Purpose Quotes

There is nothing sadder in this world than the waste of human potential. The purpose of evolution is to raise us out of the mud, not have us grovelling in it.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992
William hart coleridge - there is an art of which every man should be a...

Richard dawkins - nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent....
There is an art of which every man should be a master the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all.
William Hart Coleridge
Washington irving - great minds have purposes, little minds have...
There are certain themes of which the interest is all - Absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.
Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial

To what purpose should I trouble myself in searching out the secrets of the stars, having death or slavery continually before my eyes?
Anaximenes
The primary purpose of the Data statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3. 141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable Pi can be given that value with a Data statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.
Fortran manual for Xerox Computers
She knows what is the best purpose of education not to be frightened by the best but to treat it as part of daily life.
John Mason Brown
The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.
Eric Hoffer, "The True Believer", 1951
The purpose of life is to fight maturity.
Dick Werthime
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.
William Adams
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self - Gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Kelle
Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism... I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.
President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman - 1951 U. S. Gov. 1966 pp548 - 549
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
Elisabeth Kubler - Ross
Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success.
T. T. Munge
If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
William Hazlitt
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
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is merely to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate. I think it is above all to matter, to count, to stand for something. To have it make some difference that you lived at all.
Leo Rosten
Life becomes religious whenever we make it so when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.
Sophia Blanche Lyon Fahs
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - That is not easy.
Aristotle
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
Aristotle
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
Ayn Rand
See first that the design is wise and just: that ascertained, pursue it resolutely; do not for one repulse forego the purpose that you resolved to effect.
William Shakespeare
In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear - Eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment.
George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
The 14th. Dalai Lama
Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?
Pliny the Elde
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Men do not invent Myths. They only invent fables, and tell lies. True Myths create themselves, and find their expression in the men who serve their purpose.
Denis Johnston
Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.
David Letterman
The primary purpose of education is not to teach you to earn your bread, but to make every mouthful sweeter.
James R. Angell
The purpose of a liberal arts education is to learn that a person can like both cats *and* dogs!
Sonjay Anand
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.
Eric Hoffe
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice", Act 1 scene 3
Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.
George Herbert Walker Bush
To display the greatest powers, unless they are applied to great purposes, makes nothing for the character of greatness.
William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating
The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not to have and to hold but to give and serve. There can be no other meaning.
Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tyron Edwards
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli
The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi