Purpose Quotes

Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore be directed to this noble purpose, and then all the objections urged against it by jealous tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.

— Adam Weishaupt

Even though I’m usually not conscious of it, I think drawing has always served a sort of therapeutic purpose in my life. There’s something about the process of translating the messy chaos of real life into a clean, simple drawing that’s always been comforting to me.

— Adrian Tomine

A book must have moral purpose to be any good. Why, I don’t know.

— Alan Furst

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.

— Alvar Aalto

If you’re trying to do multiple agendas, you’ll confuse yourself as a storyteller. If you have one purpose, everything else will fall into place.

— Andrew Stanton

And I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that because the days are long, the road is hard, the trials are there and I never know when, I have this little gray cloud that’s over my head, when it’s gonna start raining on me again. And I do need everyone’s prayers. But I also believe that we’re here for a purpose, and Mitt is prepared.

— Ann Romney

You don’t think people would go on about my looks if I was No. 500 in the world instead of No.12, do you? Anyway, as I keep telling everyone, you can’t blame me for looking like this on purpose.

— Anna Kournikova

Because of my Calvinistic upbringing, I was trained to think that what you do has to have a purpose.

— Anselm Kiefer

Historically, there is a presumption that the legitimate police powers of the states are not to be pre-empted by federal law unless Congress has made that purpose clear.

— Asa Hutchinson

I think we’ll see, not only with Glass, but the watch wearables, with the contact lens, that each of these things have their own best purpose, but it will take more on our part and society’s part to figure out what that is.

— Astro Teller

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.

— Abraham Lincoln

In the Marine Corps, everything had a purpose.

— Adam Driver

Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.

— Adam Smith

Terrorism, to me, is the use of terror for political purpose, and terror is indiscriminate murder of civilians to make a political point.

— Al Franken

It may be true that the only reason the comic book industry now exists is for this purpose, to create characters for movies, board games and other types of merchandise.

— Alan Moore

And ultimately the people who produce my records, they know that they’re here to serve the purpose of me expressing who I am at this period of time and augmenting that or pulling it forward and I love that process.

— Alanis Morissette

But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.

— Alanis Morissette

Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.

— Alfred North Whitehead

I’ve always felt quite singular, even as a child. That I must stay on track to keep my purpose.

— Alice Walker

I don’t spend much time looking back at what happened. I do remember it, but I don’t see any purpose of wanting to look back.

— Amitabh Bachchan

I didn’t get old on purpose, it just happened. If you’re lucky, it could happen to you.

— Andy Rooney

The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you, and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being, and they will always come first. It changes you forever. It changes your perspective, and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.

— Angelina Jolie

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

— Anne Sullivan

As a club, we have an educational purpose: to give back to those people who love Arsenal so that they learn moral values from our game and how we behave.

— Arsene Wenger

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

— Ayn Rand

We all have those things that even in the midst of stress and disarray, they energize us and give us renewed strength and purpose. These are our passions.

— Adam Braun

Notwithstanding my present incompetency, I am beginning to translate the New Testament, being extremely anxious to get some parts of Scripture, at least, into an intelligible shape, if for no other purpose than to read, as occasion offers, to the Burmans I meet with.

— Adoniram Judson

Consider this point. It is a main point of true wisdom. Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent.

— Adoniram Judson

Deficiencies in individuals, as in States, have their value and import. Indeed, that sublime impulse of perfectibility, always vivacious, always working under various forms and with one underlying purpose, would be futile without them, and fatuous.

— Ameen Rihani

If your purpose is to make money, you shouldn’t get into writing.

— Amish Tripathi

It was when my children were 5, 3 and 10 months old that I just felt the desperate need to get to know God through the pages of my Bible. And as a result, I started a Bible class in my city for the primary purpose of being in it.

— Anne Graham Lotz

In the Bible, ordination – I don’t see that in the Scripture. In the Bible, it’s whether you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, whether you’re anointed by God, whether you’re called by God, whether you’re obedient to Him. I want to be those things, but I don’t see any purpose for me in being ordained.

— Anne Graham Lotz

I was wrapping up my stint on ‘Daredevil’ co-writing with Andy Diggle during the Shadowland story, when Marvel asked if I was interested in doing something else with DD but a bit different. When they explained the purpose of the ‘Season One’ books, I was intrigued – I’m a big advocate of books for people new to the medium – and said yes.

— Antony Johnston

We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church, which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning, its contents and purpose, to taste and see how good the Lord is.

— Arthur Middleton

I can’t tell you where a poem comes from, what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man. The reason I can’t tell you is that the purpose of a poem is to go past telling, to be recognised by burning.

— A. R. Ammons

It cannot take decades to resurrect, we must act immediately with purpose and enthusiasm to rebuild.

— Alan Autry

Panda – We’re not really selling Chinese food, you know. Our real purpose is about developing people.

— Andrew Cherng

I choose to fill my days with what I’m passionate about, and live with purpose.

— Ann Curry

The sensors have many potential practical uses – in Government buildings, train carriages, cargo containers, on a soldier’s lapel – and are a thousand times cheaper than current sensors that are used for the same purpose.

— Anne Campbell

In the New Yorker library, I have long been shelved between Nadine Gordimer and Brendan Gill an eerie little space nestled between high seriousness of purpose and legendary lightness of touch.

— Adam Gopnik

I’m of Nigerian descent, from the Yoruba tribe. Names are very significant in that culture. It basically states your purpose in life.

— Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our litany, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision of America’s exalted purpose and inspiring way of life?

— Adlai Stevenson

It’s time to create an Economic Growth Code whose purpose is to fix and grow the economy, not redistribute massive amounts of wealth.

— Ari Fleischer

Luck, I never looked to make difficult movies on purpose. You make the films you can make.

— Alain Resnais

When Edna O’Brien’s first novel, ‘The Country Girls,’ was published in 1960, her family and neighbors in the small Irish village where she was born tossed copies into a bonfire expressly set for that horrifying purpose.

— Alan Cheuse

What Republicans need to do is to go back to their roots – starting with Lincoln – and remind the nation that they are the party of national growth, racial equality and unity of purpose. These Lincolnian themes will serve Republicans – and the nation – much better than becoming the party on the lookout for the supposed rat head of higher taxes.

— Alan Siegel

Our national purpose, not our party differences, must define the American Brand. We must change the conversation from one centered around what defines our differences to one that hangs a lantern on what binds us, supports our collective well being and makes us all stronger and more productive as a result.

— Alan Siegel

Very early on in the process of trying to sell ‘The Summer Prince,’ I was told, ‘Slavery seems to be very important to this society – is that on purpose?’ Well, duh.

— Alaya Dawn Johnson

In the absence of any short term in common use to represent all desirable things, or things that satisfy human wants, we may use the term Goods for that purpose.

— Alfred Marshall

I gained the weight on purpose for ‘Little Nicky,’ and it was one of those cases where I’d done a few roles where I looked the same way, and I wanted to be the roommate because I thought that was the funniest part for me.

— Allen Covert

The union is much more than me, and when you think the union is you and it’s not about who you represent, I think you’ve sort of lost your morals and focus and the purpose of your leadership.

— Andy Stern

I do believe I was put here to tell stories and be creative in that way. It’s given my life so much purpose and meaning, and it’s ultimately what I live for.

— Anna Akana

It’s so important for business leaders to discover what their purpose is. In the days when the business seems overwhelming, or you aren’t certain you can continue, it is your purpose that will compel you to push through.

— Anne F. Beiler

An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.

— A. P. Herbert

I have the Pleasure to assure you Congress pay particular Attention to the Defence of New Jersey, and hitherto have denied us nothing which we have Asked for that Purpose.

— Abraham Clark

I received orders from Congress to proceed to Charleston in South Carolina, for the purpose of Co’operating with General Lincoln in the defense of that Capitol.

— Abraham Whipple

My purpose is to have American Jews look away from the success story with which they’ve cheered themselves up, and to have them remember the classical tradition, whatever it is.

— Arthur Hertzberg

Our purpose, as we face these challenges, remains clear – fair and orderly markets that allow for efficient capital formation, while protecting the interests of investors.

— Arthur Levitt

The ruling idea of the politician – stated rather bluntly – is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them.

— Auberon Herbert

For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.

— Ama Ata Aidoo

My purpose is to make films that will help people to live, even if they sometimes cause unhappiness.

— Andrei Tarkovsky

I think people tend to fall into their careers sometimes, and maybe that’s a lucky path to follow because you actually end up doing your purpose.

— Arija Bareikis

Journalism’s ultimate purpose is to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests.

— Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.

— Barbara De Angelis

There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers, that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us. Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?

— Barbara Ehrenreich

The ultimate purpose of economics, of course, is to understand and promote the enhancement of well-being.

— Ben Bernanke

I serve God, and my purpose is to please Him, and if God be for you, who can be against you?

— Ben Carson

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

— Ben Stein

I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.

— Benjamin Disraeli

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.

— Bertrand Russell

People don’t want lots and lots of single purpose devices. They do not want to have to learn how to set up something for photos, another thing for music, another thing for video.

— Bill Gates

If an artist is driven primarily by social responsibility, I think the art probably suffers because, again, just as leadership has a rather defined end point or purpose, social responsibility would seem to have a very clear moral context.

— Billy Collins

When you align yourself with God’s purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens to your life.

— Bono

Do we really need these big, gigantic, heavy rockets? What if we launch a rocket that’s empty, and its sole purpose is to act as a source of fuel on the Moon? Who should build that? Well, I think the U.S. should build that.

— Buzz Aldrin

I’ve been very hands-on with everything I’ve done since I had my children. And it’s just really important for me to understand the big picture, where everybody’s coming from, what’s the real purpose of this shoot and this song, or whatever it is in that moment that I’m doing.

— Britney Spears

The purpose of going to Mars is for humans to first begin to occupy, permanently, another planet in the solar system. The astronauts or pilgrims, whatever you might call them, are going to be very historically unique human beings.

— Buzz Aldrin

The pilgrims on the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. To my knowledge, they didn’t wait around for a return trip to Europe. You settle some place with a purpose. If you don’t want to do that, stay home. You avoid an awful lot of risks by not venturing outward.

— Buzz Aldrin

Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time.

— Bruce Springsteen

I’m just taking one step at a time. I could zigzag one way, but it’s not usually on purpose.

— Beck

If you can take my tax money and assure me that it’ll go to the right purpose, that it will help the poor, then fine. But I’m not sure a lot of it does. In fact, I know a lot of it doesn’t.

— Bill Bennett

If we went to the Tour, I’d have to think, what would our purpose be? Would it be to win the Tour de France? I’m not sure I want that pressure.

— Bradley Wiggins

I suppose if it has a practical purpose, I appreciate a pat on the back. I suppose it’s rewarding, ultimately.

— Brendan Fraser

The whole key about the no-huddle is getting first downs because if you’re getting three-and-out, it kind of defeats the purpose.

— Brock Osweiler

The purpose of the criminal justice system is both to rehabilitate and to punish. If we can rehabilitate somebody, that’s a huge, huge win.

— Blake Farenthold

When I accept an invitation for a public speaking engagement, my purpose is to share the TOMS story and our giving mission. In no way do I believe this means I endorse every single aspect of that organization. That may be naive, and you may disagree, but it is my sincere belief.

