Quotes and Sayings about Purpose



"When there wasn't any money involved, for all intents and purposes, nobody gave a damn. But now the land, supposedly worthless, is seen for what it really is: an incredibly valuable asset."
- Neil Abercrombie
(Related: Money, Land, Now)

"Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey thorough the world."
- Chinua Achebe
(Related: People, Purpose, Journey, Leaders, World)

"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 B. Adams
(Related: Trust, Purpose, Lies, Nothing, Press)

"He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Purpose)

"No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Experience, Success, Failure, Cause)

"FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good."
- Felix Adler
(Related: Legal, Time, Community, Conviction, Day, Prejudice, Rest)

"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Growth, Purpose, Learning)

"If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs."
- Aesop
(Related: Men, Will)

"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
(Related: African, Artist, Corruption, Fight, Literature)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Community, Meaning)

"The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness is to give the maximum what the man is able to give."
- Alexander Alekhine
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, Man, Sense)

"The anger in the Brigade against those who fought the Republic in the rear was sharpened by reports of weapons, even tanks, being kept from the front and hidden for treacherous purposes."
- Bill Alexander
(Related: Anger, Being, Weapons)

"For psychological purposes the most important differences in conation are those in virtue of which the object is revealed as sensed or perceived or imaged or remembered or thought."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Thought, Virtue)

"My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures."
- Sherman Alexie
(Related: Purpose, Authority, Children)

"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
(Related: Failure, Purpose)

"Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it."
- James Allen
(Related: Purpose)

"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 Lane Allen
(Related: Failure, Purpose)

"For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Thought, Action, Energy, Nothing, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Man, Past, Reason)

"To make a difference is just... I think... the purpose of what life is."
- Anastacia
(Related: Life, Purpose, Difference)

"So it allows me to travel, I'll be doing that and running these great rivers and doing what I've done in the past without much purpose other than for the experience."
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Related: Experience, Travel, Purpose, Past, Rivers, Running)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Drama, Earth, Meaning, Pain, Sense)

"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
(Related: Faith, God, Purpose, Christian)

"Your great country is wonderful at stealing pieces of history and using it for its own purposes, so there didn't seem to be anything particularly unusual about it but the English were incredibly exercised about it."
- Michael Apted
(Related: History, Country, English)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Confession, Satisfaction, Sin, Sorrow)

"The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Certainty, Laws)

"Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."
- Aristotle
(Related: Power, Time, Purpose, Right)

"We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don't know where you're aiming, you don't have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Life, Goal, Purpose)

"The new rule says that the FBI has the right to go to public places on the same terms and conditions as other members of the public for counter-terrorism purposes."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Public, Right)

"It ended up being a very good thing, because they finally started writing for the character, and I realized that you have to go to work with a purpose. I learned from the experience and then moved on."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Experience, Work, Character, Purpose, Being, Writing)

"We were therefore obliged to unload our boats of their cargoes and pass them empty over the falls by means of long cords which we had provided for such purposes."
- William Henry Ashley
(Related: Boats)

"The purpose of all wars, is peace."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Peace, Purpose)

"The purpose of all war is peace."
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Related: Peace, War, Purpose)

"A multi-purpose stadium is an absolute must in order to invigorate our downtown and, simultaneously, let the rest of the country witness that we can get things done."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Country, Order, Rest)

"It cannot take decades to resurrect, we must act immediately with purpose and enthusiasm to rebuild."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Enthusiasm, Purpose, Act)

"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
(Related: Knowledge, Purpose, Ambition)

"There were scenes that just for length purposes, and knowing that the attention span of kids is not great, don't make it much longer than about 90 minutes."
- John Badham
(Related: Attention, Kids)

"The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Related: Education, Purpose, Man, Sunset)

"Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it."
- Stephen Baker
(Related: Direction, Sound)

"Corporations are social organizations, the theater in which men and women realize or fail to realize purposeful and productive lives."
- Lester Bangs
(Related: Men, Women, Corporations, Theater)

"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
(Related: Legal, Purpose, Public, Reason, Saying)

"I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Purpose, Computer)

"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
(Related: Perseverance, Purpose, Attention, Creation, Economy, Effect, Order, Resolution)

"The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Men, Purpose, Fools)

"Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions."
- Jacques Barzun
(Related: Music, Emotions)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Vision, Integrity, Play, Will)

"I'm just taking one step at a time. I could zigzag one way, but it's not usually on purpose."
- Beck
(Related: Time, Purpose)

"A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Purpose, Christian, Man, Nothing, School)

"The purpose of Plan Columbia was to deal with the increased cultivation and illegal activity associated with that cultivation concerning narco trafficking in Columbia."
- Rand Beers
(Related: Purpose)

"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: Purpose, Anthropology, World)

"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
(Related: Attitude, Purpose, Opinion, Press, Public, Public opinion)

"Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Purpose, Visualization)

"Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

"A hero holds purposes appropriate to man and is, therefore, a thinker."
- Andrew Bernstein
(Related: Man)

"The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away."
- Aneurin Bevan
(Related: Power, Purpose)

"All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Purpose, Spiritual)

"Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Purpose, Animals)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Old)

"I do not know who there is among us that can claim to know God's purpose and God's intent."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: God, Purpose)

"It's never been my purpose to become an American icon, or more famous or richer."
- Juliette Binoche
(Related: Purpose, American, Famous)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, First, Paradox, Pleasure, Self)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Fathers, Founding, Newspapers, Post, Washington)

"The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is mothers really need to be given the ability to parent."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Purpose, Ability, Motherhood, Mothers)

"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
(Related: Love, Decision, Purpose, Constitution, Court, Decisions, Rights, Legislation, Majority, Minority, Past)

"Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: Patriotism, Religion)

