DeFord Books
  Free Articles
  Free E-zine
  Role Models
  Brilliant Quotes
  David DeFord
  Subscribe to my
  free e-zine today
  and receive the
  free quote e-book

Purpose Quotes

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

To comment on this page, please email ddeford@ordinarypeoplecanwin.com

"There is one quality that 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

"Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food."
Jim Rohn

"We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life."
Jim Rohn

"One person caring about another represents life's greatest value."
Jim Rohn

"Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process."
Jim Rohn

"Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in."
Jim Rohn

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
Zig Ziglar

"Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your entire life around it."
Brian Tracy

"Happiness and high performance come to you when you choose to live your life consistent with your highest values and your deepest convictions."
Brian Tracy

"The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person."
Brian Tracy

"Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and live what you are doing."
Brian Tracy

"Don't be reluctant to give of yourself generously, it's the mark of caring and compassion and personal greatness."
Brian Tracy

“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.” Earl Nightingale

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember those who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a person but the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one's own way." Viktor Frankl

"A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the why for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any how." Viktor Frankl

"I have one life and one chance to make it count for something... I'm free to choose what that something is, and the something I've chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands -- this is not optional -- my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference." Jimmy Carter

"Always be loyal to those who are absent, if you want to retain those who are present." Stephen Covey

"To be accounted trustworthy, a person must be predictable. When you manage your life and all the little decisions by one guideline--the Golden Rule--you create an ethical predictability in your life. People will have confidence in you, knowing that you consistently do the right thing." John C. Maxwell

"A person who won’t stand for something will fall for anything." Zig Ziglar

"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity." Lou Holtz

"I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary."Lou Holtz

"Happiness is not the result of circumstance. It is the result of loving others." Lloyd Newell

"To better the lives of others is one of your life's greatest rewards."
Captain Len Kaine US Navy (retired)
President Golden Rule Society

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." Mahatma Gandhi

"We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one's own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness." Dalai Lama

Caring comes from being able to put yourself in the position of the other person. If you cannot imagine, 'This might happen to me,' you are able to say to yourself with indifference, 'Who cares?'" Eleanor Roosevelt

"What basic objective I had, for many years, was to grasp every opportunity to live and experience life as deeply, as fully, and as widely as I possibly could." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Life is not worth living unless it is lived for others." Mother Teresa

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference towards one's neighbor." Mother Teresa

"Happiness...that's something you can't achieve by taking the easy way out. Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction." Anne Frank

"I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world for mankind....I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living, even after my death!" Anne Frank

"We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens." Sandra Day O'Connor

"Anybody who believes in something without reservation, believes that this thing is right and should be, has the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them." Golda Meir

"I see so many of my kind who have gone mad for want of something to do." Florence Nightingale

"I only wish I could work to some purpose....I have no right to these easy comfortable days and our poor men suffering and dying thirsting in this hot sun and I so quiet here in want of nothing." Clara Barton

"If you would find happiness and joy, lose your life in some noble cause. A worthy purpose must be at the center of every worthy life." Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others." Danny Thomas

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

"It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Charles Dudley Warner

"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it." Bernard Melzer

"Generous people are rarely mentally ill people" Karl Menninger

"The service we render others is really the rent we pay for our room on Earth. Wilfred Grenfell

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." Calvin Coolidge

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." John F. Kennedy

"Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not. George Bernard Shaw

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt

Subscribe to our new, free weekly e-zine.
You'll learn more about your own extraordinary potential for achievement!