Cornerstones

Purpose

(Progressive Farmer image by Jack Goodson, Progressive Farmer Archives, April 1963)

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.
Winston S. Churchill

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (KJV)

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?
Henry David Thoreau


Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
Isaiah 14:26 (KJV)

Don't put your purpose in one place and expect to see progress made somewhere else.
Epictetus

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going.
Oliver Wendall Holmes Sr.

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
Abraham Lincoln

Find the thing you want to do most intensely, make sure that's it, and do it with all your might. If you live, well and good. If you die, well and good. Your purpose is done.
H.G. Wells

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.
Deepak Chopra

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is more creative ... nor destructive ... than a brilliant mind with a purpose.
Dan Brown

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
Leonardo da Vinci

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
Helen Keller

We make our purpose.
Carl Sagan

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.
Buddha

What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.
Margaret Atwood

Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.
Eckhart Tolle

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