"The EU should have consolidated its different presences and purposes in Kosovo earlier."
- Emma Bonino
"The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Science, Purpose, World)

"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
(Related: Home, Purpose, Affection)

"The principal purpose of the Democratic Party is to use the force of government to take property away from the people who earn it and give it to people who do not."
- Neal Boortz
(Related: Government, People, Purpose, Force, Party, Property)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Wealth, Americans, Needs, Retirement, Security, Years)

"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
(Related: Equality, Purpose, Being, Law, Separation)

"If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions."
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Related: Art, Life, Purpose, Visions)

"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
(Related: Art, Performance, Purpose, Artist, Bizarre, Information)

"I was a gang leader. Although, it was a gang for defensive purposes. It was not a gang to sell drugs."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Leader, Drugs)

"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
(Related: Time, Purpose)

"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Experience, Government, Liberty)

"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
(Related: Death, Purpose, Pain, Punishment)

"The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes invalidates the punishment."
- William J. Brennan
(Related: Punishment)

"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
(Related: Science, People, Purpose, Challenge, Company, Environment)

"The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."
- John Mason Brown
(Related: Happiness, Purpose)

"But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again."
- Robert Browning
(Related: Purpose, Eyes, Nerves)

"I was hugely relieved to discover there was a purpose for girls with loud voices."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Purpose, Girls)

"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
(Related: Purpose, May, Now, World)

"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
(Related: Home, Purpose, Sound, Will)

"What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose."
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Related: Talent, Purpose, Mankind)

"Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language."
- Kenneth Burke
(Related: Nature, Purpose, Language, Light, Principles)

"The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Business, Purpose, Advertising, Service)

"Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war."
- William S. Burroughs
(Related: Happiness, War, Purpose, Victory, Conflict)

"America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world."
- George H. W. Bush
(Related: People, Purpose, America, Nation, Today, World)

"The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable - and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Power, Trust, Freedom, World, Years)

"Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Power, People, Help, Name, World)

"I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Religion, Discipline, Purpose, Actions, Patience, Religious, Sense, Stability)

"The tongue may be employed about, and made to serve all the purposes of vice, in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Injustice, May, Tongue, Vice)

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
- Robert Byrne
(Related: Life, Purpose)

"The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation."
- John Cage
(Related: Nature, Purpose)

"I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and really understand little, if anything, about him, his life or his books."
- Simon Callow
(Related: Life, Character, Books, Literary)

"The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion."
- Ken Calvert
(Related: Purpose, Abortion, Act, Crime, Protection, State)

"The bill would ban human cloning, and any attempts at human cloning, for both reproductive purposes and medical research. Also forbidden is the importing of cloned embryos or products made from them."
- Ken Calvert
(Related: Medical, Forbidden, Research)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Potential)

"Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?"
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Humanity)

"We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Being, Forget, Value)

"It's all about the fungibility and money. If Planned Parenthood accesses hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and they use that for other purposes, then they can use other dollars to fund abortion."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Money, Abortion, Parenthood)

"I have followed holiness, I have taught truth, and I have been most in the main things; not that I thought the things concerning our times little, but that I thought none could do anything to purpose in God's great and public matters, till they were right in their conditions."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: God, Truth, Thought, Purpose, Holiness, Public, Right)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Defeat, Self)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Detail, Language)

"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
(Related: Time, Business, People, Purpose, Career, Public, Trying)

"The will is never free - it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car - it can't steer."
- Joyce Cary
(Related: Car, Purpose, Will)

"The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do."
- Pablo Casals
(Related: Life, Purpose, First)

"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
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Committee, Majority)

"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."
- Vinton Cerf
(Related: Power, People, Fear, Purpose, Terrorism, Will)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Men, Action, Purpose, Thoughts, Ideals, May, Spirits, Will)

"The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability."
- Chanakya
(Related: Time, Knowledge, Purpose, Ability, Man, Senses)

"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
(Related: Beauty, Purpose, Patience, Question)

"The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Education, People, Purpose)

"When I was a very young lawyer, I had a senior partner who advised me never to get mad, except on purpose."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Design, Purpose)

"Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Purpose, Justice, Man)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Attention, Congress, Nothing, Pleasure)

"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
(Related: God, Purpose, Being, Order)

"The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes."
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Related: War, Goal, Isolation)

"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
(Related: God, Purpose, Existence, Perspective, Proof, Study)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, First)

"Our lives our guided by that general conception of the course of things which has been created by society for social purposes."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Society)

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Peace, Purpose, Destruction, Force, Iraq, Want, Weapons)

"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
(Related: Purpose, American, Country, Danger, Now, Public, Right, Senate, Thoughtful)

"I'm in the music business for one purpose - to make money."
- Nat King Cole
(Related: Business, Money, Music, Purpose)

"Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood."
- Robin G. Collingwood
(Related: Purpose, Appetite, Desire, Intention, Parenthood, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Day, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Grace, Mercy)

"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
(Related: Truth, Purpose, Gold, Quantity, Quest)

"Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."
- Henry Steele Commager
(Related: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End)

"The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."
- Henry Steele Commager
(Related: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End, Fact)

"Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Purpose, Legislation, Party)

"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
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Purpose, Astronomy, Fool, Study)

"I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night."
- Marie Corelli
(Related: Home, HusbPurpose, Night, Pets)

"An abundant supply of excellent water, forming a volume equal in bulk to the human body, is conveyed by one of these pipes, and distributed about the city, where it is used by the inhabitants for drink and other purposes."
- Hernando Cortes
(Related: Body, Water)

"Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."
- William Cowper
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, Bargain, Existence)

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: People, Purpose, Existence, Opinion)

"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
(Related: Life, Work, Purpose, American, Effect, Fulfillment, Promise)

"The Dodo never had a chance. He seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of becoming extinct and that was all he was good for."
- Will Cuppy
(Related: Purpose, Chance)

