10 Inspiring Quotes on Purpose in Life

 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Purpose renders meaning to our existence; the meaning of purpose varies for each of us.

Our search for purpose 

In our lives, we all need something to look forward to, something that makes us feel more alive and vibrant.

So begins our search for purpose!

Purpose, is the elusive bird that often evades us, but when we find it, our purpose gives us a good reason to live for. Only for a few, the purpose comes clear early in life, while any many of us spend ages without knowing what our purpose is, and take life as it comes.

Some find purpose in their creative pursuits, some find it in love, in their family, children and some find purpose in work.

Here is a collection of 10 beautiful quotes on the significance of purpose in our lives.

Purpose quote

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso


“Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”  ~ Stephen Hawking
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“What people want is not talent, it is purpose; in other words, not the power to achieve it, but will to labor.” ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton


Overall our purpose gives a direction to our lives. It gives us the answer to the question “Why am I doing this?”

Those who find their purpose and believe in it, pursue it relentlessly.

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ~ John F. Kennedy


“I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.”David Livingstone


Purpose affects motivation

In our work lives too, the perceived meaning of work increases our motivation levels for doing the work. When people can relate their work to some higher objectives, the amount of satisfaction derived from doing the work increases, which in turn increases the motivation for doing the work.

Purpose Quote

“If human nature felt no temptation to take a chance, no satisfaction (profit apart) in constructing a factory, a railway, a mine or a farm, there might not be much investment merely as a result of cold calculation. “ ~ John Maynard Keynes


Purpose need not always be big, it could be something as simple as doing something on an ongoing that nourishes your soul, makes you feel alive.

Sometimes we discover our purpose during adversity, and sometimes we find it in prosperity.

Conditioning of mind with repetitive thoughts often puts the seeds of purpose in it.

“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought”Napoleon Hill


This Proverb beautifully sums up the role of purpose in life.

 “The purpose of life is a life of purpose” ~ Robert Byrne. [Tweet this]



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32 thoughts on “10 Inspiring Quotes on Purpose in Life

  1. Lovely quotes and indeed life is all about discovering the purpose and once we find it we find life too short to live. We feel we have so many things to achieve and reach…in fact I have a strong bias for the word and it has always given me immense pleasure seeing people pursuing their purpose in life. There are people who gets immense pleasure by helping others and seeing others happy, and how lovely the world would have been with people with those purpose. Also people involved in different arts forms are people who care a good heart perhaps there is something in art which purifies our soul.

    Life without purpose is very frustrating to live and very agonizing to lead a life.
    Very true purpose gives meaning to our existence and we all have different purpose in our life.,,life is empty without it.

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    1. Yes Ravish I am of the same view that Purpose answers the question ‘Why we do what we do’. It is more to do with the intrinsic satisfaction and may not always be the same as external accomplishment. Thanks for adding this point. Have a good day.


    1. Maniparna, purpose I think, is what makes us strive for a particular goal, not the goal itself. For example, it could be what exactly drives you to write the haikus and stories.
      Also what appears meaningful at one point of time may lose its relevance at some other time. So, I guess, purpose for an individual, is a function of time as well. Thanks for sharing your views. Have a great day. 🙂

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  2. I always feel worth is therapy. And then, working without direction is meaningless. Purpose is what defines you in the long run. One must always be clear with what they want and having a purpose towards which you channelize your action is always great.

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