Purpose (quotes)


To have purpose is to have a reason for being and know what life is for


To have purpose is to have a reason for being


To discover one’s life purpose is to discover what one’s life is for

  • To ask after the purpose or end of human life is at once to create a field for practical moral questions – How should we live? For what end should I act? – and to frame that field in the context of fundamentally metaphysical questions – what is the true origin, nature, and destiny of human beings? Joshua P. Hochschild
  • The question of life’s meaning places an emphasis on subjective fulfilment; the question of life’s purpose can include that, but relates the notion of personal fulfilment to a question that draws one outside of oneself: what is my life for, how can I bring my life into its intended order. Joshua P. Hochschild

We are all born with a unique purpose


The purpose of life is a life of purpose …

  • The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne
  • The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is giving your gift away. David Viscott
  • Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Buddha
  • The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose. Michel de Montaigne
  • The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Ken Hudgins
  • An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This is the true joy in life…being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. George Bernard Shaw
  • My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging, and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. Jack Canfield
  • The things people really want are love, connection, and purpose. Mallika Chopra
  • The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. Steve Maraboli
  • The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it. Jordan B. Peterson
  • The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.  Mark Twain
  • I think the biggest thing that we’re not taught in our world is that capability and being able to give something of value to the world is really what the human journey is all about. Claire Wineland

… to discover and perform the work we came here to do

  • There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. Human beings come into this world to do particular work. That work is their purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about. If you remember everything else and forget your true work, then you will have done nothing with your life. Rumi
  • There is something deep within you that knows what you are here to do and the direction you must move in to find your authentic work. To follow this path is to be an authentic leader. It is your birthright. You were born with unique gifts and with a sense of excitement about contributing to the world. Eric Klein
  • It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. Thomas Carlyle
  • Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit. Mary Lou Retton
  • Mankind’s role is to fulfil his heaven-sent purpose through a sincere heart that is in harmony with all creation and loves all things. Morihei Ueshiba
  • Everything—a horse, a vine—is created for some duty… For what task, then, were you yourself created? A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for. Marcus Aurelius
  • You will begin to see your life as an opportunity to share the special gift you alone can bestow upon the world. Deepak Chopra
  • Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfil, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally-you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. Osho
  • It is as if a king had sent you to a country to carry out one special, specific task. You go to the country and you perform a hundred other tasks, but if you have not performed the task you were sent for, it is as if you have done nothing at all.  So people have come into the world for particular tasks, and that is our purpose.  If we don’t perform it, we will have done nothing. Rumi
  • We are all designed for a specific purpose; we all have something for which each of us, and each of us alone, is responsible. Naomi Stephan
  • You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life. Herbie Hancock
  • Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. Thomas Carlyle
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The purpose we are born for is unique to us

  • There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do. Plato
  • I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. Oprah Winfrey
  • The Law of Dharma is to express our unique talents. The Law of Dharma says that every human being has a unique talent.
  • Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it. Viktor Frankl
  • There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. Martha Graham
  • Everyone has a covenant and a purpose which is special, and if you do not fulfil it, there is no one else who will. Glenda Green
  • Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution. Deepak Chopra
  • I believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and distinctive. Benjamin E. Mays
  • Everyone is given one gift, a reason for being, and it’s our obligation to do something with it. Melissa Rosenberg
  • Each of us has a gift, a talent to give back to the world. It may be small or large, it does not matter. The sacred song is our unique gift, our purpose, and each of us was born to discover and share it with the world. John Kehoe
  • Everyone in their life has his own particular way of expressing life’s purpose – the lawyer his eloquence, the painter his palette, and the man of letters his pen from which the quick words of his story flow. I have my bicycle. Gino Bartali
  • The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails whereon my soul is grooved to run. Herman Melville
  • When you suppress your true feelings or follow a path that isn’t really yours, you aren’t living your authentic self. Your soul made a plan for this life before you incarnated, and that plan is your true life purpose. Acting in line with your life purpose is one way to live in the light, another step on the path toward expanded consciousness. Deborah King
  • Find out who you are and do it on purpose. Dolly Parton
  • Spiritual beings do not sweat life’s small stuff. They also know that most of what drives us crazy in life is small stuff. The only thing that isn’t small stuff is the reason you’re on earth in the first place: to find that portion of the world’s lost heart that only you can ransom with your love and authentic gifts and then return it, so that all of us can experience Wholeness. Sarah Ban Breathnach
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Your purpose is your gift back to God

  • Your purpose is to act on the resources God gives you. If God gives you a bucket of fish, you have to distribute those fish. If you don’t, they’re going to rot, attract a bunch of flies, and start stinking up your soul. Russell Simmons
  • Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. Leo Bascaglia
  • God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner
  • Let your one delight and refreshment be to pass from one service to the community to another, with God ever in mind. Marcus Aurelius
  • Authentic empowerment is the knowing that you are on purpose, doing God’s work, peacefully and harmoniously. Wayne Dyer
  • God has a purpose in every life, and when the soul is completely yielded and acquiescent, He will certainly realize it. Blessed is he who has never thwarted the working of the divine ideal. F.B. Meyer
  • God created you with special talents for a purpose, and sometimes those we love most don’t understand that. Don’t let the doubts of others ring louder than God’s whispers to your spirit. Sometimes God’s whispers are harder to hear, but they’re to be trusted the most. Tricia Goyer
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How to discover your purpose


Ask yourself what your purpose might be…

  • Meditate on what your true calling is, and how you can give yourself to others. Robin Sharma
  • Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey
  • You must still confront a deeper question: What is your ultimate purpose and dream? What do you truly desire in your life—not only for yourself, but for the world as well? And how will you begin to make that desire a reality? Andrew Newberg
  • So your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no one will stand in judgment of it, now or ever. Neale Walsch
  • “What is my job on the planet?” is one question we might do well ask ourselves over and over again. Otherwise, we may wind up doing somebody else’s job and not even know it. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • There are two great days in a person’s life– the day we are born and the day we discover why. William Barclay
  • Find your purpose and fling your life out to it.  Orison Swett Marden
  • Who am I?” “What is the purpose of my life?” These questions arise spontaneously throughout our lives, either unbidden or through conscious intent. Anyone who wishes to live an authentic life must answer these questions, regardless of whether they believe in the existence of the soul or practice a religion. If these queries remain unanswered, life will more than likely remain superficial and empty, in spite of any material abundance. If you wish to make the soul’s journey, then I suggest you ask yourself these questions relentlessly and ruthlessly, and listen carefully. Ilchi Lee
  • Develop a capacity for things like purpose, love, wonder, courage, and grace. John Jantsch
  • I refuse to believe that my purpose in this extravagant universe could be to climb a career ladder, buy a house, and get a pension plan. Life is too important to waste just making money and acquiring things. Life is like an enormous question that demands an answer. Tim Freke
  • Nature has not been lavish in her endowments, but each person has his or her own potential in terms of achievement and service. The awareness of that potential is the discovery of purpose; the fulfillment of that potential is the discovery of strength. Norman Cousins
  • The question of not just how we should live but the point of our lives is still one of the greatest challenges of the modern world. Bettany Hughes
  • While it is common for businesses to define goals and values with mission statements, most people never take the time to identify their individual senses of purpose. Most focus on single acts of self-improvement — exercising more, eating more healthfully, spending more time with family — rather than examining the underlying reasons for the behavior,. Jack Groppel

