Purpose Of Life: Quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

― Eleanor Roosevelt

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.”

― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”

― Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe Sorrows of Young Werther

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

Albert Einstein

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” [Moral Decay (first published 1937)]”

― Albert EinsteinOut of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

Amit Ray

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”

― Amit Ray

Robert F. Kennedy

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

Michael Crichton

“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.”

― Michael CrichtonThe Lost World

Pearl S. Buck

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

― Pearl S. Buck

Criss Jami

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”

― Criss Jami

Seneca

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

― SenecaOn the Shortness of Life

William Lane Craig

“‎If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.”

― William Lane CraigReasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

Criss Jami

“The artist lives to have stories to tell and to learn to tell them well.”

― Criss Jami

Penelope Fitzgerald

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.”

― Penelope FitzgeraldThe Bookshop

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

― Robert Bryne

Douglas Coupland

“You keep waiting for the moral of your life to become obvious, but it never does. Work, work, work: No moral. No plot. No eureka! Just production schedules and days. You might as well be living inside a photocopier. Your lives are all they’re ever going to be.”

― Douglas CouplandPlayer One: What Is to Become of Us

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“I’m not out to compete with any one, I’m here to complete, by encouraging and inspiring souls through a text at a time”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveYour Dreams Will Not Die

Christine Rice

“The purpose of life is to live, learn, and love.”

― Christine Rice

Yasmin Mogahed

“To empty the heart does not mean to not love. On the contrary, true love, as God intented it, is purest when it is not based on a false attachment. The process of first emptying the heart can be found in the beginning half of the shahada (declaration of faith).”

― Yasmin MogahedReclaim Your Heart

“Remember that our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and knows what’s best for us . . . . Surely, His knowledge is greater than ours. We just have to have faith in Him. If we don’t, well, that doesn’t change what happened, it just makes us more miserable because we refuse to trust His will. Our Heavenly Father wants us to have joy. And happiness. But we need to look for those opportunities that give us joy. If we don’t, what would be the purpose for existing?”

― Jeri GilchristOut of Nowhere

Khaled Hosseini

“The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet – they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.”

― Khaled HosseiniAnd the Mountains Echoed

Jeannette Walls

“Dad was a philosopher and had what he called his Theory of Purpose, which held that everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody’s time.”

― Jeannette WallsHalf Broke Horses

Deborah Day

“Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.”

― Deborah Day

Cecil Castellucci

“I want to make my mark,’ he says. But what target, I wonder, are you going to hit?”

― Cecil CastellucciBoy Proof

Emil Cioran

“Il ne fait aucun doute pour moi que la sagesse est le but principal de la vie et c’est pourquoi je reviens toujours aux stoïciens. Ils ont atteint la sagesse, on ne peut donc plus les appeler des philosophes au sens propre du terme. De mon point de vue, la sagesse est le terme naturel de la philosophie, sa fin dans les deux sens du mot. Une philosophie finit en sagesse et par là même disparaît.”

― Emil CioranOeuvres

Deborah Day

“The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”

― Deborah DayBE HAPPY NOW!

Robert M. Pirsig

“It was the ghost of rationality itself … This is the ghost of normal everyday assumptions which declares that the ultimate purpose of life, which is to keep alive, is impossible, but that this is the ultimate purpose of life anyway, so that great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose. That is what the ghost says.”

― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Chris Hedges

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war’s appeal.”

― Chris HedgesWar Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Nikki Gemmell

“You’re living your days at the moment how a sheep grazes, meandering, not engaged with anything much.”

― Nikki GemmellThe Bride Stripped Bare

Rhonda Byrne

“Life is not about negative circumstances that happen to you, it’s about what you do with the golden opportunities hidden within!”

― Rhonda ByrneHero

Théophile Gautier

“You know, the immortality of the soul, free will and all that — it’s all very amusing to talk about up to the age of twenty-two, but not after that. Then one ought to be giving one’s mind to having fun without catching the pox, arranging one’s life as comfortably as possible, having a few decent drawings on the wall, and above all writing well. That’s the important thing: well-made sentences…and then a few metaphors. Yes, a few metaphors. They embellish a man’s existence.”

― Théophile Gautier

“Storytellers have as profound a purpose as any who are charged to guide and transform human lives. I knew it as an ancient discipline and vocation to which everyone is called.”