— Blake Mycoskie

The whole purpose of writing a book is to be understood – if other people write about you, they try to guess why you did things, or they hear things from other people.

— Berry Gordy

As long as it served his purpose, Mr. Lincoln boldly advocated the right of Secession.

— Belle Boyd

So that studio served its purpose, and still is working very well for other people right now.

— Billy Sherwood

Yet I wanted to have children, and I knew that was my purpose, but I wasn’t going to settle.

— Boris Kodjoe

Under Confucianism, the use of precisely measured court music, prescribed steps, actions, and phrases all added up to an extremely complex system of rituals, each used for a particular purpose at a particular time.

— Benjamin Hoff

In this case we’re building a corner to stretch a fence and hang a gate. It had a real purpose in the ranch here. I needed to do this. But at the same time, it made a beautiful structure.

— Bruce Nauman

My purpose in public address and in speech is really encapsulated in three C’s: clear, concise, correct. No overblowing rhetoric or anything like that. As simple as possible: clear, concise, correct.

— Bob Sheppard

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

— Carl Jung

We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.

— Cass Sunstein

There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list.

— Charles Babbage

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?

— Charles M. Schulz

I’m not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don’t like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that that leader’s sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

— Charles R. Swindoll

As for our great King, when we venture into His presence, let us have a purpose there. Let us beware of playing at praying it is insolence toward God.

— Charles Spurgeon

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.

— Charlie Chaplin

My position is that serious and good art has always existed to help, to serve, humanity. Not to indict. I don’t see how art can be called art if its purpose is to frustrate humanity.

— Chinua Achebe

But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.

— Christopher Columbus

I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence.

— Christopher Columbus

For this purpose I determined to keep an account of the voyage, and to write down punctually every thing we performed or saw from day to day, as will hereafter appear.

— Christopher Columbus

America’s highways, roads, bridges, are an indispensable part of our lives. They link one end of our nation to the other. We use them each and every day, for every conceivable purpose.

— Christopher Dodd

A gentleman is never rude except on purpose – I can honestly be nasty sober, believe you me.

— Christopher Hitchens

Making films has never just been a job to me it is my life. I have some interests outside of acting – I sing and I’ve written books, for instance – but acting is what keeps me going: it’s what I do it gives life purpose.

— Christopher Lee

In books, you can just wallow in dialogue, and you can just wallow in written words. In screenplays, every line has to serve the purpose of the line that’s implied before it and the line that’s implied after it. Maybe five lines have to do the work of fifty lines.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I’ve had purpose because I’ve always wanted to be successful, but having my son is the cherry on top. He makes me go harder in achieving all that I’ve dreamed of.

— Ciara

It’s a matter of choosing what is most important to you and putting that first. Once you have recognized your true purpose in life, this becomes much easier.

— Clarence Clemons

These false barriers that we’ve erected of space and race, all these illusions that we’ve allowed to infect us like toxins, we’ve got to rid ourselves of that. We are a better nation when we are ultimately united in a common purpose and a common cause.

— Cory Booker

I talk to our kids now that they are grown up, and I ask them about the experiences that had growing up that really had a powerful influence on the way they view the purpose of life. The experiences that really shaped their values – my wife and I have no memory of those experiences!

— Clayton Christensen

To compare Tensegrity with yoga or t’ai chi is not possible. It has a different origin and a different purpose. The origin is shamanic, the purpose is shamanic.

— Carlos Castaneda

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

— Cecil Beaton

Set out with some definite purpose in life and accomplish that purpose. There is little that the human mind can conceive that is not possible of accomplishment. The thing to do is to make up your mind what you are going to drive for, and let nothing stand in the way of its ultimate accomplishment.

— Charles M. Schwab

There’s no time, place, or purpose of a government shutdown or default.

— Cory Gardner

To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.

— Christine Lagarde

In the original ‘Star Wars’ movie, there is a small toaster-sized and shaped robot on the Death Star that guides Stormtroopers to where they need to go. I always liked that robot because I could imagine how to build it – and it served a real purpose.

— Colin Angle

The way that the robotics market is going to grow, at least in the home, is that we’ll have a number of different special purpose robots.

— Colin Angle

The ideal vacuum cleaner would be one you never see. It needs to not just be a cool gadget, but a product that cleans your floor correctly. I can imagine people having a cupboard full of robots that only come out when you need them to fulfil a specific purpose.

— Colin Angle

The goal of the program, called Giving With Purpose, is to teach college students – and anyone else who cares to register – how to beneficially contribute to charity. That’s not necessarily easy. There are IRS rules for giving that must be learned, and there is wayward, wasteful philanthropy to be avoided.

— Carol Loomis

Cherish believes that God made her with a special purpose. Like any teenage girl, she has her insecurities, but for the most part she has a real healthy self-esteem.

— Charlene Tilton

We, The People’ is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other.

— Charlie Pierce

Corporations serve an important purpose, but telling people how to vote isn’t one of them.

— Chellie Pingree

Leaving ‘NCIS’ was not planned, so there is no plan. If I were panicking now, it would defeat the purpose.

— Cote de Pablo

To me, art’s highest purpose is to entertain, to enlighten, to inspire, to evoke emotion and to change an audience in some way, big or small.

— Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

You want fans to connect to the book, even movie fans. But if your sole purpose is to write towards a certain kind of fan, that way leads madness.

— Cullen Bunn

Conscious of our many problems, I seek today to lay a foundation to our public policy. My fundamental purpose is to devote my term of office to raising the standard of public service in New Jersey.

— Charles Edison

Ideas? My head is full of them, one after the other, but they serve no purpose there. They must be put down on paper, one after the other.

— Camilo Jose Cela

If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions.

— Catherine Drinker Bowen

It is only of life on Earth, however, that one can speak with any certainty. It seems to me that all life on Earth, the sum total of life upon the Earth, has purpose.

— Clifford D. Simak

When I talk of the purpose of life, I am thinking not only of human life, but of all life on Earth and of the life which must exist upon other planets throughout the universe.

— Clifford D. Simak

After mature consideration it was unanimously agreed, that, to prevent as much as possible their attempting to return and molest the settlers that may be set down on their lands, a sufficient number of vessels should be hired with all possible expedition for that purpose.

— Charles Lawrence

I am devoted to my husband and son. I am devoted to the practices and rituals that imbue our lives with a sense of meaning and purpose, that help me to live my days in the most emotionally and intellectually productive manner. I am devoted to the idea of devotion itself.

— Dani Shapiro

Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.

— D. H. Lawrence

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

— Dalai Lama

The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.

— Dalai Lama

During our travels, the Indians entertained me well and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.

— Daniel Boone

Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.

— Dale Carnegie

Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you, your efforts will most likely be in vain.

— Dave Pelzer

I don’t think it’s a Western thing to really talk about intrinsic motivation and the drive for autonomy, mastery and purpose. You have to not be struggling for survival. For people who don’t know where their next meal is coming, notions of finding inner motivation are comical.

— Daniel H. Pink

Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose.

— David Brainerd

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.

— David Hume

In the biblical worldview, the purpose of all creation is to benefit man. This anthropocentric view of nature, and indeed of the whole universe, is completely at odds with the current secular idealization of nature. This secular view posits that nature has its own intrinsic meaning and purpose, independent of man.

— Dennis Prager

What will become compellingly important is absolute clarity of shared purpose and set of principles of conduct sort of institutional genetic code that every member of the organization understands in a common way, and with deep conviction.

— Dee Hock

The whole sector of public dialogue has been totally contaminated, deliberately, by the corporate sector. The whole purpose is to sow confusion and doubt, and it’s worked.

— David Suzuki

The principles and doctrines of the priesthood are sublime and supernal. The more we study the doctrine and potential and apply the practical purpose of the priesthood, the more our souls will be expanded and our understanding enlarged, and we will see what the Lord has in store for us.

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bush is going in the wrong way. And I dare say, that is what the strategy of his administration is, is just to wipe out government’s purpose for any social and economic justice at all. And I’m going to take the country in an opposite direction than he’s taking it.

— Dennis Kucinich

The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision.

— David Boies

Often, psychological laziness will have you switch your life over to autopilot and fall asleep at the wheel rather than stay awake to what will fulfill your heart’s deepest desires and your soul’s purpose.

— Debbie Ford

If you look to your past or even your present to see why you are here or what your purpose is, you may get stuck in a limited view of yourself. Instead, look beyond your years here on earth, reconnect with the divine, and bring forth your soul’s legacy into the present moment.

— Debbie Ford

I have a traditional view of the afterlife… heaven, hell and judgments. But the accounts of those places are scant, and I believe it’s on purpose. We aren’t supposed to try to figure out the architecture of the afterlife, since the big game is here in this life.

— Doug TenNapel

Whether it’s writing a monologue or writing standup or writing a screenplay or writing a play, I think staying involved in the creation of your own work empowers you in a way, even if you don’t ever do it. It gives you a sense of ownership and a sense of purpose, which I think as an actor is really important.

— Denis O’Hare

Every proposal I’m making, every idea I’m advancing has a single, central purpose: to revive a failing economy and give working Americans the help and security they need.

— Dick Gephardt

I created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation back in 1997 for the purpose of going in and improving the living conditions of my people on the African continent, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo where I came from. Out first mission was to go and build a new hospital. Our next mission was to build a school.

— Dikembe Mutombo

The U.S. has a law on the books called the debt limit, but the name is misleading. The debt limit started in 1917 for the purpose of facilitating more national debt, not reducing it. It still serves that purpose. It’s unconnected to spending, hurts our credit rating and has been an abject failure at limiting debt.

— David Malpass

You know, the purpose of reconciliation is to avoid the filibuster. The filibuster is an effort to talk something to death.

— Dick Durbin

Keep it in tune with the times, but don’t write with the specific purpose of trying to create a hit. If you’re doing it strictly to make money, you’re crazy. There are easier ways to make money.

— Dorothy Fields

If the purpose of the stumpy little NFT theatre under Waterloo Bridge is not to acquaint young audiences with Ozu, with Ophuels, with D. W. Griffith and with Agnes Varda, then what exactly does it exist for?

— David Hare

The whole purpose of maintaining your power in government is to make sure that you stay in government. You stay in government by finding out who is liable to be against you. To do that, you try and put your finger into every single pie that is available to you.

— David Lloyd

If your basic premise about the fundamental purpose of our government is that it must provide for the common defense, then no other position is possible.

— Don Nickles

My biggest thing is telling a truthful story, something that is rooted in something and is very honest. If I read a script and you want me to take off my top, and it doesn’t serve a purpose, then I’m not going to do it.

— Danielle Brooks

The purpose of the UN mechanism, this inspection mechanism, is not to engage in a cat and mouse game with Saddam Hussein and try to find weapons that the Iraqi government is working on concealing.

— Douglas Feith

The issue I had with the Lightspeed albums was that usually the main purpose with them was to fulfil really dorky musical goals, like, ‘I wonder if I can do that,’ and it was all very personal. It was more that once I’d finished the goal of what the song was, I was kind of done. It was like ticking boxes.

— Dev Hynes

The big thrillers may make people aware of the violence in the society, and I guess that serves a purpose.

