Purpose quotes

  • A disciple serves the spiritual master with the sole purpose of getting instructions from him.
    -- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    #Spiritual #Purpose #Instruction

  • An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.
    -- A. P. Herbert

    #Noble #Purpose #Enjoy

  • I can't tell you where a poem comes from, what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man. The reason I can't tell you is that the purpose of a poem is to go past telling, to be recognised by burning.
    -- A. R. Ammons

    #Past #Men #Purpose

  • I have the Pleasure to assure you Congress pay particular Attention to the Defence of New Jersey, and hitherto have denied us nothing which we have Asked for that Purpose.
    -- Abraham Clark

    #Attention #Purpose #Pay

  • I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Believe #Purpose #Slavery

  • The Almighty has His own purposes.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Purpose #Almighty

  • We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation, misery, and early death which, lest we forget, is the common lot.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Lucky #Purpose #Common

  • I'd rather stimulate your mind than emulate your purpose
    -- Aceyalone

    #Mind #Purpose

  • Some people wait constructively; they read or knit. I have watched some truly appalling pieces of needlework take form. Others - I am one of them - abandon all thought and purpose to an uneasy vegetative states.
    -- Ada Louise Huxtable

    #People #Waiting #Purpose

  • Real serious waiting is done in waiting rooms, and what they all have in common is their purpose, or purposelessness, if you will; they are places for doing nothing and they have no life of their own. ... their one constant is what might be called a decorative rigor mortis ...
    -- Ada Louise Huxtable

    #Real #Waiting #Purpose

  • T's [King James Bible] subject is majesty, not tyranny, and it's political purpose was unifying and enfolding, to elide the kingliness of God with the godliness of kings, to make royal power and divine glory into one invisible garment which could be wrapped around the nation as a whole.
    -- Adam Nicolson

    #Kings #Political #Purpose

  • Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
    -- Adam Smith

    #May #Purpose #Sole

  • Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore be directed to this noble purpose, and then all the objections urged against it by jealous tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.
    -- Adam Weishaupt

    #Jealous #Purpose #Noble

  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes
    -- Adam Yauch

    #Names #Events #Purpose

  • I'm of Nigerian descent, from the Yoruba tribe. Names are very significant in that culture. It basically states your purpose in life.
    -- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

    #Names #Culture #Purpose

  • Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Purpose #Alliances

  • Having a purpose is the little secret of the nonpretties. Something to do always beats something to look at.
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Secret #Purpose #Littles

  • The words are purposes./The words are maps./I came to see the damage that was done/and the treasures that prevail.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Purpose #Done #Maps

  • When we're in our true being, the purpose of life is to feel that every moment is the purpose.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Purpose #Life Is #Moments

  • Islam is probably the one that places the greatest emphasis on knowledge. The purpose is to understand God's creation.
    -- Aga Khan IV

    #God #Islam #Purpose

  • the most comfortable characteristic of the period [1775-1825], and the one which incites our deepest envy, is the universal willingness to accept a good purpose as a substitute for good work.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Envy #Purpose #Good Work

  • The purpose of God isn't to save us from Hell. The purpose of God is to make us like Christ.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Purpose #Hell #Christ

  • I believe that the purpose of life is to glorify God.
    -- Al Gore

    #Believe #Scary #Purpose

  • Better to die of something than to die in old age of nothing.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Age #Purpose #Old Age

  • It cannot take decades to resurrect, we must act immediately with purpose and enthusiasm to rebuild.
    -- Alan Autry

    #Purpose #Enthusiasm #Resurrection

  • If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Work #Mean #Purpose

  • The purpose of life is not to fight against evil and misfortune; it is to unveil magnificence.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Fighting #Evil #Purpose

  • Life has meaning only if you do what is meaningful to you.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Meaningful #Purpose #Purpose Of Life

  • The fire of purpose easily melts the icicles of obstacles.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Fire #Purpose #Icicles

  • Work may be your dominant thought, and joy an afterthought. But joy is your true purpose, and work the afterthought.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Joy #Purpose #May

  • To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
    -- Alan Coren

    #Purpose #Purpose Of Life #Grievance

  • Basic would never have surfaced because there was always a language better than Basic for that purpose. That language was Joss, which predated Basic and was beautiful. But Basic happened to be on a GE timesharing system that was done by Dartmouth, and when GE decided to franchise that, it started spreading Basic around just because it was there, not because it had any intrinsic merits whatsoever.
    -- Alan Kay

    #Beautiful #Purpose #Done

  • Every program has (at least) two purposes: the one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Two #Purpose #Program

  • There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great purpose.
    -- Alan Redpath

    #Past #Purpose #Gone

  • A throne is God's purpose for you; a cross is God's path for you; faith is God's plan for you.
    -- Alan Redpath

