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222 Purpose Quotes for Finding Your Purpose and Living Your Purpose

Here you’ll find a compilation of 222 purpose quotes collected and hand-selected to support you on your journey of finding your purpose and living your purpose. Whether you are still hoping to find your purpose or feel like you are already living your purpose, we can all use a little inspiration from time to time

Living Your Purpose Quotes

Even when we believe you are living your purpose, you can still use a bit of encouragement along the way. Living your purpose doesn’t mean you’ll never face any challenges or won’t have obstacles to overcome. The path may not always be easy but it’ll be worth it. So keep going! Come back and read these on living your purpose quotes anytime you need a virtual pep talk.

  1. “Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others.  And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of goals.”  ~ Deepak Chopra

  2. “Purpose spurs passion which fans the sparks that light the fires that fuel change.” ~ Sir Richard Branson

  1. “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” ~ Og Mandino

  1. “The things you need in life are those that will help you fulfill your dominant purpose. Things you want but may not need may lead you aside from that purpose. It is only by making everything serve your main objective that success is attained.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

  1. “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

  1. The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us.” ~ Marianne Williamson

  2. “A woman who walks in purpose does not have to chase opportunities, her light causes people and opportunities to pursue her.” ~ unknown

  1. “We all have a spiritual purpose, a mission, that we have been pursuing without being fully aware of it, and once we bring it completely into consciousness our lives can take off.”  ~ James Redfield

  1. “Follow your passion. It will lead you to purpose.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

  1. “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

  1. “Your work is your love made visible.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

  1. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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

  1. “When you dance your purpose it’s not to get on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” ~ Wayne Dyer 

  1. “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  2. “When we have a clear sense of where we’re going, we can be more flexible in how we get there.” ~ Simon Sinek

  1. “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out our purpose, and to do it courageously.” ~ Dr Steve Maraboli

  1. “Activity without purpose is the drain of your life.” ~ Tony Robbins

  1. “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama

  1. “Why am I here? The point is to be part of the increasing livingness of life … Please allow the service to life, this concept of I am life, therefore, I, like all life, am here to make the whole world more alive. Try that on and let that color your perceptions.” ~ Charles Eisenstein

  1. “Not knowing what it is all about, we look to somebody else to tell us the goal, end or purpose of life. We turn to beliefs, books and leaders, and when they offer us something, though we may be momentarily satisfied, sooner or later we want something else.” ~ Krishnamurti

  1. “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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

  1. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ~ John F. Kennedy

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

  1. “People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” ~ John C. Maxwell  

  1. The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~ Robert Byrne

  1. “Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life. When we drive with purpose we don’t get tired or bored and our engines don’t burn out.” ~ Jon Gordon

  1. “A person’s purpose is energetically inscribed in their bones and its actual translation into work should agree with the message engraved in these bones.” ~ Malidoma Patrice Some’, The Healing Wisdom of Africa

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

  1. “Whenever God gives us an assignment, he always equips us with what we need to accomplish it.” ~ Rick Warren

  1. “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

  1. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ~ W. Clement Stone

  2. “I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.” ~ Nietzsche

“Entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones who got tapped on the head by the purpose fairy. If you were born you have a purpose.”

Ronda Renée
  1. “The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  1. “Don’t feel obligated to spend time with people who pull you off the path of your life purpose.” ~ Doreen Virtue

  1. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” ~ Siddhartha Guatama Buddha

  1. Your mission, your purpose and your destiny will all be tied to one thing–your gift.” ~ Steve Harvey 

  1. “Fearlessness means taking the first step, even if you don’t know where it will take you. It means being driven by a higher purpose, rather than by applause. It means knowing that you reveal your character when you stand apart, more than when you stand with a crowd.” ~ Chadwick Boseman 

  1. “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

  1. “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. 

