Quotes About Purpose

Do you know the purpose of your life? Are you aware of it? Not an easy question to answer. But it is the most important one. Often people do not find their life's purpose because they do not think about it and search for it. Many think that purpose come naturally. Such misconception is the reason for frustration, unhappiness and goal-less life. Finding purpose and meaning requires a lot of reflection, examination of oneself, understanding the desires and personal gifts one have etc. In other words, it takes time and effort.

The following quotes and sayings helped me start thinking about my purpose. They did not give a complete answer, but served as a good starting point and as a reference to further searching and reflecting. I hope you will find quotes and sayings on purpose useful.

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"Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it." James Allen

"A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself. Only then does he discover all the latent strengths he never knew he had and which otherwise would have remained dormant." Richard Nixon

"Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." Helen Keller

"Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose." Benjamin Disraeli

"Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change." Martin Luther King

"Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight in cleverness." Thomas Huxley

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be." Abraham Maslow

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." Carl Jung

"Great minds have purposes, others have wishes." Washington Irving

"For any serious purpose, intelligence is a very minor gift." Godfrey Harold Hardy

"This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on." Oswald Spengler

"We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal." Anatole France

"What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life." Paul A. Volcker

"The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose." Michel de Montaigne

"Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose." Leo Buscaglia

"Time we look in the mirror at our fat selves. Weak with character, high with cholesterol. Time we wake up. Time we learn that life isn't about 'things'. Time that we use our rich resources for positive change. Time we give back. Help others. Time our lives are filled with purpose. In that we will have a real reason to live." Miles Patrick Yohnke

"What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose." Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

"Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt." Dale Carnegie

"The crowning blessing of life is to be born with a bias to some pursuit." S. G. Tallentyre

"The first principle of ethical power is Purpose. By purpose, I don't mean your objective or intention - something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you have of yourself - the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead." Ken Blanchard

"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life." Cyrily Connolly


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