"My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible."
- George Armstrong Custer
(Related: Purpose)

"The people at the record company had asked me if I could write a song about my life, my relationship with God, and where I'm from. Well, I can't write a song on purpose, my songs come in a moment of inspiration or desperation."
- Billy Ray Cyrus
(Related: God, Life, People, Inspiration, Purpose, Company, Desperation, Song, Songs)

"Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums."
- Salvador Dali
(Related: Museums, Surrealism)

"You know, my hair is very upsetting to people, but it's upsetting on purpose. It is important to look old so that the young will not be afraid of dying. People don't like old women. We don't honor age in our society, and we certainly don't honor it in Hollywood."
- Tyne Daly
(Related: Age, Society, Women, People, Purpose, Dying, Hair, Hollywood, Honor, Old, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Freedom, Public, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Health, Performance, Purpose, Care)

"My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Purpose, Aggression, Today)

"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
(Related: Design, Purpose, Blind, Evil, Indifference, Nothing, Universe)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Iraq, Party, Present, Voting)

"Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest. Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the Arab armies to conquer our land."
- Moshe Dayan
(Related: Purpose, Conquest, Israel, Land, Soldiers)

"What is fetus farming? Simply put, it is the creation and development of a human fetus for the purposes of later killing it for research or for harvesting its organs."
- Nathan Deal
(Related: Development, Creation, Killing, Research)

"Of the 55 refineries closed in America in the last 10 years, they were all closed for economic reasons, mostly oil company mergers. Not a single one was closed for environmental purposes or objections."
- Peter DeFazio
(Related: Environmental, America, Company, Oil, Years)

"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
(Related: Life, Thought, Purpose, Man)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Past, Years)

"You just don't see the same type of all-purpose entertainers nowadays."
- Taye Diggs
"I'm very close to suggesting that Mr. Pitt has now served as long as he can usefully do so. He seems to take his foot out of his mouth only for purposes of changing feet."
- John Dingell
(Related: Feet, Now)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Being, Conviction, Existence, Fulfillment, Meditation, Nothing, Will)

"The secret of success is constancy to purpose."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Success, Purpose, Constancy)

"Our lives are programmed at conception and are endowed with purpose and meaning."
- Jeane Dixon
(Related: Purpose, Meaning)

"Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built."
- James Dobson
(Related: Home, Purpose, Values, Children, Future, Guests, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, America, Day, End, Nation)

"In LA, I mean, here's this place full of desperate and sad people who take their only pleasure from destroying others for the purposes of their own self-aggrandizement."
- Heather Donahue
(Related: People, Pleasure, Self)

"The mind must see visual achievement of the purpose before action is initiated."
- Mack R. Douglas
(Related: Achievement, Action, Purpose, Mind)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Causes, Decisions, Harmony, Living, Loyalty, Projects)

"The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless."
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Related: Crime)

"Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes."
- Theodore Dreiser
(Related: Feelings, Shadows, Words)

"The purpose of a business is to create a customer."
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Business, Purpose, Customer)

"A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable."
- Finley Peter Dunne
(Related: Lie, Purpose)

"You know, the purpose of reconciliation is to avoid the filibuster. The filibuster is an effort to talk something to death."
- Dick Durbin
(Related: Death, Purpose, Effort, Talk)

"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
(Related: Dance, Purpose)

"When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Life, Money, Purpose, Giving)

"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
(Related: Intelligence, Purpose, Fashion, Universe)

"You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind?"
- Freeman Dyson
(Related: God, Life, Purpose, Meaning, Mind)

"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Design, Purpose)

"The Iranian government intends to use the nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but must convince international public opinion of that."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Government, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time."
- Marian Wright Edelman
(Related: Time, Life, Purpose, Being, Service)

"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
(Related: Policy, Purpose, Office, Problems, Public, Public policy, Service, Today)

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Work, Intelligence, Purpose, Accomplishment, Being, Planning, Production)

"It was very important that it be done in such a way that it be executed with complete conviction. If I had done it both ways, if I was trying to cover myself in case it didn't work, then it would have been to no purpose."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Work, Purpose, Conviction, Trying)

"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
(Related: Fear, Purpose, English, Fun)

"Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Purpose, Intellect)

"The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Purpose, Country, Safety)

"The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best."
- George Eliot
(Related: Fear, Failure, Purpose)

"I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best."
- George Eliot
(Related: Fear, Failure, Purpose, Man, Proof, Word)

"Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did."
- Duke Ellington
"Rounding to the nearest cent is sufficiently accurate for practical purposes."
- Alexander John Ellis
"Nobody makes movies bad on purpose."
- Roland Emmerich
(Related: Movies, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Encouraging, Purpose, Journey, Self)

"A confidence problem exists on the part of the people of the region who desire democratic rule in principle, but remain suspicious of both the fashion with which democratization is presented and the purposes of the democratic world."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: People, Confidence, Desire, Fashion, World)

"Our purpose in this project is to begin to turn that fear of cancer, actually America's greatest fear, into a future, not only free of fear, but full of hope."
- Andrew von Eschenbach
(Related: Fear, Hope, Purpose, America, Cancer, Future, Project)

"If my soccer career were over, I would still come here because of the people. And despite the fact I've had to skip some school for National Team purposes, I am looking forward to holding that Carolina degree as soon as I can get my hands on it."
- Lorrie Fair
(Related: People, Career, Fact, School, Soccer)

"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
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Islam, Nation, Words)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Mouse, Weapons)

"Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society which by and large seems to manage quite well without them."
- Brian Ferneyhough
(Related: Society, Music, Nature, Being, Commitment)

"Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the chief source of every error in our lives."
- Sarah Fielding
(Related: Confusion, Desire, Error)

"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
(Related: Money, Purpose, Trying)