― Nancy MellonThe Art of Storytelling

“There is a purpose in life – to raise men nearer to the likeness of God. Whoever seeks that ideal, daily, finds joy; and in no other way can true joy be found.”

― John Andreas WidtsoeAn Understandable Religion

Henry James

“He was an awkward mixture of strong moral impulse and restless aesthetic curiosity, and yet he would have made a most ineffective reformer and a very indifferent artist.It seemed to him that the glow of happiness must ne found either in action, of some immensely solid kind,on behalf of an idea, or in producing a masterpiece in one of the arts.”

― Henry JamesRoderick Hudson

Toba Beta

“Life does exist. It’s the purpose that count.”

― Toba BetaMy Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Sooner or later on this journey, every traveller faces the same question: Are you a human intending to be a god, or a god pretending to be human?”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Roman Payne

“Why do we mortals wonder if it is through ‘human chaos’ or through ‘divine perfection’ when the world guides us to some magical event? In either case, is not the result the same? Is the result not ‘divine perfection?”

― Roman PayneThe Wanderess

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Perfection itself is not the ultimate goal but the ultimate condition of life.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“You are here on earth to unearth who on earth you are.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

363px-Dalai_Lama_Tenzin Gyatso

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

― Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

“Life without a purpose is like an unsharpened pencil; it has no point.”

― Eraica Chan

Ilchi Lee

“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 LeeHuman Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living

Nikos Kazantzakis

“I did not know what I was going to do with my life; before anything else I wanted to find an answer, my answer, to the timeless questions, and then after that I would decide what I would become. If I did not begin by discovering what was the grand purpose of life on earth, I said to myself, how would I be able to discover the purpose of my tiny ephemeral life? And if I did not give my life a purpose, how would I be able to engage in action? I was not interested in finding what life’s purpose was objectively – this, I divined, was impossible and futile – but simply what purpose I, of my own free will, could give it in accord with my spiritual and intellectual needs. Whether or not this purpose was the true one did not, at that time, have any great significance for me. The important thing was that I should find (should create) a purpose congruent with my own self, and thus, by following it, reel out my particular desires and abilities to the furthest possible limit. For then at last I would be collaborating harmoniously with the totality of the universe.”

― Nikos KazantzakisReport to Greco

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Our instrumental part in the symphony of life is to allow love to create a space within our own awareness, through which the undreamed mystery may emerge as a knowable reality.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“The purpose of life is to reach a point where you can say ‘yes’ to all of it.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“If you want to see, then begin to see how you see.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Pope John Paul II

“When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”

― Pope John Paul II

“I decided that life rationally considered seemed pointless and futile, but it is still interesting in a variety of ways, including the study of science. So why not carry on, following the path of scientific hedonism? Besides, I did not have the courage for the more rational procedure of suicide.”

― Robert S. MullikenLife of a Scientist: An Autobiographical Account of the Development of Molecular Orbital Theory

“The alchemists of past centuries tried hard to make the elixir of life: … Those efforts were in vain; it is not in our power to obtain the experiences and the views of the future by prolonging our lives forward in this direction. However, it is well possible in a certain sense to prolong our lives backwards by acquiring the experiences of those who existed before us and by learning to know their views as well as if we were their contemporaries. The means for doing this is also an elixir of life.”

― Hermann Franz Moritz Kopp

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”

― Friedrich NietzscheDaybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

“You were ordered to obey to Allah, and you were create to perform good deeds.”

― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Brian L. Weiss

“We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives”

― Brian L. WeissMany Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Orson Scott Card

“….part of the purpose of it is now, is the moment. And part of it is the web of connections. Links from soul to soul. If the purpose of life was just to continue into the future, then none of it would have meaning, because it would be all anticipation and preparation. There’s fruition….There’s the happiness we’ve already had. The happiness of each moment. The end of our lives, even if there’s no forward continuation, no progeny at all, the end of our lives doesn’t erase the beginning. ….someday you will die. Why should anyone ever have children? Someday they will die, their children will die, all children will die. Someday stars will wind down or blow up. Someday death will cover us all like the water of a lake and perhaps nothing will ever come to the surface to show that we were ever there. But we were there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That’s the truth — what is, what was, what will be — not what could be, what should have been, what never can be. If we die, then our death has meaning to the rest of the universe. Even if our lives are unknown, the fact that someone lived here, and died, that will have repercussions, that will shape the universe.”

