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Quotations about Purpose

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend... ~Walter Savage Landor

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Robert Byrne, The Third — and Possibly the Best — 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, 1986

When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny. ~Ralph Buchanan

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Purpose is the key-stone in the temple of achievement. It binds and holds together in a complete whole that which would otherwise lie scattered and useless. ~James Allen, "The Power of Purpose," The Mastery of Destiny, 1909

...if you have a purpose in which you can believe, there's no end to the amount of things you can accomplish. ~Marian Anderson

Pep without purpose is piffle. ~Anonymous, c.1919   ["And purpose sans pep near as bad," came the anonymous reply. –tg]

You can accept reality, or you can persist in your purpose until reality accepts you. ~Robert Brault,

I should make each citizen appear before a Board once in seven years and defend his claim to live. ~Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

A useless life is but an early death... ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Anna Swanwick

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, "What Is Life?," Girdle of Gladness, 1905

There is a purpose to our lives that each day tugs at our sleeve as an annoying distraction. ~Robert Brault,

We all possess the thunder of pure fury and the calm breeze of tranquility. If it wasn't for tomorrow, how much would we get done today? Whatever your purpose... embrace it completely. Get lost in the clouds every now and then so you never lose sight of God's wonder. ~Paul Vitale

When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind. ~Seneca, translated by Richard M. Gummere

Begin each day as if it were on purpose. ~Author unknown

Don't trade your life for just an empty hourglass. ~Terri Guillemets

What can resist an unshakeable purpose? What can stand against it or turn it aside? Inert matter yields to a living force, and circumstance succumbs to the power of purpose. ~James Allen, "The Power of Purpose," The Mastery of Destiny, 1909

Never ask, "What reason do I have to be happy?" Instead ask, "To what purpose can I attach my happiness?" ~Robert Brault,

Truly, I am as a grain of sand in the desert,
      Infinitesimal, so very small!
      And, yet, I serve a purpose in this wondrous world,
      As do the trees, so stately and so tall.
I'm just a tiny atom that God has placed down here—
      I do not even know the reason why!
      But I'm sure that He, with wisdom, has evolved a plan
      To fit me in His pattern ere I die.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "As a Grain of Sand," 1940s

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. ~Bernard Shaw, Epistle Dedicatory to Arthur Bingham Walkley, Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy, 1903

I love the valiant; but it is not enough to wield a broadsword, one must also know against whom. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

When he walks he casts a shadow of purpose. ~Terri Guillemets

I am extraordinarily sensitive to all kinds of noise; yet it entirely loses its objective character as soon as it is associated with some reasonable purpose. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), "The Character of a Person of my Acquaintance"  [Lichtenberg's unfinished "autopsychography" (Norman Alliston, 1908). —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If you don't decide what your life is about, it defaults to what you spend your days doing. ~Robert Brault,

William Shakespeare — Life Coach.

Below is my experiment carving Shakespeare's plays into little phrases to reveal his inner motivational speaker on the topic of purpose.  —tg

I am constant to my purposes... ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I wish no better
Than have him hold that purpose and to put it
In execution.
~William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Nay, nay, to the purpose. ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline

But to the purpose, and so to the venture. ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II

If wishes would prevail with me,
My purpose should not fail with me...
~William Shakespeare, Henry V

[L]end me wings to... my purpose... ~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

The heavens give safety to your purposes! ~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Thy oath remember; thou hast sworn to do't...
Be a soldier to thy purpose.
~William Shakespeare, Pericles

Make your own purpose... ~William Shakespeare, King Lear

Believe me, on mine honour,
My words express my purpose.
~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure is the heart of my purpose... ~William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor

...God, for some strong purpose, steel'd
The hearts of men...
~William Shakespeare, Richard II

...if thou hast that in thee indeed, which I
have greater reason to believe now than ever, I mean
purpose, courage and valour, this night show it...
~William Shakespeare, Othello

Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
That you resolved to effect.
~William Shakespeare, Tempest

It is the purpose that makes strong the vow... ~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

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