    #Thrones #Purpose #Path

  • The clash between science and religion has not shown that religion is false and science is true. It has shown that all systems of definition are relative to various purposes, and that none of them actually “grasp” reality.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Reality #Definitions #Purpose

  • And ultimately the people who produce my records, they know that they're here to serve the purpose of me expressing who I am at this period of time and augmenting that or pulling it forward and I love that process.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Who I Am #People #Purpose

  • The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Writing #Civilization #Purpose

  • The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to ensure the unhindered development of the individual.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Political #Purpose #Development

  • Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Knowing #Purpose #Earth

  • I have made the Bhagwad Gita as the main source of my inspiration and guide for the purpose of scientific investigations and formation of my theories.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Inspiration #Gita #Purpose

  • Spirit and soul is horseshit of the worst sort. Obviously there are no fairies, no Santa Clauses, no spirits. What there is, is human goals and purposes as noted by sane existentialists. But a lot of transcendentalists are utter screwballs.
    -- Albert Ellis

    #Goal #Soul #Purpose

  • I’ve been more places by accident than most people have been on purpose.
    -- Alberta Hunter

    #People #Purpose #Accidents

  • You can't think on purpose about somebody or something. Either you think about them naturally or you don't think at all.
    -- Alberto Moravia

    #Thinking #Purpose

  • For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.
    -- Aleister Crowley

    #Perfect #Lust #Purpose

  • The purpose of truly transcendent art is to express something you are not yet, but something that you can become.
    -- Alex Grey

    #Art #Purpose #Art Is

  • The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness is to give the maximum what the man is able to give.
    -- Alexander Alekhine

    #Men #Giving #Purpose

  • The truth is, after all the declamations we have heard, that the Constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Rights #Purpose #Bills

  • Rounding to the nearest cent is sufficiently accurate for practical purposes.
    -- Alexander John Ellis

    #Purpose #Finance #Accurate

  • Doth Nature draw me, 'tis because, Unto my seeming, there doth lurk A lawlessness about her laws, More mood than purpose in her work.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Nature #Law #Purpose

  • For God to explain a trial would be to destroy its purpose, calling forth simple faith and implicit obedience.
    -- Alfred Edersheim

    #Simple #Would Be #Purpose

  • A profession that we are a nation "under God" is identical, for Establishment Clause purposes, to a profession that we are a nation "under Jesus," a nation "under Vishnu," a nation "under Zeus," or a nation "under no god," because none of these professions can be neutral with respect to religion.
    -- Alfred Goodwin

    #Jesus #Atheism #Purpose

  • My purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the Western stars until I die.
    -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

    #Stars #Sunset #Purpose

  • In the absence of any short term in common use to represent all desirable things, or things that satisfy human wants, we may use the term Goods for that purpose.
    -- Alfred Marshall

    #Purpose #Use #May

  • But if inventions have increased man's power over nature very much, then the real value of money is better measured for some purposes in labour than in commodities.
    -- Alfred Marshall

    #Real #Men #Purpose

  • I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.
    -- Alfred Nobel

    #Writing #Purpose #Now And Then

  • A car for every purse and purpose.
    -- Alfred P. Sloan

    #Car #Purpose #Purses

  • This new declaration which emphasizes the necessity of global disarmament is based on the purposes and principles of the United Nations, in particular the prohibition of the threat and use of force, and on the obligation to negotiate disputes in conformity with the UN Charter. It is a strong and positive example for the entire world.
    -- Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

    #Strong #Purpose #Use

  • Let light and love and power and death fulfil the purpose of the Coming One.
    -- Alice Bailey

    #Light #And Love #Purpose

  • What is the purpose of memory? Is it a trick to make sure we don't forget who we are by reminding us of who we were?
    -- Alice Steinbach

    #Memories #Purpose #Who We Are

  • I think the world is a dead carcass and I think the purpose of human beings is as maggots...
    -- Alison Moyet

    #Thinking #Purpose #World

  • How immense God is, that He is able to sweep into His purposes even foolish requests and bad motivations.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Motivation #Purpose #Able

  • There is no one insignificant in the purposes of God.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Purpose #Insignificant

  • Then as now, whatever disagreements over policies existed among Americans - and there were many such bitter policy disputes - the purposes and goals for which Americans fought were clearly understood.
    -- Allen Weinstein

    #Goal #Purpose #Bitter

  • ...to kill animals for the purpose of feeding on their flesh is one of the most deplorable and shameful infirmities of the human state
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Animal #Purpose #Flesh

  • The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become.
    -- Alphonse Mucha

    #Bridges #Together #Purpose

  • God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.
    -- Alvar Aalto

    #Drawing #Abuse #Purpose

  • For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
    -- Ama Ata Aidoo

    #Fighting #Artist #Purpose

  • TALK, v.t. To commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Temptation #Purpose #Impulse