— Diane Ladd

I’ve spent about that amount of time trying to tell the public that there was purpose in… my business, my career and the roller coaster ride… how the people I associated with worked together.

— Diahann Carroll

People need a sacred narrative. They must have a sense of larger purpose, in one form or another, however intellectualized. They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.

— E. O. Wilson

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.

— Edgar Allan Poe

The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.

— Edward Teller

Forgive me, but what is the purpose of drama but catharsis?

— Edward Zwick

My purpose is to entertain and please myself. I feel that if I am entertained, then there will be enough other readers who will be entertained, too.

— Elmore Leonard

It was 1999, and we were building a way for college kids to create online profiles for the purpose of sharing… with employers. Oops. I vividly remember the moment I realized my company was going to fail. My co-founder and I were at our wits’ end. By 2001, the dot-com bubble had burst, and we had spent all our money.

— Eric Ries

Unless you and your mate are united in purpose, dedication, and loyalty, you will not succeed to the extent you otherwise could.

— Ezra Taft Benson

When our Heavenly Father placed Adam and Eve on this earth, He did so with the purpose in mind of teaching them how to regain His presence. Our Father promised a Savior to redeem them from their fallen condition.

— Ezra Taft Benson

Why are we here?’ ‘What is our purpose? ‘Is there an afterlife?’ ‘Is there a God?’ ‘Is it all about science?’ Those are big questions, and usually, TV is a little scared to go there.

— Evangeline Lilly

You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need.

— E. F. Schumacher

Freedom and opportunity are precious gifts and the purpose of our politics is to expand them, for all our people.

— Ed Miliband

A highly visible, shared identity can help bring activists from different backgrounds together with a common sense of purpose and push for change more effectively – from the global stage to within their own communities and families.

— Efua Dorkenoo

Electricity is an example of a general purpose technology, like the steam engine before it. General purpose technologies drive most economic growth, because they unleash cascades of complementary innovations, like lightbulbs and, yes, factory redesign.

— Erik Brynjolfsson

But when we have families, when we have children, this gives us a purpose for being, to protect our children, to avoid going to jail because if I’m in jail, who looks after my children, who’s there for my wife?

— Ernie Hudson

I like being involved in the lighter side of journalism because it serves a purpose, and it’s fun. And I can keep my opinions off camera if I want.

— Eleanor Mondale

Consular cards were not designed to be identification and no treaty recognizes them as such. Legal travelers, visitors and long-term residents carried passports, visas or green cards for that purpose.

— Elton Gallegly

It is the purpose of the majority of the Immigration Committee to encourage assimilation, yet this bill has already done more than anything I know of to bring about discord among our resident aliens.

— Emanuel Celler

The task which we have set ourselves is simply to show why and for what purpose we hold that standpoint during most of our lives, and why and for what purpose we are provisionally obliged to abandon it.

— Ernst Mach

Imagining themes that are specific to coating lines, shapes, shades, thoughts, the decoration of our homes and the objects of utility or pure pleasure, adapting its purpose in a material-specific way to metal or wood, marble or fabric – it is, without any doubt, an absorbing occupation.

— Emile Galle

Personally, I don’t think it is acceptable to manipulate the human germline for the purpose of changing some genetic traits that will be transmitted over generations.

— Emmanuelle Charpentier

I think my purpose was just to get out and sing. I love to sing. I wasn’t even in it for the – you know, the prize. I was, like, ‘Hey, man, I’m going to sing.’

— Fantasia Barrino

All the research shows that being married, with all its ups and downs, is by far the most effective way of making young men law-abiding and giving them a sense of purpose and self-worth.

— Ferdinand Mount

A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.

— Finley Peter Dunne

On stage, you can use your emotions. It’s the place where you can channel them. They have a purpose.

— Florence Welch

The devil’s main purpose is not to scare us, in a horror-movie way when we’re scared of him, we’re alert to him, and that might undermine his plans. Instead, he wants to quietly, subtly lure us into stepping away from God.

— Frederica Mathewes-Green

We should be very concerned: if identity theft is so simple to do, what’s to stop me from entering this country and assuming the identity of someone else for the sole purpose of living here illegally for terrorist reasons? That alone would be a concern.

— Frank Abagnale

I am personally not against keeping animals at zoos, as they serve a huge educational purpose, but treating them well and with respect seems the least we could do, and with ‘we’ I mean not just zoo staff, but most certainly also the public.

— Frans de Waal

He came by a leap to the goal of purpose, not by the toilsome steps of reason. On the instant his headlong spirit declared his purpose: this was the one being for him in all the world: at this altar he would light a lamp of devotion, and keep it burning forever.

— Gilbert Parker

I used to believe in signs, omens, patterns, secret purpose, synchronicities.

— Glen Duncan

Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.

— George Halas

All nature’s creatures join to express nature’s purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself.

— Graham Swift

My view, as one who taught it, is that the whole purpose of a literary education should be to tell people that these things exist. I don’t think any teacher should try to ‘teach an author,’ but rather simply describe what the author has written. And this is what I tried to do.

— Guy Davenport

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

— George Carlin

If corporate leaders and their acolytes are not slaves to some meritorious social purpose, they run the risk of being enslaved by their own ignoble appetites.

— Gary Hamel

An uplifting sense of purpose is more than an impetus for individual accomplishment, it is also a necessary insurance policy against expediency and impropriety.

— Gary Hamel

Basically, I feel fortunate to have realized what the goal is in life. There’s no point in dying having gone through your life without knowing who you are, what you are, or what the purpose of life is. And that’s all it is.

— George Harrison

The way to know about championship quality is to learn from champions, and that I did studying them with professional purpose during my time in the ring and from habitual interest afterward.

— Gene Tunney

To what better purpose can a man’s energy be devoted, and his talents, than the resuscitation of his country’s language?

— George A. Moore

Wherever God has given faith, it is given, among other reasons, for the very purpose of being tried.

— George Muller

A key purpose of journalism is to provide an adversarial check on those who wield the greatest power by shining a light on what they do in the dark, and informing the public about those acts.

— Glenn Greenwald

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

— George Washington

Be virtuous in thought and in deed. God has planted in you, for a purpose, a divine urge which may be easily subverted to evil and destructive ends.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

When I get finished with fighting, I hope they ask the same questions. It’s not my purpose to answer them. Boxing is the art of self-defense. I knock ’em out the first chance I get.

— Gerry Cooney

I think, given who the IBM target company is, I feel our purpose is to be essential to our clients.

— Ginni Rometty

The spectacle of a great, solvent government paying a fictitious price for gold it did not want and did not need and doing it on purpose to debase the value of its own paper currency was one to astonish the world.

— Garet Garrett

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

— Gustave Flaubert

Every relationship that we have in our lives – our contact with each person, place, and event – serves a very special, if yet to be realized purpose: They are mirrors that can serve to show us things about ourselves that can be realized in no other way.

— Guy Finley

Naming rights are a seductive philanthropic inducement, yet more anonymous operational support may better advance the charitable purpose.

— George Kaiser

Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is, that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us.

— George Haven Putnam

I feel that doing business is just like practising Buddhism. Money is not your only purpose. Your purpose is to make things better for other people, and in the end, money will come as a result.

— Guo Guangchang

True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

— Helen Keller

The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.

— Henry Adams

Are ideals confined to this deformed experiment upon a noble purpose, tainted, as it is, with bargains and tied to a peace treaty which might have been disposed of long ago to the great benefit of the world if it had not been compelled to carry this rider on its back?

— Henry Cabot Lodge

When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem.

— Herbert Croly

America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.

— Herbert Hoover

Upon the farm of the uncle with whom I lived, we did know of the mortgage as some dreadful damper on youthful hopes of things that could not be bought. I do have a vivid recollection that the major purpose of a farm was to produce a living right on the spot for the family.

— Herbert Hoover

Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.

— Herbie Hancock

It is not our purpose to become each other it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

— Hermann Hesse

Writing comes from that territory of being invalidated. But I had a sense of purpose, too. I wanted to stop apologising for my health, and I thought I might do some good.

— Hilary Mantel

The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.

— Harold Rosenberg

The value and utility of any experiment are determined by the fitness of the material to the purpose for which it is used, and thus in the case before us it cannot be immaterial what plants are subjected to experiment and in what manner such experiment is conducted.

— Gregor Mendel

In more than 20 years I’ve spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.

— H. G. Bissinger

When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.

— Howard Schultz

Profitability is a shallow goal if it doesn’t have a real purpose, and the purpose has to be share the profits with others.

— Howard Schultz

In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly.

— Hugo Black

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.

— Hugo Black

Each player, it will be observed, has eight superior Pieces or officers, and eight minor ones which are called Pawns and, for the purpose of distinction, the Pieces and Pawns of one party are of a different color from those of the other.

— Howard Staunton

Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies.

— Howard Thurman

Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.

— Igor Stravinsky

A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.

— Immanuel Kant

Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question.

— Ira Glass

I absolutely consider fashion a form of art. Of course, there is some fashion that is not art at all – it’s utilitarian, made for the purpose of covering up. And there are a lot of people out there who put a lot of effort into looking awful. But there are also people putting the same amount of energy into making bad art.

— Iris Apfel

Show your bluebell passion with every step you take. Infuse your corporeal mind, body and spirit with atomic sense of urgency, purpose and apple juice.

— Isabel Yosito

The only people I’ve ever met who are really successful in their fields, regardless of what field that is, are people who are deeply passionate about the work they do every day and are motivated by a sense of purpose.

— Ivanka Trump

The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.

— Issey Miyake

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.

— James Allen

Above all be of single aim have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.

— James Allen

The priesthood of God is a shield. It is a shield against the evils of the world. That shield needs to be kept clean otherwise, our vision of our purpose and the dangers around us will be limited.

— James E. Faust

The wit makes fun of other persons the satirist makes fun of the world the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people – that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.

— James Thurber

If there is a job that you feel passionate about, do what you can to pursue that job if there is a purpose about which you are passionate, dedicate yourself to that purpose.

— Janet Yellen

We are all in the Labour party because we want the Labour party to be a vehicle for social change. There is a thirst for debate in the party, and all those who have joined haven’t joined without a purpose.

— Jeremy Corbyn

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.

— John Ruskin

Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.

— Jonathan Ive

Any time we are misused or used for a purpose other than what God intended us for, it’s damaging.

— Joyce Meyer

Prophets have no other purpose, no other mission except to serve God.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

The Godhead consists of three separate, distinct personages who are one in purpose. The Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bone while the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

Psychoanalysis is a terribly efficient instrument, and because it is more and more a prestigious instrument, we run the risk of using it with a purpose for which it was not made for, and in this way we may degrade it.

— Jacques Lacan

Reparations, I believe, are talked about for political reasons, trying to cater for the purpose of getting votes. If Congress was serious about reparations – in ’93 and ’94 the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House, and not one single Republican vote was needed for reparations.

— J. C. Watts

There was a time when I stopped singing, between 16 and 19, but that was done on purpose, maybe as a punishment, maybe as a cure.

— Jeff Buckley

I’m just here for this one purpose, and that’s to try and get better each and every day and try and win as much as I can, while I can.

— Jason Day

If I’m a phenomenon, it makes me feel like I have no purpose.

— Jewel

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation.

