What is the purpose of life? of your life? of what you are working on? These eternal questions have occupied some of the wisest minds. Here are some inspiring and challenging quotations on purpose.
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
Some see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
Life is what you make of it. Always has been, always will be.
One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.
Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.
Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
Many persons have no idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
That aim in life is highest which requires the highest and finest discipline.
I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
The mere possession of a vision is not the same as living it, nor can we encourage others with it if we do not, ourselves, understand and follow its truths. The pattern of the Great Spirit is over us all, but if we follow our own spirits from within, our pattern becomes clearer. For centuries, others have sought their visions. They prepare themselves, so that if the Creator desires them to know their life’s purpose, then a vision would be revealed. To be blessed with visions is not enough…we must live them!
Life will frequently languish, even in the hands of the busy, if they have not some employment subsidiary to that which forms their main pursuit.
Intrinsically we humans want to be happy, and happiness derives from having purpose, pursuit towards interesting, and challenging ‘something’ that is greater than oneself.
A person without a purpose is a human being merely breathing because he does not know where he is, let alone knowing where he is going. Purposelessness is lifelessness.
In brief, leaders with motive and power bases tap followers’ motives in order to realize the purposes of both leaders and followers.
Essential in a concept of power is the role of purpose.
… that power is first of all a relationship and not merely an entity to be passed around like a baton or hand grenade; that it involves the intention or purpose of both power holder and power recipient; and hence that it is collective, not merely the behavior of one person.
All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.
I know that the purpose of life is to understand and be in the present moment with the people you love. It’s just that simple.
I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
In choosing our story, we not only cast our vote of influence over the kind of world future generations inherit, but we also affect our own lives in the here and now. When we find a good story and fully give ourselves to it, that story can act through us, breathing new life into everything we do. When we move in a direction that touches our heart, we add to the momentum of deeper purpose that makes us feel more alive. A great story and a satisfying life share a vital element: a compelling plot that moves toward meaningful goals, where what is at stake is far larger than our personal gains and losses.
A useless life is an early death.
Living without an aim, is like sailing without a compass.
The actual flower is the plant’s highest fulfillment, and are not here exclusively for herbaria, county floras and plant geography: they are here first of all for delight.
We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts.
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
‘What will they think of me?’ must be put aside for bliss.
In leadership writ large, mutually agreed upon purposes help people achieve consensus, assume responsibility, work for the common good, and build community.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
It is not ‘history’ which uses men as a means of achieving — as if it were an individual person — its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.
To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?
We can live life with deliberate intention rather than living aimlessly. We can live life with a sense of excitement.
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.
If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
Playtime is a vital component of idea generation and fresh inspiration. It gives you permission to be in a state of discovery without purpose or agenda.
It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.
Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with anyone else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!
Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.
To live as fully, as completely as possible, to be happy … is the true aim and end to life.
Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters – to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.
And you will give yourself relief, if you do every act of your life as if it were the last.