― Orson Scott CardChildren of the Mind

“The purpose of life is to perfect love, and love is selfless action. Therefore, the purpose of life is to live in a state of fearless union.”

― RaSoul

Lysa TerKeurst

“Too many people think that finding the reason God placed us here on earth will come in one assignment with a big title and complete job description. I believe that discovering our purpose will unfold slowly, like a seed planted deep in the ground.”

― Lysa TerKeurstBecoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

David Almond

“What is the purpose of living if there are no perils to be encountered and overcome?”

― David AlmondThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Shūsaku Endō

“The earth is not just for the clever and the strong.”

― Shūsaku Endō

“If you do not love what you are doing, then do what you love. It is only by doing what you love that you will find true success in life.”

― Fred Gatty

“Life is short as breathing! Forget Yesterday, Focus today to enjoy tomorrow! “The purpose of life is to live it, not destroy it.”

― Ebelsain Villegas

Mandy Hale

“We are not on this earth to just stand still & look pretty. The museums already have enough statues.”

― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“You can change any status quo, stand out, walk by faith and not by sight and things will definitely go well with you.”

― Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Shannon L. Alder

“I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction. There were things I wanted in my life that no amount of positive thinking was going to make it a reality for me. However, I have learned to believe in the Law of Tough Love. Life has thrown a dozen tragedies at me. I did what any Christian would do–prayed for the outcome I wanted. But God was tough and only gave me what I needed. I now realize that life is not about fulfilling a wish list; rather a need list. Good and bad experiences are on the horizon. How else does a person change, grow and evolve? And just like any warrior woman, I won’t simply survive– but thrive!”

― Shannon L. Alder

Seth Grahame-Smith

“Most men have no purpose but to exist, Abraham; to pass quietly through history as minor characters upon a stage they cannot even see. To be the playthings of tyrants. But you…you were born to fight tyranny.”

― Seth Grahame-SmithAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Michel de Montaigne

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.”

― Michel de Montaigne

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I believe the main purpose of life is to accept with gratitude what you’ve been blessed with so that you may use those gifts to mold yourself into the best person you can possibly be. Learning to discern things of true value from those of little or no worth is part of the process.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

“But beware of this about callings: they may not lead us where we intended to go or even where we want to go. If we choose to follow, we may have to be willing to let go of the life we already planned and accept whatever is waiting for us. And if the calling is true, though we may not have gone where we intended, we will surely end up where we need to be.”

― Steve Goodier

Elie Wiesel

“If life is not a celebration, why remember it ? If life — mine or that of my fellow man — is not an offering to the other, what are we doing on this earth?”

― Elie WieselOpen Heart

“Granddad once told me that to truly love this life, you need to know its darkest corners. But if you can bring a bit of sunshine to the sunless, it can only be for the good. I mean, what else are we really here for on this earth? Think about it some day, when the spring mornings look so golden and green.”

― Gareth ThompsonSunshine to the Sunless

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Sometimes it feels as if God set you on Earth with a bottle full of nasty-tasting pills called days and these instructions: Swallow one at a time. When entire prescription is finished, you may return home.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Kurt Vonnegut

“And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close as mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely. “Everything must have a purpose?” asked God. “Certainly,” said man. “Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God. And He went away.”

― Kurt VonnegutCat’s Cradle

“When you don’t know where you are going in life (No Clear Destination), you don’t need direction… you need Divine Revelation”

― Fela Durotoye

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“You may or may not make a million dollars in life, a song may not be sung in praise of you, monuments may not be erected in your name but promise me this: to live life fully, to give wholeheartedly, to do your best with what you have, to impact souls, to use your gifts and talents to serve humanity, to live, love and leave a legacy in your own way.”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveEnjoyLife 360 – Simple Secrets to a Happier Fulfilling Life!

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Life is a character – building opportunity that we all volunteered for.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“Stop comparing yourself with anybody. Compare yourself with yourself, for yourself and by yourself. We are uniquely pottered and purposed by our maker!”

― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Gary Patton

“Your identity & life passion/purpose in the context of your beliefs determine your vision, your vision determines your mission, your mission determines your KRAs, your KRAs determine your goals, your goals determine your thoughts, and your thoughts determine your life!” ~ gfp ’42©”

― Gary Patton

“If the path you are walking today won’t lead you to your desired destination, then you are STROLLING”

― Fela Durotoye

Karen Kingston

“So many people have the TV or radio constantly turned on “for company,” or spend their time reading trashy novels, aimlessly surfing the Net, and so on. Then suddenly one day you are old or sick and you realize you have done nothing with your life. All your thoughts are other people’s thoughts and you have no idea who you really are or what the purpose of your life might be.”

