Fulfilment (quotes)


What is fulfilment?


Fulfilment is a feeling of happiness


Fulfilment brings a feeling of peace and happiness

  • Just as light brightens darkness, discovering inner fulfilment can eliminate any disorder or discomfort. This is truly the key to creating balance and harmony in everything you do. Deepak Chopra
  • The only peace, the only security, is in fulfilment. Henry Miller
  • Life finds its purpose and fulfilment in the expansion of happiness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Success without fulfilment is failure

  • I have seen business moguls achieve their ultimate goals but still live in frustration, worry, and fear. What’s preventing these successful people for being happy? The answer is they have focused only on achievement and not fulfilment. Extraordinary accomplishment does not guarantee extraordinary joy, happiness, love, and a sense of meaning. These two skill sets feed off each other and make me believe that success without fulfilment is failure. Tony Robbins
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Paths to fulfilment


Choose what brings fulfilment

  • What I emphasize is for people to make choices based not on fear, but on what really gives them a sense of fulfilment. Pauline Rose Chance
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There are many different roads to fulfilment

  • People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. Jackson Browne

Find fulfilment by growing and reaching your potential

  • Fulfilment: Satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character. Oxford Dictionary
  • To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfilment of his potentialities as a human being. Ashley Montagu
  • What is it we are questing for? It is the fulfilment of that which is potential in each of us. Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfilment your gift to the world, which is yourself. There’s nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. Joseph Campbell
  • Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self- actualization. It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfilment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming. Abraham Maslow
  • You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. Martha Graham
  • The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live. Bertrand Russell
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Find fulfilment by doing what you love

  • Everyone has unique gifts and talents. What you love is what you’re gifted at. To be completely happy, to live a completely fulfilled life, you have to do what you love. Barbara Sher
  • The happiest people in the world are people who love what they are doing, regardless of whether wealth, fame, power and elevated social status ever come their way. The most fulfilled people are individuals who delight in their work, whatever it might be, and strive to do it well. Tom Morris
  • Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled. Benjamin Spock
  • There can be no richer man or woman than the individual who has found his or her labor of love. Personal fulfilment through the virtue of work is the highest form of desire. Work is the conduit between the supply and the demand of all human needs, the forerunner of human progress, and the medium by which the imagination is given the wings of action. A labor of love is exalted because it provides joy and self-expression to those who perform it. Dennis Kimbro
  • Happiness is the real sense of fulfilment that comes from hard work. Joseph Barbara
  • The happiest people in the world ask, ‘What if I could find some way to get paid for doing what I love? Michael Gelb
  • Do what you love

Find fulfilment by finding and following your purpose

  • Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfilment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. Viktor Frankl
  • We must trust our soul’s non-callings as well as its callings. Destiny seems to have very specific ideas about what each of us should be doing on the planet, and our greatest personal fulfilment always lies in those directions and none other. Dianne Skafte
  • An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence. Honore de Balzac

Find fulfilment by making a real contribution, especially to others

  • Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfilment. Tony Robbins
  • The desire to have, to acquire and possess, is in principle insatiable, and rarely generates the sense of fulfilment and happiness it promises. By contrast, only the desire to contribute, or to give can reliably, when acted on, yield the true sense of satisfaction we all deeply need. The conclusion I draw from this is that each of us should be guided in our goal setting by the simple question: “How can I best make my contribution to the world?” In our own priorities, doing should always precede having. Only then will we have what we most truly need. Tom Morris
  • Real success means creating a life of meaning through service that fulfils your reason for being here. Oprah Winfrey
  • 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 have lived at all. Leo Rosten
  • Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfilment – the most priceless of human treasures – are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen – who make “good” things happen – in the world around them. Joe Klock
  • I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfilment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. Vince Lombardi
  • The superior man is not seeking fulfilment through work and woman, because he is already full. For him, work and intimacy are opportunities to give his gifts, and to be vanished in the bliss of giving. David Deida
  • I came to a clear internal realization that there was nothing I could do as a separated self that would ever fulfil me. Barbara Marx Hubbard
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Find fulfilment by embracing life

  • Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfilment. Dag Hammarskjold
  • We learn in our guts, not just in our brain, that a life of joy is not in seeking happiness, but in experiencing and simply being the circumstances of our life as they are; not in fulfilling personal wants, but in fulfilling the needs of life. Charlotte Joko Beck
  • A man may fulfil the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer and attempting a task he cannot achieve. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Find fulfilment in worthy work

  • People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer to fulfilment. Actually, a job is better for me. Princess Diana