— John Cage

Texas women have an amazing sense of purpose when they lose it. They’re the best girls in the world – they’re loyal and fun, but when they get mad, they’ll try to kill you.

— John Cusack

As a company grows, its purpose grows with it. It has the potential to evolve your purpose.

— John Mackey

The original entrepreneur may initiate the initial purpose, but, in a sense, like a parent that has children, the children have their own destiny, and at some point, that can veer off away from the wishes the parent might have for it.

— John Mackey

You can’t live if you don’t eat, but you don’t live to eat. And neither does business exist primarily to make a profit. It exists to fulfill its purpose, whatever that might be.

— John Mackey

Whenever one pulls the trigger in order to rectify history’s mistake, one lies. For history makes no mistakes, since it has no purpose.

— Joseph Brodsky

But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be, whenever and wherever the hour strikes and calls to noble action.

— Joshua Chamberlain

We need to have a purpose in this life. I’m pleading with you, I’m begging with you to do the right thing. And do it not for the sake of how it will impact your own lives, but only for the sake of doing the right thing.

— James McGreevey

Is there any purpose to translating poetry? A poem does not contain information of importance, like a signpost or a warning notice.

— James Buchan

Rhyme is a mnemonic device, an aid to the memory. And some poems are themselves mnemonics, that is to say, the whole purpose of the poem is to enable us to remember some information.

— James Fenton

The only purpose of an engagement ring is to show you ‘belong’ to someone, and your man makes bank.

— Jessica Valenti

My purpose as an artist is to heal the divided feminine in our culture. Well, okay wait, that sounds incredibly cheesy and like something a massage therapist might do at Esalen.

— Jill Soloway

I always wondered if there was a purpose to the universe, if there was a plan, if there was some sort of organizing factor, hopefully that I played a role in.

— John Green

American colleges are now increasingly reflexive in maintaining politically correct dialogue over controversy, and some say universities have lost sight of education’s ultimate purpose.

— John McLaughlin

They seem to have forgotten that, and are back saying the only purpose of P2P networks is for illegal trading of owned goods. We claim part of the reason for P2P is for legal trading of what ought to be in public domain. And what is in public domain in many cases.

— John Perry Barlow

At one point, you were that employee who looked like a deer in headlights. Confused, lost, and not understanding your purpose within the organization. Even though you have the appropriate skills, you felt like you were in over your head. That is, until an amazing boss empowered you.

— John Rampton

If the Olympic Games ever served a true altruistic purpose, they have long since outlived it. Yeah, the pursuit of athletic excellence, sportsmanship and international goodwill is plenty noble. But the modern Olympics are at best a vehicle for agitprop at worst, a scandal magnet.

— John Ridley

It’s never been my purpose to become an American icon, or more famous or richer.

— Juliette Binoche

We’re all so mauled by information, but it’s recycled information. We need to shut it out. So, you’ve got to get bizarre. This is an artist’s purpose – to break away from the recycled. Performance art can do that.

— Jack Bowman

There’s a destiny for everybody. The world is set up – as foreign as that can be to some people who are very materialistic – but there is a force in this world, once we step into it, that opens doors for us, that gives us a sense of purpose and the greatest life there is, in my view.

— James Redfield

The world is set up – as foreign as that can be to some people who are very materialistic – but there is a force in this world, once we step into it, that opens doors for us, that gives us a sense of purpose and the greatest life there is, in my view.

— James Redfield

I feel that there’s a lot of would-be guardians of the culture who think that high-minded literary purpose and the life that gets chronicled in the gossip columns, that these two things are incompatible.

— Jay McInerney

Carole King’s second album, ‘Tapestry,’ has fulfilled the promise of her first and confirmed the fact that she is one of the most creative figures in all of pop music. It is an album of surpassing personal-intimacy and musical accomplishment and a work infused with a sense of artistic purpose. It is also easy to listen to and easy to enjoy.

— Jon Landau

A fine memoir is to a fine novel as a well-wrought blanket is to a fancifully embroidered patchwork quilt. The memoir, a logical creation, dissects and dignifies reality. Fiction, wholly extravagant, magnifies it and gives it moral shape. Fiction has no practical purpose. Fiction, after all, is art.

— Julia Glass

Conserving fuel is fine, and it was great in the past. The problem is that the drivers don’t have to do it. It’s all done electronically. You sit there, and it saves fuel for you, and that defeats the purpose.

— Jacques Villeneuve

Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.

— James F. Cooper

I don’t belong to any clubs, and I dislike club mentality of any kind, even feminism – although I do relate to the purpose and point of feminism. More in the work of older feminists, really, like Germaine Greer.

— Jane Campion

I think a lot of people get so obsessed with the wedding and the expense of the wedding that they miss out on what the real purpose is. It’s not about a production number, it’s about a meaningful moment between two people that’s witnessed by people that they actually really know and care about.

— Jane Seymour

A debate has one purpose, one purpose only, and that is to facilitate the exchange of ideas directly between two candidates, and that’s it.

— Jim Lehrer

The purpose of the ADA was to provide clear and comprehensive national standards to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a result, individuals with disabilities are now able to live in their homes and have access to new careers.

— Jim Ramstad

You see so many earnest characters in movies all the time, everyone has a purpose.

— Joaquin Phoenix

That was the miracle of Abraham Lincoln, politician. He pursued the high purpose of moving justice forward via the low arts of patronage and patronization. Indeed, in a democracy, it is usually the only way great deeds are done.

— Joe Klein

One’s teachers all belonged to that generation who were imperialists, and the whole narrative throughout my adolescence was of countries leaving the empire. I find it extraordinary that this purpose which drove how we viewed the world is now considered to be something that has no effect upon us.

— Jeremy Paxman

I feel connected to that idea of wanting to belong to something, to have a sense of purpose as a man on the planet.

— Jeremy Renner

There is a circus around politics. But if you think it is a game, then you forget what the purpose of politics actually is.

— Johann Lamont

No writer for the press, however humble, is free from the burden of keeping his purpose high and his integrity white.

— John Boyle O’Reilly

Whatever I do with music, I try to make it align deeply with the values and principles of who I am and what I believe the purpose of my life is.

— Jon Batiste

An application of judicial power that does not rest on facts is worse than mindless, it is inherently dangerous. If its deployment does not rest on facts – cold, hard, solid facts, established either by admissions or by trials – it serves no lawful or moral purpose and is simply an engine of oppression.

— Jed S. Rakoff

Is fame without purpose and is fame without talent really where we are now? People used to be famous for what they did. Now, they’re just famous.

— John Carroll Lynch

The purpose of this study is to offer a logical, practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God from a purely scientific perspective.

— John Clayton

Think about how much it costs to incarcerate someone. Do we want them just sitting in prison, lifting weights, becoming violent and thinking about the next crime? Or do we want them having a little purpose in life and learning a skill?

— John Ensign

The purpose of random testing is not to catch, punish, or expose students who use drugs, but to save their lives and discover abuse problems early so that students can grow up and learn in a drug-free environment.

— John Walters

And really the purpose of art – for me, fiction – is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.

— Jerzy Kosinski

Tragedy without comedy is melodrama, and comedy without a higher purpose is vacant.

— Jesse Kellerman

I think we have to believe we are here for some purpose, and I know there are many cynics who will deny it, but they don’t live as if they deny it.

— Joshua Lederberg

You have safety and soundness as primary purpose of the Federal Reserve, the OCC, and the other agencies which control banking regulation.

— Judd Gregg

If you patent a discovery which is unique, say a human gene or even just one particular function of a human gene, then you are actually creating a monopoly, and that’s not the purpose of the world of patents.

— John Sulston

It would seem, therefore, that this constitutional safeguard may no longer serve its original purpose, especially when, as we learned last year, some acts of perjury may now be acceptable – in this world, at least, if not the next.

— James L. Buckley

I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve the education of the poor, and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution of a society or committee for that purpose, it would render the design abortive.

— Joseph Lancaster

A system of education, which would not gratify this disposition in any party, is requisite, in order to obviate the difficulty, and the reader will find a something said to that purpose in perusing this tract.

— Joseph Lancaster

In such a case, it would be almost sure of success, if the active members of a society established for that purpose, were inclined to meet the poor as men, as brethren, and as Christians.

— Joseph Lancaster

George W. Bush brought a lot of minorities into his administration, which was a positive thing, and they had some issues that they wanted to press, but 9/11 really gave them direction. It gave them a purpose.

— Josh Brolin

I’m too busy thinking what I’m going to say next to remember what I’ve said, but my staff tells me I’m sometimes funny. Not always on purpose, though.

— Jared Polis

All my stories were usually titled, ‘White House Says,’ ‘President Bush Wants,’ and I relied on transcripts from the briefings. I relied on press releases that were sent to the press for the purpose of accurately portraying what the White House believed or wanted.

— Jeff Gannon

We need to do a top/bottom review of the federal government and for every agency administration bureaucracy that is not called for in the United States Constitution, we have to really ask the question what is its purpose, how many people work there, how much does it cost the taxpayers and what is the value to our society.

— Josh Mandel

The fundamental purpose of a novel like Count Julian is to achieve the unity of object and means of representation, the fusion of treason as scheme and treason as language.

— Juan Goytisolo

People have been to jail when they’re innocent. I knew I would never miss a single ball on a snooker table on purpose and, until then, I was sure the evidence would support me.

— John Higgins

We have these rules, the ‘hero rules.’ Like, a hero doesn’t slouch. A hero walks proudly with his head up. A hero walks with a purpose. A hero’s always a gentleman.

— John Singleton

I like using traditional beliefs in my fantasies, even though I always end up warping them to suit my purpose: it somehow makes everything feel more ‘solid’ if it’s got a long history behind it.

— Jonathan Stroud

There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other, infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.

— James P. Carse

And as long as man has walked on this Earth, there has been God. And man’s purpose is for the glorification of God.

— Jamey Johnson

There are some terrorist organizations, there are some organized crime organizations, that launder money through charities and make donations to charities. That’s not the purpose of charitable donations in Canada, so we’re becoming increasingly strict on the subject.

— Jim Flaherty

The Count’ wasn’t a real stretch. I was doing pretty generic Bela Lugosi bad vampire on purpose. It was supposed to be lame. I didn’t put fangs on it was a guy who was just going through the motions. I drew on the widow’s peak with eyebrow pencil and wore a turtleneck, not a tux.

— Joe Flaherty

I am the CEO and co-founder of Purpose – a social movement incubator and agency. We work on ways to help millions of people combine their power as citizens, consumers and cultural agents.

— Jeremy Heimans

Before we had the Internet, I organized a fax campaign against the first Iraq war. We blasted faxes to the hotel where James Baker and Tariq Aziz were having their final meeting before the two sides went to war. Much more recently, I co-founded Avaaz and Get Up, which inspired the creation of Purpose.

— Jeremy Heimans

My purpose, which I finally found thanks to social media, is helping all of these people find their purpose.

— Jerome Jarre

The choice that you, as a Soul, have in relation to anything is always to be loving. Do you understand that this is the divine purpose that all of us as humans have been given – to love unconditionally?

— John Morton

It is a relatively small number of people who want to impose their will by the use of terror on the rest of civilization, who have got a program. It’s not blind violence. It’s with a purpose. They want to destroy the state of Israel. They want every westerner out of the Arab countries, Middle East and elsewhere.

