Purpose Quotes for a Purposeful Life

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Purpose quotes can provide insight when we are contemplating the concept of purpose in life or encouragement and motivation to help us remain committed to the purpose that we have chosen for ourselves.

Purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists, and while we certainly never need to provide any justification to anyone for our existence, most of us desire to explain to ourselves in a satisfactory way why we are here, and what we should be doing with our lives.

There is no question that a life devoid of a strong sense of purpose can seem aimless and lacking in passion and enthusiasm. A life with clearly defined purpose provides motivation, focus, and a will to take action and to persevere, and rewards us with fulfillment and happiness as these first three purpose quotes illustrate.

“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

“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

The next two purpose quotes focus on the importance of just taking small daily actions toward fulfilling our purpose, and not being deterred by the seeming enormity of what is to be done.

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marian Wright Edelman

“I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Edward Everett Hale

Some purpose quotes offer guidance as to what our purpose as human beings involves.

This quote from the Dalai Lama suggests that the key to living purposefully is to be of service to humanity. He advises that, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”

The following quote from Rabbi Zusya points out the great importance of living our lives true to ourselves, and finding and following our own unique paths as a means to living life with purpose. “In the world to come, I shall not be asked, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ I shall be asked, ‘Why were you not Zusya?’”

The following purpose quotes remind us of the fact that in order to really live a purposeful life, we must be willing to step out of our comfort zones. As William Shedd says, “A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.”

Og Mandino suggests that to fully live our purpose of growth and expansion, we need a willingness to push ourselves beyond our limits. “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.”

Other purpose quotes contain insight on how to imbue our lives with a sense of purpose. In the words of Rumi, finding purpose is as simple as to, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”

Wayne Dyer suggests that purpose is found in the enjoyment of the journey rather than in focusing on the destination. “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.”

With the following words, Vaclav Havel urges us to be guided by our higher values when choosing a path or purpose. “Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”

In understanding the importance of purpose, creating goals based on truly purposeful ideals, and finding the willingness, strength, courage and determination to live our lives with purpose, purpose quotes serve to inform and inspire.

If you would like to live your life more powerfully and purposefully, let's have a discovery session of life purpose coaching. Coaching can help you identify what is truly important to you, work out a plan for incorporating these things into your life, recognize any obstacles to the implementation of your plan, find ways to overcome these obstacles, and stay focused and motivated.

The choices you make today shape the life you will live tomorrow and beyond, so decide to do whatever it takes to live the life you are truly meant to live – a life of passion, purpose, and empowerment.

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