Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

— Helen Keller

Purpose is not simply a target that an organization chooses to aim for; it is the organization’s reason for being.

— Perry Pascarella

May we never let the things we can’t have, don’t have, or shouldn’t have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness, let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.

— Richard L. Evans

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

— Rev. Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

— Charles Spurgeon

A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures.

— President John F. Kennedy

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

— Jesus, Luke 19:10

Whatever you do, do it to the purpose; do it thoroughly, not superficially. Go to the bottom of things. Any thing half done, or half known, is in my mind, neither done nor known at all. Nay, worse, for it often misleads!

— Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773

The first step to getting somewhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are.

— J. P. Morgan

I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.

— President Harry Truman, 1951

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

— Albert Einstein

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

— I Thessalonians 2:12

To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.

— Michael Hanson

This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won’t get it back later.

— Laura Schlessinger

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

— Joel Arthur Baker

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

— President Calvin Coolidge

The better you understand what you want and why you want it the better your chances will be of acquiring it.

— Fred Jandt

Give a man a dollar and you cheer his heart. Give him a dream and you challenge his heart. Give him Christ and you change his heart. Then the dollar and the dream become meaningful to him, and to others.

— C. Neil Strait

But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.

— Acts 26:16

If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?

— Bishop William Hart Coleridge (1789-1849)

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.

— Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

— Proverbs 20:18

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder — waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you!

— Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881)

A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows its possessor’s point of view.

— Robert Frost

Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle

— Ken Hakuta

We have a call to do good, as often as we have the power and occasion.

— William Penn

The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

— Isaiah 14:24

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

— Susan Ertz

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

— Lewis Carroll, The Cheshire Cat

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

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the television and treat life as if it goes on forever.

— Philip Adams

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

— I John 3:8

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

— Matthew 6:33