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Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer
Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen. Anaxagoras
A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread. Georges Bernanos
In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Efren Ramirez
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision. Henry A. Kissinger
If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians. Harold MacMillan
Our experience with ad hoc wartime and post-hostilities agencies operating in the foreign field has demonstrated that not only are new agencies of little value in executing policies which go beyond the vision and the educational horizon of their own personnel, but that they actually develop a momentum of their own which, in the final analysis, tends to shape—rather than to serve—the national policy. George F. Kennan
Man can no more think without words than see without light. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind Immanuel Kant
Lyndon Johnson was a terrible president. He wanted to develop a great society…a great world. Marvin Olasky
Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true. Lester R. Bittel
It is time that we steered by the stars, not by the lights of each passing ship Omar N. Bradley
Every nation has a vision it lives for and is prepared to make all sacrifices. One may call it National purpose, … It is something which does not change. If it changes, a nation dies. It is supreme and therefore the nation acts and reacts with the limits laid down by it. It is the vision which allows a nation to build its future. Mirza Aslam Beg
Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb
One who does not look ahead remains behind. Brazilian Proverb
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb
Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Arab Proverb
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Anonymous
If one doesn’t examine one’s mistakes and look back, how else does one have vision? Kofi Annan
That man sees indeed the truth who sees that vision and creation are one. Bhagavad Gita
We are a people on a quest. We go and look for the kind of nation we want. The quest is the enduring American experiment. The meaning is in the seeking. Daniel J. Boorstin
For me, leadership is tied to self-knowledge. The examined life has become one of my ideals. To lead a people, you have to know who you are, where you come from, what you believe and why, what you're prepared to fight for or even die for, where you draw your strength, why and how you share yourself, and finally, where you would want to take the nation. William W. Bradley
Unless you have manned [space] travel, you don't stir the imagination of people. Pat Buchanan
There is something to this vision thing. George W. Bush
One should be constantly looking for the broader vision. Kim Campbell
This is what separates us from you: We made demands. You were satisfied to serve the power of your nation, and we dreamed of giving ours her truth. Albert Camus
Government cannot solve our problems. It can't set our goals. It cannot define our vision. Government cannot eliminate poverty or provide a bountiful economy or reduce inflation or save our cities. Jimmy Carter
The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or woman. Willa Cather
The world values the seer above all men John Jay Chapman
That old town clerk looking at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe. Winston Churchill
Our vision should be of an America where abortion is safe and legal, but rare. Bill Clinton
This country has been around for over 200 years because we live by hope and vision. Bill Clinton
When our memories outweigh our dreams we become old. And America is forever young. Bill Clinton
People's lives do not have to be drab and dreary and wrapped in old newspapers. The deserve something for the soul and noble visions. Jean Drapeau
I want to be the voice and the vision for the poor and the powerless. Joycelyn Elders
I was elected to carry forward my overall vision for the city. Rudolph W. Giuliani
It is seldom that public men see more beyond direct consequences. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but believe. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
People don't seem to want vision anymore, in large part because they sense that no one has a vision that can encompass a contradictory world. Thomas Friedman
You must lay out of vision of what you want for the country. There is no more important thing. Richard A. Gephardt
Why not dream? It keeps you young. The only difference between me and a child is 65 years. Walter J. Hickel
I have multiplied visions, and used simultudes. Book of Hosea
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end in superstitions. Thomas Huxley
I hold that man in the right who is most closely in league with the future. Henrik Ibsen
Truth happens to an idea. It becomes true, is made true by events. Henry James
Art is a nation's most precious heritage, for it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. Lyndon B. Johnson
The real underlying vision of our foreign policy has been freedom. James Jones
Politics is the art of knowing and leading a multitude ... not where they want to go but where they should go. Joseph Joubert
Give us a clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for—because unless we stand for something we will fall for anything. Peter Marshall
The Supreme Court today is plagued by a vision of the Constitution which is cramped and narrow. Howard M. Metzenbaum
Our polity has fallen down a dark hole into a place that is far from the vision and values of those who founded this democracy. Joseph I. Lieberman
Some men see things as they are and say “Why?” I dream things that never were and say, “Why not?” Robert Kennedy
I may be uninspired but I’ll be damned if I’m an alien. George V
From the start, the nation’s history has been weighted with a sense of great destiny and huge meaning, of visions not found on the fringes of the story but at its very core, actively shaping the minds of those who make history and those who write about it. Wilfred M. McClay
Although Americans … usually say that thought is for the sake of action, it has evidently been in these high moments, when action became incandescent in thought, that they have been most truly alive, and although doing nothing, have found at last that their existence was worth while. George Santayana
Ladies and gentlemen, there are moments in the lives of nations and peoples when it is incumbent upon those known for their wisdom and clarity of vision to survey the problem, with all its complexities and vain memories, in a bold drive towards new horizons. Anwar Sadat
Men see through different optics. George Washington
Leadership is of the spirit, compounded of personality and vision William Slim
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
Leaders create a sense of urgency. And along with that you have to create a sense of hope and a direction. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
