35 Inspirational Quotes About Purpose To Help You Find Yours

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Finding your purpose in life is probably one of the most challenging questions you can ask yourself, but these inspirational quotes about purpose will motivate you to keep working towards doing so.

It’s hard to find something that is your specific niche and what you’re good at when there are so many possibilities of jobs, professions, skills. There’s no specific amount of time that it takes to find your purpose. However, whatever you do in life, the goal is to ensure it makes you happy.

To do so, ask yourself what's important to you as well as what direction you want your life to go in — and why. Answering those questions will help you find happiness and understanding about your journey in life.

Quotes About Purpose

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When it all seems a little overwhelming, stressful, and fruitless, look to these quotes for motivation. 

1. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” — Paulo Coelho

2. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” ― Roy T. Bennett

3. “The two most important days in life are the day you born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain

4. “If you have a strong purpose in life, you don't have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” ― Roy T. Bennett

5. “Commit to listening to your own wisdom and your intuition” — Rha Goddess

6. “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

7. “The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” — Barbara Hall

8. “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ― Shannon Alder

9. “When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist.” — Wayne Dyer

10. “Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.” — Oprah Winfrey

11. “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” — Helen Keller

12. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” — Brené Brown

13. “You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” — Margaret Young

14. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

15. “Making things happen and pursuing your purpose is about working with what you have and making the most of it without fear or expectation with shameless experimentation.” — Serena Wolf

16. “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” — Og Mandino

17. “What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ― Margaret Atwood

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18. “Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.” ― Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

19. “As you open yourself to living at your edge, your deepest purpose will slowly begin to make itself known.” — David Deida

20. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

21. “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

22. “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” — Oriah

23. “Sometimes it's the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.” ― Steve Maraboli

24. “I believe a purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.” — Michael J. Fox

25. "Everyone starts at the beginning: getting good at something starts with trying." — Elise Cripe

26. “You don’t need to know all of the answers, you just need to be courageous enough to take the first step and trust where it leads.” — Bronnie Ware

27. “Dedicate yourself to what gives your life true meaning and purpose; make a positive difference in someone's life.” ― Roy T. Bennett

28. “If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger — something that matters.” — Blake Mycoskie

29. “I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.” ― R.J. Anderson

30. "Be courageous and live the life your heart is guiding you towards." — Bronnie Ware

31. “We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” ― Gloria Gaither

32. “I'm not unhappy," he said. "Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I've got a purpose.” ― Cassandra Clar

33. “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

34. “The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.” ― Deepak Chopra

35. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Megan Hatch is a YourTango writer who covers health and wellness, self-care, and relationships.