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 disgrace to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim, is a sin.
It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life
does not lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.
- George Boardman American Baptist Minister
- Charles Sheldon American Christian Minister
- Connie Zweig American Minister, Columnist
- Charles L. Allen American Methodist Minister
- Thomas Wentworth Higginson American Unitarian Minister
- Russell Conwell American Baptist Minister
- Thomas Starr King American Unitarian Minister
- Scudder Parker American Minister
- Bernice Johnson Reagon American Singer
- Martin Luther King, Jr. American Civil Rights Leader