Before you get delighted by the fantastic Purpose Quotes we hand-picked for you, let me ask you, who are you? Many of us find ourselves in the precarious position of trying to figure out what to do with our lives. Especially today, as it seems no longer sufficient to work solely for a paycheck. We are seeking fulfilment. We hope that our work reflects our passions. We expect purpose from our lives. And we are better for this.

But you don’t wait for direction in life. Give yourself one. You don’t stumble on your passion, you start working on it. Nothing is going to fall into your lap while you mope around trying to figure things out. You get busy and with some luck, you start to come alive as you fall into work that connects with you. Keep at it.  

I get it, you feel lost and helpless. You just can’t figure out what you wanna do. But it’s not that you haven’t found the right opportunity. Or that you have nothing special to offer the world. It far more likely the case that you are too fearful, too lazy or simply unwilling to do the best with what little you currently have. Purpose is realized through action. Get busy!

Take a look at the world. Find a problem that requires your solving. Make sure you actually enjoy working on this issue. Check for that spark, that willingness to become great at what you are doing. And then get paid for it. Your purpose really is only a hobby until someone is willing to reward your talent with some sort of compensation. But don’t worry, get good enough and the money will chase you.

If you don’t know where to start, start anywhere you feel comfortable and begin to challenge yourself.

A friend of mine complains that she wasted five years of her life studying a degree for the sake of her parents. She isn’t interested in the fruits of a nursing career and is waiting to find exactly what she wants to do with her life. But instead of logging online for Free language courses for starters, she complains. “My parents don’t think I will be able to find a job.” — “I am not sure if it is what I really want to do.” — “What if I change my mind?” — “Where do I even start?” I am not sure where you start but I know you stop doubting so much. That flicker of a flame inside you is dying to burst out. Feed it. We all have a purpose in life. You just have to start going for it.

72 Purpose Quotes To Help You Find Who You Are.

1. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” ― GAUTAMA BUDDHA

2. “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” — CARL JUNG

3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — MARK TWAIN

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” — MARSHALL FERDINAND FOCHmarshall ferdinand foch quotes purpose


5. “It is never too late to become what you might have been.” — GEORGE ELLIOT

6. “There is a fire inside. Sit down beside it. Watch the flames, the ancient, flickering dance of yourself.” — JOHN MACENULTY

“The two most important days in life are the day you born and the day you discover the reason why.” — MARK TWAINmark twain quotes purpose


8. “The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” — THOMAS CARLYLE

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” — CARL SANDBURGcarl sandburg quotes purpose


10. “I don’t think life is absurd, I think we are all here for a huge purpose, I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.” — NORMAN MAILER

11. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — JIM ROHN

12. “When you see what you’re here for, the world begins to mirror your purpose in a magical way. It’s almost as if you suddenly find yourself on a stage in a play that was written expressly for you.” — BETTY SUE FLOWERS

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ― LAUREN BACALLlauren bacall quotes purpose



14. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” — PATANJALI

15. “The goal of childhood is to become an individual; the goal of adulthood is to give that individuality away. The task of childhood is to separate; the task of adulthood is to connect.” — JAMES W. JONES

“Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” — JOHANN WOLFGANG VAN GOETHEjohann wolfgang van goethe quotes purpose

17. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” — HELEN KELLER

18. “A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow-men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.” — GEORGE ORWELL

19. “The best career advice to give the young is, find out what you like doing best and get someone else to pay you for doing it.” — KATHERINE WHILEHAEN

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” — KONRAD ADENAUERkonrad adenauer quotes purpose



21. “Dignity and respect have to do with … your personal power to make a difference by being true to the best within you and letting that truth shine through your words and actions.” — GAIL PURSELL ELLIOTT

22. “To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart.” — PEARL S. BUCK

23. “The mere possession of a vision is not the same as living it, nor can we encourage others with it if we do not, ourselves, understand and follow its truths. The pattern of the Great Spirit is over us all, but if we follow our own spirits from within, our pattern becomes clearer. For centuries, others have sought their visions. They prepare themselves, so that if the Creator desires them to know their life’s purpose, then a vision would be revealed. To be blessed with visions is not enough. We must live them.” — HIGH EAGLE

24. “We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves. The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.” — N. SCOTT MOMADAY

25. “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

“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” — KEN HUDGINSken hudgins quotes purpose

27. “Man is not a being who stands still, he is a being in the process of becoming. The more he enables himself to become, the more he fulfills his true mission.” — RUDOLPH STEINER

28. “This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

29. “Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.” — BARBARA GERACI

30. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — HAROLD WHITMAN

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” — LES BROWN

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32. “Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.” — HELEN KELLER

33. “The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.” — IRENE C. KASSORLA

34. “When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” — SENECA

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K. ROWLINGjk rowling quotes purpose

36. “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” — WENDELL BERRY

37. “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” — DAVID VISCOTT

“Life’s like a movie; write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending.” — JIM HENSONjim henson quotes purpose

39. “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all Mankind.” — EMILY P. BISSELL

40. “Great minds have Purpose. Others have Wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes, but great minds rise above them.” ― WASHINGTON IRVING

41. “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” — DONALD A. ADAMS

42. “How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life – and a commitment to action.” — NATHANIEL BRANDEN

43. “Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” — DONOVAN BAILEY

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAWgeorge bernard shaw quotes purpose

45. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” — STEVE JOBS

46. “Every choice before you represents the universe inviting you to remember who you are and what you want.” — ALAN COHEN

47. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” — OPRAH WINFREY

48. “There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” — KURT HAHN

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” — HENRY DAVID THOREAUhenry david thoreau quotes purpose

50. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” — JOHN MASONjohn mason quotes purpose



52. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

53. “Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” — WILLIAM JAMES

54.“Life is not a discovery of fate; it is a continuous creation of the future, through choices of thoughts, feelings, and actions in the present.” — SANJAY SAHAY

55. “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” — JERRY GILLIES

56. “I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” — LEO C. ROSTEN

57. “If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. That is the lesson, and that lesson alone will save you a lot of grief.” — OPRAH WINFREY

58. “There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.” — JOHN FARRAR

59. “Life has meaning only if you do what is meaningful to you.” — ALAN COHEN

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAWgeorge bernard shaw quote purpose

61. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — OPRAH WINFREY

62. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” — MALCOLM FORBES

63. “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” — CARL SANDBURG

64. “Toil and risk are the prices of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame.” — ALEXANDER THE GREAT

65. “To love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun?” — KATHARINE GRAHAM

“Believe in Your Heart. Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ― ROY T. BENNETTroy t hennett quotes purpose



67. “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” — HELEN KELLER

68. “Let others lead small lives, but not you, Let them argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let them leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” — JIM ROHN

69. “There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” — DENIS WAITLEY

70.“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN


71. “The purpose of life is not happiness but worthiness. Happiness may come as an accessory; we dare never make it the end.” — FELIX ADLER

72. “He who has a Why to live for can bear almost anyhow.” ― FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

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