I'm providing this list of powerful purpose quotes as a follow-up page to our posting about the nearly universal search to find "my purpose in life." I write universal because I think almost everyone seeks a way to make positive differences in the world.
I am not naive enough to suggest that there are no evil people in the world. Far from it. But by and large, most people want to do good things. The means to get there presents a challenge. But even more, the belief that an individual can have such an impact holds many of us back.
Our actions are driven by our thoughts. Please allow the wisdom of these purpose quotes to sink into your subconscious and release the true greatness that is in nearly everyone.
I'll tell you ahead of time that I saved one of my favorite purpose quotes for the last one on this page.
"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." Albert Schweitzer
"Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization." Bo Bennett
"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." John F. Kennedy
"Success demands singleness of purpose." Vince Lombardi
"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." Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but more likely originated by Leo Rosten
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." Robert Byrne
"The meaning of life is to find your purpose. The purpose of life is to give it away." Pablo Picasso
"In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you, and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it." Author Unknown
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; 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
"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." George Bernard Shaw
"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw
"You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously." Steve Maraboli
"The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a purpose." Myles Munroe
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu
"Be consistent. Little acts create great accomplishments." Author Unknown
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." Mark Twain
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Friedrich Nietzsche
"True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." Helen Keller
“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way." Author Unknown
"Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish." Marian Anderson
"If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." T. D. Jakes
"When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny." Ralph Buchanan
Just below are our other pages containing specific quotes. They fit in well with this list of purpose quotes.