Find fulfilment by immersing yourself completely in what you do

  • It is not a question of which part you follow, it is a question of whether you go totally into it or not. To be total in your action brings joy. Even an ordinary, trivial action done with total intensity brings a glow to your being, a fulfilment, a fullness, a deep contentment. And anything done half-heartedly, however good the thing may be, is going to bring misery. Osho
  • If we train ourselves to obtain flow in as many circumstances as possible, we will have happier lives. Flow is inherently pleasurable and fulfilling, and the ejoyment you obtain is generally of the type that is lasting and reinforcing.  Flow provides a natural high.  Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfilment, it is in the happiness of pursuit. Denis Waitley
  • Happiness is the real sense of fulfilment that comes from hard work. Joseph Barbara
  • Immerse yourself in what you do

Find fulfilment by living, loving, learning and leaving a legacy

  • There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfilment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution. Stephen Covey
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Find fulfilment through gratitude and appreciation for what you have

  • Appreciation and gratitude are a must if you choose to become the architect of increased happiness and your own fulfilment. Doc Childre
  • Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.
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Find fulfilment through compassion

  • Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and the deepest reach in his or her search for self- fulfilment. Arthur Jersild
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Find fulfilment by being present in the moment

  • Even my desire to become free or enlightened is just another craving for fulfilment or completion in the future. So, don’t seek to become free of desire or “achieve “enlightenment. Become present. Eckhart Tolle
  • The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfilment in whatever form. Both are illusions. Eckhart Tolle
  • The ego looks to past for identity and the future for fulfilment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be present in the moment
  • Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfilment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Find fulfilment through nature

  • An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment. David Attenborough
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Find fulfilment through travel

  • I have wandered all my life, and I have also travelled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment. Hilaire Belloc
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Find fulfilment through sex

  • The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfilment. Malcolm Muggeridge
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Find fulfilment in art

  • It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfilment is to be found. Wilson Mizner
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True fulfilment is found within; not without


Fulfilling desires doesn’t end in lasting fulfilment for new desires always crop up

  • To seek fulfilment is to invite frustration. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • …there’s nothing inherently wrong with the desires of the Wanting Mind—it’s just that we are doomed to disappointment when we think they’ll bring any kind of lasting fulfilment. Brent Kessel
  • The desire to have, to acquire and possess, is in principle insatiable, and rarely generates the sense of fulfilment and happiness it promises. Tom Morris
  • Fulfilment is often more trouble than it is worth. Mason Cooley
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In particular, don’t expect financial wealth to bring lasting fulfilment

  • People want riches; they need fulfilment. Robert Conklin
  • Don’t expect money to bring happiness

Lasting fulfilment can only be found within

  • As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfilment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found–in himself. Erich Fromm
  • Because we are spiritual beings, it is the spirit of what we do that determines how much fulfilment we derive. You can be going through all the motions and doing all the appropriate and expected actions, but if you are empty or absent inside, your deeds mean little. Only soul satisfaction can fulfil you; everything else will leave you hungry. Rumi
  • The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfilment from inside out. Alan Cohen
  • Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfilment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. Eckhart Tolle
  • Happiness lies in the fulfilment of the spirit through the body. Cyril Connoll
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Lasting fulfilment cannot be found through another

  • If you look to others for fulfilment, you will never truly be fulfilled. Lao Tzu

Fulfil your desires, goals and promises


Fulfil your desires by trusting and believing that they will be fulfilled

  • Fulfilment: a feeling of satisfaction at having achieved your desires. Oxford Dictionary
  • Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfilment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered. Joseph Murphy
  • To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that, that fulfilment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful “magic skills”” that human beings are capable of. It has been noted by almost every ancient wisdom tradition. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Your needs cannot be fulfilled. “Need” and “fulfilment” are opposite vibrations on the vibrational scale. If you need it, you can’t get it. Abraham-Hicks
  • The law operates by faith. If you believe, no effort is necessary to see the fulfilment of your every desire. Neville Goddard
  • Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfilment. Robert Collier

Fulfil your goals and dreams…

  • The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment. Earl Nightingale
  • The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you. Tom Bradley
  • One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfilment seems to be falling in love with something – your dreams, your image of the future. Paul Torrance
  • The person who takes a resolution and then works diligently towards it’s fulfilment is helped and blessed by gods. He gets easy access to all the means necessary for success, growth and prosperity. Atharva
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… but realise that it is not the attainment of your goal that will bring you fulfilment, but how much you grow along the way

  • Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfilment. Tony Robbins
  • Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Life is a processLife is a journey

Fulfil your promises

  • A promise is a cloud; fulfilment is rain. Arabian Proverb
  • Fulfilment: The achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.  Oxford Dictionary
  • There is no growth except in the fulfilment of obligations. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Life is a promise; fulfil it. Mother Teresa

Final thoughts


Feeling unfulfilled is ok

  • Buddhism doesn’t promise to fulfil our desires. Instead it says, ‘You feel unfulfilled? That’s okay. That’s normal. Everybody feels unfulfilled. You will always feel unfulfilled. There is no problem with feeling unfulfilled. In fact, if you learn to see it the right way, that very lack of fulfilment is the greatest thing you can ever experience.’ This is the realistic outlook. Brad Warner