― Karen KingstonClear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Bryant McGill

“Let us subdue the ravages of the baser-self, and aspire to the higher calling of exalting joy through compassion, for that is the one true purpose of humanity.”

― Bryant McGillVoice of Reason

Israelmore Ayivor

“Do what you want to do in life and you will see what life will do to you on earth. What you always do, pays what it always pays!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If we really exist merely to fulfill God’s plan: then life is a television drama; with God being the scriptwriter, the director, and, the audience.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

R. Alan Woods

“Coming into a realization that there is purpose in why God has given all of us the gift of life- To promote the cause of Christ and God’s Kingdom in a creative manner that expresses our uniqueness.”

― R. Alan WoodsThe Journey Is the Destination: A Book of Quotes With Commentaries

Habeeb Akande

“Money as the sole ambition has no value.”

― Habeeb Akande

“Look, the job of life is to turn your negatives into positives”

― Michka AssayasBono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

Simone de Beauvoir

“Du jour où il nait, l’homme commence à mourir; c’est la vérité qu’incarne la Mère.”

― Simone de BeauvoirLe deuxième sexe I

Umberto Eco

“And in that moment I experience a revelation. I realize now that it was a painful sense that the world is purposeless, the lazy fruit of a misunderstanding, but in that moment I was able to translate what I felt only as: “God does not exist.”

― Umberto EcoThe Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Herman Melville

“At last I see it, I feel it; I penetrate to the predestinated purpose of my life. I am content. Others may have loftier parts to enact; but my mission in this world, Bartleby, is to furnish you with office-room for such period as you may see fit to remain. I believe that this wise and blessed frame of mind would have continued with me, had it not been for the unsolicited and uncharitable remarks obtruded upon me by my professional friends who visited the rooms. But thus it often is, that the constant friction of illiberal minds wears out at last the best resolves of the more generous.”

― Herman MelvilleBartleby, the Scrivener

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

― Eleanor Roosevelt

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.”

― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”

― Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe Sorrows of Young Werther

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

Albert Einstein

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” [Moral Decay (first published 1937)]”

― Albert EinsteinOut of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

Amit Ray

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”

― Amit Ray

Robert F. Kennedy

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

Michael Crichton

“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.”

― Michael CrichtonThe Lost World

Pearl S. Buck

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

― Pearl S. Buck

Criss Jami

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”

― Criss Jami

Seneca

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

― SenecaOn the Shortness of Life

William Lane Craig

“‎If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.”

― William Lane CraigReasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

Criss Jami

“The artist lives to have stories to tell and to learn to tell them well.”

― Criss Jami

Penelope Fitzgerald

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.”

― Penelope FitzgeraldThe Bookshop

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

― Robert Bryne

Douglas Coupland

“You keep waiting for the moral of your life to become obvious, but it never does. Work, work, work: No moral. No plot. No eureka! Just production schedules and days. You might as well be living inside a photocopier. Your lives are all they’re ever going to be.”

― Douglas CouplandPlayer One: What Is to Become of Us

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“I’m not out to compete with any one, I’m here to complete, by encouraging and inspiring souls through a text at a time”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveYour Dreams Will Not Die

Christine Rice

“The purpose of life is to live, learn, and love.”

― Christine Rice

Yasmin Mogahed

“To empty the heart does not mean to not love. On the contrary, true love, as God intented it, is purest when it is not based on a false attachment. The process of first emptying the heart can be found in the beginning half of the shahada (declaration of faith).”

― Yasmin MogahedReclaim Your Heart

“Remember that our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and knows what’s best for us . . . . Surely, His knowledge is greater than ours. We just have to have faith in Him. If we don’t, well, that doesn’t change what happened, it just makes us more miserable because we refuse to trust His will. Our Heavenly Father wants us to have joy. And happiness. But we need to look for those opportunities that give us joy. If we don’t, what would be the purpose for existing?”

― Jeri GilchristOut of Nowhere

Khaled Hosseini

“The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet – they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.”

― Khaled HosseiniAnd the Mountains Echoed

Jeannette Walls

“Dad was a philosopher and had what he called his Theory of Purpose, which held that everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody’s time.”

