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Quotations for Motivation #16 --- Vision

Updated on October 26, 2015

Quotations on Vision

A vision without a task makes a man a visionary; a task without a vision makes a man a drudgery; a vision with a task makes a man a practical idealist.

---Carter Helm Jones, The News and Courier, Charleston, S.C., April 29, 1929.

Be larger than your task by holding fast to the vision that transcends it.

---Richard W. Boynton, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, N.Y., June 20, 1927.

Few people have all three sights‑‑hindsight, insight, and foresight.

‑‑-Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 17, 1938.

Foresight is really a gift, but many a man who possesses hindsight thinks he also has a gift.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 19, 1952.

Vision precedes achievement. Lack of it leads to throwing off restraint.

---L.C. Hunt, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., March 12, 1929.

The man who thinks everything is lost is unconsciously conceding defeat. He has been thwarted in all his ambitions, he has mismanaged, his vision has become twisted, his inclinations have become sinful, and he thinks everything and everybody are as he sees them.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 9, 1925.

The best use of hindsight is in applying it to the future.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., June 28, 1910.

A warped perspective doesn’t help vision.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., March 17, 1918.

True vision adds common sense to horse sense.

---Doyle E. Carlton, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 6, 1955.

An ounce of foresight is worth a ton of regrets.

-‑‑Benjamin Arstein, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 25, 1911.

The vision is measured by the height of attainment. Keep climbing, but do not let the vision of today interfere with the knowledge developed tomorrow. Knowledge is not final; it is accumulative.

—William Peterson, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1923.

A vision of the ideal brings discontent with accomplishments and the discontent is a spur to improvement.

‑‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Nov. 16, 1931.

Those who have visions of remaking the world ought to take into consideration the priorities that might be required.

—Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Dec. 11, 1944.

Foresight is the product of intelligent action.

‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., May 14, 1921.

Broader vision comes with climbing.

‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., Nov. 15, 1926.

Insight is the parent of foresight.

‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., Jan. 1, 1930.

Vision is the power of seeing how more or less commonplace conditions can be transformed into opportunity.

---B.C. Forbes, Rochester Evening Journal, Rochester, N.Y., Sept. 12, 1922.

True vision is backed by a decisive determination which will result in action—prompt action, not delayed action.

---Edson R. Waite, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 20, 1934.

Practice forethought and save yourself sore-thought.

---John Wesley Holland, Lima Recorder, Lima, N.Y., Oct. 1, 1930.

We will have visions, but how few of us transform visions into actualities?

---J. Marvin Nichols, Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N.Y., Oct. 12, 1931.

The lower a man gets, the less his horizon. I’ve noticed that the man of the high points is the man of broad vision.

---J. Marvin Nichols, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 5, 1906.

Vision distinguishes the great from the little.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 11, 1937.

No man gains vision unless he has the courage and the will and the determination to make every day he lives the preliminary to a conscious conclusion.

---Jack Williams, Sr., Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Feb. 7, 1942.

Most of us see life through spectacles, and what our eyes perceive depends greatly on the quality of the lens. Some of them make things look crooked, some make us see double and with some we are nearly blind.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 22, 1902.

Forethought is better than afterthought, but inner thought is best of all.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Aberdeen Herald, Aberdeen, Wash., Feb. 5, 1903.

To work with vision is to make one's work a mission.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Oct. 5, 1937.

Those who have responsibility have need of vision to equal it.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 1, 1939.

Life is to be lengthened by vision if it is not to cramp us.

---Roy L. Smith , Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 7, 1939.

Success is to keep our vision ahead of our performance.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 18, 1940.

Genius is the vision to see the rainbow before the rain is over.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 13, 1928.

Govern well thy vision lest it become a mere dream.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 15, 1932.

Every man is his own poorest critic because of distorted vision.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 7, 1935.

There are degrees of foresight as well as of intelligence.

---Robert Quillen, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 14, 1939.

It takes two things to make a great life or a great people‑‑a great task and a great vision. A vision coupled with a task that equals it will make a hero, a winner, a conqueror.

‑‑‑E.Y. Mullins, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 17, 1921.

He who has vision has ideas.

