77 Milestone Quotes

Martha Martins
Sep 27, 2023 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jan 09, 2023
These milestone quotes are for all those moments in life, however big or small.

A milestone is a significant event that takes place in life. It may be a small thing you were meaning to achieve or something very big, but it will make a good difference and make even ordinary people rise. It's the start of a new chapter in this long highway that is life.

There are many obstacles that will hinder you on the way, but during those times, small milestones will bring great meaning. When you work hard every day and hit a milestone, that will be super rewarding too.

We may be scared to go ahead, but we must be brave, like Lao Tzu said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." So we must keep going, and the milestones on the way will be like checking things off from a to-do list.

Here below are milestone quotes and milestone proverbs on success, celebration, and achievement of small things. We bring to you great milestone sayings from people like Nelson Mandela to Rose Kennedy. We hope you enjoy reading these life's great milestones quotes, and if you have set a milestone and have not reached it yet, hopefully, these will motivate you.

Life Milestone Quotes

Life isn't a matter of just living and departing. Life is long, and to fill that road ahead, we make memories, and each one may be a very special milestone.

When you are old and wrinkled and sitting on the front porch, the milestones you passed in life will run through your mind. It will tell your history and be the mark you left behind on our planet.

And sometimes, milestones may be hard to reach, but with the right determination, we can go ahead to achieve what we want. Here are some life milestone quotes, and among them are words to write on cards for graduation day and other big events that will inspire you.

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

-C.S. Lewis.

“All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to pursue them.”

-Walt Disney.

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong."

-N. R. Narayana Murthy.

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”

-Les Brown.

“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing.

They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit, and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.”

- Susan B. Anthony.

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”

-Kerry Washington.

"The increase of scientific knowledge lies not only in the occasional milestones of science but in the efforts of the very large body of men who with love and devotion observe and study nature."

-Polykarp Kusch.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

-Abraham Lincoln.

"A lot of mums are torn between their work and missing out on important milestones in their children's lives."

-Laila Rouass.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.”

-Ella Fitzgerald.

"Copy Statutes are a mere milestone, telling how far yesterday's thought had traveled; and the talk of the sidewalk today is the law of the land. With us, the law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion."

-Wendell Philips.

"A goal is not just an object on a pitch; it is also a milestone on your journey of excellence."

-Onyi Anyado.

"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.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

-Nelson Mandela.

"Achievements are precious and timeless, just like the precious metal platinum. And what better way to celebrate milestones in your life than with precious platinum."

-Vijender Singh.

"Poems in a way are spells against death. They are milestones, to see where you were then from where you are now. To perpetuate your feelings, to establish them. If you have in any way touched the central heart of mankind's feelings, you'll survive."

-Richard Eberhart.

"Good intentions aren’t enough. People have good intentions when they set a goal to do something, but then they miss a deadline or other milestone."

-Harvey Mackay.

"Science has heroes, but no gods. The great Names are not our superiors or even our rivals, they have passed milestones on our road, and the most important milestone is the hero yet to come."

-Eliezer Yudkowsky.

"You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don't know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go."

-Oprah Winfrey.

"When you have a life milestone happen, it's good to step back and reassess the things you thought you knew about yourself."

-Emily Yoffe.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life that you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau.

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible'."

-Audrey Hepburn.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

-Dr. Seuss.

"...you can’t plan out or perfectly schedule the big moments in your life. They just happen to you when they happen, sometimes because you made them happen and sometimes because you couldn’t stop them from happening."

-'Curses Beneath Her Feet', Caitlin Rush.

"It’s absolutely still possible to make a difference."

-Michelle Obama.

"The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."

-C. S. Lewis.

"Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second. Such things are not going to affect one's life...but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat - these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country."

-Roald Dahl.

"Want to feel at home Cause I'm just out here on my own Tryna reach my milestones"

-'Uknown', Jay Will.


Small Milestone Quotes

In the long road ahead, life will bring sudden turnings and successes, which are milestones you wanted to achieve. These may not have been big but might be the most important milestones and those small-big moments are milestone quotes we have gathered for you! Which milestone sayings do you like among these?

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

-Omar Khayyam.

"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."

-Rose Kennedy.

"If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people."

-Leonardo DiCaprio.

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

-Nelson Mandela.

"Focus on quality and ease of movement, not on the age when a milestone is accomplished."

-Magda Gerber.

