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)

My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures.
- Sherman Alexie
(Keywords: Purpose, Authority, Children)

I can't tell you where a poem comes from, what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man. The reason I can't tell you is that the purpose of a poem is to go past telling, to be recognised by burning.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Purpose, Man, Past, Reason)

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)

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Purpose, Confession, Satisfaction, Sin, Sorrow)

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)

I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.
- Dave Barry
(Keywords: Purpose, Computer)

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)

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
- Cecil Beaton
(Keywords: Purpose, Vision, Integrity, Play, Will)

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Purpose, Christian, Man, Nothing, School)

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
- Ruth Benedict
(Keywords: Purpose, Anthropology, World)

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)

Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Purpose, Visualization)

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)

All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts.
- Vinoba Bhave
(Keywords: Purpose, Spiritual)

Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Purpose, Animals)

I was involved in the robbery for a purpose, and that was because I knew somebody who could drive a diesel train. I was responsible to take along this old guy who could drive the train.
- Ronald Biggs
(Keywords: Purpose, Old)

It's never been my purpose to become an American icon, or more famous or richer.
- Juliette Binoche
(Keywords: Purpose, American, Famous)

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)

In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Purpose, Fathers, Founding, Newspapers, Post, Washington)

The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is mothers really need to be given the ability to parent.
- Joan Blades
(Keywords: Purpose, Ability, Motherhood, Mothers)

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)

But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.
- Robert Browning
(Keywords: Purpose, Eyes, Nerves)

I was hugely relieved to discover there was a purpose for girls with loud voices.
- Betty Buckley
(Keywords: Purpose, Girls)

It would seem, therefore, that this constitutional safeguard may no longer serve its original purpose, especially when, as we learned last year, some acts of perjury may now be acceptable - in this world, at least, if not the next.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Purpose, May, Now, World)

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)



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