Purpose Quotes

The problem with the youth of today’ is that one is no longer part of it.
– Salvador Dali

A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance.

– Gary Hamel

At the end of the day, that’s our sole purpose and our sole reason for existing, is to love somebody else.

– Nikki Reed

Integrate purpose into your for-profit business model through a long term commitment to a cause that is aligned with your core values and those of your community.

– Simon Mainwaring

The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.

– Issey Miyake

Wall Street has turned the economy into a giant asset-stripping scheme, one whose purpose is to suck the last bits of meat from the carcass of the middle class.

– Matt Taibbi

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.

– Aneurin Bevan

The value and utility of any experiment are determined by the fitness of the material to the purpose for which it is used, and thus in the case before us it cannot be immaterial what plants are subjected to experiment and in what manner such experiment is conducted.

– Gregor Mendel

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.

– Marian Wright Edelman

I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

– John F. Kennedy

I talk to our kids now that they are grown up, and I ask them about the experiences that had growing up that really had a powerful influence on the way they view the purpose of life. The experiences that really shaped their values – my wife and I have no memory of those experiences!

– Clayton Christensen

Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: ‘Does my life have meaning and purpose?’ ‘Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?’ ‘Whom and what shall I serve?’ ‘Whom and what can I trust?’ ‘How can I rise above my fears?’

– Parker Palmer

We all have those things that even in the midst of stress and disarray, they energize us and give us renewed strength and purpose. These are our passions.

– Adam Braun

To compare Tensegrity with yoga or t’ai chi is not possible. It has a different origin and a different purpose. The origin is shamanic, the purpose is shamanic.

– Carlos Castaneda

There are no wishy-washy astronauts. You don’t get up there by being uncaring and blase. And whatever gave you the sense of tenacity and purpose to get that far in life is absolutely reaffirmed and deepened by the experience itself.

– Chris Hadfield

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.

– John Stuart Mill

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.

– Tracy Kidder

The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.

– Bernard Baruch

To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.

– Christine Lagarde

Once something has outlived its usefulness in one area of life, its purpose for being in existence is no longer the same. The leaf that captures a stream of sunlight, and then transfers its energy to the tree, serves one purpose in the spring and summer, and another completely different one through the fall and winter.

– Guy Finley