"I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do something that I can do." 

-Helen Keller.

"One of the most important milestones we'll all hit along the way is the moment when we finally own our unique point of view and realize how priceless it is."

-Sarah Ban Breathnach.

"My path has not been determined. I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones."

-Agnetha Faltskog.

"I look at victory as milestones on a very long highway."

-Joan Benoit.

“Milestones aren’t what I think about much.”

- Craig Newmark.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

-Arthur Ashe.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist while still achieving milestones and outcomes as required by certain funders and policy-makers."

-Pablo Picasso.

"Listing your personal milestones is like storing a pocketful of sunshine for a rainy day. Sometimes our best is simply not enough... We have to do what is required."

-Winston Churchill.

"All children accomplish milestones in their own way, in their own time."

-Magda Gerber.

"Parenting is a stage of life's journey where the milestones come about every fifty feet."

-Robert Brault.

"You need to set near-term milestones. Put the assumptions down on paper, and make them into your vision or ultimate product. Your team has to understand where they`re going. Your partners need to understand where they`re going."

-Tony Fadell.

"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 Hérbert.

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

-Maya Angelou.

"Believe you can and you’re halfway there."

-Theodore Roosevelt.

"If you have a habit of declaring milestones or changing them based on the crisis of the day, don't expect the team to remain motivated. Similarly, if the team isn't aware of the milestone and the value behind it, they are unlikely to deliver."

-Martin Zwilling.

"Sometimes milestones are not measured by the accomplishments of society, but by those of integrity."

-Tamara Ecclestone.

"They say that life is a highway and its milestones are the years,
And now and then there's a toll-gate where you buy your way with tears.
It's a rough road and a steep road and it stretches broad and far,
But at last, it leads to a golden Town where golden Houses are."

-'Roofs', Joyce Kilmer.

"A milestone is less date and more definition."


"Do or Do Not. There is no Try."



Celebrating Milestone Quotes

There come enough events in life to celebrate. Be it a birthday or becoming a mother, they're all milestones we reach. Imagine a person turning 100 years old? Is that not worthy of celebration? For such moments we have put together these special milestone quotes.

"What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it."

-Brigitte Bardot.

"Pleas'd look forward, pleas'd to look behind, and count each birthday with a grateful mind."

-Alexander Pope.

"I think one of life's great milestones is when a person can look back and be almost as thankful for the setbacks as for the victories."

-Bob Dole.

“I think it’s always important to reflect anyway, no matter what age you’re approaching or what milestone is in front of you. Reflection should be almost a daily thing if possible.”

- Jennifer Aniston.

"I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege."

-Earl Warren.

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

-Mark Twain.

"Only sixteen players have hit fifty or more homers in a season. To me, that's a very special milestone."

-Mike McGwire.

"I look around all I see is blue sky

The world under my feet, it's finally hitting me

I've finally hit a milestone"

-'Milestone', Alex Wons.

Career Milestone Quotes

A lot of us have goals we have set to achieve. Achieving them brings such great happiness and a sense of fulfillment in life. But we may be hindered by various circumstances, yet overcoming that and achieving success is what makes it even sweeter. Here are some quotes on success and on ways to reach those goals.

“Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey.”

-Jeff Moore.

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

-John Maxwell.

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

-Winston Churchill.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

-Henry David Thoreau.

"It's when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached."

-Mike Huckabee.

"My musical journey with A. R. Rahman is filled with personal milestones and realisations."

-Sid Sriram.

"Success is a process... During that journey sometimes there are stones thrown at you, and you convert them into milestones."

-Sachin Tendulkar.

"I've discovered that every time I've reached a milestone, I think I'm there, but there's another there waiting for me."

-Sara Benincasa.

"Without a plan, even the most brilliant business can get lost. You need to have goals, create milestones and have a strategy in place to set yourself up for success."

-Yogi Berra.

"The moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars".

-Arthur C. Clarke.

"The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner."

-Gordon B. Hinckley.

"When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half-hearted effort becomes a habit and saps a champion."

-Pat Riley.

"Success in life is about project management. Determine deliverables, make milestones, and always pursue the critical path."

-Ryan Lilly.

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

-John F. Kennedy.

"Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion."

-Tony Hsieh.

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

-Michael Jordan.

"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."

-Colin R. Davis.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

-Thomas A. Edison.

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

-Benjamin Franklin.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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