"Studies indicate that these children are more susceptible to advertising and even less likely to understand the purpose of this advertising."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Purpose, Advertising, Children)

"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
(Related: Science, Purpose, Theory)

"I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point."
- Laurence Fishburne
(Related: Life, Purpose, Being, Existence, Man, Meaning, Open, Questioning)

"I hope that by going to visit the pope I have enabled everybody to see that the words Catholic and Protestant, as ordinarily used, are completely out of date. They are almost always used now purely for propaganda purposes. That is why so much trouble is caused by them."
- Geoffrey Fisher
(Related: Hope, Now, Propaganda, Trouble, Visit, Words)

"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
(Related: Truth, Purpose, Illusion, Job, Satire)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Children, Order)

"There is already a mountain of evidence that Saddam Hussein is gathering weapons for the purpose of using them. And adding additional information is like adding a foot to Mount Everest."
- Ari Fleischer
(Related: Purpose, Information, Weapons)

"The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
- Malcolm Forbes
(Related: Education, Purpose, Mind, Open)

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
- Malcolm Forbes
(Related: Education, Purpose, Mind, Open)

"I did not want to reject religion as nonsense because life seemed to have no ultimate purpose without it, and most of the good people I knew were Christians."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Life, Religion, People, Purpose, Nonsense, Want)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Eyes, Tongue)

"Bring me men to match my mountains: Bring me men to match my plains: Men with empires in their purpose and new eras in their brains."
- Sam Walter Foss
(Related: Men, Purpose)

"I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes. Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades. I may go again this year."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Business, Time, Fantasy, First, May, World)

"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
(Related: Women, Business, Sex, Purpose, Hollywood)

"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
(Related: Love, Purpose, Want)

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
- Anatole France
(Related: Art, Purpose, Curiosity, Teaching)

"We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience."
- Gary L. Francione
(Related: Amusement, Animals, Defense, Entertainment, Pleasure)

"If people knew of ethics violations, they should have sent them to the Ethics Committee. If you think there was serious ethics violation that ought to be looked at, you don't hold it back for retaliatory purposes."
- Barney Frank
(Related: People, Committee, Ethics)

"I suppose if it has a practical purpose, I appreciate a pat on the back. I suppose it's rewarding, ultimately."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Purpose)

"I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos. I believe in that. I think that's the basis of Greek mythology."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Chaos, Darkness, Mythology)

"My purpose was to get leave to bring my party into the settlements in order to outfit and to obtain the supplies that had now become necessary."
- John Charles Fremont
(Related: Purpose, Now, Order, Party)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Neurosis, Result)

"September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Life, Purpose, America, Duty, World)

"We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Dreams, Act, Nothing, Sleep)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Despair, Direction, Future, Sense, Word)

"In the name of noble purposes men have committed unspeakable acts of cruelty against one another."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Men, Cruelty, Name)

"Here is God's purpose - for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: God, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Legal, Purpose, Cards)

"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."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Life, Soul, Thought, Purpose, Act, Body)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Press)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Gold, Value, Want, World)

"All the charges you enumerate have been made with one purpose in mind-to place our office on the defensive and make us waste valuable time answering allegations that have no basis in fact."
- Jim Garrison
(Related: Time, Purpose, Fact, Mind, Office, Waste)

"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
(Related: People, Idea, Purpose, Americans, Country, Will, World)

"Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Friendship, Purpose, Spirit)

"I like that kind of frantic schedule. It makes me feel like I have a purpose."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Leader, Purpose, Care, Majority, Talk)

"Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question."
- Ira Glass
(Related: Purpose, Driving, Fiction, Needs, Question)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Composers, Mind, Word)

"If he who employs coercion against me could mould me to his purposes by argument, no doubt he would. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because his argument is weak."
- William Godwin
(Related: Argument, Doubt)

"Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Purpose, World)

"To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Men, Purpose)

"The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Sacrifice, Purpose, Freedom, Religious, State)

"Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Purpose, Project)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Play, Songs)

"This will result in wells that will make a substantial improvement in the recovery factor just because they are absolutely in the proper place within the reservoir for the purposes of drainage."
- Andrew Gould
(Related: Improvement, Result, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Language, Treason, Unity)

"The whole purpose was to say that it doesn't have to be a zero sum. It's not the environment or jobs. You can have both. You can help the auto industry achieve that if you have investment in plants."
- Jennifer Granholm
(Related: Purpose, Environment, Help, Investment, Jobs, Plants)

"The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose."
- Richard Grant
(Related: Purpose, Identity, Value)

"Educators are still spending way too much time trying to control what kids learn, bending the content to their own purposes, hoping beyond hope to change - by using technology - but not change too much."
- Daniel Greenberg
(Related: Change, Technology, Time, Control, Hope, Content, Kids, Trying)

"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
(Related: History, Purpose, Doubt, Man, Present, Worship)

"Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Poetry, Science, Art, Goal, Purpose, Journey, Prose)

"I was 48-years old before anybody talked me into it for medicinal purposes, instead of some of these drugs that they give you that will lead you to heart surgery and things of that nature."
- Merle Haggard
(Related: Nature, Heart, Drugs, Old, Will)

"Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work."
- George Halas
(Related: Life, Work, People, Purpose)

"Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Wisdom, Purpose, Future, Meaning)

"Don't organize for any other purpose than mutual benefit to the employer and the employee."
- Mark Hanna
(Related: Purpose)

"Is the president purposefully using propaganda and hyperbole to garner the American public for support?"
- Sean Hannity
(Related: American, President, Propaganda, Public, Support)

"I'm just beginning to direct. For all intents and purposes, this is the first time for me."
- Mark Harmon
(Related: Time, Beginning, First)

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."
- Sydney J. Harris
(Related: Education, Purpose, Windows)

