Top 62 Purpose Quotes

Top 62 Purpose Quotes

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”

– Napoleon Hill

“Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food.”

– Jim Rohn

“We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life.”

– Jim Rohn

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.”

– Jim Rohn

“Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.”

– Jim Rohn

“Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in.”

– Jim Rohn

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your entire life around it.”

– Brian Tracy

“You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.”

– Zig Ziglar

“The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person.”

– Brian Tracy

“Happiness and high performance come to you when you choose to live your life consistent with your highest values and your deepest convictions.”

– Brian Tracy

“Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and live what you are doing.”

– Brian Tracy

“Don’t be reluctant to give of yourself generously, it’s the mark of caring and compassion and personal greatness.”

– Brian Tracy

“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”

– Earl Nightingale

“Those valleys of discouragement make more beautiful the peaks of achievement.”

– Gordon B. Hinckley

“Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…. By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.”

– Gordon B. Hinckley

“What a therapeutic and wonderful thing it is for a man or woman to set aside all consideration of personal gain and reach out with strength and energy and purpose to help the unfortunate, to improve the community, to clean up the environment, and to beautify our surroundings.”

– Gordon B. Hinckley

“He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.”

– Samuel Johnson

“Always be loyal to those who are absent, if you want to retain those who are present.”

– Stephen Covey


“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”

– Lou Holtz

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember those who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a person but the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way.”

– Viktor Frankl

“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the why for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any how.”

– Viktor Frankl

“A person who won’t stand for something will fall for anything.”

– Zig Ziglar

“To be accounted trustworthy, a person must be predictable. When you manage your life and all the little decisions by one guideline–the Golden Rule–you create an ethical predictability in your life. People will have confidence in you, knowing that you consistently do the right thing.”

– John C. Maxwell

“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.”

– Jimmy Carter

“I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.”

– Lou Holtz

“Happiness is not the result of circumstance. It is the result of loving others.”

– Lloyd Newell

“I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.”

– William Penn

“To better the lives of others is one of your life’s greatest rewards.”

– Captain Len Kaine US Navy (retired)

President Golden Rule Society

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

– James F. Clarke

“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at al times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Caring comes from being able to put yourself in the position of the other person. If you cannot imagine, ‘This might happen to me,’ you are able to say to yourself with indifference, ‘Who cares?”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”

– Dalai Lama

“Life is not worth living unless it is lived for others.”

– Mother Teresa

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbor.”

– Mother Teresa

“The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.”

– Hubert Humphrey

“Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.”

– Arthur E. Morgan

“Happiness…that’s something you can’t achieve by taking the easy way out. Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.”

– Anne Frank

“We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.”

– Sandra Day O’Connor

“I see so many of my kind who have gone mad for want of something to do.”

– Florence Nightingale

“I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world for mankind….I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living, even after my death!”

– Anne Frank


“Anybody who believes in something without reservation believes that this thing is right and should be, has the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them.”

– Golda Meir


“I only wish I could work to some purpose….I have no right to these easy comfortable days and our poor men suffering and dying thirsting in this hot sun and I so quiet here in want of nothing.”

– Clara Barton

“If you would find happiness and joy, lose your life in some noble cause. A worthy purpose must be at the center of every worthy life.”

– Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”

– Danny Thomas

“Many persons 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

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

– Charles Dudley Warner

“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.”

– Bernard Melzer

“Generous people are rarely mentally ill people”

– Karl Menninger

“The service we render others is really the rent we pay for our room on Earth.”

– Wilfred Grenfell

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

– Calvin Coolidge

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

– John F. Kennedy

“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

“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.”

– Carl Jung

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

– Albert Schweitzer

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Lose no time; be always employed in something useful.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.”

– William Barclay

“We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest.”

– Orison Swett Marden

“What basic objective I had, for many years, was to grasp every opportunity to live and experience life as deeply, as fully, and as widely as I possibly could.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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