Purpose Quotes

James baldwin - the purpose of art is to lay bare the questions...
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
Aristotle

Thomas carlyle - the man without a purpose is like a ship without...
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about others things.
Bertrand Russell
Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.
Lyndon B. Johnson
I believe and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the government are directed tot he purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
William Henry Harrison, Speech, October 1, 1840

This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.
Oswald Spengle
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.
Fran Lebowitz
The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy - Invincible determination - - A purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.
Sir Thomas Bowell Buxton
Your purpose in relationships is simply to be your best self, regardless of the circumstances.
Rosalene Glickman, Ph. D., Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self
The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.
Larry Wall
Rather do what is nothing in the purpose than to be idle, that the devil may find thee doing. The bird that sits is easily shot when the fliers escape the fowler. Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues, and is the self - Made sepulcher of a living man.
Francis Quarles
We all dream we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.
Erich Fromm
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
The purpose of a liberal arts education is to learn that a person can like both cats *and* dogs!
Sonjay Anand
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
The basic purpose of a liberal arts education is to liberate the human being to exercise his or her potential to the fullest.
Barbara M. White
As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found - - In himself.
Erich Frohm
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
A state that dwarfs its men in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great things can really be accomplished.
John Stewart Mills
The right of bearing arms for a lawful purpose is not a right granted by the Constitution neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.
U. S. vs Cruikshan
Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
Philip Dormer Chesterfield
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - A point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Mary Shelley
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
Morris Adle
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Aristotle
The primary purpose of education is not to teach you to earn your bread, but to make every mouthful sweeter.
James R. Angell
Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butle
My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
James Dean
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli
The real danger from advertising is that it helps to shatter and ultimately destroy our most precious non - Material possessions the confidence in the existence of meaningful purposes of human activity and respect for the integrity of man.
Paul Sweezy
Thoughts lead on to purposes purposes go forth in action actions form habits habits decide character and character fixes our destiny.
Tryon Edwards
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
Eventually, alas, I realized the main purpose of buying cocaine is to run out of it.
George Carlin, From his book - Brain Droppings
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
My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962
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
One loses all the time which he might employ to better purpose.
Jean - Jacques Rousseau
Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.
Andy Rooney
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli
Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes.
Washington Irving