These words from the wise are perfect for inspiring your goal setting for 2020 as the new year begins.
“Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbors, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.”
Poor Richard’s Almanac, published by Benjamin Franklin (1755).
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.”
Letter to Isham Reavis, Abraham Lincoln (1855)
“Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing, we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done’.”
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie (1904)
“One who fears the future, who fears failure, limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is a disgrace in fearing to fail. What is past is useful only as it suggests ways and means for progress.”
My Life and Work, Henry Ford with Samuel Crowther (1922).
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Walden, Henry David Thoreau (1854).
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
Interview in USA TODAY, Maya Angelou, (1988).
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Campaign Speech, Barack Obama (2008).
“I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.”
Letter to George Latham, Abraham Lincoln (1860).
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”