Providing the vision is easy. Getting policy right is hard. The hard thing about the modern world is doing it. The world is changing so fast. Tony Blair
Politicians are trapped in their own views. David Grossman
The visionaries of yesterday are the realists of today. Helmut Kohl
I could only lead if I could see the way to go, otherwise it would be a case of the blind leading the blind. Israel Zangwill
If you are doing to dream, dream big. It’s free. Azzam Alwash
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. Jonathan Swift
There are many levels to Islamic rage. But what we're dealing with here is a view of the U.S. as a secular, sinful society that must be humbled, and this has nothing to do with any particular aspect of American policy. In my view, there can be no compromise with such a vision. Susan Sontag
It is a part of the poet's work to show each man what he sees but does not know he sees. Edith Sitwell
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. Arthur Schopenhauer
The Republic is a dream. Nothing happens unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg
Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. Jonas Salk
The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them to the service of man ... To make contribution of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality Eric Ashby
It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit—enable them to see visions and dream dreams. William Eric Kinloch Anderson
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. Norman Mailer
Competence is the creed of the technocrat who makes sure the gears mesh but doesn't for a second understand the magic of the machine. George W. Bush
[The Republican Party is] a party with a narrow vision, a party that is afraid of the future. Jimmy Carter
. . . My firm conviction [is] that it is the force of ideas rather than the impact of material things that made us a great nation. It is my conviction, too, that only the power of ideas, of enduring values, can keep us a great nation. For where there is not vision the people perish Eleanor Roosevelt
Babbitt spoke well--and often--at these orgies of commercial righteousness about the "realtor's function as a seer of the future development of the community, and as a prophetic engineer clearing the pathway for inevitable changes"--which meant that a real-estate broker could make money by guessing which way the town would grow. This guessing he called Vision. Sinclair Lewis
Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk…. Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations…. Leadership is evoking in others the capacity to dream. John C. Maxwell
The modern Southern politician is the least far-seeing of all our short-sighted classes of American statesmen…. Charles Francis Adams II
The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step outside the frame. Salman Rushdie
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received--hatred. The great creators--the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors--stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Ayn Rand
Vision without execution is hallucination. Stephen Case
A man of maxims only is like a Cyclops with one eye, and that eye in the back of his head. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
History and philosophy are the two eyes of wisdom. If one of them is missing, then one only has half vision. Christian Thomasius
A movement without a vision is a movement without moral foundation. Nelson Mandela
Not to be limited by the greatest and yet to be contained in the tiniest—this is the divine Ignatius of Loyola
Successful reform requires a long-term vision, driven by political leadership. Larry Diamond
When it comes to foreign policy, the American people will ultimately reward not the party with the most ambitious vision but the party with the most sober and realistic one. Bret Stephens
Like another great mind of his time, Albert Einstein, Keynes had a preternatural ability to see relationships between complex phenomena entirely differently than generations of experts before him. Benn Steil
For income growth to occur in a society, a large fraction of people must experience changes in the possible lives they imagine for themselves and their children, and these new visions of possible futures must have enough force to lead them to change the way they behave. Robert Emerson Lucas Jr.
In my mind it was a tall, proud city, built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace. Ronald Reagan
I want you to take these great engines of force out onto the seas like adventurers enlisted for the elevation of the spirit of the human race. For that is the only distinction that America has. Woodrow Wilson
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture Muhammad Iqbal
To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken the moral and mental vision and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. Frederick Douglass
In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people. Ilana Mercer
Vision is not political rhetoric Jean Chretien
Presidents tend to promote policies with grand nationalizing themes, whereas Congress is more at home with shapeless compromises agreeable to interest groups and geographic constituencies. David R. Mayhew
To have great designs is the privilege of great nations. Francois Mitterrand
The day before something is a breakthrough, it is a crazy idea. Peter Diamandis
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Book of Proverbs
I do not believe that it is wise or safe for us as a party to take refuge in mere negation … Theodore Roosevelt
See things not as they are but as they might be. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Vision without execution is delusion. Walter Isaacson
You Palestinians can never see fucking the big picture. Condoleeza Rice
Who among us, except the President of the United States, really saw the magnitude of the job ahead, the awful mission of the United States in a world running berserk?. Donald Marr Nelson
Entrepreneurs … benefit greatly from being willing to fail, willing to experiment. Good entrepreneurs tend to be stubborn on the vision but flexible on the details. They’re persistent on what they’re trying to accomplish, but they are willing to rewrite the details as needed as they learn and as things fail. Jeff Bezos
President [Franklin Delano] Roosevelt always had a wider point of view, of necessity, than I did. George C. Marshall
Genius, particularly creative genius, is less about raw intelligence and more about elevated vision. Eric Weiner
Beauty, my dear Sir, is not so much a quality of the object beheld, as an effect in him who beholds it. If our sight were longer or shorter, or if our constitution were different, what now appears beautiful to us would seem misshapen, and what we now think misshapen we should regard as beautiful. The most beautiful hand seen through the microscope will appear horrible. Some things are beautiful at a distance, but ugly near; Baruch Spinoza
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. John Sculley

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