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Purpose Quotes

Many people don’t know this, but finding one’s purpose is a lifelong pursuit.  True, there are a lucky few who discover their purpose early on.  These lottery winners of life typically move along through life, almost effortlessly. So the purpose quotes on this page won’t really apply to them.

However, chances are extremely high that you are not one of these fortunate few.

Odds are that you are actually much more like me.  You’ve had to struggle time and time again to figure out what exactly it is that you were put on this earth to do.  Your search has consisted mostly of trial and error.  If this is you, there is no need to fret.  Here are two reasons why.

1. Some people go their whole lives never truly knowing what their purpose is. They never know, because they never seek.  And because they never seek, most of their days are casually lived out lacking depth and experiencing chronic feelings of emptiness.  But that’s not you.

2. You are probably like most people. You’ve found your purpose, well, at least you thought you did…only to realize a few years later, that perhaps your purpose wasn’t really your purpose after all.   And that’s okay, because our life’s purpose is not a one-shot type of thing.

The Truth About Finding Your Purpose

Truth is, your life’s purpose is multi-layered.  When you first start out in search of your purpose, you grab a hold of the first one you find (that 1st external layer) only to outgrow it.  And then you’ll move on to your next level purpose.  And for a while, you’ll be living on purpose again, a purpose that was different from what you thought it was only a few years ago, and yet, in due time, you will proceed to outgrow your current purpose only to discover your new purpose.

Now, the reality of it all is this; you’ll likely do this for the rest of your life.  But the good news is that with every outgrowth of your old purpose and the discovery of your new one, you’ll become more and more aligned with your true life’s purpose.

So, if you’ve found yourself ever doubting your purpose, just know, it’s natural.  It’s even natural to be purposeless for a while, so long as you never cease to seek.  And so long as you never cease to seek, you’ll get closer and closer to eventually discovering your true purpose.

With that being said, these inspiring purpose quotes will help you on your journey as you seek, discover, and live your life’s purpose.

55 Purpose Quotes to Help You Find and Live Yours

Find Your One True Purpose

1.  “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Nietzsche

2. “To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.” – James Allen

3. “The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” – Thomas Carlyle

4. “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor Frankl

5. “It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.” – Winston S. Churchill

6. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” – Paulo Coelho

7. “The two most important days in life are the day you born and the day you discover the reason why.” – Mark Twain

8. “Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” – Washington Irving

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

10. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne

Live a Life of Purpose

11. “The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” – Barbara Hall

12. “When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist.” Wayne Dyer

13. “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Indian Proverb

14. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone

15. “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” – Abraham Lincoln

16. “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” – Rick Warren

17. “You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

18. “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

19. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  –  Maya Angelou

20. “More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.” – Billy Sunday

Lack of Purpose Quote

21. “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

22. “Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.” – James Allen

23. “The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.” – Michel de Montaigne

24. “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama

25. “You’ve got to have a purpose no matter what you do in life.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

26. “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

27.  “Life is a promise; fulfill it.” – Mother Teresa

28. “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” –  Marian Wright Edelman

More Than Halfway There

You are more than halfway there! Keep going. Each one of these purpose quotes should help bring you more clarity on who you are and what your purpose is. Remember, your life purpose is essentially the central motivating aim of your life. In other words, what moves you to get up and out of bed every morning.

So keep reading, and increase your awareness of your life’s purpose with each new quote.

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29.  “Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others.  And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the exctasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of goals.”  – Deepak Chopra

30.  “The purpose of life is to know God.”  –  Wayne Dyer

God Quote on Purpose

31.  “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”  –  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

32.  “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”  –  Bishop T.D. Jakes

33.  “Nothing is more likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.”  –  Victor Frankl

35.  “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”  –  Buddha

“In the end, the money and success that truly last come not to those who focus on such things as goals, but rather to those who focus on mastery and fulfilling their Life’s Task.” – Robert Greene

36. “As you open yourself to living at your edge, your deepest purpose will slowly begin to make itself known.” – David Deida

37. “The secret of success is constancy of purpose!” – Napoleon Hill

38. “There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world―and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs.” – Deepak Chopra

39. “Have a higher purpose than money.” – Grant Cardone

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

Tenacity of Purpose Quote

41. “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

42. “Passion and purpose scale – always have, always will.” – Elon Musk

43. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” – Roy T. Bennett

44. “Your purpose becomes your inner motivator, turning on the ignition switch in your brain to transcend the noise in your life and focus on what matters most.” – Victor Strecher

45. “Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose, the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success.” – James Allen

46. “I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!” – Steve Maraboli

47. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose” – Leonardo da Vinci

48. “The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

49. Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” – Roy T. Bennett

50. “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.” – Rick Warren

Greatest Tragedy Quote on Purpose

51. “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” – Victor Frankl

52. “Purpose is not a noun, it is a verb. It is about how we work. We experience purpose when we do something that’s greater than ourselves. We experience purpose when we push ourselves and grow. We experience purpose as part of a community.” – Aaron Hurst

53. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

54. “Follow your dreams, they know the way.” – Kobe Yamada

55. “To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” – Seneca

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Final Words on Finding Your Purpose

Alright friend, I hope these top 55 quotes about purpose serve you well in both finding and living yours out.

If you’ve yet to find your purpose, which you most certainly do have… do not relent in your search. Because if you seek and ye shall find. So, stay patient, trust the journey, but most importantly…Keep pressing forward.

Till next time,


PS – If you enjoyed these purpose quotes, then you’ll love our popular quotes on following your dreams.

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