… by asking what life wants from you

  • Instead of asking “What do I want from life?,” a more powerful question is, “What does life want from me?” Eckhart Tolle
  • Don’t ask what is the meaning of life, but what is life asking of me. Victor Frankl
  • To discover what your purpose is, all you need do is ask one question: “How is Life calling me to serve it?” If you hold this question in your heart, eventually the answer will come to you much clearer than if you try to figure it out using your mind. Michael Jeffreys
  • Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I need to listen to my life to tell me who I am. Parker J. Palmer

Find a purpose that uses your unique talents for the greater good …

  • According to the law of Dharma you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance. Deepak Chopra
  • Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.  Thomas Kinkade
  • I will make a list of my unique talents. Then I will list all the things that I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in the service of humanity, I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others. I will ask myself daily, “How can I serve?” and “How can I help?” The answers to these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love. Deepak Chopra
  • If you can find a way to use your signature strengths at work often, and also see your work as contributing to the greater good, you have a calling. A calling is a passionate commitment to work for its own sake. Martin Seligman
  • Master Your Craft. Be the best at the God-given skills and talents that allow you to fully express your life purpose. Brad Swift
  • Find a form of service that calls to you, that suits your abilities, aptitudes, qualities, and interests, that makes time fly, that draws forth your best, that tells you you’ve arrived home and found yourself. Dan Millman
  • The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant with meaning, and if God comes at the end, such a life is sacred. Martin Seligman
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. Erma Bombeck
  • You have a talent that is unique in its expression, so unique that there’s no one else alive on this planet that has that talent, or that expression of that talent. This means that there’s one thing you can do, and one way of doing it, that is better than anyone else on this entire planet. When you’re doing that one thing, you lose track of time. When you’re expressing that one unique talent that you possess – or more than one unique talent in many cases – the expression of that talent takes you into timeless awareness. Deepak Chopra
  • Purpose is using your strengths to help others. Emily Robert Waldinger
  • Your purpose in life is to use your gifts and talents to help other people. Your journey in life teaches you how to do that. Tom Krause
  • Each man has his own vocation. The talent is the call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. He has faculties silently inviting him thither to endless exertion. He is like a ship in a river; he runs against obstructions on every side but one; on that side all obstruction is taken away, and he sweeps serenely over a deepening channel into an infinite sea. This talent and this call depend on his organization, or the mode in which the general soul incarnates itself in him. He inclines to do something which is easy to him, and good when it is done, but which no other man can do. He has no rival. For the more truly he consults his own powers, the more difference will his work exhibit from the work of any other. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • To the extent that your work takes into account the needs of the world, it will be meaningful; to the extent that through it you express your unique talents, it will be joyful. Laurence Boldt
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… for life is all about discovering and developing your talents to the full and then sharing them

  • We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. Mary Dunbar
  • Because our gifts carry us out into the world and make us participants in life, the uncovering of them is one of the most important tasks confronting any one of us. Elizabeth O’Connor
  • Everybody has a strength to share. If we can tap into that – if people can find ways to contribute whatever their particular unique talent or gift is, then, that really can change the world. Bill Shore
  • Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius. Robert Brault
  • Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. Sydney Smith
  • Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other, and thus makes him necessary to society. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We all have special gifts, unique imaginations, our little bit of genius: the spark of life that’s wholly ours. Richard Koch
  • Each human being was given two qualities: power and the gift. Power directs us towards our destiny; the gift obliges us to share with others what is best in us. Paulo Coelho
  • The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong
  • The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
  • The true American dream not only provides the freedom to use your gifts and talents to achieve your highest goal but also gives you the freedom to fulfill your purpose in life. You are meant to work in ways that suit you, drawing on your natural talents and gifts. This work, when you find it and commit to it — even if only as a hobby — is the key to happiness. Dennis Kimbro
  • People’s purpose in life is always connected to their giftedness. John C. Maxwell
  • Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best. David O. McKay
  • God has put people in your life on purpose, Don’t live to get, live to give. Joel Osteen
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Find a purpose that taps into your passion and feeds your bliss

  • When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion – that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet – therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code. Stephen Covey
  • Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Dr. Howard Thurman
  • Success begins by listening to your inner calling and wisdom. What do you truly value and enjoy? What is your heart trying to tell you? Is there something that you have an inner need to pursue? These are the types of questions that will put you on your path toward greatness. Richard Carlson
  • Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit. Mary Lou Retton
  • I use the term the Element to describe the place where the things we love to do and the things we are good at come together. I believe it is essential that each of us find his or her Element, not simply because it will make us more fulfilled but because, as the world evolves, the very future of our communities and institutions will depend on it. Sir Ken Robinson
  • One of your great responsibilities in life is for you to decide for yourself what you really love to do and then to throw your whole heart into doing that special thing very, very well. Brian Tracy
  • I dare you, while there is still time, to have a magnificent obsession. William Danforth
  • Living with passion and purpose is about doing what ‘lights you up’ and makes your heart sing. It’s NOT about money. It’s about something much more rare and precious. It’s about shining your light in a way only YOU can do it in this world! Marta Davidovich Ockuly
  • You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing. Orison Swett Marden
  • If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose. Bishop T.D. Jakes
  • Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. Rumi
  • Life does not require you to sacrifice or compromise your joy to get what you want. Joy is what you want, so when you choose in harmony with it, you are fulfilling your purpose in living. Alan Cohen
  • To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything else be more fun? Katharine Graham
  • We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts. John Ruskin
  • What makes your heart flutter? Do only that. There is not enough time for anything else. Richard P. Feynman
  • What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us. Julia Cameron
  • To be ‘on purpose’ means you’re doing what you love to do, doing what you’re good at, and accomplishing what’s important to you. Jack Canfield
  • The language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired. Paulo Coelho
  • Drop from your head to your heart. Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. Ask yourself what you love? Shannon Kaiser
  • To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind. Pearl S. Buck
  • To lead a purposeful life, follow your passions. When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose, and that is the purpose of life. Shannon Kaiser
  • What gives you pleasure and joy? Let those be the things that lead you forward in life. Julianne Moore
  • Boil your life down to basics and passions that drive you, that captivate your soul, that represent the best of you. Then find a way to inject this core into your everyday life. Worry less about the outcome and more about integrity. Robert Taibbi
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You’ll know your path by the joy of it

  • You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need. Jerry Gillies
  • You will know your path by the fun of it. Abraham-Hicks
  • You were born with an inner guidance that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go. Jack Canfield
  • Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy – you’re right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body. Abraham-Hicks
  • Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t then it is of no use to us. Carlos Castaneda
  • All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy—it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long as a man follows it, he is one with it. Carlos Castaneda
  • There is no right path. Only the one that allows you to sleep soundly and wake up excited. Jennifer Louden
  • Your vocation lies in the intersection of the world’s deep need and your deep joy. Frederick Buechner
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Find a purpose that serves others…