— John Reid

Often and often must he have thought, that, to be or not to be forever, was a question, which must be settled as it is the foundation, and the only foundation upon which we feel that there can rest one thought, one feeling, or one purpose worthy of a human soul.

— Jones Very

The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.

— Joseph Sobran

I will concede to you one thing – ‘Hustler’ is offensive, even to the point of being iconoclastic. That’s our purpose – to be offensive.

— Larry Flynt

If there’s one thing that I’ve done on purpose it’s to take whatever job, so long as it’s interesting and challenging, whether it’s theatre, radio, TV or film.

— Laura Linney

For many, to live in a universe that may have no purpose, and no creator, is unthinkable.

— Lawrence M. Krauss

Freedom of the news media must be subordinated to the overriding needs of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.

— Lee Kuan Yew

If you define evolution as merely meaning change over time, then I don’t see any problem with a person being a Christian and believing in evolution. But that’s not how textbooks define evolution. They define evolution as being random and undirected without plan or purpose.

— Lee Strobel

As to the first, I do not know that I have done very much myself to promote fraternity between nations but I do know that there can be no more important purpose for any man’s activity or interests.

— Lester B. Pearson

A healthy environment, a strong economy and energy independent America – that would be the purpose of my presidency, is break the strangle hold that people enjoy on fossil fuels who hate our guts.

— Lindsey Graham

I still follow the lifestyle of the Mormon church. I try to go to church every Sunday even when I’m on tour. It’s not only my upbringing, but it helps me stay sane. It helps me remember my purpose and the overall picture of what is important to me and what makes me happy.

— Lindsey Stirling

However, those who have used those words use half the sentence to fit their purpose, which, of course, I believe is to discredit me and the new Nation of Islam that has come up around me.

— Louis Farrakhan

The trial by jury is a trial by ‘the country,’ in contradistinction to a trial by the government. The jurors are drawn by lot from the mass of the people, for the very purpose of having all classes of minds and feelings, that prevail among the people at large, represented in the jury.

— Lysander Spooner

As long as you believe in Him, no matter what happens in your life, understand that it’s all for a purpose.

— LaDainian Tomlinson

Everything has a purpose or premise. Every second of our life has its own premise, whether or not we are conscious of it at the time. That premise may be as simple as breathing or as complex as a vital emotional decision, but it is always there.

— Lajos Egri

Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.

— Lyndon B. Johnson

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not an adrenaline junkie. Just because you cover conflict doesn’t mean you thrive on adrenaline. It means you have a purpose, and you feel it is very important for people back home to see what is happening on the front line, especially if we are sending American soldiers there.

— Lynsey Addario

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.

— Laurence Olivier

I dropped out of school in the 11th grade because there was no purpose in it for me. I’m not proud of this, and I’m not trying to promote it.

— Lisa Marie Presley

I’m able to utilize a lifetime of learning to help teach young people how to apply sound marketing strategy and principles for the purpose of growing the client’s business. And for me, that’s just too much fun.

— Lionel Sosa

I believe that as we face unparalleled prosperity in some quarters and deep impoverishment in others, it is the willingness of the next generation to bridge the gap between the two that will return us to our sense of purpose and focus.

— Lynn Schusterman

I don’t do anything mysterious on purpose. I’m less than forthcoming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m mysterious. It just means I’m not inclined to go there.

— Leon Redbone

I freakin’ hate Twitter, man. I honestly don’t understand the purpose of it.

— Landon Liboiron

For the BBC and others, a free website is an obvious and relatively cheap addendum to their main purpose of streaming news and entertainment on screen to a mass audience.

— Lionel Barber

My purpose is to refuel, refresh and rejuvenate moms.

— Lisa Whelchel

The basic idea of Games With a Purpose is that we are taking a problem that computers cannot yet solve, and we are getting people to solve it for us while they are playing a game.

— Luis von Ahn

I have realised more and more that great companies, founded for a long-term purpose, such as Google or Facebook or SpaceX, may do more good in the world than any other vehicle that we have.

— Luke Nosek

We had a mission at PayPal – which was to create a new financial system, a new world currency, and we failed. We were a financial success, but we didn’t succeed at the purpose of our company.

— Luke Nosek

To finalize, the purpose of an election is to hear the will of the people, not to fabricate votes.

— Lincoln Diaz-Balart

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.

— Karl Marx

For some individuals – some soldiers, some contractors – combat provides a kind of purpose and meaning beyond which all else potentially pales in comparison.

— Kathryn Bigelow

Just do you. Go with the flow and with your life because that’s you experiencing life. You being yourself is you doing your purpose, so the more we get out of the mindset of thinking there’s a certain way to go about things, the more free we become.

— Keke Palmer

The very purpose of Clinton’s server was to intentionally retain documents and materials – all emails and attachments – on the server in her house, including classified materials.

— Ken Cuccinelli

If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal. They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view.

— Kevin O’Leary

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.

— Kin Hubbard

When I started making my tracks in the style that people call tropical house, I didn’t do it on purpose to make it sound tropical. I made whatever I felt sounded good. I just wanted to make my own thing, and then suddenly people started calling it tropical … I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s probably a good name for it.’

— Kygo

I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly I have seen it only by moonlight.

— Karl Philipp Moritz

Under HB 2655, the state is responsible to ensure parents are aware of the purpose and value of assessments and receive notice from their local school districts about their rights and obligations. Educators must engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes.

— Kate Brown

I would step into a place of being lined up with a sense of purpose and my inner compass, and everything was going in the same direction. Then I’d get lazy and get off the track. And then things would start to fall apart, and I’d back up and get it together again.

— Kathy Mattea

A lot of times, we are trapped by our own false sense of security. You can do whatever it is you put your mind to. Your goal is to find your purpose.

— Kenny Leon

When Republicans used reconciliation in 2001 for the Bush tax cuts, they used it to increase the deficit. The whole purpose of reconciliation is for deficit reduction!

— Kent Conrad

I think, in terms of corporate philosophy, I’ve always believed that you’ve got to treat people in a very very egalitarian manner in the sense I like to treat people on a one-to-one basis. And I like people to take on a lot of responsibilities because I think with a sense of responsibility also comes a sense of purpose.

— Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

I didn’t realize I wanted to write about D.C. until after 2000. Even though I was a comedy writer, I stayed away from that subject on purpose. It took attaining some distance and perspective.

— Kristin Gore

Path is a well designed app with a singular purpose. For users who solely want to share with a small group of friends, and share everything with the whole group, it is very effective. And of course, it is wonderfully designed. Just.me isn’t better or worse, it’s just very different. Just.me is a messaging application, not just a sharing app.

— Keith Teare

Moreover, broad plans commensurate with our national purpose and resources would bring conviction of our power to every soldier in the front line, to the nations associated with us in the war, and to the enemy.

— Kelly Miller

In the summer of 1902, I was able to erect two experimental stations on two forts at Strasbourg for the purpose of closer study.

— Karl Ferdinand Braun

Gen. Banks has issued an order for the instruction of Negro children. Schoolhouses are to be built or rented and Teachers hired for this purpose, and the farmers and planters are to pay the Taxes in support of this.

— Knute Nelson

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Practically everyone is going to have a general purpose computer in their pocket, it’s so easy to underestimate that, that has got to be the really, really big one.

— Marc Andreessen

But let me tell you what happens when regulations go too far, when they seem to exist only for the purpose of justifying the existence of a regulator. It kills the people trying to start a business.

— Marco Rubio

The purpose of life is to obey the hidden command which ensures harmony among all and creates an ever better world. We are not created only to enjoy the world, we are created in order to evolve the cosmos.

— Maria Montessori

Marriage, like everything else in the world, is holy or unholy depending on the purpose the mind ascribes to it.

— Marianne Williamson

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. And if you no longer need them, then that is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a cupboard or drawer that you have forgotten its existence?

— Marie Kondo

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.

— Marshall McLuhan

But we have to ask ourselves, what’s the purpose of the stock market? It’s supposed to be a source of capital for growing business. It’s lost that purpose.

— Mark Cuban

I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That’s what our purpose is in this business. You’re merchandised, you’re a product. You’re sold and it’s based on sex. But that’s okay. I think women should be empowered by that, not degraded.

— Megan Fox

I think the principal purpose of education is to allow each of us, when we become adults, to shape our own future.

— Michael Gove

I don’t believe that the Bush Administration had something to do with September 11th. I do believe that there were a lot of warning signals, but I don’t think they were ignored on purpose – Bush just wanted to go to the ranch for a month.

— Michael Moore

Renditions before and since 9/11 share some basic features. They have been conducted lawfully, responsibly and with a clear and single purpose: Get terrorists off the street and gain intelligence on those still at large. Our detention and interrogation programs flow from the same inescapable logic.

— Michael Hayden

The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.

— Michael Moore

The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.

— Michel de Montaigne

I want to bring awareness to the lack of diversity in ballet, and feel like that’s a large part of my purpose.

— Misty Copeland

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

— Mitch Albom

People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology. Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview.

— Mitt Romney

As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.

— Moliere

The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.

— Morihei Ueshiba

With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn’t just about being noticed, you know?

— Mos Def

You weren’t born just to live a life and to die you were born to accomplish something specifically. Matter of fact, success is making it to the end of your purpose that is success… Success is not just existing. Success is making it to the end of why you were born.

— Myles Munroe

In Washington, the translation of E Pluribus Unum has been lost. The belief that we are one nation – united in purpose – caring about and for one another is no longer the practice.

— Madeleine M. Kunin

I have encountered those who feel that libraries have served their purpose and are no longer needed. There are those who consider them a soft target when it comes to local authority budget cuts. In certain political quarters, there is a refusal to see that our public library service needs active protection.

— Malorie Blackman

My dear Excellency! I have not gone to war to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose.

— Manfred von Richthofen

There are two ways of approaching your time on this planet: one is to sit around waiting for something to happen that will make sense of your existence, and the other is to get out there and find purpose for yourself.

— Mariella Frostrup

People who have discovered a purpose feel better, like themselves more, age more subtly, and live longer.

— Marilyn Ferguson

The practical case for manned spacef light gets ever-weaker with each advance in robots and miniaturisation – indeed, as a scientist or practical man, I see little purpose in sending people into space at all. But as a human being, I’m an enthusiast for manned missions.

— Martin Rees

If you do a full-on workout and then eat McDonald’s or Wendy’s, you’re defeating the purpose. If you put good things into your body while working out, you’ll see results.

— Matt Kemp

Wall Street has turned the economy into a giant asset-stripping scheme, one whose purpose is to suck the last bits of meat from the carcass of the middle class.

— Matt Taibbi

When Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can’t explain… I don’t need to. I know that if there’s a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart.

— Maurice Sendak

When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.

— Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Real entrepreneurs have what I call the three Ps (and, trust me, none of them stands for ‘permission’). Real entrepreneurs have a ‘passion’ for what they’re doing, a ‘problem’ that needs to be solved, and a ‘purpose’ that drives them forward.

— Michael Dell

Religion is a reassurance – in fact, that’s its only purpose.

— Michel Onfray

I think it’s important that people know what raising the debt ceiling is. It’s Congress giving permission to the federal government to borrow more money that we don’t have, and we borrow it for the purpose of spending it.