― Jeannette WallsHalf Broke Horses

Deborah Day

“Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.”

― Deborah Day

Cecil Castellucci

“I want to make my mark,’ he says. But what target, I wonder, are you going to hit?”

― Cecil CastellucciBoy Proof

Emil Cioran

“Il ne fait aucun doute pour moi que la sagesse est le but principal de la vie et c’est pourquoi je reviens toujours aux stoïciens. Ils ont atteint la sagesse, on ne peut donc plus les appeler des philosophes au sens propre du terme. De mon point de vue, la sagesse est le terme naturel de la philosophie, sa fin dans les deux sens du mot. Une philosophie finit en sagesse et par là même disparaît.”

― Emil CioranOeuvres

Deborah Day

“The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”

― Deborah DayBE HAPPY NOW!

Robert M. Pirsig

“It was the ghost of rationality itself … This is the ghost of normal everyday assumptions which declares that the ultimate purpose of life, which is to keep alive, is impossible, but that this is the ultimate purpose of life anyway, so that great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose. That is what the ghost says.”

― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Chris Hedges

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war’s appeal.”

― Chris HedgesWar Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Nikki Gemmell

“You’re living your days at the moment how a sheep grazes, meandering, not engaged with anything much.”

― Nikki GemmellThe Bride Stripped Bare

Rhonda Byrne

“Life is not about negative circumstances that happen to you, it’s about what you do with the golden opportunities hidden within!”

― Rhonda ByrneHero

Théophile Gautier

“You know, the immortality of the soul, free will and all that — it’s all very amusing to talk about up to the age of twenty-two, but not after that. Then one ought to be giving one’s mind to having fun without catching the pox, arranging one’s life as comfortably as possible, having a few decent drawings on the wall, and above all writing well. That’s the important thing: well-made sentences…and then a few metaphors. Yes, a few metaphors. They embellish a man’s existence.”

― Théophile Gautier

“Storytellers have as profound a purpose as any who are charged to guide and transform human lives. I knew it as an ancient discipline and vocation to which everyone is called.”

― Nancy MellonThe Art of Storytelling

“There is a purpose in life – to raise men nearer to the likeness of God. Whoever seeks that ideal, daily, finds joy; and in no other way can true joy be found.”

― John Andreas WidtsoeAn Understandable Religion

Henry James

“He was an awkward mixture of strong moral impulse and restless aesthetic curiosity, and yet he would have made a most ineffective reformer and a very indifferent artist.It seemed to him that the glow of happiness must ne found either in action, of some immensely solid kind,on behalf of an idea, or in producing a masterpiece in one of the arts.”

― Henry JamesRoderick Hudson

Toba Beta

“Life does exist. It’s the purpose that count.”

― Toba BetaMy Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Sooner or later on this journey, every traveller faces the same question: Are you a human intending to be a god, or a god pretending to be human?”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Roman Payne

“Why do we mortals wonder if it is through ‘human chaos’ or through ‘divine perfection’ when the world guides us to some magical event? In either case, is not the result the same? Is the result not ‘divine perfection?”

― Roman PayneThe Wanderess

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Perfection itself is not the ultimate goal but the ultimate condition of life.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“You are here on earth to unearth who on earth you are.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

363px-Dalai_Lama_Tenzin Gyatso

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

― Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

“Life without a purpose is like an unsharpened pencil; it has no point.”

― Eraica Chan

Ilchi Lee

“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 LeeHuman Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living

Nikos Kazantzakis

“I did not know what I was going to do with my life; before anything else I wanted to find an answer, my answer, to the timeless questions, and then after that I would decide what I would become. If I did not begin by discovering what was the grand purpose of life on earth, I said to myself, how would I be able to discover the purpose of my tiny ephemeral life? And if I did not give my life a purpose, how would I be able to engage in action? I was not interested in finding what life’s purpose was objectively – this, I divined, was impossible and futile – but simply what purpose I, of my own free will, could give it in accord with my spiritual and intellectual needs. Whether or not this purpose was the true one did not, at that time, have any great significance for me. The important thing was that I should find (should create) a purpose congruent with my own self, and thus, by following it, reel out my particular desires and abilities to the furthest possible limit. For then at last I would be collaborating harmoniously with the totality of the universe.”

