts no past, obeys no present, and fears no future.”

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936); poet, author

“Our grand duty is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); essayist, satirist, historian

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”

Alex Tan

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. To make an end is to make a beginning.”

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965); poet, critic

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

John Lubbock (1834-1913); Biologist, politician

“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. ”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

“To keep from getting too far ahead of myself, I can apply to life what I've learned from running in the woods: The step in front of you is the most important one.”

Annie Morris mom, runner, writer

“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855); novelist

“Make hatred hated!”

Anatole France (1844-1924); critic, writer

“The tears of faithfulness to your beliefs cleanse your spirit to envision the road ahead. Everything is possible for the person who believes.”

Adlin Sinclair motivational author, humanitarian

“Variety is the spice of life.”

American Proverb

“Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers...”

Cecil Beaton (1904-1980); Academy Award-winning designer and photographer

“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.”

John J. McCloy (1895-1989); Lawyer, banker

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself, and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”

Dr. Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998); professor, author

“The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963); 35th US President

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964); 1st Prime Minister of India

“What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”

Henry Miller (1891-1980); author, writer

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”

Joel A. Barker

“People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it-walk.”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982); writer, philosopher

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944); French author

“Imagination is the true magic carpet. ”

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993); preacher, author

“When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922); inventor

“If we are going to do anything significant with life, we sometimes have to move away from it- beyond the usual measurements. We must occasionally follow visions and dreams.”

Bede Jarrett (1881-1937); writer

“You can move through life seeing nothing as a miracle, or seeing everything as a miracle.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

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Pam 4 months ago from Yadkinville,NC

Your instincts are usually right... so don't listen to the naysayers
Erika 9 months ago from Newport, RI

Great men always rise in times of peril
time2rise 10 months ago from Federal Way, Wa

Trivial things seem important from the beginning...But Family is all that matters in the end.
time2rise 10 months ago from Federal Way, Wa

Use your mind's eye. You can achieve anything you set your mind to.
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