  1. “The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.” ~ George Eliot

  1. “Profit isn’t a purpose, it’s a result. To have purpose means the things we do are of real value to others.” ~ Simon Sinek

  1. “Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue.” ~ Marcus Aurelius 

  1. “Great minds have purpose, others have wishes.” ~ Washington Irving

  1. “Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

  1. “The purpose of life is to find your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give it away.” ~ David Viscott

  1. “To give life meaning, one must have a purpose larger than self.” ~ Will Durant

  1. “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

  1. “We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives.” ~ Mary Kay Ash

  1. “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” ~ John C. Maxwell

  1. “If you have a sense of purpose and a sense of direction, I believe people will follow you.” ~ Margaret Thatcher 

  1. “More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.”  ~ Billy Sunday 

  1. “Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s need.” ~ Frederick Buechner

  2. “Know what sparks the light in you. Then use it to illuminate the world.” ~ Oprah

  1. “Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

  1. “Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.” ~ Unknown

  1. Purpose is what gives life meaning.” ~ Charles Henry Parkhurst

  1. “Work gives you meaning and purpose. Life is empty without it.” ~ Stephen Hawking

  1. “Did you know that every human being is created with a purpose and that they have a responsibility to not only discover their purpose but also to fulfill it?” ~ Zig Ziglar

  1. “When you walk with purpose you collide with destiny.” ~ Bertilce Beury

  1. “What appears to be the most difficult challenge of your journey can propel you to your life’s purpose.” ~ Jeff Zinn

  1. “You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.” ~ Denis Waitley 

  1. “Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.” ~ James Allen

  1. “The oldest wisdom in the world tells us we can consciously unite with the divine while in this body; for this man is really born. If he misses his destiny, Nature is not in a hurry; she will catch him up someday, and compel him to fulfill her secret purpose.“ ~Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (president of India, 1962-67)

  1. “Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.” ~ Bryant H. McGill 

  1. “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” ~ Viktor Frankl

  1. “Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.“~ Rick Warren

  1. “Greatness is accompanied by a greater purpose.” ~ Unknown

“Until you get connected to a purpose bigger than your personality you’ll continue to get in your own way.”

Ronda Renée
  1. “When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self in which all possibilities exist.” ~ Wayne Dyer

  1. “If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” ~ Roy Bennett

  1. “It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life.” ~ Bob Goff 

  2. “Passion and purpose scale – always have, always will.” ~ Elon Musk

  1. “When you believe in your purpose you can work through obstacles, overcome disappointments & endure hardships.” ~ Billy Cox

  1. “You have to understand the purpose of life. The purpose of life is to do something which will live forever.” ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi

  1. “The purpose of a goal is what you become as a person while you are achieving it.” ~ Billy Cox

  1. “The purpose in life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

  1. “Once you decide to follow your life purpose, you only need to pack one thing: your heart.” ~ Mama Liz

  1. “Your primary purpose is to be here fully, and to be total in whatever you do so that the preciousness of the present moment does not become reduced to a means to an end. And there you have your life purpose. That’s the very foundation of your life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

  1. “I believe a purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.” ~ Michael J Fox 

  1. “Success demands singleness of purpose.” ~ Vince Lomardi

  1. “Here’s a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it’s not.” ~ Lauren Bacall

  1. “Winners are people with definite purpose in life.” ~ Denis Waitley

  2. “Have a higher purpose than money.” ~ Grant Cardone

  1. “Every day focus on your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don’t get burned out because of what we do, we get burned out because we forget why we do it.” ~ Jon Gordon

  1. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama

  1. “You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” ~ Margaret Young

  1. “Nothing is more creative, nor destructive than a brilliant mind with a purpose.” ~ Dan Brown

  1. “There’s purpose and worth to each and every life.” ~ Ronald Reagan

  1. “To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  1. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” ~ Rumi

  1. “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  1. “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe…” ~ Joseph Campbell

  1. “I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.” ~ David Livingstone

  1. “Purpose is understanding why you do what you do. Purpose will wake you up early and keep you up late.” ~ Billy Cox

  1. “I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  1. “There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.” ~ Kin Hubbard

  1. “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

  1. “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

  1. “Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. “Purpose is not a noun, it is a verb… We experience purpose when we do something that’s greater than ourselves. We experience purpose when we push ourselves and grow.” ~ Aaron Hurst

  1. “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

  1. I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

  1. “Never work just for money or power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  1. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein

  1. “Live for something, have a purpose, And that purpose keep in view.” ~ Robert Whitaker

  1. “Nothing will divert me from my purpose.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 

  1. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” ~ Francis Chan

  1. “There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  1. “Awakened doing is the alignment of your outer purpose, what you do—with your inner purpose—awakening and staying awake.”  ~ Eckhart Tolle

  2. “Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.” ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

Finding Your Purpose Quotes

While exploring these finding your purpose quotes you may sometimes wonder if you even have a purpose. If you don’t yet feel like you have found your purpose, let these point you in the right direction, inspire you to continue seeking and assure you that your purpose is waiting for you – perhaps somewhere you never expected to find it!

  1. “There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world―and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs.” ~ Deepak Chopra

  2. “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

  3. “You must be willing to give up the life you’ve planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  1. Discovering your purpose is the most significant thing you will do in your life, and you, your loved ones, and the world will be better off because you went on this journey.” ~ Mastin Kipp

  2. “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

  1. “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 

  2. “Find purpose. The means will follow.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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

  1. “Knowing your purpose gives your life meaning, simplicity, focus and motivation. It also prepares you for eternity.” ~ Rick Warren

  1. “If somebody else made me, for his own purposes, then I shall have a lot of duties which I should not have if I simply belonged to myself.” ~ C. S. Lewis

  1. “Find your purpose and fling your life out to it.” ~ unknown

  1. “I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres 

  1. “Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason.” ~ Unknown

  1. “Make visible what without you might perhaps never have been seen.” ~ Robert Bresson

  1. “Knowing your life purpose is the first step toward living a truly conscious life. A life purpose provides us with a clear goal, a set finish line that you truly want to reach.” ~ Simon Foster

  1. “If God gave you contentment then you would never pursue your life purpose. It is your restlessness that pushes you to take action, change your life and seek more of what you could possibly be.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

  1. “To know your life purpose you must feel it. The brain only knows your history. Your purpose emerges in every moment, brand new and amazing.” ~ Rhys Thomas

  1. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” ~ Dolly Parton

  2. “Purpose directs passion and passion ignites purpose.” ~ Rhonda Britten 

  1. “Realize there is a purpose to your life. Then commit yourself to finding it.” ~ Dr Moses Simuyemba

  1. “Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way.” ~ Kris Carr

  1. “Purpose has to do with one’s calling – deciding what business you are in as a person.” ~ Ken Blanchard

  1. “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

  1. “Life purpose…is the foundation of your life. It’s the cohesion of your existence, your essence, and your spine — that which animates and holds you upright in the world.” ~ Jayne Stevenson

  2. “Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

  3. “The real joy in life comes from finding your true purpose and aligning it with what you do every single day.” ~ Tony Robbins

  1. “Find your purpose, find your voice.” ~ Demi Lovato

  2. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

  3. “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

  1. “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

  1. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~ Pablo Picasso

  1. “Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.” ~ Steve Maraboli

  1. “Circumstances and crises are God’s tools to move you into your purpose and the maximizing of your potential. ~ Dr. Myles Munroe

“We are always being guided to our purpose. We just have to learn how to follow directions.”

Ronda Renée
  1. “No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.” ~ Denis Waitley

  2. “A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” ~ Dwight L. Moody

  1. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.” ~ Unknown

  2. “The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.” ~ William Cowper

  3. “The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

  4. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~ Michelangelo

  5. “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  1. “Your purpose becomes your inner motivator, turning on the ignition switch in your brain to transcend the noise in your life and focus on what matters most.” ~ Victor Strecher

  2. “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.” ~ Rick Warren

  3. “The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” ~ Carl Jung

  4. “The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  5. “A man without a sense of purpose, even one whose bank accounts are stuffed with money, is always a small man.” ~ Stephen King

  1. “Sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.” ~ Khaled Hosseini

  1. “Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life.” ~ Paulo Coelho

  2. “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 Ravinkat 

  3. “You’ll discover that through it all your Soul has been guiding you according to its purpose.” ~ Ron & Mary Hulnick

  1. “Finding purpose is not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend your limited amount of time well.” ~ Mark Manson

