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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.