  • RAILROAD, n. The chief of many mechanical devices enabling us to get away from where we are to where we are no better off. For this purpose the railroad is held in highest favor by the optimist, for it permits him to make the transit with great expedition.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Science #Railroads #Purpose

  • No. The purpose is not the destination but the journey itself. Only those who understand this simple truth can experience true happiness.
    -- Amish Tripathi

    #Simple #Journey #Purpose

  • It is one thing to say that the dwelling has symbolic and cosmological aspects... and another to say that it has been erected for ritual purposes and is neither shelter nor dwelling but a temple.
    -- Anatol Rapoport

    #Dwelling #Purpose #Shelter

  • The purpose of life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens.
    -- Anaxagoras

    #Moon #Heaven #Purpose

  • Popularity gets up people's noses. But I understand the importance and the function of popular music. There is an artistic purpose. Popular music helps people to develop a curiosity and leads them towards classical music.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #People #Curiosity #Purpose

  • My purpose is to make films that will help people to live, even if they sometimes cause unhappiness
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #People #Purpose #Causes

  • Art without color would lose much of its purpose.
    -- Andrew Loomis

    #Art #Color #Purpose

  • The purpose of relationships is not happiness, but transformation.
    -- Andrew Schneider

    #Purpose #Transformation

  • When we are conscious of our personal uniqueness and our universal nature we express ourselves creatively. In this way we fulfill our dreams and our life purpose.
    -- Andrew Schneider

    #Dream #Purpose #Way

  • 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.
    -- Andrew Schneider

    #Purpose #World #Mud

  • Our purpose in this project is to begin to turn that fear of cancer, actually America's greatest fear, into a future, not only free of fear, but full of hope.
    -- Andrew von Eschenbach

    #Cancer #America #Purpose

  • If you’d just center your thoughts and affections upon the Lord, you’d be better off accidentally than you’ve ever been on purpose!
    -- Andrew Wommack

    #Purpose #Affection #Lord

  • Life is not a dress rehearsal - wake up every day excited to live out your purpose.
    -- Andrew Wommack

    #Jesus #Dresses #Purpose

  • My aim is not to exhibit craft, but rather to submerge it, and make it rightfully the handmaiden of beauty, power and emotional content.
    -- Andrew Wyeth

    #Emotional #Purpose #Crafts

  • When you know that everything matters—that every move counts as much as any other—you will begin living a life of permanent purpose.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Moving #Giving #Purpose

  • Those who are critical of my goals and dreams simply do not understand the higher purpose to which I have been called.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Dream #Goal #Purpose

  • The very beating of your heart has meaning and purpose. Your actions have value far greater than silver or gold.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Heart #Gold #Purpose

  • Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Purpose #Accepting #Projects

  • Service to others should be one of the most basic purposes of family life and schooling.
    -- Andy Hargreaves

    #Leadership #Learning #Purpose

  • As believers, we all have the responsibility to leverage our wealth for kingdom purposes.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Responsibility #Giving #Purpose

  • The union is much more than me, and when you think the union is you and it's not about who you represent, I think you've sort of lost your morals and focus and the purpose of your leadership.
    -- Andy Stern

    #Thinking #Focus #Purpose

  • The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.
    -- Aneurin Bevan

    #Power #Giving #Purpose

  • Emotions serve characters' purposes. That is their motivation.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Motivation #Character #Purpose

  • The purpose of etiquette is to provide an easy set of rules which we can follow when we are in a hurry and want to make sure that we do not give offense to anybody.
    -- Angela Lansbury

    #Giving #Purpose #Want

  • We don't have to go in search of our mission or purpose. The more we search for it, the more it will elude us. We just have to be ourselves and find our joy in the present moment or do what calls us in the present moment and our mission will unfold.
    -- Anita Moorjani

    #Joy #Purpose #Elude

  • What I really learned was that life is a gift and our only purpose is to be who we are. We all make it so complicated, and try to find our purpose, I learned that all I have to do is be as me as I can be.
    -- Anita Moorjani

    #Trying #Purpose #Who We Are

  • I knew that was really the only purpose of life: to be our self, live our truth, and be the love that we are.
    -- Anita Moorjani

    #Self #Purpose #Purpose Of Life

  • I choose to fill my days with what I'm passionate about, and live with purpose.
    -- Ann Curry

    #Purpose #Passionate #Live With Purpose

  • Riding exhilarated me; it gave me a joy and a purpose.
    -- Ann Romney

    #Joy #Riding #Purpose

  • God’s purposes are not for me to understand His plans: His plan is for me to understand Who He is.
    -- Ann Voskamp

    #Purpose #Plans

  • The true purpose of education is to cherish and unfold the seed of immortality already sown within us.
    -- Anna Brownell Jameson

    #Education #Purpose #Cherish