Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin

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

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

I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success
unexpected in common hours.
—Henry David Thoreau

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
—Benjamin Franklin

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain,
not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to
become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential
until it cries for mercy.
—Og Mandino

Any idea, plan or purpose may be placed in the
mind through repetition of thought.
—Napoleon Hill

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

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

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that,
if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
—Bertrand Russell

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself
as a mighty one; the 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

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
—Benjamin Disraeli

Here is a test to find whether your mission in life is finished: if you are alive, it isn’t.
—Richard Bach

Never forget that the purpose for which a man lives is the improvement of
the man himself, so that he may go out of this world having, in his great
sphere or his small one, done some little good for his fellow creatures
and labored a little to diminish the sin and sorrow that are in the world.
—W. E. Gladstone

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward
a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work,
will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for
his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”
—Viktor Frankl

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
—Leonardo da Vinci

Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are
surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life
is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.
—Alfred North Whitehead

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
—Washington Irving

A useless life is an early death.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for,
no wind is the right wind.
—Seneca

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy.
I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?
—Charles M. Schulz

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose—
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
—Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is
to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
—Carl Jung