  • When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with service to humanity, then you make full use of The Law of Dharma. Deepak Chopra Barbara Sher
  • If you want to feel connected to your own purpose, know this for certain: Your purpose will only be found in service to others, and in being connected to the something far greater than your mind/body/ego. Wayne Dyer
  • Getting on purpose in life – by going within and discovering that purpose is about loving unconditionally and serving, and making contact with what is there about us always – alters one’s worldview dramatically. Wayne Dyer
  • What do I love to do? How can I use what I love to do to help the world around me? Susan Jeffers
  • Where your deep gladness meets with the deep hunger of the world, there you will find a further calling. Frederick Buechner
  • Somewhere someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer. Louise Hay
  • Contemplate like God does, with thoughts of ‘How may I serve?’ rather than, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Wayne Dyer
  • Declare yourself to be a contribution. Throw yourself into life as someone who makes a difference, accepting that you may not understand how or why. Roz & Ben Zander
  • We have a choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place or not to bother. Jane Goodall
  • Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. Albert Einstein
  • Let your purpose involve creating something of value for others. Rahul Singh
  • Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time. Marian Wright Edelman
  • The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point—ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. Rick Warren
  • Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. Rick Warren
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… for meaning and happiness is to be found in contribution

  • Meaning is in contribution, in living for something higher than self. Stephen Covey
  • The soul is awakened through service. Erica Jong
  • The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others. Joseph Campbell
  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
  • When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity. Wayne Dyer
  • Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein
  • From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. Arthur Ashe
  • When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self- preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. Joseph Campbell
  • When life has revealed you to yourself as you are, your search becomes how best to serve. Life itself—your work, family, and every interaction—is a chance to serve, to connect, to find meaning in the moment and purpose in the play. Dan Millman
  • It’s a thrill to fulfil your own childhood dreams, but as you get older, you may find that enabling the dreams of others is even more fun. Randy Pausch
  • Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Wilfred T. Grenfell
  • The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Sometimes it requires adversity to find our purpose

  • Sometimes in tragedy we find our life’s purpose – the eye sheds a tear to find its focus. Robert Breault
  • If you want to find your purpose in life, find your wound. Rick Warren
  • Destruction or disruption of outer purpose can lead to finding your inner purpose and subsequently the arising of a deeper outer purpose that is aligned with the inner. Children who have suffered greatly often grow into young adults who are mature beyond their years. Eckhart Tolle
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Live your purpose till it no longer inspires you and then move on to another

  • Each purpose, each mission, is meant to be fully lived to the point where it becomes empty, boring, and useless. Then it should be discarded. This is a sign of growth… David Deida
  • Your purpose may change over time. Life purpose evolves from our experience, our shifting values. Robert Taibbi

The rewards of a life of purpose


Having a purpose is tremendously energising and motivating

  • Purpose is the most powerful motivator in the world. The secret of passion truly is purpose. Robin Sharma
  • Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. Kenneth Hildebrand
  • If you’ve ever felt inspired by a purpose or calling, you know the feeling of spirit working through you. Wayne Dyer
  • When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it. W. Clement Stone
  • If you stay true to the spark of enthusiasm that makes you feel happiest and most alive, life will reward you in miraculous ways. Alan Cohen
  • Nothing magnifies your creative powers more than a clear sense of mission. He who puts in four hours of want to will almost always outperform the person who puts in eight hours of have to. How can you convert your have to’s to can’t wait to’s?
  • How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. Stephen Covey
  • A mandated mission is a resolute, inner-directed, uncompromising goal orientation that strives in concert with one’s life purpose. It is most recognizable in the form of steadfast individual perseverance. The person who perseveres against all odds to fulfill an obligation or dream often seems foolhardy to less optimistic individuals. Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
  • You will wake up every morning with a limitless reservoir of energy and enthusiasm. All your thoughts will be focused on your definite objective. You won’t have time to waste time. Valuable mental power will, therefore, not be wasted on trifling thoughts. You will automatically erase the worry habit and become far more effective and productive. Interestingly, you will also have a deep sense of inner harmony, as if you are somehow being guided to realize your mission. It is a wonderful feeling. Per Robin
  • Do you know why most people sleep so much?” “Why?” “Because they really don’t have anything else to do. Those who rise with the sun all have one thing in common.” “Insanity?” “Very funny. No, they all have a purpose that fans the flames of their inner potential. Robin Sharma
  • When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing, when your activities and actions become gratifying and purposeful, when what you do serves both yourself and others, when you do not tire within but seek the sweet satisfaction of your life and your work, you are doing what you were meant to be doing. Gary Zukav
  • There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. Martha Graham
  • When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible. Nancy Coey
  • If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life. Charles Bukowski
  • Your dreams are the blueprints of your soul. They should take you by the hand and lead you toward your life’s purpose and passion. They are one of, if not the greatest, source of self-motivation that you have. So nurture them and feed them inspiration whenever you can. Mac Anderson
  • Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life. Viktor E. Frankl
  • Strong lives are those that are marked by a sense of purpose, connectedness, resilience, and fulfillment. Jenifer Fox
  • What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession! Napoleon Hill
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Having a purpose focuses your attention

  • They hold fast to an idea, a project, a plan, and will not let it go; they cherish it, brood upon it, tend and develop it; and when assailed by difficulties, they refuse to be beguiled into surrender; indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered. James Allen
  • Having conceived of his purpose, a person should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking neither to the right nor left. James Allen
  • Once the universe is your employer, very interesting things start to happen, even if someone else is cutting your paycheck. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • A sense of purpose simplifies life and therefore concentrates our abilities; and concentration adds power. Kenneth Hildebrand
  • When you have chosen a great purpose, and are certain you have chosen well and wisely, concentrate upon it. Bend your best energies to it.  Guard yourself against subtle and innumerable influences that tend to divert you from it.  Make that single great purpose the definite aim of your daily life.  Your thought and time will be solicited by many influences, and you will do well to take special means to protect yourself against them.  Make your resolutions so clear and firm that nothing can lure you from your chosen path of purpose and duty.  Substitute doing for dreaming, and achievement for wishing. The great things of the world are done by people who specialize and concentrate.  Glenville Kleiser
  • Your true purpose in life will become the foundation of everything you do. Deepak Chopra
  • If you focus on the obstacles, then you give them more power. Instead focus on your purpose, on your most authentic and fundamental intentions. Ralph Marston
  • That which one has set oneself to do, one should not relinquish on the grounds of absence of mind or distraction. Leo Tolstoy
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Having a purpose focuses your energy

  • The thinking of creative and successful men is never exerted in any direction other than that intended. That is why great men produce such a prodigious amount of work, seemingly without effort and without fatigue. The amount of work such men leave to posterity is amazing. Walter Russell
  • It’s amazing what an unlimited well of energy you have when you are insanely clear about your purpose in life. Jonathan Nasman
  • You have to gather your energy together in the same manner, conserving it and insulating it from dissipation in every direction other than that of your purpose. Walter Russell
  • The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. Norman Vincent Peale

Having a purpose brings clarity

  • What is the why behind everything you do? When you know this in life or design, it is very empowering and the path is clear. Jack Canfield

Having a purpose simplifies your life

  • Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify! … Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose. Henry David Thoreau
  • Simplicity is clearly a sign of a pure heart, i.e., a single purpose. Also, because environment has an undeniable influence on character, simplicity of living would help to stimulate and maintain such singleness of purpose. Richard Gregg
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Having a purpose makes life meaningful

