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Quotes on “Purpose”

Purpose … begins by deciding what clear goal or target I want to achieve, and then acts resolutely and consistently without quitting until the desired end is attained.

“Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.”
  James Allen
1864-1912, British-born American Essayist, Author of “As a Man Thinketh”
“To put away aimlessness and weakness, and 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; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.”
  James Allen
1864-1912, British-born American Essayist, Author of “As a Man Thinketh”
“The first principle of ethical power is purpose. By purpose, I don’t mean your objective or intention – something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you have of yourself – the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead.”
  Ken Blanchard
American Business Lecturer, Author
“For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress.  If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren’t able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment .”
  John Wooden
1910- American Basketball Coach
“What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.”
  Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
1803-1873, British Novelist, Poet
“Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.”
  Leo Buscaglia
American Expert on Love, Lecturer, Author
“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder — waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.”
  Thomas Carlyle
1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author
“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”
  Pablo Casals
1876-1973, Spanish Cellist, Conductor, Composer
“The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.”
  Norman Cousins
1915-1990, American Editor, Humanitarian, Author
“The secret to success is constancy to purpose.”
  Benjamin Disraeli
1804-1861, British Statesman, Prime Minister
“Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.”
  George Halas
American Football Coach
“Multitudes of people, drifting aimlessly to and fro without a set purpose, deny themselves such fulfillment of their capacities, and the satisfying happiness which attends it. They are not wicked, they are only shallow. They are not mean or vicious; they simply are empty — shake them and they would rattle like gourds. They lack range, depth, and conviction. Without purpose their lives ultimately wander into the morass of dissatisfaction. As we harness our abilities to a steady purpose and undertake the long pull toward its accomplishment, rich compensations reward us. A sense of purpose simplifies life and therefore concentrates our abilities; and concentration adds power.”
  Kenneth Hildebrand
American Author
“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”
  Washington Irving
1783-1859, American Author
“Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men.”
  Walter Lippmann
1889-1974, American Journalist
“The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.”
  Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
1533-1592, French Philosopher, Essayist
“There is no road to success but through a clear strong purpose. Nothing can take its place. A purpose underlies character, culture, position, attainment of every part.”
  Thorton T. Munger
American Scientist

 

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