---Charles Joyner, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 15, 1940.

Low and barren is the life that has no vision to lift it up and idealize it, and lofty and strong and rich is the life that has caught such a vision and is carried upon its wings.

---James H. Snowden, Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport, Pa., April 5, 1929.

It takes a person of vision to appreciate the vision of the person with vision. Many a person has had a glorious idea, but could not get enough persons to adopt it and make it work; while other persons with vision have had to strive long and laboriously against prejudice and ignorance to get a splendid plan going.

---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 24, 1939.

A constantly widening vision corrected by experience will enable you to discern what is of value and afford the keenest enjoyment. Such activity imparts the secret of eternal youth.

---S. Parkes Cadman, The News and Courier, Charleston, S.C., Jan. 4, 1929.

Life is not to be measured by its rewards in things, but by its reach and vision.

---Henry F. Cope, Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Ore., June 21, 1907.

A vision and a task! When men have both they are invincible. One who has a vision and no task is a visionary; one who has a task without the vision is a drudge. But he who has the vision and the task is an enthusiast.

---Grover C. Linn, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Oct. 9, 1920.

What is vision? The word is being widely used and an attempt to define it is not appropriate. It is the ability to see in the large to separate in one’s mine the petty and the trivial from the big things so that there will remain only the unblurred photograph of that which is enduring and right in principle. We conscientious, far seeing men will sacrifice the immediate for the ultimate good.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 25, 1918.

A man of great vision trusts implicitly in the ultimate triumph of right principles and can keep his optimism uppermost. It is a prime quality of leadership that a man shall preserve an unclouded mind and a stead and cheerful morale. Imperturbable serenity is psychologically the right thing to keep [one] keyed up to his highest pitch of effort. The cheerful looking “keep smiling” motto is too often belief by the dour countenances of the presumed followers of the motto. Such a contrast between the word and the deed is most depressing to the beholder. The man who would “keep smiling” must have the words graven on his heart.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 5, 1918.

Never allow yourselves to shape a selfish definition of success in whose creation and enjoyment they shall have no share. True success in politics or in business lies not in the gaining of authority, but in the use of authority as leaders possessed of a wider vision and foresight. True success in art or literature is not to be sought simply in the development of new ideals, but in the interpretation and expression of those ideals in such a way that they shall be a public possession.

---Arthur T. Hadley, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., June 25, 1900.

Whatever helps a person to sweep a wider horizon in his vision; and to view life’s happenings with poise and detachment, whether that agency be a university or an experience of personal adversity, is a good education.

---William T. Ellis, The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, N.Y., Sept. 12, 1914.

All who desire to live nobly and progressively must look beyond the years in which they live; they must see visions—the vision of wisdom, the vision of good, the vision of friendship, the vision of home, the vision of honor, the vision of conduct and character. Without a vision before the mind progress is impossible. “Where there is no vision the people perish.” You will have your visions. The path of duty will be revealed to you, and the all-important question is: Will you follow it. It is crystallization of visions into life, of purposes and aims into living reality, that have blessed the world from the beginning. It appears that in every realm it is vision obeyed. It is ideals worked out. It is dreams incarnated into life. It is conceptions crystallized into character. It is thought projected into action. It is truth appropriated and lived. Visions, not only seen, but obeyed, will make life sublimely glorious.

---Paul J. Slonaker, The Forest Republican, Tionesta, Pa., April 25, 1906.

Purposeful self-realization requires vision. Without such vision men will perish. If perchance they do not die physically, they will fail in that more tragic thing—being living bodies devoid of a consciousness of the possibilities of life. And the vision must be a social vision. It must be in terms of fellowship, of good will, cooperation and mutual aid, and it must be realistic, dealing practically with things as they are and practically with things as they may be.

---Herbert N. Shenton, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., July 16, 1934.

Success, happiness, service are largely founded on vision. And vision is made up of the best parts of faith, courage, patience, initiative and a determination to put things through and get things done.

---George Matthew Adams, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Feb. 2, 1926.

The desire for accomplishment which is always alive in the heart of every man with vision is that which inspires betterment all along the line of work.

---George Matthew Adams, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Feb. 10, 1926.