  • Purpose is what gives life a meaning. C. H. Parkhurst
  • To give life a meaning, one must have a purpose larger than one’s self.  Will Durant
  • The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is giving your gift away. David Viscott
  • He who has the why to live can bear with almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I believe that nothing that happens to me is meaningless and that it is good for us all that it should be so, even if it runs counter to our own wishes. As I see it, I’m here for some purpose, and I only hope I may fulfill it.   Dietrich Bondoeffer
  • I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ’life.’ Maya Angelou
  • It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. Leo Buscaglia
  • Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world. Hannah Senesh
  • Religion and spirituality undoubtedly help us to find meaning in life. Why do we need a sense of meaning? Because we need to feel that we matter, that our suffering and our hard work aren’t futile, and that our life has a purpose.  Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver
  • When we leave this world, we will ask ourselves one question: What’s different? What’s different because I was here? And the answer to that question will be the difference that we made. Steve Chandler
  • Would any one of us undertake even a journey of a few hundred miles without knowing why, without having some purpose? And yet, so many of us live, undertaking not a chance task, but the great Task of life itself… and yet we ask not why. J.J. Van Der Leeuw
  • Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. Virgil
  • Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men. Walter Lippmann
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Having a purpose brings happiness, fulfilment and joy to life

  • Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Wilfred T. Grenfell
  • Happiness is living by inner purpose, not by outer pressures. David Augsberger
  • True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller
  • Everyone has a purpose in life … a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals. Deepak Chopra
  • Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. Thomas Kinkade
  • The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. William Cowper
  • It is impossible to work with a definite sense of purpose and be depressed at the same time. Carefully planned work will motivate you to do more and worry less. Steve Chandler
  • Finding and creating your life’s work, even if it is entirely different from what you have done most of your life, will bring you more happiness and health than any other action you can take. If your primary responsibility in life is being true to yourself, that can only be accomplished by carrying out what you are called to do – your unique and special vocation. Your life’s work involves doing what you love and loving what you do. Dennis Kimbro
  • We all have something that we are meant to do. Your genius will shine through, and happiness will fill your life, the instant you discover your higher purpose and then direct all your energies towards it. Robin Sharma
  • You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution. Robert F. Kennedy
  • The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. Hugo LaFayette Black
  • 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
  • A productive purpose to which you give yourself fully and joyfully is one of the great adventures of life. It is a uniquely human source of happiness. Nathaniel Branden
  • Many people 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
  • Never ask, “What reason do I have to be happy?” Instead ask, “To what purpose can I attach my happiness?” Robert Brault
  • The research on happiness clearly shows that people who are deeply committed to whatever gives their life meaning are much happier than those who don’t have this greater sense of purpose. According to the psychologist Edward Diener, who researches subjective well-being in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, one of the vital ingredients for happiness is “having a meaning in life. . . . and having goals embedded in your long-term values that you’re working for, but also that you find enjoyable.”  Health and longevity studies show that when people live with a sense of purpose, no matter how big or small, they live longer and healthier lives.  Marci Shimoff
  • The secret to happiness is something to do. John Burroughs
  • This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. George Bernard Shaw
  • To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything else be more fun? Katharine Graham
  • What our deepest self craves is not mere enjoyment, but some supreme purpose that will enlist all our powers and will give unity and direction to our life. We can never know the profoundest joy without conviction that our life is significant–not a meaningless episode.  Henry J. Golding
  • Have a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job…You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. Maya Angelou
  • Life is worth living when you find purpose. Nick Vujicic
  • The purpose of life afterall is to live it. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • We can only feel happy and fulfilled if we’re engaged in our soul’s purpose. Doreen Virtue
  • Wherever is love and loyalty, great purposes and lofty souls, even though in a hovel or a mine, there is fairyland. Charles Kingsley
  • Living a lie – pretending everything is fine when we are actually discontented – is hard work and, in the long run, even bad for our health. We pay a high price for compromising on this honesty – and neglecting ourselves. Finding our inner passion, our mission in life, and connecting with who we really are, our spiritual being or our higher self – this is the key to success and fulfilment. Our ‘soul’ purpose is our sole purpose in life. Kristiane Backer
  • Happiness is living by inner purpose, not by outer pressures. Happiness is having a sense of meaning, not a feeling of futility. David W Augsburger
  • Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness. Mark Zuckerberg
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Having a purpose often makes things fall magically into place

  • With a purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be ‘on purpose’ means you’re doing what you love to do, doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you. When you truly are on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you. The world benefits, too, because when you act in alignment with your true life purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others. Jack Canfield
  • If you don’t know your purpose, discover it, now. The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distractions and detours.  David Deida
  • Knowing our personal mission further enhances the flow of mysterious coincidences as we are guided toward our destinies. James Redfield
  • When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. Patanjali
  • Follow your bliss, and doors will open for you that you never knew existed. Joseph Campbell
  • A soul living in tune with its internal purpose is bound to create utter magic. Drew Chadwick
  • You don’t have to preach honesty to men with creative purpose. Let a human being throw the engines of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty. Walter Lippmann
  • A mind always hopeful, confident, courageous, and determined on its set purpose, and keeping itself to that purpose, attracts to itself out of the elements things and powers favourable to that purpose. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • Find a mission that you can give yourself over to and then spend your days moving that mission forward. Man is made so that when anything fires his soul the impossibilities vanish. The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality. John Quincy Adams

Having a purpose attracts abundance into your life

  • Find your unique talent, serve humanity with it, and you can generate all the wealth that you want. When your creative expressions match the needs of your fellow humans, then wealth will spontaneously flow from the unmanifest into the manifest, from the realm of the spirit to the world of form. Deepak Chopra
  • When I gave up the pursuit of money, more of it flowed into my life than I had ever known before. Why? Because I was living my purpose and surrendering to the universe to provide for my needs. Wayne Dyer
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Having a purpose unlocks potential and success and can create greatness

  • You were born to greatness. Having a life mission implies that that world has need of you. In fact, the world has been preparing you to fill this need with one incredible life experience after another. Finding and fulfilling your potential will lead you to your highest experience in this life. Believe it, you have a mission. It is the gateway to your personal greatness. Greg Anderson
  • We all have something that we are meant to do. Your genius will shine through, and happiness will fill your life, the instant you discover your higher purpose and then direct all your energies towards it. Robin Sharma
  • Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes. Washington Irving
  • The secret to success is constancy to purpose. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Winners are people with definite purpose in life. Denis Waitley
  • My definition of success is the fulfilment of your soul’s purpose. Jack Canfield
  • Greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius. Alphonse de Lamartine
  • To love your family, love your work, live your purpose and be unconditionally grateful for every moment of your life… is to succeed at the highest level (in my opinion). Hal Elrod
  • Success demands singleness of purpose. Vince Lombardi
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Knowing the why helps us determine the how

  • Process tells us how. Purpose tells us why. But in reality, it is academic to draw a line between them, they are part of a continuum. Process and purpose are so welded to each other that it is impossible to mark where one leaves off and the other begins, or which is which. The very process of democratic participation is for the purpose of organization rather than to rid the alleys of dirt. Process is really purpose. Saul D. Alinsky
  • Having and understanding of the ‘why’ will help having an understanding of the ‘how’. Bobby Darnell
  • Focus on the objective, execute the process to get there. Edwin Dearborn
  • Those who know WHAT they do tend to work harder. Those who know WHY tend to work smarter. Simon Sinek
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Needing a purpose is an intrinsic part of our nature

  • Human beings are teleological creatures. We are hard-wired to live purposively, to have direction. Without a target to shoot at, our lives are literally aimless. Without something productive to do, without positive goals and a purpose, a human being languishes. And then one of two things happens. Aimlessness begins to shut a person down in spiritual lethargy and emptiness, or the individual lashes out and turns to destructive goals just to make something happen. Tom Morris
  • Work is my prayer and my love made manifest. Every human being who’s ever lived has a hardwired need to be part of something meaningful, to be part of something that’s bigger than this ordinary existence, to contribute some kind of value to the world, to feel like life has meaning and purpose. That’s true for you, too, whether you know it or not. James Arthur Ray
  • Aristotle wrote that human beings are teleological organisms, which simply means that we are purpose driven. Therefore, you feel happy and in control of your life only when you have a clear goal that you are working toward each day. This also means that this ability to become a lifelong goal setter is one of the most important disciplines you will ever develop. Brian Tracy

