Purpose Quotes


He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

How    Life    Purpose    Questioning    Questions    Why

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

The best things in life make you sweaty.

In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.
And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely.
"Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.
"Certainly," said man.
"Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God.
And He went away.

Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle

If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly.

Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.

Death    God    Loss    Purpose    Understanding

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

Palm Sunday

Kurt Vonnegut

Palm Sunday
Action    Community    Daring    Loneliness    Purpose    Youth

I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, "aw shit, he's up!

Aspirations    Devil    Goodness    Inspirational    Life    Live    Morning    Motivational    Purpose

Nothing is more creative... nor destructive... than a brilliant mind with a purpose.

If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.

Destiny    Life    Purpose

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.

Achievements    Charity    Commencement speech    Death    Death and dying    Dying    Epitaph    Eulogy    Funerals    Goals    Gravestone    Hearts    Kindness    Legacy    Life    Life lessons    Life missions    Life purpose    Purpose    Speeches    Stories    Story    Tombstones    Tribute

A writer - and, I believe, generally all persons - must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.

It doesn't matter what you did or where you were...it matters where you are and what you're doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.

Answers    Despair    Inspiration    Life    Meaning    Pain    Purpose    Questions    Road    Strength    Survive

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.


A Man Said to the Universe
A man said to the universe:
Sir, I exist!
However, replied the universe,
The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.

The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.

Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

Free yourself from the complexities and drama of your life. Simplify. Look within. Within ourselves we all have the gifts and talents we need to fulfill the purpose we've been blessed with.

Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.

God's definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.

What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

The Year of the Flood

The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.

all of us have a place in history. mine is clouds.

I'm not unhappy," he said. "Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I've got a purpose.

City of Bones

Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn't want to be used by anybody.

The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut

The Sirens of Titan

When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes.

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

Letters to Various Persons

Henry David Thoreau

My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale: a scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life-despite what fashion magazines say-is something more sublime than just looking good for men.

Islam    Modesty    Purpose    Women

The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.

Atheism    God    Knowledge    Meaning    Purpose    Religion    Truth

Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don't make it wait any longer.

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose

Lord, when I feel that what I'm doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it.

Faith    Prayer    Purpose    Religious    Role    Roles    Self worth

When you lost sight of your path, listen for the destination in your heart (Allen Walker, D-gray Man)

Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.

Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.

Life    Purpose    Truth

Sometimes it's the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.

Breath    Inspirational    Life    Love    Moments    Purpose

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.

It's funny. No matter how hard you try, you can't close your heart forever. And the minute you open it up, you never know what's going to come in. But when it does, you just have to go for it! Because if you don't, there's not point in being here.

Chance    Chances    Close    Comedic    Eternity    Existance    Forever    Funny    Go    Hard    Heart    Know    Knowledge    Life    Love    Minute    Never    Open    Purpose    Time    Try

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.

A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. (148)

There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.

Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.

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