21 Quotes to Infuse Your Life With Purpose

Jordan Tarver
December 17, 2020

Understanding your life's purpose is knowing the reason for being or the reason you get out of bed every morning. When you're in touch with your purpose, you're able to live a life filled with happiness, clarity, and fulfillment. If you are still striving to find your purpose, that's completely okay. Use these 21 purpose quotes to help guide you on your quest to discovering purpose in your life.

Why Finding Your Purpose Matters

As you'll read in a minute, living a life without a purpose is like driving a boat with no rudder. Your purpose in life guides you and reminds you of what you need to do to fulfill your soul's reason for being. Although finding your purpose can be a challenge, if you're willing to endure the journey, it can change the course of your life forever (and for the better). If you avoid that journey and instead choose to live guided by a lack of intention, you risk becoming lost and questioning your existence. Believe me when I say this: Finding your purpose is the greatest achievement you could possibly experience. I have faith in you.

21 Purpose Quotes to Help You Live Your Purpose

  1. "It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something." — Winston S. Churchill
  2. “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” — Dalai Lama
  3. “The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.” ― Michel de Montaigne
  4. “If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.” ― Jack Canfield
  5. “The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” ― Thomas Carlyle
  6. “The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” ― Charles Dickens
  7. "Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." ― Viktor Frankl
  8. "If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." ― Bishop T.D. Jakes
  9. "The purpose of life is a life of purpose" ― Robert Byrne
  10. "The secret of success is constancy to purpose" ― Benjamin Disraeli
  11. "Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it's not where you want to be. Every season serves a purpose." ― Unkown
  12. "Believe in your heart that you're meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic, and miracles.” ― Roy T. Bennett
  13. “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
  14. “If you have a strong purpose in life, you don't have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” ― Roy T. Bennett
  15. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” ― Buddha
  16. “I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, "aw shit, he's up!” ― Steve Maraboli
  17. “Nothing is more creative... nor destructive... than a brilliant mind with a purpose.” ― Dan Brown
  18. “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ― Rumi
  19. “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  20. “The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” ― Leo Rosten
  21. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” ― Nietzsche

Bottom Line

Use these purpose quotes to your advantage, whether you need the inspiration to find your purpose or you're looking for more ways to deepen your connection with your already found purpose. Wherever you are on your journey, I praise you for making a conscious effort to focus on living a life full of purpose. Not everyone chooses to do so, but those that do experience a life filled with never-ending fulfillment.


Jordan Tarver is a lead editor at Forbes, a keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of You Deserve This Sh!t.
He’s transformed over 30,000 lives through his book, amassed more than 200,000 devoted followers, and garnered over 60 million views online. Jordan is on a mission to empower people and organizations to unlock exponential growth and expansive possibilities.

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