We pay a price for being purposeless

  • What makes life dreary is the want of motive. George Eliot
  • A grand goal in living is the first component of a philosophy of life. This means that if you lack a grand goal in living, you lack a coherent philosophy of life. William B. Irvine
  • Without a purpose in life, it’s easy to get sidetracked on your life’s journey. It’s easy to wander and drift, accomplishing little. Jack Canfield
  • Without a strong reason or purpose, anything in life is hard. Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent. Billy Sunday
  • A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. Thomas Carlyle
  • More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent. William Ashley
  • A useless life is an early death. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • If you don’t decide what your life is about, it defaults to what you spend your days doing. Robert Brault
  • Inspiration Deficit Disorder is about losing your vitality and purpose, and forgetting your original source of love and potential. It’s about the cost of being disconnected and unaware of your own unique talents, needs, and destiny. Jonathan H. Ellerby
  • The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder–a waif, a nothing, a no body. Thomas Carlyle
  • To exist without purpose is to be at the mercy of the chance encounter, the chance invitation, the chance phone call, the chance event– always being controlled by forces external to oneself. Nathaniel Branden
  • To have no set purpose in one’s life is the harlotry of the will. Stephen MacKenna
  • A life without purpose is a languid drifting thing. Thomas a Kempis
  • Without a conscious life-purpose a man is totally lost, drifting, adapting to events rather than creating events. Without knowing his life-purpose a man lives a weakend, impotent existence, perhaps even becoming even sexually impotent or prone to mechanical and disinterested sex. David Deida
  • Death is only a tragedy when life’s purpose was left unfulfilled. Orrin Woodward
  • 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
  • Until a man selects a definite purpose in life, he dissipates his energies and spreads his thoughts over so many subjects and in so many different directions that they lead not to power, but to indecision and weakness. Napoleon Hill
  • The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere. Michel de Montaigne
  • Every life has a purpose. Share your story and you may help someone find their own. Demi Lovato
  • The purpose of life is to stay alive. Watch any animal in nature–all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn’t care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal’s behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes exinct. Michael Crichton
  • Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Mark Batterson
  • If you feel the purpose of life is struggle, Darwinian fitness, dog eat dog, then you will be eaten by a dog, or you will eat dog. You become what you focus on. Frederick Lenz
  • Only just now awakening after years of materialism, our soul is still infected with the despair born of unbelief, of lack of purpose and aim. Wassily Kandinsky
  • I define success as a deep sense of peace, and we find the most peace when we live out our true calling and fulfill the purpose we were created for. History is filled with examples of people who had an abundance of material possessions but no peace because no matter how much stuff you have, there’s not enough money in the world to fill the hole in your soul. DeVon Franklin
  • Without a conscious life-purpose a man is totally lost, drifting, adapting to events rather than creating events. Without knowing his life-purpose a man lives a weakend, impotent existence. David Deida
  • It is not life to whirl and twirl In busy nothings round, While thought and purpose empty go And truth is never found… Arad Joy Sebring
  • Purposelessness is the fruitful mother of crime. Charles Henry Parkhurst
  • Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Eric Hoffer
  • The man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose. Ayn Rand
  • Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose. Guillermo Maldonado
  • The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose. Myles Munroe
  • A great purposelessness has descended upon modern civilizations. People at large have lost any sense of the meaning and purpose of life; and without an understanding of our own purpose, there can be no true commitment. Whether that commitment is to marriage, family, study, work, God, relationships, or the simple resolutions of our lives, it will be almost impossible to fulfill without a clear and practical understanding of our purpose. Commitment and purpose go hand in hand. Matthew Kelly

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Live intentionally and on purpose

  • Don’t just drift through life. Live intentionally and on purpose. Joshua Becker
  • Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got. Steven Pressfield
  • Here is the test to find whether or not your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach
  • Make your life a mission – not an intermission.  Robin Sharma
  • Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. Zig Ziglar
  • Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose and devote yourself unreservedly to it. James Allen
  • Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best. David O. McKay
  • Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. Thomas Carlyle
  • To have a purpose that is worthwhile, and that is steadily being accomplished, that is one of the secrets of life that is worth living. Herbert Casson
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Align your life with your purpose

  • The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distraction and detours. David Deida
  • Each day has its own purpose and fits into the great plan of our lives. This very moment carries traces of our life purpose in places where we focus our attention, in words or ideas that bring a tingle of excitement and hope in our heart. Carol Adrienne
  • Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it. Brian Tracy
  • True North is directly related to your legacy. And everything you do, every action you take, every decision you make, must move you forward toward this legacy. Joe De Sena
  • Your mission isn’t a project to check off your list. It’s a commitment to which to dedicate your life. Victoria Moran
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What do others say the purpose of life is?   


The purpose of life is to find happiness

  • The purpose of our lives is to be happy. The 14th The Dalai Lama
  • What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful. The Dalai Lama
  • I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. The Dalai Lama
  • 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
  • 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
  • The purpose of life is happiness. What else could it possibly be? Frederick Lenz
  • Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle
  • The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. Deepak Chopra
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… and make others happy

  • The human heart refuses to believe in a universe without a purpose. What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are the perfecting of ourselves and the happiness of others. Immanuel Kant
  • When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. Albert Camus
  • Everyone has the same life purpose, which is the quest of happiness for oneself and for others. Robert Thurman

The purpose of life is to find and share joy

  • It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely. Leo Buscaglia
  • Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?” Leo Buscaglia
  • The purpose of life is joy! When you’re in joy, you attract the highest and best in every area of your life. Joy increases to the exact degree that you deliberately increase your good thoughts, good words, and good actions. I’ve found in my life that the easiest way to increase my joy is to religiously practice gratitude until I’m a gratitude machine! Rhonda Byrne
  • Just sheer life cannot be said to have a purpose because look at all the different purposes it has all over the place. But each incarnation, you might say, has a potentiality, and the mission of life is to live that potentiality. How do you do it? My answer is, ‘Follow your bliss.’ There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the center, that knows when you’re on the beam or off the beam. And if you get off the beam to earn money, you’ve lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss. Joseph Campbell
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The purpose of life is to serve and make a difference

