PURPOSE QUOTES

quotations about purpose

Purpose quote

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.

WASHINGTON IRVING, attributed, Business Philosopher, 1913

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

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Twilight of the Idols

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Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Captain Brassbound's Conversion

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It's only ... when we're stripped of purpose that we know who we are.

SAMUEL R. DELANY, Dhalgren

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

DAN BROWN, Inferno

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I would rather work with five people who really believe in what they are doing rather than five hundred who can't see the point.

PATRICK DIXON, Building a Better Business

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I find the greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving; to reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, attributed, Plumbers, Gas and Steam Fitters Journal, 1914

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Purpose is a desire for something in our own power, coupled with an investigation into its means.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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Does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work?

WILLIAM ALLINGHAM, A Diary

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Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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If you are a philosopher you can do this thing: you can go to the top of a high building, look down upon your fellow-men 300 feet below, and despise them as insects. Like the irresponsible black waterbugs on summer ponds, they crawl and circle and hustle about idiotically without aim or purpose. They do not even move with the admirable intelligence of ants, for ants always know when they are going home. The ant is of a lowly station, but he will often reach home and get his slippers on while you are left at your elevated station.

O. HENRY, "Psyche and the Pskyscraper"

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Having purpose and vision during retirement is one of the most important determinants of mental, social, spiritual, and physical well-being in later life.

HAROLD G. KOENIG, Purpose and Power in Retirement

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It may be that there was no reason or purpose, for mankind must always be finding reasons where there are none, and comfort in a purpose that hardly exists.

JEANETTE WINTERSON, The Stone Gods

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Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.

BETTE DAVIS, attributed, Witty Words From Wise Women

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If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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Whenever I mentor people and help them discover their purpose, I always encourage them to start the process by discovering their strengths, not exploring their shortcomings. Why? Because people's purpose in life is always connected to their giftedness. It always works that way. You are not called to do something that you have no talent for. You will discover your purpose by finding and remaining in your strength zone.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Leadership Gold

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They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pitying, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein

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Ah, only he who knows where he sails, knows what wind is good, and a fair wind for him.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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God created man on purpose, and for a purpose.

ZIG ZIGLAR, The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar

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