  1. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~ Bishop T.D. Jakes

  1. “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

  2. “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

  3. “Perhaps the single most important ingredient in all of life for achieving happiness and fulfillment: Purpose.” ~ Harvey Volson

  1. “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 

  1. “(Maslow) defined self-actualization as discovering what you are meant to do and committing to the ardor of pursuing it with excellence. The purpose of free society, I would suggest, is to systematically increase the percentage of people who do exactly that.” ~ Jim Collins

  1. “Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best.” ~ David O. McKay

  2. “…sometimes a particular purpose can be squared with a particular career. It may take nothing more than reexamining your career, asking some questions, and discovering a purpose you have overlooked in the past.” ~ Vince Lombardi Jr

  1. “Figure out what your purpose is in life, what you really and truly want to do with your time and your life; then be willing to sacrifice everything and then some to achieve it. If you are not willing to make the sacrifice, then keep searching.” ~ Quintina Ragnacci

  1. “Dig deep enough in every heart and you’ll find it: a longing for meaning, a quest for purpose. As surely as a child breathes, he will someday wonder, What is the purpose of my life?” ~ Max Lucado

  1. “Not everybody can identify a purpose in life. But when you do, and when you pursue it, you will be living the kind of life you feel you were meant to live. And what’s more, you will be happy.” ~ Steve Goodier

  1. “Your purpose must be particular to you. This is the road less traveled. Your purpose cannot be someone else’s path, not your family’s path nor your friends’ path.” ~ Drew Scott Pearlman

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

  1. “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” ~ Victor Frankl

  1. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall

  1. “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

  2. “Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

  1. “It is not just a matter of doing something but of making a choice to do something on purpose. ~ Kathryn Lang

  1. “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

 “Each of us have the same purpose: To be the best and fullest expression of ourselves.”

Ronda Renée
  1. “We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” ~ Robin Sharma

  2. “You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” ~ Margaret Young

  3. “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

  1. “I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  2. “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without purpose.” ~ Myles Munroe

  1. “Among our most universal human longings is to affect the world with our actions somehow, to leave an imprint with our existence.” ~ Maria Popova

  1. “The most common form of despair is not being who you are.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

  1. “We always may be what we might have been.” ~ Adelaide Anne Procter

  1. “He who knows how will always work for he who knows why.” ~ David Lee Roth

  1. “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” ~ Viktor Frankl

  1. “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.” ~ Peter Strople

  1. “What matters is not the duration  of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived.” ~ Rick Warren

  1. “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” ~ Oriah Mountain Healer

  1. “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” ~ Paulo Coelho

  1. “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo 

  1. “Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.” ~ Alan Cohen

  1. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  1. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

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

  1. “What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ~ Margaret Atwood

  1. “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.” ~ Quaker saying

  1. “When we allow our dreams to die, our soul isn’t far behind.” ~ Brian Souza

  1. “Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false messiah.” ~ Richard Bach

  1. “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

  1. “The two most important days in life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~ Mark Twain

  1. “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

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

  1. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou 

  1. “Man is not born to solve the problems of the universe, but to find out what he has to do…within the limits of his comprehension.” ~ Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

  1. “Your calling isn’t something that somebody can tell you about. It’s what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that is. You know it inside yourself.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

  1. “Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”  ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

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

  1. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  1. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” ~ Steve Jobs

  1. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” ~ Malcolm Forbes

  1. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown

  1. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”  ~ Jim Rohn

  1. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Elliot

  1. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~ Michelangelo

  1. “Our truest life is when we are awake in our dreams.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

  1. “I would hate to die and not do what I was born to do.” ~ T.D. Jakes

  1. “…Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” ~ Carl Jung

Fulfilling Your Purpose 

With all this rich advice in these purpose quotes on finding your purpose and living your purpose, there is one very important fact to keep in mind: Your purpose is not a project or a mission; it’s definitely not your business. Your purpose is who you BE. It is the frequency of your Soul. 

Seeing your purpose as more than who you serve, how you make money, or how well-known you are, opens up far greater possibilities for your life – and your fulfillment.