― Nikos KazantzakisReport to Greco

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Our instrumental part in the symphony of life is to allow love to create a space within our own awareness, through which the undreamed mystery may emerge as a knowable reality.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“The purpose of life is to reach a point where you can say ‘yes’ to all of it.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“If you want to see, then begin to see how you see.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Pope John Paul II

“When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”

― Pope John Paul II

“I decided that life rationally considered seemed pointless and futile, but it is still interesting in a variety of ways, including the study of science. So why not carry on, following the path of scientific hedonism? Besides, I did not have the courage for the more rational procedure of suicide.”

― Robert S. MullikenLife of a Scientist: An Autobiographical Account of the Development of Molecular Orbital Theory

“The alchemists of past centuries tried hard to make the elixir of life: … Those efforts were in vain; it is not in our power to obtain the experiences and the views of the future by prolonging our lives forward in this direction. However, it is well possible in a certain sense to prolong our lives backwards by acquiring the experiences of those who existed before us and by learning to know their views as well as if we were their contemporaries. The means for doing this is also an elixir of life.”

― Hermann Franz Moritz Kopp

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”

― Friedrich NietzscheDaybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

“You were ordered to obey to Allah, and you were create to perform good deeds.”

― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Brian L. Weiss

“We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives”

― Brian L. WeissMany Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Orson Scott Card

“….part of the purpose of it is now, is the moment. And part of it is the web of connections. Links from soul to soul. If the purpose of life was just to continue into the future, then none of it would have meaning, because it would be all anticipation and preparation. There’s fruition….There’s the happiness we’ve already had. The happiness of each moment. The end of our lives, even if there’s no forward continuation, no progeny at all, the end of our lives doesn’t erase the beginning. ….someday you will die. Why should anyone ever have children? Someday they will die, their children will die, all children will die. Someday stars will wind down or blow up. Someday death will cover us all like the water of a lake and perhaps nothing will ever come to the surface to show that we were ever there. But we were there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That’s the truth — what is, what was, what will be — not what could be, what should have been, what never can be. If we die, then our death has meaning to the rest of the universe. Even if our lives are unknown, the fact that someone lived here, and died, that will have repercussions, that will shape the universe.”

― Orson Scott CardChildren of the Mind

“The purpose of life is to perfect love, and love is selfless action. Therefore, the purpose of life is to live in a state of fearless union.”

― RaSoul

Lysa TerKeurst

“Too many people think that finding the reason God placed us here on earth will come in one assignment with a big title and complete job description. I believe that discovering our purpose will unfold slowly, like a seed planted deep in the ground.”

― Lysa TerKeurstBecoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

David Almond

“What is the purpose of living if there are no perils to be encountered and overcome?”

― David AlmondThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Shūsaku Endō

“The earth is not just for the clever and the strong.”

― Shūsaku Endō

“If you do not love what you are doing, then do what you love. It is only by doing what you love that you will find true success in life.”

― Fred Gatty

“Life is short as breathing! Forget Yesterday, Focus today to enjoy tomorrow! “The purpose of life is to live it, not destroy it.”

― Ebelsain Villegas

Mandy Hale

“We are not on this earth to just stand still & look pretty. The museums already have enough statues.”

― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“You can change any status quo, stand out, walk by faith and not by sight and things will definitely go well with you.”

― Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Shannon L. Alder

“I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction. There were things I wanted in my life that no amount of positive thinking was going to make it a reality for me. However, I have learned to believe in the Law of Tough Love. Life has thrown a dozen tragedies at me. I did what any Christian would do–prayed for the outcome I wanted. But God was tough and only gave me what I needed. I now realize that life is not about fulfilling a wish list; rather a need list. Good and bad experiences are on the horizon. How else does a person change, grow and evolve? And just like any warrior woman, I won’t simply survive– but thrive!”

― Shannon L. Alder

Seth Grahame-Smith

“Most men have no purpose but to exist, Abraham; to pass quietly through history as minor characters upon a stage they cannot even see. To be the playthings of tyrants. But you…you were born to fight tyranny.”

― Seth Grahame-SmithAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Michel de Montaigne

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.”

― Michel de Montaigne

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I believe the main purpose of life is to accept with gratitude what you’ve been blessed with so that you may use those gifts to mold yourself into the best person you can possibly be. Learning to discern things of true value from those of little or no worth is part of the process.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

“But beware of this about callings: they may not lead us where we intended to go or even where we want to go. If we choose to follow, we may have to be willing to let go of the life we already planned and accept whatever is waiting for us. And if the calling is true, though we may not have gone where we intended, we will surely end up where we need to be.”