— Michele Bachmann

Out of many, one’ is the national motto, and what the Founders imagined it meant is that out of the great and celebrated differences between us comes one nation and one larger purpose.

— Mike Gallagher

To a pagan, there is no purpose to suffering. As a result, he lives a life of loneliness and frustration.

— Mother Angelica

The purpose of driving traffic to your online business is to get customers. Once a prospect lands on your site, you still have to convert that prospect into a buyer.

— Marc Ostrofsky

My father was famous for his photographic memory. He was in the OSS. They trained him to be captured on purpose and to read upside down and backwards and commit to memory every document in Germany he saw as he was being interrogated – every schedule on every wall. So, that photographic memory somehow made its way to me when I was young.

— Mark Helprin

I certainly can’t speak for all cultures or all societies, but it’s clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It’s not part of the cultural mainstream.

— Mark Strand

We believe it wrong ever to take a dollar from a free citizen without a very necessary public purpose, because each such taking diminishes the freedom to spend that dollar as its owner would prefer.

— Mitch Daniels

With what all these people are saying, do you think that anybody wants to be around me? They all think that I did this on purpose? That I knew that I was positive, for so many years? I feel now that I’m going to be attacked if anybody sees me or if I go to the office.

— Marc Wallice

In 1791, the right to bear arms to defend against an over-reaching government wasn’t theoretical. Today, it’s hard to imagine physical weapons serving the same purpose. But it’s easy to see how hacktivists might – especially if you broaden the opponents to include hate groups and rapacious multinationals.

— Marcus Sakey

Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness.

— Mark Rothko

Growing up on a dairy farm, you certainly learn discipline and a commitment to purpose.

— Mike Johanns

I never sang for a Grammy, for money, for fame. That’s my whole purpose for singing: for people, for the fans.

— Mavis Staples

The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn’t about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a ‘public purpose.’

— Michael Kinsley

I’m not someone who can lie on a beach and do nothing. I am not sure what you are supposed to do, so I get bored. I prefer to have a purpose, such as going to Alaska to see orca whales.

— Miranda Richardson

Don’t confuse hypothesis and theory. The former is a possible explanation the latter, the correct one. The establishment of theory is the very purpose of science.

— Martin H. Fischer

I have to believe that literature can effect change otherwise, I would have no purpose in my life and would have wasted four years on ‘Ilustrado.’

— Miguel Syjuco

If part of the purpose of making an album is to get some radio play, then you might as well think about that. But that’s not really how we picked the songs.

— Mike Gordon

I don’t know if there’s an actors’ slow-pitch softball league I could join. My agency has a team, but they say it would be a conflict of interest for the people they rep to play because I could hit a pop-up and they’d have to drop it on purpose.

— Miles Teller

A painter, a sculptor, a writer, they can express freely. They don’t affect society as a whole. We build buildings that have a purpose, that stay there for hundreds of years or decades.

— Moshe Safdie

Sometimes I think my purpose is as a saboteur when I’m working with other people, derailing what they’re trying to do or taking things to a ludicrous extremity.

— Mark Leyner

No Ponzi schemer tells anyone exactly how it works. The purpose of a Ponzi scheme is to trick people, to take the money and run.

— Mitchell Zuckoff

So that is how I ended up with those two titles, I like Accidentally on Purpose better – it is how we work in our trade – is it really an accident, or is there a thread of destiny in there? That was the intention, I am not sure I found out.

— Michael York

In the early ages, I believe not much thought was given to what man is and what his real functions should be, and what is the real purpose of his life.

— Morarji Desai

It is not the purpose of the ad or commercial to make the reader or listener say, ‘My what a clever ad.’ It is the purpose of advertising to make the reader say, ‘I believe I’ll buy one when I’m shopping tomorrow’.

— Morris Hite

I’ve not been afraid to take risks, be resolute and passionate about purpose, and inspire people to do things that maybe they thought weren’t possible.

— Mindy Grossman

I think you have to remember that Americans saw their purpose as so innately good that they could excuse the pain they would inflict on others to carry out those purposes. Because the purposes were so good, they would justify this pain we were inflicting on other people.

— Neil Sheehan

Scientists cloister themselves away from the rest of society, happy just to receive their next grant. They lose their connection to a purpose.

— Neil Turok

The purpose of satire has been rightly stated as to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half truth, and our job, as I see it, is to put it back again!

— Michael Flanders

My job involves searching for ‘lost’ quotations – that is, trying to find out who came up with a quotable saying that lingers in someone’s mind and which they wish to use for their own purpose and which they cannot find in conventional dictionaries of quotation.

— Nigel Rees

Social networks are these intricate things of beauty, and they’re so elaborate and so complex and so ubiquitous that one has to ask what purpose they serve.

— Nicholas A. Christakis

So often, when we don’t have people that can be representative or symbolic of leadership and of faith, of purpose, in that absence we become bitter and resentful.

— Nate Parker

Starting in music, where I get a chance to connect with the lyrics of a song, I learned so much about performing on stage and connecting to your audience and to what you’re singing about. Singing is very emotional. Every song has its own purpose.

— Naturi Naughton

The main purpose of Social Security is to redistribute wealth, to make an increasingly large number of Americans dependent on government for their basic needs in their retirement years.

— Neal Boortz

The British Museum was founded with a civic purpose: to allow the citizen, through reasoned inquiry and comparison, to resist the certainties that endanger free society and are still among the greatest threats to our liberty.

— Neil MacGregor

During the past 30 years, European governments have provided more than $15 billion in the form of low- and no-cost loans to Airbus for the specific purpose of developing new aircraft lines.

— Norm Dicks

There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.

— Napoleon Hill

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.

— Napoleon Hill

Looking at the purpose of our government toward the Indians, we find that after subjugating them it has been our policy to collect the different tribes on reservations and support them at the expense of our people.

— Nelson A. Miles

Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues – of my comrades in the movement – who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me.

— Nelson Mandela

The purpose of a vacation is to have the time to rest. But many of us, even when we go on vacation, don’t know how to rest. We may even come back more tired than before we left.

— Nhat Hanh

What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots.

— Newt Gingrich

Is the purpose of free elections to allow the most clever and vicious person to aggregate power, or is the purpose of free elections to enable the American people to have a serious conversation about their country’s future and try to find both a policy and a personality that they think will carry to them that better future?

— Newt Gingrich

I found the purpose of my existence, and also the purpose of my circumstance. There’s a purpose for why you’re in the fire. If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!

— Nick Vujicic

I feel like in a world where we all try to figure out our place and our purpose here, your passions are one of your most obvious guides.

— Nick Woodman

I don’t have any authority to talk about the domestic policies of America. But as an outsider, I am mystified by the fact that you are encouraged to buy a gun, but if you use it for the purpose that it is expressly designed for, you get the death penalty. That aspect of America is kind of mystifying.

— Nick Cave

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.

— Nicolaus Copernicus

The purpose of the United Nations should be to protect the essential sovereignty of nations, large and small.

— Nikita Khrushchev

At the end of the day, that’s our sole purpose and our sole reason for existing, is to love somebody else.

— Nikki Reed

The earth is bountiful, and where her bounty fails, nitrogen drawn from the air will refertilize her womb. I developed a process for this purpose in 1900. It was perfected fourteen years later under the stress of war by German chemists.

— Nikola Tesla

Before the 1970s, banks were banks. They did what banks were supposed to do in a state capitalist economy: they took unused funds from your bank account, for example, and transferred them to some potentially useful purpose like helping a family buy a home or send a kid to college.

— Noam Chomsky

Of course, no one wants to ban the vote. Voting should remain available for sporting and recreational purposes. But certain types of votes clearly should be curtailed – ‘assault votes,’ for example, in which the only purpose of the vote is to harm others.

— P. J. O’Rourke

After all, what is your host’s purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself if that were their sole purpose, they’d have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.

— P. J. O’Rourke

The inherent purpose of American government is let people seek their own goals and to encourage them to be responsible on the various adventures they have on their way to those goals, good, bad, and otherwise.

— P. J. O’Rourke

Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.

— P. J. O’Rourke

If ever there were a place where people not only tend not to face economic facts, but it’s almost their purpose not to face economic facts, it’s Washington.

— P. J. O’Rourke

Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: ‘Does my life have meaning and purpose?’ ‘Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?’ ‘Whom and what shall I serve?’ ‘Whom and what can I trust?’ ‘How can I rise above my fears?’

— Parker Palmer

In the Fall of 1774 & Winter of 1775, I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics, who formed ourselves into a committee for the purpose of watching the movements of the British soldiers, and gaining every intelligence of the movements of the Tories.

— Paul Revere

Military deployments have never been something to enjoy, but the consequence of the actions, the shared nature of the sacrifices, and the nobility of the cause are invigorating. To be clear, I’m not talking about the killing and the death rather, the sense of purpose that pervades every action, reaction, and outcome.

— Pete Hegseth

If the risk is fully aligned with your purpose and mission, then it’s worth considering.

— Peter Diamandis

If somebody has an extreme amount of wealth and is not using it for some good purpose, only for their own enjoyment or satisfaction, then clearly there’s a moral failing in the world in which we live.

— Peter Singer

At the end of the day, every member of the conservative movement, from our political commentators and thinkers to our elected officials, share an important and common purpose in advancing the cause of liberty, reigning in a bloated federal government, and defending our traditional family values.

— Phil Gingrey

There are some problems, and maybe these huge magazines, even, for someone who says, ‘Look, I just use an AR-15 for target practice,’ but do you really need to be standing there shooting at a silhouette a shot a second or even quicker with that kind of weapon? For what purpose?

— Phil Gingrey

To come to be you must have a vision of Being, a Dream, a Purpose, a Principle. You will become what your vision is.

— Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Trump is an outsider maybe you don’t know. So he is sitting in a room: he is talking business, he is talking politics – in a private room, it’s a different persona. When he’s out on the stage, he is talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about himself he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose.

— Paul Manafort

What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.

— Paul Wellstone

One false word, one extra word, and somebody’s thinking about how they have to buy paper towels at the store. Brevity is very important. If you’re going to be longwinded, it should be for a purpose. Not just because you like your words.

— Patricia Marx

In ‘The Plato Papers’ I wanted to get another perspective on the present moment by extrapolating into the distant future. So in that sense, there’s a definite similarity of purpose between a book set in the future and a book set in the past.

— Peter Ackroyd

Original Monkees’ songs were produced very thinly, on purpose.

— Peter Tork

I like to cook it is, for me, a happy combination of mindlessness and purpose.

— Paula Fox

You go to any MBA program, and you will be taught the theory of the firm, that the purpose of the firm is the maximization of return on invested capital. I always thought this was a kind of lunacy.

— Peter Senge

I think my films are always quite self-reflexive and always question ‘why am I doing this, is this the right way to do it, what is cinema for, does it have a purpose?’

— Peter Greenaway

Butterfly was certainly a vehicle for me, and if it died, it still would have served its purpose, in spades. We never expected it to give me the visibility it has given me. It was just a small thing as a vehicle, and suddenly the whole world knew about it.

— Pia Zadora

Most designers and creative agencies, no matter their industry niche, will do some nonprofit or cause-related work at some stage of their career. This work helps us create a sense of purpose that is bigger than us. It connects us to our community, helps us leave a legacy and be part of something bigger than our own work.

