By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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It took 10 years to find my purpose.
But it doesn’t mean it will take this long for you.
To help you in that regard, here are 71 of the best purpose quotes I’ve collected over the years.
To give you some guidance and inspiration through these beautiful words.
Feeling lost and confused is never fun.
But don’t worry, you’ll surely find some hope here.
You’ll learn from Einstein, Dalai Lama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and many more.
The purpose is to create your own heaven on Earth. Justin Perry
Purpose requires self-knowledge which requires silence. Maxime Lagacé
The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. David Viscott
Your purpose is here and now. Your purpose is along the journey. Sadie Robertson
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. Eleanor Roosevelt
You don’t find luck. You create your luck. You don’t find purpose. You create your purpose. Maxime Lagacé
You are growth-seeking beings, and as you are moving forward, you are at your happiest. Abraham Hicks
Forging a new path is far more satisfying than following a map will ever be. James Pierce
The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. Carl Jung
When a man can’t find meaning, he distracts himself with pleasure. Viktor Frankl
Solving problems for each other is what we were put on this Earth to do. Garry Tan
When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment. Simon Sinek
The life purpose for each of us is to overcome negativity by choosing love. Rhonda Byrne
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Our purpose is to bring more love to the world. Gabby Bernstein
Purpose is inversely proportional to the amount of time you’re freely willing to waste. Angela Jiang
Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue. Marcus Aurelius
If you don’t find a purpose, desires will destroy you. @wisdom_theory
If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else. Simon Sinek
The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose. Chadwick Boseman
A man without a sense of purpose, even one whose bank accounts are stuffed with money, is always a small man. Stephen King
Your long-term happiness and fulfillment depend on your ability to fulfill your soul’s unique purpose and to fill the place in the world that only you can fill, making the contribution that only you can make. Rod Stryker
On the purpose of life: To be the best and fullest expression of myself. Kamal Ravikant
Find your why. Motivation fades if money is your only driver. Unknown
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. Viktor Frankl
When you can’t find a deep sense of purpose, you stimulate yourself with shallow distractions. When you can’t find meaningful connection, you numb yourself with meaningless pleasure. Being present, opening up, and doing what matters lead to a rich life filled with true vitality. Dr Cam Maximus
Your life gets better when you care more about impact than dollars. Greg Isenberg
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I don’t know of a higher purpose to life than working on interesting projects with cool people. Tiago Forte
Sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognise your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind. Khaled Hosseini
Don’t start by asking, ‘What is my purpose? What is my passion?’ Start by asking, ‘What are the problems that need to be solved? Which ones attract me?‘ Jacqueline Novogratz (tim.blog)
It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life. Bob Goff
When we have a clear sense of where we’re going, we can be more flexible in how we get there. Simon Sinek
Excitement comes from the achievement. Fulfillment comes from the journey that got us there. Simon Sinek (Source)
You are happiest when you feel useful. @orangebook_
More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent. Billy Sunday
Purpose in life as medicament for mortality and suffering: chaos to confront, order to establish and revivify, and evil to overcome. Jordan B. Peterson
Even small acts of compassion bring meaning and purpose to our lives. 14th Dalai Lama
Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. Paulo Coelho
The secret to your purpose is to find what you feel is important, and not pursue what others would think is important. When you think highly of yourself, me thinking highly of you will never be enough! Shannon L. Alder
Activity without purpose is the drain of your life. Tony Robbins
Time without purpose is a prison. Rick & Morty
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
The difference between living and existing is purpose. Justin Kan
We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no great war. No great depression. Our great war’s a spiritual one. Our great depression is our lives. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. Tyler Durden
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Your work is your contribution to society. Focus on stuff you’re proud of. Jay Gould
You only need to know the direction, not the destination. The direction is enough to make the next choice. James Clear (Source)
Taking satisfies you. Giving satisfies two. Maxime Lagacé
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. Kurt Vonnegut
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them. 14th Dalai Lama
Find out who you are and do it on purpose. Dolly Parton
Most of us live our lives by accident – we live it as it happens. Fulfillment comes when we live our lives on purpose. Simon Sinek (Source)
Being interested is a key to a fulfilling life. Sahil Bloom
When we have a clear sense of where we’re going, we can be more flexible in how we get there. Simon Sinek
I believe in one thing, that only a life lived for others is a life worth living. Albert Einstein
You only need to know the direction, not the destination. The direction is enough to make the next choice. James Clear
When looking for a purpose to life, notice that most things are stepping stones, done for ulterior motives. True art, love, and play stand apart, as they are done for their own sakes. Naval Ravikant
I believe we were all put on this world to make it a little better by the time we leave it. Dan Go
You’re not going to fix the world’s problems by yourself. But you can contribute and make a difference. And that feeling of making a difference is ultimately what’s most important for your own happiness and fulfillment. Mark Manson (markmanson.net)
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could. Louise Erdrich
Seek a long-term purpose, not short-term dopamine. Unkonwn
I started to grow the moment I found a purpose in the pain. Adamas Shivananda (Source)
Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself. Martin Luther King Jr
The intensity if your focus is the measure of your purpose. Maxime Lagacé
Finding purpose is not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend your limited amount of time well. Mark Manson
When you find your purpose it’s like your heart has been set alight with passion. You know it absolutely, without any doubt. Rhonda Byrne (Source)
Happiness requires struggle. Without struggle, the world would lack meaning and our joys would feel empty. Be grateful for your struggles, because within them is the constant opportunity for purpose. Mark Manson
The real joy in life comes from finding your true purpose and aligning it with what you do every single day. Tony Robbins
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know. Alan Watts
Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that. You share that purpose with every other person on the planet – because it is the purpose of humanity. Eckhart Tolle
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
Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world. Eleanor Roosevelt
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. Robin Sharma
One of the great joys in life is finding your purpose, excelling at it, and discovering that your impact matters to something larger than yourself. Sam Altman
Your purpose is to be yourself. You don’t have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are. Thich Nhat Hanh
The mistake everyone makes about “finding your purpose” is thinking that your purpose is something outside of you – a person, place, job, thing – you won’t find it there because it’s on the INSIDE. It’s YOU. Everyone’s purpose is the same: to share your full self with the world. Mel Robbins
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Hope you enjoyed these inspiring purpose quotes.
My goal was to give you hope and inspire you to keep going.
Finding your purpose can be a lifelong process.
You’ll need to try different avenues and you’ll certainly fail.
But if you’re truly patient and faithful, you’ll find one (or perhaps create one…).
Now, if you did enjoy the quotes, please share them with a friend today who could benefit from them!
Do you have a sense of direction and purpose? What’s your favorite purpose quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.