"The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure."
- Sydney J. Harris
(Related: Education, Purpose, Leisure, Liberal, Mind)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Feeling, Poor)

"I believe that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."
- William Henry Harrison
(Related: Government, Purpose, Poor)

"All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."
- William Henry Harrison
(Related: Government, Purpose, Poor)

"If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Years, Yesterday)

"Yes; we have a specific procedure which we follow in all cases where the Agency is in contact, for the purposes of acquiring intelligence or whatever the case may be, with an individual."
- Richard M. Helms
(Related: Intelligence, May)

"I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism."
- Barbara Hepworth
(Related: Purpose, Order, Pleasure, Realism, Space)

"The Englishman never enjoys himself except for a noble purpose."
- A. P. Herbert
(Related: Purpose)

"An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose."
- A. P. Herbert
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Power, Idea, Purpose, Being, Force)

"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
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Success, Purpose, American, Tradition)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Honor)

"The 2 million people who work in the NHS and social care are also themselves patients and users. I know they all want to treat patients and users the way they and their families would want to be treated and that is the purpose of our reforms."
- Patricia Hewitt
(Related: Work, People, Purpose, Care, Want)

"Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Thought, Idea, Purpose, May, Mind, Repetition)

"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
(Related: Quality, Knowledge, Purpose, Desire)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Advertising, Tomorrow)

"Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: War, Purpose, Alliance, Intention, Wage)

"If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself - your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Time, Motivation, Character, Purpose, Authority, Ethics, Principles)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Clarity, Conviction, Deep, Principles, Will)

"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
(Related: Time, Music, Purpose, Actions, Court, Rituals)

"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Life, Purpose, Hatred, Meaning)

"Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation."
- Richard Holloway
(Related: Power, Art, God, Purpose, Clarity, Creation, Joy, Simplicity)

"Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: End, Theory)

"America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Purpose, America, Motive)

"A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong."
- Horace
(Related: Purpose, Mankind, Pride, Right, Vices, Wrong)

"Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?"
- Horace
(Related: Mind)

"The purpose of my life is being a father to my kids and being a husband to my wife."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Life, Father, Wife, HusbPurpose, Being, Kids)

"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
(Related: Failure, Purpose, Defeat, Trying, Weakness)

"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
(Related: Wife, Purpose, Being, Children)

"Triumphant science and technology are only at the threshold of man's command over sources of energy so stupendous that, if used for military purposes, they can wipe out our entire civilization."
- Cordell Hull
(Related: Science, Technology, Civilization, Energy, Man, Military)

"We're helping those children who cannot help themselves and giving a push to those who can. We've done it by working together for a common purpose. I see no reason to stop now."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Purpose, Children, Giving, Help, Now, Reason)

"A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker."
- David Hume
(Related: Design, Purpose, Intention)

"There is no more reason why the features belonging to a picture should be distorted for the purpose of such imaginative suggestion than that the poet's metaphors should spoil his words for the ordinary uses of man."
- William H. Hunt
(Related: Purpose, Man, Metaphors, Reason, Words)

"The Greeks already understood that there was more interest in portraying an unusual character than a usual character - that is the purpose of films and theatre."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Character, Purpose, Interest, Theatre)

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Purpose, Curiosity, Research)

"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: People, Purpose, Forget)

"There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics none in which there is more need of good pilotage and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Politics, Purpose, Ocean, Sea)

"Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Nature, Purpose, Credit)

"It is the lot of man to share in the deeper aspirations of the universe around him and to share his own destiny as well as that of the universe, now by adjusting himself to its forces, now by putting the whole of his energy to his own ends and purposes."
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Related: Aspirations, Destiny, Energy, Man, Now, Universe)

"Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience."
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Related: Experience)

"In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Life, People, Discipline, Purpose, First, Meaning, Religious, Understanding)

"The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Health, Life, Purpose, Destiny, Direction, Ego, Environment, Evolution, Present, Religious)

"Great minds have purposes; others have wishes."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Wishes)

"There are many alternatives to embryonic stem cell research, alternatives with great potential. We need to support these and oppose creating life for the sole purpose of destroying it."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Life, Purpose, Potential, Research, Support)

"Home schooled children frequently combine for many purposes - and they interact well. The growth of the home schooling movement means that more and more children are learning together, just not in a traditional classroom."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Home, Growth, Children, Classroom, Learning)

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government)

"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
(Related: Purpose)

"So Ham's wife that was preserved on the Ark was a Negro of the seed of Cain and there was a priestly purpose in it, that the Devil would have a representation as well as God."
- Warren Jeffs
(Related: God, Wife, Purpose, Devil)

"I'm into music for all different sorts of purposes."
- Tom Jenkinson
(Related: Music)

"Growing up on a dairy farm, you certainly learn discipline and a commitment to purpose."
- Mike Johanns
(Related: Discipline, Purpose, Commitment, Growing up)

"Planned change is good. It is being the best, giving your best, and doing your best-on purpose."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Change, Purpose, Being, Giving)

"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
(Related: Success, Purpose, Aggression, Conquest, Vietnam)

"I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Home, Purpose, Strength, Ability, America, Being, Country, Sense, Will)

"Prayer is aligning ourselves with the purposes of God."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: God, Prayer)

"My reputation is too important to put it aside for purposes of some friendship. We have a job to do."
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones
(Related: Friendship, Job, Reputation)

"I was always told I was special. And I was also assured that I had a gift and a purpose."
- Ashley Judd
(Related: Purpose)

"My story of success and failure is not just about music and being famous. It's about living and loving and trying to find purpose in this crazy world."
- Wynonna Judd
(Related: Music, Success, Failure, Purpose, Being, Famous, Living, Trying, World)

