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Quotes About Purpose

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Cassandra Clare
“I'm not unhappy," he said. "Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I've got a purpose.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Lewis Carroll
“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.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Toba Beta
“Intelligence minus purpose equals stupidity.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Deepak Chopra
“The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.”
Deepak Chopra

Leonardo da Vinci
“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose”
Leonardo da Vinci

Rollo May
“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. ... One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can "be", that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.”
Rollo May, Man's Search for Himself

You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!
“You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Anne Bishop
“Do you always ask me the same questions you ask him?"

"It depends on whether or not I get an answer.”
Anne Bishop, Daughter of the Blood

Steve Maraboli
“Stop allowing your day-to-day life to be clouded by busy nothingness.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God."
Aristotle”
Bruce Wayne Sullivan

Steve Maraboli
“Never question the power of one! Throughout history it has been the actions of only one person who has in inspired the movement of change.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Brother Andrew
“I have come to see clearly that life is more than self. It is more than doing what I want, striving for what will benefit me, dreaming of all I can be. Life is all about my relationship with God. There is no higher calling, no loftier dream, and no greater goal than to live, breathe, and be poured out for Jesus Christ."
--Jamie in Brother Andrew's "The Calling”
Brother Andrew, The Narrow Road: Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together [With This Road CD by Jars of Clay]

Søren Kierkegaard
“And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Julian Barnes
“Pride makes us long for a solution to things – a solution, a purpose, a final cause; but the better telescopes become, the more stars appear.”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
Robert Bryne

Bram Stoker
“She has man's brain--a brain that a man should have were he much gifted--and woman's heart. The good God fashioned her for a purpose, believe me when He made that so good combination.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula

Robert Byrne
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
Robert Byrne

Rainbow Rowell
“Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing you had to do to knock some sense into yourself? Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing that showed you which way was up?”
Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Dean Koontz
“In spite of where we were, how we had gotten here and why we had come, I felt that at this moment of our lives, this place was exactly where we belonged. We were not drifting but rising, rising toward something right and of significance.”
Dean Koontz

Steve Maraboli
“Live life with a purpose and live it full out.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Rachel Carson
“The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history... It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.”
Rachel Carson

David Eddings
“Garion,' she said very calmly, 'the universe knew your name before that moon up there was spun out of the emptiness. Whole constellations have been waiting for you since the beginning of time.'
I didn't want them to, Aunt Pol.'
There are those of us who aren't given that option, Garion. There are things that gave to be done and certain people who have to do them. It's as simple as that.'
He smiled rather sadly at her flawless face and gently touched the snowy white lock at her brow. Then, for the last time in his life, he asked the question that had been on his lips since he was a tiny boy. 'Why me, Aunt Pol? Why me?'
Can you possibly think of anyone else you'd trust to deal with these matters, Garion?'
He had not really been prepared for that question. It came at him in stark simplicity. Now at last he fully understood. 'No,' he sighed, 'I suppose not. Somehow it seems a little unfair, though. I wasn't even consulted.'
Neither was I, Garion,' she answered. 'But we didn't have to be consulted, did we? The knowledge of what we have to do is born into us.”
David Eddings, Sorceress of Darshiva

Chris Hedges
“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.”
Chris Hedges, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Ayn Rand
“to cheat your way into a job bigger than your mind can handle is to become a fear-corroded ape on borrowed motions and borrowed time, and to settle down into a job that requires less than your mind’s full capacity is to cut your motor and sentence yourself to another kind of motion: decay - that your work is the process of achieving your values, and to lose your ambition for values is to lose your ambition to live - that your body is a machine, but your mind is its driver, and you must drive as far as your mind will take you, with achievement as the goal of your road - that the man who has no purpose is a machine that coasts downhill at the mercy of any boulder to crash in the first chance ditch, that the man who stifles his mind is a stalled machine slowly going to rust, that the man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap, and the man who makes another man his goal is a hitchhiker no driver should ever pick up - that your work is the purpose of your life, and you must speed past any killer who assumes the right to stop you, that any value you might find outside your work, any other loyalty or love, can be only travelers you choose to share your journey and must be travelers going on their own power in the same direction.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
George Washington Burnap, The Sphere and Duties of Woman: A Course of Lectures

Thomas Henry Huxley
“[Responding to the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce's question whether he traced his descent from an ape on his mother's or his father's side]

A man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather. If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling it would rather be a man—a man of restless and versatile intellect—who … plunges into scientific questions with which he has no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice.”
Thomas Henry Huxley

Jeremy Bentham
“. . . in no instance has a system in regard to religion been ever established, but for the purpose, as well as with the effect of its being made an instrument of intimidation, corruption, and delusion, for the support of depredation and oppression in the hands of governments.”
Jeremy Bentham, Constitutional Code; For the Use All Nations and All Governments Professing Liberal Opinions Volume 1

Dorothea Tanning
“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don't see a different purpose for it now.”
Dorothea Tanning

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