Most successes start with an idea, coupled with action. What ideas have you permitted to lie dormant that could bring you success? With creative vision, you'll be able to learn from defeat. Every adversity carries with it "the seed of an equivalent benefit." Each time you treat temporary defeat, search for the hidden blessing through which you can turn such obstacles into stepping stones to the goal you've chosen.

—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Sept. 28, 1956.

The skill, will, and habit of applying our best intellectual abilities to all problems is essential for success. The unique difference between men and animals is the ability of men to think, to reason with logical processes, to trace straight lines from cause to effect, and to formulate sound judgments on all issues. A distinctive characteristic of man is his faculty to look ahead and construct the event before the fact. The habit of extending the application of our intellectual powers and skills to all issues of citizenship, in family relations, and the daily questions of getting on successfully as productive workers is a sharp challenge to every one of us.

—Jesse P. Bogue, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., Feb. 9, 1959.

Vision is that which is projected by the mind visualized by the imagination. ... The word vision stands for view of the future. ... There is ample, everyday evidence that the lack of vision in the individual and in the community indicates that the individual and community will cease to progress. ... For men to proceed without a vision or purpose would mean that he is lacking in one fundamental principle. The breadth of vision and the extent of purpose is the measure of the magnitude of the mind individually and collectively.

—George H. Brimhall, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1923.

No man does his work well who does not "look to the end." Clear seeing is the concomitant of complete doing. The man without vision is the man without purpose, without ambition in life. He makes no progress, he gets nowhere. ... A man never gets farther in life than his vision extends. ... Vision is the ability to see things as they will be or may be brought to be. It is the capacity to see far into things, to bring things to pass, to create, to make out of almost nothing the real things of the world.

—E.G. Littlejohn, The Texas Outlook, Fort Worth, Texas, March 1932.

No one ever really accomplished anything definite except by having a definite vision of the finished product before beginning the task. One must have a vision, and the smaller visions realized day by day are only the stepping stones to the great vision toward which life is ultimately striving. Without this vision, life is aimless and unsuccessful, and ambles along blindly, losing the rich usefulness which is the secret of happiness.

—Edwin E. Naugle, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 4, 1923.

Vision teaches us one thing for sure; just at the moment when most people are giving up, the man or woman of character will take a firmer hold on the rope. If life has become terribly dark for you, never forget that the stars are out. Take a firmer grasp of life; only the weak lose heart and faith.

—Eugene M. Frank, The Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kan., Feb. 2, 1951.

The two things which seem to motivate the man of faith are: first, the lure, the motivation, the vision, the dream; and secondly, the effort. ... The vision without the struggle makes one a dreamer. The effort without the dream make one an automation.

—Eugene M. Frank, The Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kan., Sept. 19, 1951.

Vision precedes provision.

—Wallace Bassett, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 27, 1918.

As you think, you travel; as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you cannot escape the result of your thoughts, hut you can endure and learn, can accept and be glad. You will realize the vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you yearn; no more, no less. 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.

—Emmett J. Lee, The Gazette, Farmerville, La., Jan. 4, 1933.

The man who goes to his task with no vision of better things here or hereafter accomplishes but little. ... The vision of greater work and better things ought to meet with an immediate response.

—Mattie M. Boteler, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1917.

If we shall meet helpfully and hopefully [our] responsibilities, we must have vision. Without vision all our plans and purposes will come to naught, and we had almost as well not to dream at all as to dream in hopelessness of their fulfillment. Our visions to be helpful must be practical they must be based upon experience. ... Many visions are impractical because they are based upon inexperience. ... Too many people have hopes, and dreams, visions, but no plans which will bring them to fulfillment. The life which floats and drifts about with every current will likely find its final destruction along the beach with the other lifeless and useless things which accumulate there. We must not simply drift along with the listless and effortless elements, like a straw on the stream of circumstances, but we must have a plan which will direct our lives consciously toward a clearly planned and conceived goal. ... A vision and plan will not bring to us what it may unless we have a worthwhile purpose for our life.

—A.G. Fitzgerald, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Dec. 31, 1928.

