60 Take Action Quotes On How To Go After Your Dreams

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Dreams are a wonderful thing to have. It adds beauty, color, and excitement to life. It’s what keeps us going.

As it stands, all of the advances we have now are the result of dreams. From those who dared. Those who allowed themselves to dream and then act. Despite setbacks, they persevered and kept their dreams alive within them.

And so, here’s a list of 60 quotes on how you too can go after your dreams and succeed.

60 quotes on how to go after your dreams

20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

When you have a dream that you can’t let go of, trust your instincts and pursue it. But remember: real dreams take work. They take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you’re willing to do that.

– Harvey Mackay

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

– Paulo Coelho

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

– John C. Maxwell 

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true. You will have to work for it, however.

– Richard Bach

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

– Jim Rohn

First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.

– Walt Disney

The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and the willingness to work hard for them.

– Michelle Obama

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

– Suzy Kassem 

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

– Colin Powell

Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.

– Wim Wenders

Dream big. Start small. But most of all start.

– Simon Sinek

If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.

– Richard Branson

The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.

– Tom Bradley

The only dreams that come true are the ones you chase, if you do nothing, you get nothing.

– Joseph Atser

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

– Earl Nightingale

Dare to dream, but even more importantly, dare to put action behinds your dreams.

– Josh Hinds

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

– Harriet Tubman

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

– T.E. Lawrence

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

– Napoleon Hill

People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.

– Neil Gaiman

It’s never too late to focus on your dreams.

– Anonymous

Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.

– Pauline Kael

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

– Anaïs Nin

Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.

– Anonymous

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

– George Bernard Shaw

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

– Ashley Smith

Let your dreams become your reality, set your goals, take action, and live your dream.

– Catherine Pulsifer

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

– Christopher Reeve

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

– Richard Branson

Follow your passion and dreams, do what you truly love, put aside any nonsense or worries and realize that this moment it is all we’ve got.

– Frank Arrigazzi

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The only thing worse than starting something and failing…is not starting something.

– Seth Godin

Despite what we’ve been taught, we don’t have to be rich, famous or distinguished to make our dreams come true.

– Sharon Cook and Graciela Sholander

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.

– Les Brown

Step away from the couch sitters who are awaiting the single perfect day to begin living their dream. You can choose to live your dream every day if you just take the first step.

– T. D. Jakes

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.

– Douglas H. Everett

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.

– W. Clement Stone

Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.

– Richard Wilkins

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

– Samuel Beckett

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

– George Herbert

 If You Want Something You Never Had, You Have To Do Something You’ve Never Done.

Thomas Jefferson

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.

– Harriet Jackson Brown, Jr.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

– Steve Jobs

You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry, but do not give up.

– Anonymous

No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

– Lupita Nyong’o

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

– Oscar Wilde

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

– Mark Twain

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.

– Wayne Dyer

When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, ‘Wow, that was an adventure,’ not, ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.’

– Tom Preston-Werner

Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.

– Nelson Mandela

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

– Albert Ellis

It may be that those who do most, dream most.

– Stephen Butler Leacock

If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

– Henry David Thoreau

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

– Langston Hughes

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.

– Soren Kierkegaard


To conclude, dreams are an important part of life. It is what gives life color, beauty, and excitement. It is what keeps us alive.

To paraphrase Jim Rohn, if they take away our dreams and we die. So it is important for us to keep dreaming. Dream big dreams. And then pursue them.

How? Here are some ideas gleaned from the 60 quotes we shared:

  • Dream big.
  • Act on your dreams.
  • There will never be a right time to act on your dreams. The right time is now.
  • Start small.
  • Work at it.
  • Do something, anything towards your dreams.
  • Focus on your dreams.
  • Fight for your dreams.
  • Take risks.
  • Do not let worry or failures make you give up on your dreams.
  • Have courage, patience, and determination.
  • Maintain a positive attitude in life.
  • Failures become part of your success. Persist.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • Celebrate your wins

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