  • What if your purpose is to take impeccable care of yourself so that you have the energy and joy to serve others? Kris Carr
  • Listen to me. We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here? Steve Jobs
  • To spend life for something which outlasts it. William James
  • We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Chuck Palahniuk
  • There is a higher purpose to your life, a special contribution you came to make. Part of your reason for coming to earth is to evolve yourself as well as to serve humanity in some way. We will call the process of evolving yourself your life purpose, and the service you came to offer humanity your life’s work. They are intertwined, because as you serve others you will naturally evolve yourself. As you evolve and radiate more light, you automatically serve others. Everything you do to evolve yourself and carry out your life’s work is an act of aligning with the Higher Will and your Higher Self. Sanaya Roman
  • Being fully alive entails two distinct but inseparable missions: first, being free to be oneself, and second, being dedicated to the betterment of others’ lives. Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
  • Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live. Criss Jami
  • To have passion, to have a dream, to have a purpose in life. And there are three components to that purpose, one is to find out who you really are, to discover God, the second is to serve other human beings, because we are here to do that and the third is to express your unique talents and when you are expressing your unique talents you lose track of time. Deepak Chopra
  • The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make a difference that you lived at all-using the talents that God has given you for the betterment of others. Leo Rosten
  • You are not here merely to make a living, you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself when you forget that errand. Woodrow Wilson
  • Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. The Dalai Lama
  • The purpose of life is to matter–to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that we lived at all. Leo Rosten
  • We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don’t know.  H. Auden
  • Just imagine that the purpose of life is happiness only- then life becomes a cruel and senseless thing.You have to embrace what the wisdom of humanity, your intellect and your heart tell you: that the meaning of life is to serve the force that sent you into the world.  Then life becomes a joy.   Leo Tolstoy
  • What is the ultimate purpose of life? It’s to give. Narayanan Krishnan
  • How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving… Albert Einstein
  • Without self-expression, life lacks spontaneity and joy. Without service to others, it lacks meaning and purpose. Laurence Boldt
  • Your purpose will only be found in service to others, and in being connected to something far greater than your body l mind l ego. Wayne Dyer
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The purpose of life is to be useful; to matter

  • 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
  • I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. Leo Rosten
  • To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. S. Eliot
  • The purpose of life is not to be happy, the purpose of life is to matter. Leo Rosten
  • The purpose of life is to amount to something and have it make some difference that you lived at all. Abigail Van Buren
  • The purpose of life is to bring forth goodness. Now, in this life. Leo Tolstoy
  • The purpose of life is to listen – to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find … from within and without. Fred Rogers
  • People are always asking, “What’s the purpose of life?” That’s easy. Relieve suffering. Create beauty. Make gardens. Dan Barker
  • You have to understand the purpose of life. The purpose of life is to do something which will live forever. Harbhajan Singh Yogi

The purpose of life is to express, release and raise our consciousness

  • You are not here to merely survive but to soar, to express and release the dynamic power of consciousness residing at the deepest center of your being. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Opening yourself to the emerging consciousness and bringing its light into this world then becomes the primary purpose of your life. Not your aims or your actions are primary, but the state of consciousness out of which they come. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your inner purpose is to allow consciousness to arise through being present in the moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Our job as conscious humans is to bring the beauty and goodness of everything to full consciousness, to full delight, to full awareness. Richard Rohr
  • I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift. Steven Pinker
  • What is the ultimate meaning of life? To be aware of all there is to be aware of, and to fulfil the inexhaustible creative potentialities of Awareness. Peter Wilberg
  • Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. The secondary purpose is whatever you want to achieve through the doing… Eckhart Tolle
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The purpose of life is to live life and experience it fully

  • The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Live fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating and adventuring. The actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime. Herbert Otto
  • The purpose of life is living. Men and women should get the most they can out of their lives. Clarence Darrow
  • The primary purpose of life is in being in the NOW. Eckhart Tolle
  • To me the purpose of life is to enjoy it! It’s to enjoy the gift, and to make sure that other people have an opportunity to enjoy the gift. Elizabeth Lesser
  • The real purpose of anyone’s life is to be fully involved in living. Shannon Kaiser
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The purpose of life is to love and connect

  • Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give. David R. Hawkins
  • God’s purpose for man is to acquire a seeing eye and an understanding heart. Rumi
  • We all have a divine mission on earth. Let that mission be to inspire love and embrace the light within. Let that mission be to have peace in our hearts as we create heaven on earth. Let that mission be to seek empowerment through transformation and to breathe joy into everything we do. If we allow these things to be our mission the golden light of the sun will shine on our souls and change our world forever. Micheal Teal
  • When I remember that the primary purpose of life is to feel and appreciate the presence of God, to live from a state of love and compassion, and to be of service to others, then instantly, like magic, I begin to feel at peace. Richard Carlson
  • To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget. Arundhati Roy
  • Deep human connection is … the purpose and the result of a meaningful life – and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity. Melinda Gates
  • The purpose of life is to be loved by as many people as possible among those you want to have love you. Warren Buffett
  • I know that the purpose of life is to understand and be in the present moment with the people you love. It’s just that simple. Jane Seymour
  • The purpose of life is soul growth. We are here to become transcendent and to become one with God. There is no more to life than this. In other words, we are here to love. Sara Wiseman
  • We should be in harmony with our own consciousness; our mind, body, and soul should be one in interest and in purpose. And in that unified condition, we can actually express that natural innate love that we have found in our own life in everything we do in the world. Radhanath Swami
  • The choice that you, as a Soul, have in relation to anything is always to be loving. Do you understand that this is the divine purpose that all of us as humans have been given – to love unconditionally? John Morton
  • Our purpose is simple… To Love To love each other, to love all life and to love our earth. Anthony D. Williams
  • There is a creator and a redeemer, and the purpose of it all is love. Brandi Carlile
  • Your life has purpose as long as you dedicate it to love. It’s not what we do but who we are that forms our biggest contribution. Marianne Williamson The absolute value of love makes life worth while, and so makes Man’s strange and difficult situation acceptable. Love cannot save life from death; but it can fulfill life’s purpose. Arnold J. Toynbee
  • Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. Marianne Williamson
  • Celebrations infuse life with passion and purpose. They summon the human spirit. Terrence E. Deal
  • One day, a philosopher asked, “What is the purpose of creation?” “Lovemaking,” said the Master. Later, to his disciples, he said, “Before creation, love was. After creation, love was made.
  • When love is consummated, creation will cease to be, and love will be forever.” Anthony de Mello
  • What is the purpose of life? To elevate all, big or small. Harbhajan Singh Yogi
  • The supreme purpose and goal for human life… is to cultivate love. Ramakrishna
  • It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters. Rick Warren
  • Eventually, you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is. The journey may take many lifetimes, but you will complete it. It is impossible not to complete it. It is not a question of if but of when. Every situation you create serves this purpose. Every experience you encounter serves this purpose. Gary Zukav
  • Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. Marianne Williamson
  • Dedicate yourself to Love. Decide to let Love be your intention, your purpose, and your point. And then let Love inspire you, support you and guide you in every other dedication you make thereafter. Robert Holden
  • Love gives life purpose and meaning. Joyce Meyer
  • Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. Marianne Williamson If your purpose is to liberate yourself and others into love and freedom, then you should do whatever magnifies the love and freedom in your life and in the lives of whom your actions affect. David Deida
  • Love is our only reason for living and the only purpose of life. We live for the sake of love, and we live seeking love… it is not surprising that we keep looking for love. All of us are nothing but vibrations of love. We are sustained by love, and in the end we merge back into love. Swami Muktananda
  • The purpose of life is to love, not necessarily to be loved. Frederick Lenz The whole purpose of existence is to bring love into existence where it is needed. Barry Long
  • Love was life’s secret purpose. Martine Murray Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual life – not learning how to develop psychic powers, not learning how to bow, chant, do yoga, or even meditate, but learning to love. Love is the truth. Love is the light. Surya Das
  • Learning to see love and to express that love is the purpose of living this life. What’s real has love at its heart; the universe is constructed from love, and that love is very much tied to our power of attention and imagination. Fred Alan Wolf
  • Our purpose is to grow up and become love. Thomas Campbell
  • The purpose of it all is love. Brandi Carlile
  • It was the purest love without purpose other than love itself. Luis Sepúlveda
  • Love is the dynamic motivation behind every worthy purpose; it is the upward thrust that lifts men to the heights. Wilferd Peterson
  • The purpose of life is to increase the warm heart. The Dalai Lama
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The purpose of life is to learn and grow and be all we can be …