Vision keeps the imagination and enthusiasm vitally alive in a leader. A leader cannot be content to follow the same old procedures and methods but his mind is ever searching and seeking for new ways and better methods of accomplishing a greater work. He is never totally satisfied with his day's performance, but is eager for the morning to come so that he might surpass his prior day's performance or accomplishments and be anxiously engaged in improving on what he did the day before. Enthusiasm stimulates his energy and his mind to produce new ideas, new methods and new means of successfully achieving his assignment. Someone has said that there is no power in heaven or on earth that can stop a leader from succeeding if he has the vision and willingness to work.

—Dale Thomas Tingey, Indian Israel, Holbrook, Ariz., February 1969.

One of the key elements of leadership is to convey a vision to the people. ... What is the vision? There has to be structure and there has to be order. Independence is good to an extent. It brings in fresh views and innovations. But at the same time, we have to understand what structure and order is. We have to submit to authority. ... A leader has to have a plan, has to have vision, but he surrounds himself with counselors to help him. How do we achieve the goal? ... One of the things I see in leadership is that people will look often upon [leaders] with a magnifying glass. It's easy to be critical. But at the same time, leadership has to convey a message, a message of integrity, a message of character, that through the trials and the pressures of life, integrity is being instilled, character is being developed, the impurities are being burned out. ... Also in leadership, we must determine the purpose and the goal for our existence. ... What is the purpose of our existence? Are the goals helping us to identify with that purpose and helping us to achieve it? ... In leadership we have to convey a vision, to communicate that vision, and to help fan the flames of that vision. ... It is going forth in structure and in order that respect is earned.

—Kerry Bush, Glad Tidings, Lake Charles, La., Dec. 18, 1994.

No life can be any greater than the vision held. First comes the dream and then comes the realization of the idea. Before castles can be built on earth, they must first exist in the air through imagination. A man will climb no higher than the vision he has of himself and his work.

—John R. Brokhoff, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., July 7, 1959.

Men have vision and fail because they lack the will to work. Vision may become a sort of intoxication. ... We can let hesitation between the call and execution of duty slay us. ... We need a little more of the will to win. We need enough grace to sustain us.

—T.V. Herndon, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, June 17, 1926.

Vision means seeing the future more clearly than the ordinary man. The successful man in any line is the man who can see farthest and best into the future. Foresight is about the only sight worth having. The present is of value only as it is related to the future, and the man who does not adjust the present with reference to the future is a misfit and doomed to failure. Too many people are living just for today, and the future is seen to find them unprepared. They make no provision for it and they are forever doomed to failure. ... Akin to the ability to see the future is the ability over a wide expanse of territory. Some people are narrow, even some who are fond of charring narrowness against others. They see only what is near at hand; they cannot see the interests of other people. ... They cannot see that the interest of one is the interest of all, and that the interest of all is the interest of each. Things must be seen in their relations, and relations are only seen by those of wide vision.

—P.I. Lipsey, The Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., June 10, 1920.

No one works at a task any harder than the extent of his vision. How big is the task? How much is it worth? It is in the area of vision that great achievement is born.

—A.V. Washburn, The Sunday School Builder, Nashville, Tenn., October 1952.

Vision comes when we know where we are and what our needs are and when we accept the challenge of clearly defined goals.

—Sidney Waterhouse, The Baptist Training Union Magazine, Nashville, Tenn., October 1960.

Avoid cynicism. This is the tribute that lack of vision pays to lack of feeling. The world can always be improved, even if the rate of improvement is not fast enough for your liking.

—Henry Winthrop, The Oracle, Tampa, Fla., Sept. 6, 1966.

You cannot put a great vision into a narrow mind.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 1, 1936.

When you add vision to industry you have the real worker.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Oct. 6, 1937.

The first ingredient in any progress is a clear vision of what progress is.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 11, 1941.

The way we use opportunity will be a measure of our vision.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 10, 1942.

Miracle: A vision plus elbow grease.

—Paul H. Gilbert, El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas, April 3, 1957.

We must develop a bifocal point of view, taking a long-range vision to see our ultimate goal and a realization of world problems, but at the same time developing insight necessary to live our ideals.

—George J. Weber, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, May 31, 1948.


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