"One thing I was thinking about is that they probably get their come-uppance about the same percentage that people in real life do. Basically, stealing for all practical purposes might as well be legal in New York."
- Mike Judge
(Related: Legal, Life, People, Thinking)

"Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Death, Life, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Being, Darkness, Existence, Light)

"The widespread diffusion of nuclear weapons would make many nations able, and in some cases also create the pressure, to aggravate an on-going crisis, or even touch off a war between two other powers for purposes of their own."
- Herman Kahn
(Related: War, Crisis, Nations, Pressure, Weapons)

"A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Action, Purpose)

"That's why it has to be a nonprofit, because a nonprofit is required to take monies it receives and use them for the purposes for which it's chartered by the government. It can't be pocketed."
- Mitch Kapor
(Related: Government)

"What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds - the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes - and you try to bring the two together."
- Mitchell Kapor
(Related: Technology, People, Design, World)

"If you are charged with this responsibility of enhancing interrogations, or using soldiers to enhance interrogations to find Saddam, and you're above the law for all practical purposes, you might try some unusual techniques. Now we know that, in fact, they did."
- Janis Karpinski
(Related: Fact, Law, Now, Responsibility, Soldiers)

"Terrorism, ladies and gentlemen, in my eyes I have a very, very, very simple explanation. Gangs of criminals, killers, used unfortunately by certain governments in the past for political purposes, who are on their own now as gangs."
- Hamid Karzai
(Related: Eyes, Ladies, Gentlemen, Now, Past, Terrorism)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Suffering, World)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Meaning, Suffering)

"It does not follow that the meaning must be given from above; that life and suffering must come neatly labeled; that nothing is worth while if the world is not governed by a purpose."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Life, Purpose, Meaning, Nothing, Suffering, World, Worth)

"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose."
- Garrison Keillor
(Related: Nature, Purpose, Cats)

"True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Happiness, Purpose, Fidelity, Self)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Idea, Purpose, Fidelity, Self, Wrong)

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Courage, Purpose, Direction)

"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Purpose, Strength, Wealth, America, Country, Future, Military, Restraint, Will)

"The purpose of the United Nations should be to protect the essential sovereignty of nations, large and small."
- Nikita Khrushchev
(Related: Purpose, Nations, United)

"You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness."
- Tracy Kidder
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, Right)

"If I'm a phenomenon, it makes me feel like I have no purpose."
- Jewel Kilcher
(Related: Purpose)

"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Progress, Purpose, Justice, Law, Order)

"One answer is that the town's elected officials thought that the project served a public purpose and that the various subsidies and favors were worth the price. But they may or may not have thought this."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Thought, Purpose, Favors, May, Project, Public, Worth)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Fans)

"The developing science departs at the same time more and more from its original scope and purpose and threatens to sacrifice its earlier unity and split into diverse branches."
- Felix Klein
(Related: Science, Time, Sacrifice, Purpose, Unity)

"Every guitar I own gets used and has its purpose."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: Purpose, Guitar)

"Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose."
- Frank Knox
(Related: Patriotism, Belief, Purpose, Fire, Living)

"Yet I wanted to have children, and I knew that was my purpose, but I wasn't going to settle."
- Boris Kodjoe
(Related: Purpose, Children)

"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
(Related: Art, Purpose, Fiction, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Purpose, Blame, World)

"Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Civilization, Purpose, Agreement, Culture, Existence)

"I influenced the BG style by not being able to draw perspective. The BG artists developed cool graphic painting styles to make my bad backgrounds look like they were that way on purpose."
- John Kricfalusi
(Related: Purpose, Artists, Being, Painting, Perspective, Style)

"I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life, but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely avoid a high degree of difficulty."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Power, Life, Difficulty)

"To have united the purposes of an entire Nation, is the great historical achievement of the man in whose strong hands our President has placed the fate of our people."
- Gustav Krupp
(Related: People, Achievement, Fate, Man, Nation, President, United)

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
(Related: Life, Purpose, Blessings, Events, Mistakes, Silence)

"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
(Related: Government, Strategy, Purpose, Country, Direction, Justice, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Purpose, May, Psychoanalysis, Risk)

"And that's why I chose on purpose not to have a death scene. We've seen them in a million movies and it's too much like cranking the tears out. I didn't want that scene."
- Christine Lahti
(Related: Death, Movies, Purpose, Tears, Want)

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Help, Hurt)

"The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Now)

"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
(Related: Education, Purpose, Difficulty, Order, Party, Will)

"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
(Related: Design, Education, Society, Purpose, Committee, Poor, Resolution, Spirit)

"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
(Related: Society, Men, Success, Purpose, Poor)

"When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular feeling about the family, they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism of family values for their own purposes."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Family, Strength, Values, Feeling, Liberals, Popular, Rhetoric)

"Most women are pragmatists who have allowed extremists on the left and right to manipulate the family issue for their own purposes."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Family, Women, Right)

"I shall have less cause to regret the carrying my intended purpose into effect, foreseeing that you may immediately fill with advantage, the vacancy which will presently happen."
- Henry Laurens
(Related: Purpose, Cause, Effect, May, Regret, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Consideration, May)

"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."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Experience, Soul, Purpose, Blood, Deep, Myth)

"The trip I made to Angola to study the prehistoric contents of the gravel beds as a means of deciding the age of the deposits and their economic potential was the first time prehistory had ever been used for such a purpose."
- Louis Leakey
(Related: Age, Time, Purpose, Beds, First, Potential, Study)

"Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Purpose, Sense)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Will)

"The ultimate creative capacity of the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite."
- George Leonard
(Related: Infinite, May)

"The purpose of population is not ultimately peopling earth. It is to fill heaven."
- Graham Leonard
(Related: Purpose, Earth, Heaven, Population)

"You try on purpose to get players with different qualities which will rub off on one another."
- James Levine
(Related: Purpose, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose)

