Quotes Worth Memorizing: “Purpose”


“The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
– Frederick Buchener


“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche


“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
– William Shedd


“Moses spent 40 years thinking he was somebody; 40 years learning he was nobody; and 40 years, discovering what God can do with a nobody.”
– D.L. Moody


“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be re­placed, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Viktor Frankl


“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.”
― John Stuart Mill

eleanor roosevelt

 “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt ralph waldo emerson

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

fyodor dostoyevsky

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

Leo Tolstoy

“Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.”
―Leo Tolstoy

 Henry David Thoreau

“Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.”
― Henry David Thoreau


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Question: What’s Your Purpose Statement?

  • I’ve always liked what the Apostle Paul said “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain!” That pretty much sums it up for me too!

    • Nice!

      • That’s a great one Richard. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Wow, that’s powerful Caleb. You’re already making kingdom impact – at least in my life. So soldier on brother.

  • Hey Paul, I saw your post at Dan Black on Leadership. I just wanted to stop by and tell you it was awesome!!! Also list of quotes here as well 🙂

    • Hey Mike! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Dan is an awesome blogger and leader who leads by example. It’s a privilege to be part of his community. I’d love to get to know you more and connect you on a personal level!

      • Thank you for the kind words Paul.

    • Hey Mike,

      Glad you checked out Pauls blog. I highly recommend signing up for email updates. He has some great content.

  • wow, love that one by DL moody on Moses. Great quotes!

    • I know, isn’t that powerful?! Just out of curiosity, what’s your favorite quote Ngina?

      • I have many 🙂 but i think the ones i think on and mention the most are ‘change is inevitable, growth is optional’ (Maxwell), “you can’t drift your way to the top of a mountain” (Rohn)

  • Lewana Harris

    I appreciate the quotes. Sometimes it seems as though the most simplest quotes are the most powerful..

  • I’m a huge sucker for good quotes. These are some great ones! I really liked the William Shedd quote. Thank you for sharing them.

  • FernRL

    I do what I can when I can and because I can. (Fern R Law) I like the quote: “You will be your best self when you take time to understand what you really need, feel and want.” ― Deborah Day, BE HAPPY NOW!