17 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Live a Life of Purpose


Having a purpose makes it impossible to merely exist. When you have a definite reason for living, a “why” behind every action, your passions and talents will drive you toward a happy, fulfilling destination.

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We are all here for a reason, so get some inspiration to find yours from these 17 inspiring quotes about living your life on purpose.

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

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2. “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

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3. “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

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4. “The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” ―Terry Orlick

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5. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ―W. Clement Stone

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6. “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

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

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

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9. “If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.” ―Jack Canfield

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10. “The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” ―Thomas Carlyle

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11. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ―John F. Kennedy

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

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13. “The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” ―Charles Dickens

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14. “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” ―John D. Rockefeller

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15. “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are ultimately to be at peace with themselves. What humans can be, they must be.” ―Abraham Maslow

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16. “Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” ―Jalaluddin Rumi

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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

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