  • The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. William Arthur Ward
  • The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us. Marianne Williamson
  • The real point of being alive is to evolve into the whole person you were intended to be. Oprah Winfrey
  • The spiritual being sees the physical world as an arena for growth and learning with the specific purpose of serving and evolving into higher levels of love. Wayne Dyer
  • To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • To want to be what one can be is purpose in life. Cynthia Ozick
  • The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The purpose of life is to conjecture and prove. Paul Erdos
  • Our purpose in life is to grow in wisdom and in love. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. William Arthur Ward
  • The true purpose of life is the perfection of humanity through individual effort, under the guidance of God’s inspiration. David O. McKay
  • It is the purpose of life that each of us strives to become actually what he or she is potentially. David Hurn
  • You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. Steve Maraboli
  • Every person is, in part, ‘his own project’ and makes himself. Abraham Maslow
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… to grow and evolve the soul

  • The purpose of life on earth is that the soul should grow. Zelda Fitzgerald
  • We live that our souls may grow. The development of the soul is the purpose of existence. God Almighty is trying to obtain some decent association for Himself. John G. Lake
  • The purpose of life is not to maintain personal comfort; it’s to grow the soul. Christina Baldwin
  • The purpose of our journey on this precious Earth is now to align our personalities with our souls and the souls of others. It is to create harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. It is to grow spiritually. This is our new evolutionary pathway. The old pathway – pursuing the ability to manipulate and control – no longer works. Gary Zukav
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The purpose of life is to find your passion and gift and give yourself to it

  • Your purpose has nothing to do with what you do. Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way. That’s it. Everything else is your burning passion, your inspired mission, your job, your love-fueled hobby, etc. Those things are powerful and essential, but they’re not your purpose. Your purpose is much bigger than that. Kris Carr
  • Everyone has a life purpose, and the key to your life purpose is following your passion, which consumes a lot of time. Doreen Virtue
  • The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. David Viscott
  • The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. Pablo Picasso
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The purpose of life is self-knowledge and self-realisation

  • The purpose of life seems to be to acquaint a man with himself and whatever science or art or course of action he engages in reacts upon and illuminates the recesses of his own mind. Thus friends seem to be only mirrors to draw out and explain to us ourselves; and that which draws us nearer our fellow man, is, that the deep Heart in one, answers the deep Heart in another, – that we find we have (a common Nature) – one life which runs through all individuals, and which is indeed Divine. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The purpose of life is to remember. Henry Miller
  • The purpose of life is to create your Self anew, in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are. It is to announce and become, express and fulfill, experience and know your true Self. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The purpose of life is to know yourself, create yourself, experience yourself as Who You Really Are. There is no other reason to do anything. Neale Donald Walsch
  • I tell you this: The purpose of life is not to please God. The purpose of life is to know, and to recreate, Who You Are. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The purpose of life is to find out ‘Who am I?’, ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘Where am I going?’ George Harrison
  • The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche. Terence McKenna
  • The sole purpose is to provide infinite springs, at which the soul may allay the eternal thirst TO KNOW which is forever unquenchable within it, since to quench it, would be to extinguish the soul’s self. Edgar Allan Poe
  • As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being. Carl Jung
  • I believe one of our souls’ major purposes is to know, love, and express our authentic selves. To live the life and be the person we were created to be. However, our true selves only emerge when it’s safe to do so. Self-condemnation, shame, and guilt send your true nature into hiding. It’s only in the safety of gentle curiosity, encouragement, and self-love that your soul can bloom as it was created to do. Sue Thoele
  • To cognize the Divine Essence – this is the highest purpose of soul, sent by the Creator to the Earth! Pythagoras
  • Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces. Edgar Cayce
  • Through fear of knowing who we really are we sidestep our own destiny, which leaves us hungry in a famine of our own making…we end up living numb, passionless lives, disconnected from our soul’s true purpose. But when you have the courage to shape your life from the essence of who you are, you ignite, becoming truly alive. Dawna Markova
  • Life in the physical realm is glorious, and its purpose is to bring you happiness through the awareness of who you really are. So go into this magnificent world of your creation, and make your lifetime an extraordinary statement and experience of the most glorious idea that you have ever had about yourself. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Our purpose here on earth: to manifest the very nature of our spirit, which is touched by the spirit of God. Rumi
  • The entire purpose of manifest existence is simply to facilitate the realization of who and what you really are. Metta Zetty
  • 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. Stephen Covey
  • There is only one purpose for all of life, and that is for you and all that lives to experience fullest glory…everything else you say, think, or do is attendant to that function. There is nothing else for your soul to do, and nothing else your soul wants to do. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Why are we here? To become ourselves in You. Kabir
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The purpose of life is to gain enlightenment

  • The whole purpose of life is to gain enlightenment. Nothing else is significant compared to that completely natural, exalted state of consciousness. So always strive for that. Set your life around that goal. Don’t get caught up in small things, and then it will be yours. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • The purpose of human life is the dissolution of the soul and the revelation of the Spirit. Ian Gardner
  • The very purpose of life is to reach the highest possible flowering. Jaggi Vasudev
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The purpose of life is to love, glorify and connect to God

  • My purpose in life is to do right and to glorify God. Joyce Meyer
  • The ultimate purpose of our life is to rejoin God in conscious participation of divinity. Edgar Cayce
  • I believe that the purpose of life is to glorify God. Al Gore
  • Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless. Bertrand Russell
  • The sole purpose of life is to gain merit for life in eternity. Saint Augustine
  • The first purpose of your life is to be loved by God! Yes, it is important to serve him, obey, and trust him, but your first purpose is to love him. Rick Warren
  • The purpose of life is undoubtedly to know oneself. We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives. The sum-total of that life is God. Mahatma Gandhi
  • I firmly believe that the purpose of life is not this life. It is to equip us, whatever our role is going to be in the next life. And understanding God’s story is really where I find the significance and purpose in my own story. Max Lucado
  • The true purpose of life is the perfection of humanity through individual effort, under the guidance of God’s inspiration. Real life is response to the best within us. To be alive only to appetite, pleasure, pride, money-making, and not to goodness and kindness, purity and love, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hopes, is to deprive one’s self of the real joy of living. David O. McKay
  • The chief purpose of life, for any of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks. J. R. R. Tolkien
  • What is the purpose of life?…To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you fool! Kurt Vonnegut
  • The purpose of life is to be beautiful, to be bountiful, to be blissful, to be graceful and grateful. What a wonderful English word-grateful. If one is great and full, one is God. And whenever smallness faces you, you should be great, and full-full of that greatness. Harbhajan Singh Yogi
  • You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God’s mind? Freeman Dyson
  • Many people may doubt that finding God is the purpose of life; but everyone can accept the idea that the purpose of life is to find happiness. I say that God is Happiness. He is Bliss. He is Love. He is Joy that will never go away from your soul. So why shouldn’t you try to acquire that Happiness? No one else can give it to you. You must continuously cultivate it yourself. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Where there is unity, one without a second, that is the world of Brahman. This is the supreme goal of life, the supreme treasure, the supreme joy. Those who do not seek this supreme goal live on but a fraction of this joy. The Upanishad
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More thoughts on the purpose of life

