Purpose Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old purpose quotes, purpose sayings, and purpose proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The first principle of ethical power is Purpose. By purpose, I don't mean your objective or intention-something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you have of yourself-the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead.     

Ken Blanchard

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

Criss Jami

Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs.     

Frederick Buechner

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.     

Rainer Maria Rilke

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.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of life is not to fight against evil and misfortune; it is to unveil magnificence.     

Alan Cohen

Everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences.     

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.     

Theodore Roosevelt

There is a purpose to our lives that each day tugs at our sleeve as an annoying distraction.     

Robert Brault

The purpose of life is to glorify God in both good and hard times alike.     

T. B. Joshua

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.     

George Bernard Shaw

Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.     

Bryant H. McGill

You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart's desires.     

Marcia Wieder

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.     

David Hume

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.     

Washington Irving

The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.     

Pablo Casals

If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.     

T. D. Jakes

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.     

Robert Bryne

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.     

Leo C. Rosten

Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best.     

David O. McKay

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.     

Leo Rosten

Success is... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.     

John C. Maxwell

You can accept reality, or you can persist in your purpose until reality accepts you.     

Robert Brault

Man is fulfilling the purpose of existence who no longer needs to have any purpose except to live. That is to say, who is content.     

Ludwig Wittgenstein

I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.     

Norman Mailer

When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny.     

Ralph Buchanan

The life purpose of the true social entrepreneur is to change the world.     

Bill Drayton

Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.     

Anthony Robbins

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.     

Benjamin Disraeli