Quotations on Purpose

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Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey thorough the world.
- Chinua Achebe
(Keywords: People, Purpose, Journey, Leaders, World)

The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Trust, Purpose, Lies, Nothing, Press)

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Growth, Purpose, Learning)

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
- Mitch Albom
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, Community, Meaning)

The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness is to give the maximum what the man is able to give.
- Alexander Alekhine
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Purpose, Man, Sense)

To make a difference is just... I think... the purpose of what life is.
- Anastacia
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, Difference)

So it allows me to travel, I'll be doing that and running these great rivers and doing what I've done in the past without much purpose other than for the experience.
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Keywords: Experience, Travel, Purpose, Past, Rivers, Running)

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.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, Drama, Earth, Meaning, Pain, Sense)

You know, I'm a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.
- Sharron Angle
(Keywords: Faith, God, Purpose, Christian)

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.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Power, Time, Purpose, Right)

It ended up being a very good thing, because they finally started writing for the character, and I realized that you have to go to work with a purpose. I learned from the experience and then moved on.
- Matthew Ashford
(Keywords: Experience, Work, Character, Purpose, Being, Writing)

It cannot take decades to resurrect, we must act immediately with purpose and enthusiasm to rebuild.
- Alan Autry
(Keywords: Enthusiasm, Purpose, Act)

There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Knowledge, Purpose, Ambition)

The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Keywords: Education, Purpose, Man, Sunset)

They seem to have forgotten that, and are back saying the only purpose of P2P networks is for illegal trading of owned goods. We claim part of the reason for P2P is for legal trading of what ought to be in public domain. And what is in public domain in many cases.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Legal, Purpose, Public, Reason, Saying)

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.
- William Bartram
(Keywords: Perseverance, Purpose, Attention, Creation, Economy, Effect, Order, Resolution)

The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Men, Purpose, Fools)

It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Attitude, Purpose, Opinion, Press, Public, Public opinion)

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Purpose, First, Paradox, Pleasure, Self)

The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision.
- David Boies
(Keywords: Love, Decision, Purpose, Constitution, Court, Decisions, Rights, Legislation, Majority, Minority, Past)

The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.
- Edward de Bono
(Keywords: Science, Purpose, World)

During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.
- Daniel Boone
(Keywords: Home, Purpose, Affection)

The principal purpose of the Democratic Party is to use the force of government to take property away from the people who earn it and give it to people who do not.
- Neal Boortz
(Keywords: Government, People, Purpose, Force, Party, Property)

The main purpose of Social Security is to redistribute wealth, to make an increasingly large number of Americans dependent on government for their basic needs in their retirement years.
- Neal Boortz
(Keywords: Government, Purpose, Wealth, Americans, Needs, Retirement, Security, Years)

The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law.
- Robert Bork
(Keywords: Equality, Purpose, Being, Law, Separation)

If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Art, Life, Purpose, Visions)

We're all so mauled by information, but it's recycled information. We need to shut it out. So, you've got to get bizarre. This is an artist's purpose - to break away from the recycled. Performance art can do that.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Purpose, Artist, Bizarre, Information)

Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Death, Purpose, Pain, Punishment)

In 1995, I founded The Molecular Sciences Institute with a gift from the Philip Morris Company where I hoped that we could create an environment where young people could pursue science in an atmosphere of harmonious purpose and high intellectual challenge.
- Sydney Brenner
(Keywords: Science, People, Purpose, Challenge, Company, Environment)

There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.
- Sitting Bull
(Keywords: Home, Purpose, Sound, Will)

What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Talent, Purpose, Mankind)

Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language.
- Kenneth Burke
(Keywords: Nature, Purpose, Language, Light, Principles)

The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders.
- Leo Burnett
(Keywords: Business, Purpose, Advertising, Service)

Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.
- William S. Burroughs
(Keywords: Happiness, War, Purpose, Victory, Conflict)

America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
- George H. W. Bush
(Keywords: People, Purpose, America, Nation, Today, World)

I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Religion, Discipline, Purpose, Actions, Patience, Religious, Sense, Stability)

The sensors have many potential practical uses - in Government buildings, train carriages, cargo containers, on a soldier's lapel - and are a thousand times cheaper than current sensors that are used for the same purpose.
- Anne Campbell
(Keywords: Government, Purpose, Potential)

I have followed holiness, I have taught truth, and I have been most in the main things; not that I thought the things concerning our times little, but that I thought none could do anything to purpose in God's great and public matters, till they were right in their conditions.
- Donald Cargill
(Keywords: God, Truth, Thought, Purpose, Holiness, Public, Right)

I've spent about that amount of time trying to tell the public that there was purpose in... my business, my career and the roller coaster ride... how the people I associated with worked together.
- Diahann Carroll
(Keywords: Time, Business, People, Purpose, Career, Public, Trying)

The will is never free - it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car - it can't steer.
- Joyce Cary
(Keywords: Car, Purpose, Will)

The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.
- Pablo Casals
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, First)

The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people - the fear that electrical power, for instance, will be taken away or the transportation system will be taken down.
- Vinton Cerf
(Keywords: Power, People, Fear, Purpose, Terrorism, Will)

But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be, whenever and wherever the hour strikes and calls to noble action.
- Joshua Chamberlain
(Keywords: Dreams, Men, Action, Purpose, Thoughts, Ideals, May, Spirits, Will)

The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Time, Knowledge, Purpose, Ability, Man, Senses)

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
- Charlie Chaplin
(Keywords: Beauty, Purpose, Patience, Question)

We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings, with such mental qualities and powers, for the sole purpose of being used as beasts, or instruments of labour.
- Thomas Clarkson
(Keywords: God, Purpose, Being, Order)

The purpose of this study is to offer a logical, practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God from a purely scientific perspective.
- John Clayton
(Keywords: God, Purpose, Existence, Perspective, Proof, Study)

It's a matter of choosing what is most important to you and putting that first. Once you have recognized your true purpose in life, this becomes much easier.
- Clarence Clemons
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, First)

If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program.
- William J. Clinton
(Keywords: Peace, Purpose, Destruction, Force, Iraq, Want, Weapons)



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