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Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak.

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
Never be afraid to treat the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps.
If you don't stand up for something, you may fall for anything.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big bold righteous and eternal.
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.
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.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.
A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
Every why has a wherefore.
Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
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.
The secret to success is constancy to purpose.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
The meaning of life is to give life meaning.
Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.
In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.
I just wake up and say, You're a bum, go do something worthwhile today.
The purpose of man is in action not thought.
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes; lesser ones exist on wishes and inclinations.
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.
Anyone can live heroically and successfully for one day. The man who achieves a high purpose makes that day the pattern for all the days of his life.
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.
You have to know what is right for you and go after it regardless of what others say.
What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.
The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.
Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.
It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.
We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also something to give meaning to our suffering. We need as much something to suffer for as something to live for.
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.
Make sure the thing you're living for is worth dying for.
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.
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.
It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.
A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.
It is your work in life that is your ultimate seduction.
Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.
My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose--a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
Be not simply good; be good for something.
You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart's desires.
Don't become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.
One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house f the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. [Psalms 27:4]
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.
What we must try to be, of course, is ourselves and wholeheartedly. We must find out what we really are and what we really want.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
The presence of a long-term, conscious goal has helped me maintain stability through the ubiquitous changes of over half a century.
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
At a turbulent public meeting once I lost my temper and said some harsh and sarcastic things. The proposal I was supporting was promptly defeated. My father who was there, said nothing, but that night, on my pillow I found a marked passage from Aristotle: Anybody can become angry--that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way -- that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
Many good purposes lie in the churchyard.
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.
For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone -- when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will -- then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought -- the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do -- can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.
The aims of life are the best defense against death.
I see no business in life but the work of Christ.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.
Mix a conviction with a man and something happens.
The whole life is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
He who clings to life shall lose it -- but losing it in a right cause will gain it.
If we don't stand for something, we may fall for anything.
What on earth are you doing for Heaven's sake?
Winners are people with definite purpose in life.
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.
You, betrayed by time and space, Seek and find your proper place.
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. [Philippians 1:27]
The purpose of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. [Proverbs 20:5]
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [2 Corinthians 5:20]
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward toward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.
Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.
No one sat me down with a piece of paper and said, ?This is what is expected of you. But I?m lucky enough in the fact that I have found my role I love being with people.?
I live for my sons. I would be lost without them.
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose...
Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
Bring me men to match my mountains: Bring me men to match my plains: Men with empires in their purpose and new eras in their brains.
Be the business never so painful, you may have it done for money.
A purpose you impart is no longer your own.
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
I think that a lot of women are made to feel that they have not done the one thing that they were put on the earth to do if they didn't do the normal thing, if they didn't take the most traveled path. And it's unfortunate.
The purpose in life is to collaborate for a common cause; the problem is nobody seems to know what it is.
Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.
The only way you can be successful on a post or win at it is to be at cause over it.
Fear God and work hard.
The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Give me a man who says, This one thing I do, and not, These fifty things, I dabble in.
Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.
Purpose is what gives life a meaning.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Knowing our personal mission further enhances the flow of mysterious coincidences as we are guided toward our destinies. First we have a question, then dreams, daydreams, and intuitions lead us toward the answers, which usually are synchronistically provided by the wisdom of another human being.
It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it.
To be a Sufi is to cease from taking trouble; and there is no greater trouble for thee than thine own self, for when thou art occupied with thyself, thou remainest away from God.
Man becomes greater in proportion to knowing himself and his faculties. Let him become conscious of what he is and he will soon also learn what he should be.
How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become -- to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.
People should follow their own energy.
Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?
What we determine we often break. Purpose is but the slave to memory.
Better to die of something than to die in old age of nothing.
We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us.
There is no better test of a man's work than time, which also reveals the thoughts which lay hidden in his breast.
The crowning blessing of life is to be born with a bias to some pursuit.
All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.
Every man is occasionally visited by the suspicion that the planet on which he is riding is not really going anywhere; that the Force which controls its measured eccentricities hasn't got anything special in mind. If he broods on this somber theme long enough he gets the doleful idea that the laughing children on a merry-go-round or the thin, fine hands of a lady's watch are revolving more purposely than he is.
Are we interested in sight seeing or soul saving?
Pep without purpose is piffle.
Your cause belongs to those that can avenge your wrongs.