80 Purpose Quotes to Live a Meaningful Life

Life’s purpose acts as a guiding compass, driving us towards fulfilling destinations.

It instills meaning in our actions, fueling our passions and talents.

This article provides 80 inspiring quotes about living life with a purpose, meant to encourage individuals in their quest for significance.

Finding one’s purpose is often a lifelong journey, although a fortunate few may discover it early.

Purpose Quotes to Live a Meaningful Life

Regardless, understanding our purpose, our “reason for existence,” is crucial.

It sets the foundation for our actions and when applied, it has the power to transform lives and organizations.

Nothing is rendered pointless; instead, everything becomes a stepping stone towards delivering our unique contribution to the world.

Purpose Quotes


Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. ~ Washington Irving.


When every action has a purpose, every action has a result. ~ Greg Plitt.

Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life. ~ Tom Thiss.

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. ~ Mark Batterson.

Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless. ~ Bertrand Russell.

The most dangerous thing in the world is to have no purpose. ~ T.D. Jakes.

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

The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. ~ Richard Hamming.

Why did you get out of bed this morning, and why should anyone care? ~ Simon Sinek.

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

Best Purpose Quotes

Morality comes from humanism and is stolen by religion for its own purposes. ~ Christopher Hitchens.


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

We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves. ~ Rick Warren.

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

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.


Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. ~ Stephen Hawking.

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.

Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you. ~ Tony Robbins.

I serve God, and my purpose is to please Him, and if God be for you, who can be against you? ~ Ben Carson.

Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. ~ Abraham Maslow.

Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre.

Famous Purpose Quotes

Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs. ~ Frederick Buechner.

The two most important days in life are the day you born and the day you discover the reason why. ~ Mark Twain.


Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray. ~ Sai Baba.

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

It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me. ~ Warsan Shire.

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.

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

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.


With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. ~ Edgar Allan Poe.

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

If you do not believe in a personal God, the question: ‘What is the purpose of life?’ is unaskable and unanswerable. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien.

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Strong Purpose Quotes

Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~ Proverbs 29:18

The solution to low self-esteem is to get over yourself and get a higher purpose. ~ Marianne Williamson.


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

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. ~ Warren Buffett.

Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal. ~ Carl Sagan.

If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart. ~ Oswald Chambers.

Happy are those whose purpose has found them. ~ Unknown.

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it. ~ Buddha.

God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life. ~ Joel Osteen.


Begin each day as if it were on purpose. ~ Will Smith.

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

When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny. ~ Ralph Buchanan.

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

Powerful Purpose Quotes

All I can do is be me, whoever that is. ~ Bob Dylan.

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. ~ Brandon Sanderson.


The ultimate purpose of life is to show that Jesus is more precious than life. ~ John Piper.

Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher.

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

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

Have a higher purpose than money. ~ Grant Cardone.


Find your purpose, find your voice. ~ Demi Lovato.

Define your priorities, know your values and believe in your purpose. Only then can you effectively share yourself with others. ~ Les Brown.

It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. ~ Winston S. Churchill.

Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink. ~ T. S. Eliot.

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.


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

You’ve got to have a purpose no matter what you do in life. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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

Love without action is meaningless and action without love is irrelevant. ~ Deepak Chopra.

To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all cherish a magnificent obsession. ~ Walt Disney.

Top Purpose Quotes

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


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

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

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.

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

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. ~ Dalai Lama.

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

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.


The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.

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

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

Every life has a purpose. Share your story and you may help someone find their own. ~ Demi Lovato.

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