― Steve Goodier

Elie Wiesel

“If life is not a celebration, why remember it ? If life — mine or that of my fellow man — is not an offering to the other, what are we doing on this earth?”

― Elie WieselOpen Heart

“Granddad once told me that to truly love this life, you need to know its darkest corners. But if you can bring a bit of sunshine to the sunless, it can only be for the good. I mean, what else are we really here for on this earth? Think about it some day, when the spring mornings look so golden and green.”

― Gareth ThompsonSunshine to the Sunless

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Sometimes it feels as if God set you on Earth with a bottle full of nasty-tasting pills called days and these instructions: Swallow one at a time. When entire prescription is finished, you may return home.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Kurt Vonnegut

“And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close as mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely. “Everything must have a purpose?” asked God. “Certainly,” said man. “Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God. And He went away.”

― Kurt VonnegutCat’s Cradle

“When you don’t know where you are going in life (No Clear Destination), you don’t need direction… you need Divine Revelation”

― Fela Durotoye

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“You may or may not make a million dollars in life, a song may not be sung in praise of you, monuments may not be erected in your name but promise me this: to live life fully, to give wholeheartedly, to do your best with what you have, to impact souls, to use your gifts and talents to serve humanity, to live, love and leave a legacy in your own way.”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveEnjoyLife 360 – Simple Secrets to a Happier Fulfilling Life!

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Life is a character – building opportunity that we all volunteered for.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“Stop comparing yourself with anybody. Compare yourself with yourself, for yourself and by yourself. We are uniquely pottered and purposed by our maker!”

― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Gary Patton

“Your identity & life passion/purpose in the context of your beliefs determine your vision, your vision determines your mission, your mission determines your KRAs, your KRAs determine your goals, your goals determine your thoughts, and your thoughts determine your life!” ~ gfp ’42©”

― Gary Patton

“If the path you are walking today won’t lead you to your desired destination, then you are STROLLING”

― Fela Durotoye

Karen Kingston

“So many people have the TV or radio constantly turned on “for company,” or spend their time reading trashy novels, aimlessly surfing the Net, and so on. Then suddenly one day you are old or sick and you realize you have done nothing with your life. All your thoughts are other people’s thoughts and you have no idea who you really are or what the purpose of your life might be.”

― Karen KingstonClear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Bryant McGill

“Let us subdue the ravages of the baser-self, and aspire to the higher calling of exalting joy through compassion, for that is the one true purpose of humanity.”

― Bryant McGillVoice of Reason

Israelmore Ayivor

“Do what you want to do in life and you will see what life will do to you on earth. What you always do, pays what it always pays!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If we really exist merely to fulfill God’s plan: then life is a television drama; with God being the scriptwriter, the director, and, the audience.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

R. Alan Woods

“Coming into a realization that there is purpose in why God has given all of us the gift of life- To promote the cause of Christ and God’s Kingdom in a creative manner that expresses our uniqueness.”

― R. Alan WoodsThe Journey Is the Destination: A Book of Quotes With Commentaries

Habeeb Akande

“Money as the sole ambition has no value.”

― Habeeb Akande

“Look, the job of life is to turn your negatives into positives”

― Michka AssayasBono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

Simone de Beauvoir

“Du jour où il nait, l’homme commence à mourir; c’est la vérité qu’incarne la Mère.”

― Simone de BeauvoirLe deuxième sexe I

Umberto Eco

“And in that moment I experience a revelation. I realize now that it was a painful sense that the world is purposeless, the lazy fruit of a misunderstanding, but in that moment I was able to translate what I felt only as: “God does not exist.”

― Umberto EcoThe Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Herman Melville

“At last I see it, I feel it; I penetrate to the predestinated purpose of my life. I am content. Others may have loftier parts to enact; but my mission in this world, Bartleby, is to furnish you with office-room for such period as you may see fit to remain. I believe that this wise and blessed frame of mind would have continued with me, had it not been for the unsolicited and uncharitable remarks obtruded upon me by my professional friends who visited the rooms. But thus it often is, that the constant friction of illiberal minds wears out at last the best resolves of the more generous.”

― Herman MelvilleBartleby, the Scrivener

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