Not Failure, but Low Aim is Sin

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.

It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no starts to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.

– Benjamin Elijah Mays

(via workisnotajob)

10 Comments leave a comment below

  1. What a great quote…I want to save it to read it over.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  2. outstanding quote!

  3. Made me think too, and gave me a lot of optimism and energy to keep dreaming, thanks! :)

  4. thanks for the much need inspiration today!

  5. Everyone should print that and hang it on their offices

  6. So true, great quote – I wish I had the motivation to feel like that everyday ;)

  7. outstanding! thank you, Tina!

  8. Totally reminds me of “The Man in the Arena” excerpt of a speech by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

    the quote hangs in my cube and often comes to mind when I’m working on something difficult…that and the foundation of mission operations from NASA…but that’s another story…

  9. Great words, yes the meaning of life.

  10. Aim low, avoid disappointments – as the saying used to go in Britain under Labour ;-)