  • The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. Indira Gandhi
  • The purpose of life is not to fight against evil and misfortune; it is to unveil magnificence. Alan Cohen
  • I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body. Mahatma Gandhi
  • What decides the purpose of life is simply the programme of the pleasure principle. This principle dominates the operation of the mental apparatus from the start. There can be no doubt about its efficacy, and yet its programme is at loggerheads with the whole world, with the macrocosm as much as with the microcosm. Sigmund Freud
  • Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Julian Barnes
  • Our life is psychological, and the purpose of life is to make psyche of it, to find connections between life and soul. James Hillman
  • To think what is true, to sense what is beautiful and to want what is good, hereby the spirit finds purpose of a life in reason. Johann Gottfried Herder
  • You are a powerful, unlimited and eternal soul who is here to enjoy the experience of creativity and contribute to humanity’s evolution. Timothy Leary
  • You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high. You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life. You are here to help others to make their life happy. We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel. We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions. We are here to encompass the world with love and light. Amit Ray
  • Your soul is that part of you that existed before you were born and will continue to exist after you die. [It] is immortal. You are a powerful and creative compassionate and loving spirit that has entered the Earth school to learn lessons and to give gifts. Your personality is a tool of your soul. Gary Zukav
  • There are three main purposes in life. One is to evolve (grow, improve, learn…), the second is to experience as much as possible and enjoy life, and the third is to create and leave a legacy. Blaz Kos

Creating a purpose statement


Create a purpose statement

  • A purpose statement is a simple, private statement that guides your daily actions. For example, you might write, “I help others to live happy and healthy lives” or “I create art that brings spiritual awareness.” Do not confuse a purpose statement with a mission statement, which is a more specific way you might fulfill your purpose.  Steve Brunkhorst
  • Create a life purpose statement. Take a few moments and write a description of what the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you. In my perfect world, everybody is living their highest vision where they are doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three into one statement, and you will have a clear idea of your purpose. Mine is “Inspiring and empowering people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.” Jack Canfield
  • Create a personal mission statement

Let these examples of purpose statements inspire you to create your own

  • My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou
  • I love being alive and will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it. I will seek knowledge from those wiser and teach those who wish to learn from me. Duane Allman
  • Every day I expand in creativity, love, kindness, generosity and abundance as I inspire those around me to do the same. Gay Hendricks
  • I shall strive to make the most of my talents, to be of service, to create value, and to give back to the world. Marelisa Fabrega
  • I have the power within to create a heaven on earth for myself and to radiate a piece of that heaven to everyone whose life touches mine. Susan Jeffers
  • I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies. Ram Dass
  • If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. Émile Zola
  • I am here to live, to love, to give, to grow, to serve, to explore life, and explore my soul within. I am not here to be who society expects me to be. My thoughts are my own and I am proud to live in the skin of my very own authentic self. I am proud to be me. Melanie Moushigian
  • The only purpose of our lives consists in waking each other up and being there for each other. Johanna Paungger
  • To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be. Oprah Winfrey
  • To have fun in my journey through life and learn from my mistakes. Richard Branson

A spiritual perspective on purpose


You have both an inner and outer purpose

  • Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary. Eckhart Tolle
  • Inner purpose is about connecting to and sourcing spiritual power (energy, love, joy, passion, insight, inspiration, universal intelligence.). It’s a filling up. Outer purpose is about using and sharing that spiritual power in a way that blesses the world. Anthony Lambert

Inner purpose is not about what you do (outer purpose) but how you do it …

  • Be true to life by being true to your inner purpose. As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power. At first there may be no noticeable change in what you do—only the how changes. Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you have lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary. But why did anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. And why did you do that? You thought something else was more important. You forgot your main purpose. Eckhart Tolle

… your state of consciousness right now, in this minute

  • Our primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. The secondary purpose is whatever you want to achieve through the doing. Whereas the notion of purpose before was always associated with future, there is now a deeper purpose that can only be found in the present, through the denial of time. Eckhart Tolle
  • If your destination, or the steps you are going to take in the future, take up so much of your attention that they become more important to you than the step you are taking now, then you completely miss the journey’s inner purpose, which has nothing to do with where you are going or what you are doing, but everything to do with how. It has nothing to do with the future but everything to do with the quality of your consciousness at this moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • The outer purpose belongs to the horizontal dimension of space and time; the inner purpose concerns a deepening of your Being in the vertical dimension of the timeless Now. Eckhart Tolle

Awakened doing is alignment of outer and inner purpose

  • Awakened doing is the alignment of your outer purpose—what you do—with your inner purpose—awakening and staying awake. Through awakened doing, you become one with the outgoing purpose of the universe. Consciousness flows through you into this world. It flows into your thoughts and inspires them. It flows into what you do and guides and empowers it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your inner purpose is an essential part of the purpose of the whole, the universe and its emerging intelligence. Your outer purpose can change over time. It varies greatly from person to person. Finding and living in alignment with the inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose. It is the basis for true success. Eckhart Tolle

Our inner purpose is to awaken; to be an opening for consciousness

  • It is through the world and ultimately through you that the Unmanifested knows itself. You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are! Eckhart Tolle
  • Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that. You share that purpose with every other person on the planet—because it is the purpose of humanity. Eckhart Tolle
  • Opening yourself to the emerging consciousness and bringing its light into this world then becomes the primary purpose of your life. Not your aims or your actions are primary, but the state of consciousness out of which they come. Eckhart Tolle
  • Challenges arise to make us aware of our inner purpose. Deepak Chopra

Without the fulfilment of inner, outer purpose will not satisfy us

  • Even if you achieve your outer purpose, it will never satisfy you if you haven’t found your inner purpose, which is awakening, being present, being in alignment with life. True power comes out of the presence; it is the presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary. Eckhart Tolle

The analogy of the construction workers   

  • Three people were at work on a construction site. All were doing the same job, but when each was asked what his job was, the answers varied. ‘Breaking rocks,’ the first replied. ‘Earning my living,’ said the second. ‘Helping to build a cathedral,’ said the third. Peter Schultz
  • Two workers were approached by a reporter and asked what they were doing. The first worker replied that he was a virtual slave, an underpaid bricklayer who spent his life wasting his time, placing bricks on top of one another. The second worker replied, “I’m the luckiest person in the world. I get to be part of important and beautiful pieces of architecture. I help to turn simple pieces of brick into exquisite masterpieces. Richard Carlson

Not everyone advocates the need for life purpose   

  • Purposelessness often equals delight. Dancing is not ‘going’ anywhere. We are not listening to music to reach the end of the song; we do not smell a rose in order to improve ourselves. Watching clouds, seeing a bird soar, waves catching the sun’s reflection on the ocean, and a billion stars scattered across the expanse of the sky; the sheer IS-ness of It All does not seem to demand – or to be in need of – a purpose beyond What IS. Leo Hartong
  • The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond ourselves. Alan Watts
  • This – the immediate everyday and present experience – is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a Universe. Alan Watts


  • I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.  Marian Wright Edelman
  • I trust that as I live true to my purpose the Universe will provide everything I need for the expression of that purpose.  Brad Swift

On a lighter note   

  • If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. The Dalai Lama
  • Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.
  • Persistence is stubbornness with a purpose.  De Vos Richard
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser for example makes a wonderful ancestor. Laurence J. Peter
  • My wife only has sex with me for a purpose; last night she used me to time an egg. Rodney Dangerfield
  • Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television. David Letterman