— Peleg Top

There is a saying, ‘Eyes are the windows to the soul.’ It means, mostly, people can see through someone else by eye contact in seven seconds. I have a habit that if I meet someone I don’t know, I’d like to look at her or his eyes on purpose. When my eyes lay on them, I can immediately see their true color.

— Peng Liyuan

When I was 28, I made this film called ‘Drinking Buddies’ that I starred in and produced, and we improvised the entire thing, and it was a complete exercise in freedom of expression in making something for only the purpose of making it, not for recognition or money or anything else, and it’s still my favorite thing I’ve ever done.

— Olivia Wilde

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

What is the purpose of public service? It’s to solve problems for the people you represent and certainly in the United States Senate, thinking about your state and thinking about your country as well.

— Olympia Snowe

No matter who we are or what we look like or what we may believe, it is both possible and, more importantly, it becomes powerful to come together in common purpose and common effort.

— Oprah Winfrey

In nerve-free multicellular organisms, the relationships of the cells to each other can only be of a chemical nature. In multicellular organisms with nerve systems, the nerve cells only represent cells like any others, but they have extensions suited to the purpose which they serve, namely the nerves.

— Otto Loewi

Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose, the more it attracts people who see the organization as an opportunity to advance themselves.

— Robert Shea

Man is a competitive creature, and the seeds of conflict are built deep into our genes. We fought each other on the savannah and only survived against great odds by organising ourselves into groups which would have had a common purpose, giving morale and fortitude.

— Robert Winston

I feel good. I’ve got a lot of energy. I’ve got a lot of purpose, too.

— Richard Shelby

What makes America great was a government that was founded to be limited to doing one thing. I really believe the whole purpose of America, the aspirational value – why everybody who wants to come to this country wants to come here – was because we respected the dignity of every living person.

— Rick Santorum

In the Marine Corps, I was used to people doing what they said and saying what they mean. There was a higher purpose and calling in the Corps. Everyone works toward accomplishing something together, and there’s a common goal. In entertainment, the same isn’t always true. You’re in it for yourself in Hollywood.

— Rob Riggle

A presidential candidate’s great desire is to be seen as pragmatic, and they hope their maneuvering and shifting will be seen in pursuit of some higher purpose. It doesn’t mean they are utterly insincere.

— Robert Dallek

If you go out there and your main purpose is to get a sponsor, then it’s not gonna work. Just go out there and have fun. That’s how I got sponsored.

— Ryan Sheckler

Here is God’s purpose – for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.

— R. Buckminster Fuller

Right after ‘Raymond’ I had a world-is-my-oyster attitude, but I found out I don’t like oysters. I had this existential emptiness. ‘What is my purpose? Who am I?’ I had a big identity crisis.

— Ray Romano

The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies, but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to establishing democratic rule at universal standards. Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.

— Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

— Richard Dawkins

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn’t delineate between legal and illegal.

— Rick Warren

If you’re alive, there’s a purpose for your life.

— Rick Warren

The Bible is very clear that God has a purpose. But even if I know that purpose, I can’t fulfill it if I’m out of shape.

— Rick Warren

There used to be a huge hole in my life that I wrote many albums about. I didn’t realise it was a wife-and-daughter-shaped hole. They’ve plugged that gap. Everything I do, I do for them now. When daddy goes to work, it’s daddy going to work, not Rob going to work. I feel like there’s a purpose to everything.

— Robbie Williams

If the purpose of the wall was to destroy Berlin, Herr Ulbricht and his cohorts have erred sadly. Berlin is not only going to continue to exist – it’s going to grow and grow and grow. Its ties to West Germany will not be severed.

— Robert Kennedy

Today’s preoccupation with physical theories of everything takes a wrong turn from the purpose of science – to question all things relentlessly. Modern physics has become like Swift’s kingdom of Laputa, flying absurdly on an island above the earth and indifferent to what is beneath.

— Robert Lanza

In their efforts to discredit human freedom, the Putinites denounce the sins that may occur under the reign of liberty with the same ardor, the same sincerity, and the same purpose that animated their Soviet forebears.

— Robert Zubrin

I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don’t need a national ID card.

— Ron Paul

Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

— Ronald Reagan

I think we’re much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there’s another purpose to it.

— Roy Lichtenstein

You have to understand the way the liberal looks at something working. Their purpose here is not to provide you health care cheaply, affordably and plentifully. That’s not what this is about to them.

— Rush Limbaugh

What drives me is exploration with a purpose, more the classic Royal Geographical Society genre.

— Robert Ballard

The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law.

— Robert Bork

The night before, go over your schedule and see what you’re going to do and what the purpose of what you’re doing is. I advocate having a two-column schedule. On the left, put down all your appointments and phone calls. On the right, put down what the purpose is.

— Robert Pozen

If we say the purpose of life is our children, that’s neither a purpose nor a meaning. But I’m sure I will be as besotted as everybody else when I have them.

— Rory Stewart

It’s about getting a more democratic Wales for the purpose of improving our economic performance, for improving the delivery of health care, for raising educational standards.

— Ron Davies

I was involved in the robbery for a purpose, and that was because I knew somebody who could drive a diesel train. I was responsible to take along this old guy who could drive the train.

— Ronald Biggs

In an age when many of our citizens casually reveal information about themselves in social media wildly beyond anything imaginable only a decade ago, it would seem to be a useful exercise in civics to re-educate the public about the value and purpose of protecting against unwarranted government intrusion.

— Richard Ben-Veniste

I came up in Brooklyn singing doo-wop music from the time I was 13 to the time I was 20. That music served a purpose of keeping a lot of people out of trouble, and also it was a passport from one neighborhood to another.

— Richie Havens

Junipers are generally chosen for the latter purpose, as they can be more readily bent into the desired form the eyes and tongue are added afterwards, and the representation altogether is really good.

— Robert Fortune

God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again.

— Robert South

The instant the Government was organized, at the very first Congress, the Northern States evinced a general desire and purpose to use it for their own benefit, and to pervert its powers for sectional advantage, and they have steadily pursued that policy to this day.

— Robert Toombs

And here a most heinous charge is made, that the nation has been burdened with unnecessary expenses for the sole purpose of preventing the discharge of our debts and the abolition of taxes.

— Robert Walpole

It can have a secular purpose and have a relationship to God because God was presumed to be both over the state and the church, and separation of church and state was never meant to separate God from government.

— Roy Moore

The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.

— Richard Hamming

Everything I’ve always done has been for the sole purpose of increasing my lovemaking output. A lot of guys won’t admit that, but I do. I just want to make love.

— Rick Fox

Entertainment works by withholding content with the purpose of increasing its value. And, when you think about it, those two are just vastly different approaches, but they can be bridged.

— Robert Kyncl

The purpose of all wars, is peace.

— Saint Augustine

I have always thought, the secret purpose of the book tour is to make the writer hate the book he’s written. And, as a result, drive him to write another book.

— Salman Rushdie

Chick-fil-A is what it is today because of its people, purpose and product.

— S. Truett Cathy

Once a song’s out there, it’s no longer mine. And that’s the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.

— Sade Adu

I believe we are created in the image of God for a particular purpose, and I believe that with all my heart.

— Sam Brownback

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.

— Sam Harris

One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting, and for what purpose, and which are not.

— Sam Harris

Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.

— Sargent Shriver

One thing we’ve talked a lot about, even in the first leadership meeting, was, what’s the purpose of our leadership team? The framework we came up with is the notion that our purpose is to bring clarity, alignment and intensity.

— Satya Nadella

I think as a young actress, it’s very rare that you read something where you’re not either ‘the girl’ or there to serve some romantic purpose in a male dominated cast.

— Sienna Miller

We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.

— Sigmund Freud

I think the discussion of, you know, can we put a cap on wealth creation and distribution – it’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian that is a capitalist. Is, what is the purpose I’m doing with this wealth?

— Stephen Bannon

If you have a family mission statement that clarifies what your purpose is, then you use that as the criterion by which you make the decisions.

— Stephen Covey

When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.

— Stephen Fry

Brands are facing a new competitive landscape in which self-definition, core values and purpose will increasingly define their ability to reach customers that only allow what is meaningful in their lives to pass through their filter.

— Simon Mainwaring

A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.

— Simone Weil

There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.

— Sitting Bull

I had no need to apologize that the look-wider, search-more affirmative action that Princeton and Yale practiced had opened doors for me. That was its purpose: to create the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race many were unaware was even being run.

— Sonia Sotomayor

I think we all want to know that if our lives don’t turn out the way we imagine, there’s still a purpose.

— Steven Curtis Chapman

I must discipline myself. I must be imaginative and create plots, knit motives, probe dialogue – rather than merely trying to record descriptions and sensations. The latter is pointless, without purpose, unless it is later to be synthesized into a story. The latter is also a rather pronounced symptom of an oversensitive and unproductive ego.

— Sylvia Plath

I wonder what book signings will be like when most of the books we read are electronic. Will authors sign something else? A flyer, perhaps? A special kind of card devised for the purpose?

— Susan Orlean

The RFA requires federal agencies to assess the economic impact of their regulations on small firms, and if significant, consider less burdensome alternatives. Federal agencies sometimes fail to comply at all, or simply ‘check the box,’ fulfilling the letter of the law, while missing the purpose of the law entirely.

— Sam Graves

When you’re in love, you’ve found your soul mate, you think life is going one way, and suddenly it’s completely apparent it’s not. You have to rethink your whole purpose.

— Scott Weiland

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.

— Shirley MacLaine

How it came to pass that man, originally taught, as we doubt not he was, to know and to worship the true Jehovah, is found, at so early a period of his history, a worshiper of baser objects, it is foreign to our present purpose to inquire.

— Simon Greenleaf

There is a direct relationship between how we feel about Jesus Christ and how we see ourselves. We cannot increase our devotion to the Savior without also obtaining a greater sense of purpose, identity, and conviction.

— Sheri L. Dew

Relief Society can help us turn away from the world, for its express purpose is to help sisters and their families come unto Christ.

— Sheri L. Dew

We have to remember we’re in a global economy. The purpose of fiscal stimulus is not simply to sustain activity in our national economies, but to help the global economy as well, and that’s why it’s so critical that measures in those packages avoid anything that smacks of protectionism.

— Stephen Harper

If we have a purpose in life beyond being a cog in the human machine, mine is to help inspire people and that’s pretty cool. I would like to motivate the world.

— Steve Gleason

There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.

— Sharron Angle

You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.

— Sharron Angle

Tony Blair faced a massive defection from his own party ranks during voting around the intervention in Iraq. For our present purpose, the point is not that he survived the defection, but that he had to face it.

— Stockwell Day

As far as I’m concerned, I’m now in the business of making spiritual records and using my voice for that purpose.

— Sinead O’Connor

Working in network news is not a solitary pursuit it is the ultimate ‘team sport,’ in which success is derived from the collective performances of remarkable people united in purpose and dedication.

— Steve Capus

By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size.

— Steven Chu

The purpose of fear, clearly, is to help you get away – which it does. If your heart rate increases, there is more blood pumping so you can use that blood to fuel your muscles to run away. Oxygen is sent to the lungs so you can run fast. Pupils dilating help you see in the dark. All of that prepares your body to fight or escape.

