This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Monday, January 5, 2009

Purpose Quotes

It’s the steady, constant driving
To the goal for which you’re striving,
Not the speed with which you travel
That will make the victory sure.
It’s the everlasting gaining,
Without whimper or complaining
At the burdens you are bearing,
Or the woes you must endure.

It’s the holding to a purpose
And the never giving in;
It’s the cutting down the distance
By the little that you win.
It’s the iron will to do it
And the steady sticking to it
So, whate’er your task, go to it
And life’s purpose you will win.

- Unknown

1. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. - Mitch Albom

2. Purpose is what gives life a meaning. - Charles H. Perkhurst

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

4. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. - John Mason Brown

5. Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude. - Alfred North Whitehead

6. What makes life dreary is the want of a motive. - George Eliot

7. The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body. - Mahatma Gandhi

8. Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. - John F. Kennedy

9. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. - Dalai Lama

10. To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully. - James Allen

11. The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. - Albert Schweitzer

12. Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. - John D. Rockefeller

13. Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. - Dag Hammarskjold

14. Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend. - Walter Savage Landor

15. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder – a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. - Thomas Carlyle

16. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Robert Byrne

17. Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. - Washington Irving

18. Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. The world makes way for a man who knows where he is going. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21. A useless life is an early death. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

22. There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers. - Erich Fromm

23. Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. - Buddha

24. Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is. - Amy Carmichael

25. I have brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment. - Benjamin Disraeli

26. Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader. - Paul J. Meyer

27. The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere. - Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

28. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. - Malcolm X

29. The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere. - Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

30. Give me a man who says, “This one thing I do,” and not, “These fifty things, I dabble in.” - Dwight L. Moody

31. All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why. - James Thurber

32. You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big, bold, righteous and eternal. - Barry Munro

33. There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what onewants, and a burning desire to possess it. - Napoleon Hill

34. He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche

35. Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success. - T.T. Munger

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