— Sy Montgomery

In 1995, I founded The Molecular Sciences Institute with a gift from the Philip Morris Company where I hoped that we could create an environment where young people could pursue science in an atmosphere of harmonious purpose and high intellectual challenge.

— Sydney Brenner

My eyebrows – they have a life of their own. I don’t arch them on purpose I don’t do, like, arching exercises or anything, I promise! I try to maintain a neutral mass, but they just sort of go with whatever the situation is!

— Seamus Dever

My eyebrows – they have a life of their own. I don’t arch them on purpose I don’t do, like, arching exercises or anything, I promise!

— Seamus Dever

My whole purpose of taking on miniature painting was to break the tradition, to experiment with it, to find new ways of making meaning, to question the relevance of it.

— Shahzia Sikander

When people know they are created with a purpose, and not here by accident, it is life-changing.

— Shane Harper

When I was up there at the plate, my purpose was to get on base anyway I could, whether by hitting or by getting hit.

— Shoeless Joe Jackson

As a child, my mother had instilled in me a feeling of being born for a purpose.

— Shukla Bose

I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.

— Siegfried Sassoon

I grew up in Hollywood, California. A lot of my parents’ friends were in the motion picture industry, but I saw their doctor friends as more solid. I admired them there was a peacefulness in them, a sense of purpose that I liked. So I became very interested in being a surgeon.

— Spencer Johnson

The program of A.A., as written by Bill Wilson and Dr. Smith, only has one purpose: to get you sober. That’s it. To make you a better person, forget it. That was one of the things he came to understand in those years of trial and error. It has to be about only one thing.

— Susan Cheever

In previous generations, there was purpose you had to die, but there was God, and literature and culture would go on. Now, there is no God, and our species is imminently doomed, so there is no purpose. We get up, raise families, have bank accounts, fix our teeth and everything else. But really, there is utterly no purpose except to be alive.

— T. C. Boyle

Life is tragic and absurd, and none of it has any purpose at all.

— T. C. Boyle

Most of the people who are given these Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame things sell millions of records, so it’s kind of like a trophy for them. But for the Ramones, it really was a symbolic gesture of, ‘Yes, you guys are special and are important to rock n’ roll.’ So in that sense, the Roll Hall of Fame served its purpose.

— Tommy Ramone

If you take a print magazine with a million person circulation, and a blog with a devout readership of 1 million, for the purpose of selling anything that can be sold online, the blog is infinitely more powerful, because it’s only a click away.

— Timothy Ferriss

You have to look at why people come and work at Nest. Part of it is that a lot of people here already know each other, but we’re also on a mission with a purpose. People are personally motivated by energy or safety.

— Tony Fadell

Remember, when God is executing His plan in our lives, He also designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed.

— T. B. Joshua

So though there are many things I would have done differently, I submit to God’s sovereignty and His purpose in my life and I thank Him that He brought me the way He brought me and gave me what He gave me when He thought I could handle it.

— T. D. Jakes

I think purpose is the most important thing because once you understand that, everything else becomes easy.

— Trevor Jackson

The purpose of farming is to deprive other species of the land and sequester it for our own use. But by perfecting the art of monoculture, it has become too easy for us to exterminate everything else, leaving no wild plants, no food for insects, and a barren land for birds.

— Tristram Stuart

Indeed, there is nothing like suffering to remind us how much we need God. What good news that His purpose and plan for our lives moves in a different direction from ours!

— Tullian Tchividjian

Corporations that are formed for the purpose of earning profits do not have the constitutionally protected rights that natural citizens have. They should not spend their corporate dollars, Treasury dollars, to influence outcome of elections.

— Ted Deutch

When will the day come that our dignity will be fully restored, when the purpose of our lives will no longer be merely to survive until the sun rises tomorrow!

— Thabo Mbeki

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment confession of sins without any omission and satisfaction by means of good works.

— Thomas Aquinas

Regardless of whatever I do, I know what my purpose is: to make a difference in people’s lives.

— Tim Tebow

No further evidence is needed to show that ‘mental illness’ is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.

— Thomas Szasz

It would be really great if someone would invent a new Internet with the specific purpose of not making money off of it, but making it what it originally was, a free marketplace of ideas, and there are still aspects of the Internet that are that. Wikipedia, essentially, is still the bastion of the original ideals of the Internet.

— Todd Rundgren

Originally, the main purpose of the convention was to determine who the party would have as the presidential nominee and the vice-presidential nominee.

— Tom Brokaw

I’m a compassionate person, so if a product is 15 percent more than what I typically pay, and I see the purpose, I’ll foster that kind of sustainability for the farmers/fishers.

— Tom Douglas

The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.

— Tony Blair

The whole notion of journalism being an institution whose fundamental purpose is to educate and inform and even, one might say, elevate, has altered under commercial pressure, perhaps, into a different kind of purpose, which is to divert and distract and entertain.

— Tom Stoppard

There are some concerns that are universal. Everyone wants to be loved, and everyone wants to feel like they belong somewhere in the world. Everyone wants to do something and feel like they have a sense of purpose. These are just the things that I think about and the things that make their way into my songwriting.

— Tracy Chapman

The first purpose of comedy is to make people laugh. Anything deeper is a bonus. Some comedians want to make people laugh and make them think about socially relevant issues, but comedy, by the very nature of the word, is to make people laugh. If people aren’t laughing, it’s not comedy. It’s as simple as that.

— Trevor Noah

I always tell students that you’ve got to be practical. You do not need a dream. You need a purpose, something you can wake up to in the morning when the dream is dissipated.

— Twyla Tharp

We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings, with such mental qualities and powers, for the sole purpose of being used as beasts, or instruments of labour.

— Thomas Clarkson

Artists forget than the first purpose of a comic character is to convey emotion. Everything else, like realism, or other kinds of virtuosity, is an optional extra. If you sacrifice expression for the sake of other concerns, you’re putting the cart before the horse.

— Ted Naifeh

I believed God had wired me as a writer for a purpose, and I was squandering that purpose. I finally repented of doing things my way and told God that, in the future, I would only write books that glorified Him. That meant I had to buy back some of my contracts.

— Terri Blackstock

But what we’re determined to do, and what the reforms will do is to make sure this system goes back to its core purpose of taking the savings of Americans and from investors around the world and allocating those to people with an idea, not just the largest companies in the country, but to small businesses with an idea and a plan for growing.

— Timothy Geithner

A characteristic of older folksongs, in most cases, is that we don’t know their composers or authors. Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind. They were passed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation.

— Tom Glazer

The danger of what’s happening right now in terms of using reconciliation is, the purpose of the Senate is going to be defeated. And that is to bring consensus to big issues in this country so that we have a reasoned and thoughtful approach and that the American public buys into it.

— Tom Coburn

I think college prepared me at a really high level. High school, you can take some plays off on the defensive end. Not on purpose, but if your man gets tired, you can rest a little bit. But once you get to college, and especially in the NBA, you can’t do that. Even if my man gives the ball up, I’m on help side, helping my team out.

— Trey Burke

It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed.

— Walter Benjamin

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.

— Wayne Dyer

Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.

— Wayne Dyer

To be honest, I find going out pretty scary and intimidating. Got all those people checking you out, with only one purpose: hooking up. I’m quite the dork, I’d rather sit home and play Scrabble. But that doesn’t get you a girl, does it?

— Wentworth Miller

But my method of the pillar, as it throws the horse yet more upon the haunches, is still more effectual to this purpose, and besides always gives him the ply to the side he goes of.

— William Cavendish

The purpose of the European Union expansion is to bring stability to the East, and ultimately, that stability will come to Russia. There is no long term reason that Russia can’t be part of the same peaceful community of nations.

— Wesley Clark

I believe and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.

— William Henry Harrison

Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment.

— William J. Brennan, Jr.

The association promotes a way of life, not causes a harmony in living, not political faiths a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in any prior decisions.

— William O. Douglas

Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.

— William S. Burroughs

I believe that when things happen, they happen with a purpose.

— William Shatner

I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose.

— William Temple

Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.

— William Temple

A war, with its attendant human suffering, must, when that evil is unavoidable, be made to fragment more than buildings: It must shatter the foundations of thought and re-create. Only in this way does every individual share in the cataclysm and understand the purpose of sacrifice.

— Wole Soyinka

Thirdly, even if we assume that the world is governed by purpose, we need only add that this purpose – or, if there are several, at least one of them – is not especially intent on preventing suffering, whether it is indifferent to suffering or actually rejoices in it.

— Walter Kaufmann

Life ceases to be so oppressive: we are free to give our own lives meaning and purpose, free to redeem our suffering by making something of it.

— Walter Kaufmann

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.

— William Bartram

The fishes are also employed for the same purpose on any yard, which happens to be sprung or fractured. Thus their form, application, and utility are exactly like those of the splinters applied to a broken limb in surgery.

— William Falconer

The original purpose of the beards was to help with the wind when it’s blowing in your face. When you’re out there in the woods hunting like we are all the time, we found that facial hair helps you to stay a lot warmer.

— Willie Robertson

All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more strongly the truths come from on high, and contained in the sacred writings.

— William Herschel

It took me a while and a lot of hard times to figure out my purpose, I am so happy with my life. I just want to help make other people happy, too.

— Vanilla Ice

Sometimes God presents opportunities that look insignificant or rather ordinary. Perhaps you don’t see how they fit into the big picture for your life. But if God is asking you to do something, He has a purpose for it.

— Victoria Osteen

We only have a certain amount of energy for each day. If we use it for the wrong purpose, if we focus on the negative or dwell on whoever hurt us, then we’re not going to have the energy we need for the right purposes.

— Victoria Osteen

I clearly believe a lot more than some of my coalition colleagues – Tories – in redistribution and using the tax system for that purpose. I also believe in the government having an active role in the economy, which is having an industrial strategy. I’m not a believer in laissez-faire.

— Vince Cable

The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people – the fear that electrical power, for instance, will be taken away or the transportation system will be taken down.

— Vint Cerf

The temple of Ceres should be in a solitary spot out of the city, to which the public are not necessarily led but for the purpose of sacrificing to her.

— Vitruvius

You want to enjoy life, don’t you? If you get your job done quickly and your job is fun, that’s good isn’t it? That’s the purpose of life, partly. Your life is better.

— Yukihiro Matsumoto

I enter negotiations with Chairman Arafat, the leader of the PLO, the representative of the Palestinian people, with the purpose to have coexistence between our two entities, Israel as a Jewish state and Palestinian state, entity, next to us, living in peace.

— Yitzhak Rabin

I think the purpose of a piece of music is significant when it actually lives in somebody else. A composer puts down a code, and a performer can activate the code in somebody else. Once it lives in somebody else, it can live in others as well.

— Yo-Yo Ma

A storytelling device teaches. I hate to say it that way, because kids tune out. I don’t teach on purpose, but I’m glad that it happens sometimes.

— Yuri Lowenthal

I hate all the terrorists in the world, whatever the purpose of their struggle. However, I support every active civil revolt against any occupation, and Israel, too, is among the despicable occupiers. Such revolt is both more just and more effective, and it does not extinguish one’s spark of humanity.

— Yossi Sarid

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.

— Yamamoto Tsunetomo
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