"This is true only because the purposes and objectives of the Committee for Industrial Organization find economic, social, political and moral justification in the hearts of the millions who are its members and the millions more who support it."
- John L. Lewis
(Related: Committee, Justification, Objectives, Support)

"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
(Related: Art, People, Purpose, May)

"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 a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: War, Purpose, May, Nation, Pleasure, President)

"I believe that what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Related: Giving, Woman)

"What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Society, Majority, Minority)

"Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Men, Purpose, Consciousness, Man)

"The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce."
- Friedrich List
(Related: Nature, Improvement, Invention, Machines, Will)

"I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose."
- David Livingstone
(Related: Purpose, End)

"Sex appeal is not on purpose."
- Heather Locklear
(Related: Sex, Purpose, Sex appeal)

"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
(Related: Peace, Purpose, Ideals, World)

"The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous."
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
(Related: War, Peace, Goal, Purpose, Nations, United, World, World war)

"Success demands singleness of purpose."
- Vince Lombardi
(Related: Success, Purpose)

"I write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now belongs to me. I write a book for no other reason than to add three or four hundred acres to my magnificent estate."
- Jack London
(Related: Beauty, Purpose, Now, Reason)

"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view."
- Sophia Loren
(Related: Purpose, Dress, Woman)

"Life does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes."
- James Lovelock
(Related: Life, Earth)

"My purpose... to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy."
- Juliette G. Low
(Related: Soul, Heart, Purpose, Future, Girls, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose)

"The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Love, Children)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Fun, Now, Play)

"If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians."
- Harold MacMillan
(Related: People, Purpose, Politicians, Sense, Want)

"The immediate future is going to be tragic for all of us unless we find a way of making the vast educational resources of this country serve the true purpose of education, truth and justice."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Education, Truth, Purpose, Country, Future, Justice)

"Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Education, Knowledge, Purpose, Light, Present)

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries."
- James Madison
(Related: Purpose, Church, Blood, Europe, Separation, State)

"The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people."
- Norman Mailer
(Related: Art, People, Purpose, Consciousness)

"I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for."
- Norman Mailer
(Related: Life, Purpose)

"To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment, depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible."
- Maimonides
(Related: Law, Restraint)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Mercy, Potential, Will)

"I mean, I tend to do my own thing, and that usually crosses purposes with everyone around me."
- Shirley Manson
"If religion had a good purpose, then man would have created something great. But we're man: we mess up everything. We mess up nature. We mess up God. We take what is given to us and make it into what we think it should be."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Religion, Nature, God, Purpose, Man)

"But if inventions have increased man's power over nature very much, then the real value of money is better measured for some purposes in labour than in commodities."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Money, Nature, Power, Inventions, Man, Value)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Absence, May)

"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
(Related: Money, Purpose, Order, Writer)

"Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject and contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the dignity of Man which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great and useful purposes."
- George Mason
(Related: Nature, Idea, Dignity, Man)

"Many good purposes lie in the churchyard."
- Philip Massinger
(Related: Lie)

"First and foremost, I would like to start off by saying that just because my husband is an entertainer, that does not mean that our personal business is for everyone's entertainment purposes."
- Kim Mathers
(Related: Business, HusbEntertainment, First, Saying)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Fun, Job, Want)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Being, Direction, Sense)

"I mean, The New York Times actually had an interesting case recently where they described a detainee who was afraid of the dark, and so he was purposely kept very much in the dark."
- Jane Mayer
"Our purpose is to educate as well as to entertain."
- Curtis Mayfield
(Related: Purpose)

"According to this way of arguing, there will be no true principles in the world; for there are none but what may be wrested and perverted to serve bad purposes, either through the weakness or wickedness of men."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Men, May, Principles, Weakness, Wickedness, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Day, Dignity, Sun, Will)

"I have myself no more doubt that these metals were prepared by the Almighty for this very purpose, than I have that iron and coal were prepared for the purposes in which they are being used."
- Hugh McCulloch
(Related: Purpose, Being, Doubt)

"Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Hope, Purpose, Self, Sense)

"One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Purpose, Strength, Ignorance, Prudence)

"As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Direction, Unity, World)

"The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Travel, Purpose, Now)

"Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Land, Living)

"While goals are chosen, a purpose is discovered. Our purpose is something we have been doing all along, and will continue to do, regardless of circumstances, until the day we die."
- Peter McWilliams
(Related: Goals, Purpose, Circumstances, Day, Will)

"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
(Related: Fitness, Purpose, Plants, Value)

"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
(Related: Life, People, Purpose, Church, May, Meaning, Salvation, Taste)

"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
(Related: Government, People, Policy, Purpose, Support)

"Freedom and opportunity are precious gifts and the purpose of our politics is to expand them, for all our people."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Politics, People, Opportunity, Purpose, Freedom, Gifts)

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Power, Purpose, Community, Harm, Will)

"I learned that the purpose of the Twelve Steps is to do the will of God."
- Keith Miller
(Related: God, Purpose, Will)

"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
(Related: Power, War, Purpose, Conviction, Enemy, Nations)

"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
(Related: Home, People, Play, Pretty)

"He felt like the invisible boy. When he got to be part of the mystery Men he felt like he had a purpose."
- Kel Mitchell
(Related: Men, Purpose, Mystery)

"The purpose - where I start - is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it's reuse."
- Issey Miyake
(Related: Idea, Purpose, Recycling)

"As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt."
- Moliere
(Related: Men, Purpose, Comedy, Reason, Vices)

"Choose your friends with caution; plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith."
- Thomas S. Monson
(Related: Faith, Life, Purpose, Caution, Friends, Future)

"People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Related: People, Children, Houses)

"The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Life, Soul, Purpose)

"Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement."
- Dwight L. Moody
(Related: Age, Life, Purpose, Old, Preparation, Retirement, Will)

"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
(Related: Government, God, Purpose, Church, Separation, State)

"And a lesson in this movie is dig beneath the surface. And so with my words, with my character, I purposely created a character that was away from how you've known me thus far in my career."
- Shemar Moore
(Related: Character, Career, Words)

"With honesty of purpose, balance, a respect for tradition, courage, and, above all, a philosophy of life, any young person who embraces the historical profession will find it rich in rewards and durable in satisfaction."
- Samuel E. Morison
(Related: Life, Courage, Honesty, Purpose, Balance, Philosophy, Profession, Respect, Satisfaction, Tradition, Will)

"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
(Related: Love, Time, People, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Fame, Fun, Inspiring)

"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
(Related: Thought, Purpose, Temple, Bed, Day, Now, World)

"The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking."
- Christopher Morley
(Related: Purpose, Books, Mind, Thinking)

"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
(Related: Love, Soul, Purpose, Choice)

"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
(Related: Men, Purpose, Being, Giving, Law, Research, Self, Sense)

"So there is a foreign intelligence purpose for every one of our FISA warrants."
- Robert Mueller
(Related: Intelligence, Purpose)

"It does not just happen. It is disclosed by science that practically one-half of trained intellectual resources are being mobilized for murderous purposes."
- Alva Myrdal
(Related: Science, Being)

"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
(Related: Time, Purpose, Building)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Banks, Children, Order, Support, Taxes, Teachers)

"We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it."
- Willie Nelson
(Related: Purpose, Cause, Help, Suffering, Unhappiness)

"Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?"
- Howard Nemerov
(Related: Work, Purpose, Fact, First, Mind, Obvious)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Defense)

"To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Purpose, Forget, Stupidity)

"I see my purpose in life as making the world a happier place to be in ."
- David Niven
(Related: Life, Purpose, World)

"My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should have done it, and I don't think we should have done it."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Decision)

"AS for all those mistakes I make - they are on purpose - to teach you how to deal with them."
- Donald Norman
(Related: Purpose, Mistakes)

"In Japan itself there have all along been attempts by some to obliterate the article about renunciation of war from the Constitution and for this purpose they have taken every opportunity to make use of pressures from abroad."
- Kenzaburo Oe
(Related: War, Opportunity, Purpose, Constitution, Renunciation)

"I avoid clients for whom advertising is only a marginal factor in their marketing mix. They have an awkward tendency to raid their advertising appropriations whenever they need cash for other purposes."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Advertising, Clients, Marketing)

"Every path serves a purpose."
- Gene Oliver
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Comedy, Disgust, Drama, Emotions, Exercise, Expression, Light, Office, Tears, Terror, Tragedy)

"We all know we have a problem, a broad problem. Ninety-eight percent of the fuel that is used by our vehicles, our autos and trucks for personal and commercial purposes, for highway and air travel operates on oil. The world has the same problem."
- John Olver
(Related: Travel, Oil, World)

"Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Purpose, Animals, Children)

"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
(Related: Women, Purpose, Party)

"While I believe our Constitution allows for State and local governments to execute the power of eminent domain for those purposes that specifically serve the public good, condemning property solely to implement economic development plans is not serving the public good."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Power, Development, Constitution, Property, Public, State)

"It is annoying to be honest to no purpose."
- Ovid
(Related: Purpose)

"To what purpose is it to be artificially happy on the surface?"
- Anne Parillaud
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Goal, Purpose, Being, Devotion, Light, Reason, Spirit)

"Purpose is what gives life a meaning."
- Charles Henry Parkhurst
(Related: Life, Purpose, Meaning)

"Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."
- Alan Paton
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Purpose, Books, End, Struggle, Words)

"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
(Related: Government, Society, Purpose, Contradiction, Privacy, Secrecy)

"If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty - not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Government, Work, Life, Purpose, Defense, Economy, Liberty, World)

"When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Men, Society, Women, Purpose, Conscience, Freedom, Humanity, Law, Voice)

"I cannot think of anything more difficult than to say something which would be worthy of this impressive and, for me, memorable occasion, and of the ideals and purposes which inspired the Nobel Peace Award."
- Lester B. Pearson
(Related: Peace, Ideals)

"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
(Related: Purpose, First, Man, Nations)

"Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you, your efforts will most likely be in vain."
- Dave Pelzer
(Related: Purpose, Will)

"Every program has two purposes: The one for which it was written and another for which it wasn't."
- Alan Perlis
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Art, Life, Purpose)

"A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose."
- Peace Pilgrim
(Related: Purpose)

"Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view."
- Max Planck
(Related: Knowledge, Purpose, Discovery, Pursuit)

"With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Poetry, Purpose, Passion)

"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
(Related: Friend, Purpose, Criticism, Nothing, Will)

"Quicksilver is used for many purposes; without it, neither silver nor brass can be properly gilt."
- Marcus V. Pollio
"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."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Purpose, Temple, Public)

"War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support."
- Colin Powell
(Related: Politics, War, People, Purpose, Support)

"The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of peace and security will be met - or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power."
- Colin Powell
(Related: Peace, Power, Action, Security, states, United, Will)

"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
(Related: Purpose, School, Trying)

"Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Happiness, Purpose, Unhappiness)

"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
(Related: Government, Purpose, Constitution, Will)

"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
(Related: Peace, Leader, People, Purpose, Israel, Living, State)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Careers, Discrimination, Now, Result)

"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Morality, Purpose)

"Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Happiness, Life, Achievement, Purpose, Values, Integrity, Loyalty, Pain, Proof, Result, Self)

"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Purpose, Existence, Welfare)

"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Life, Heart, Purpose, Man, Right, Will, Worth)

"And preserving our open spaces or having them there for recreational purposes is one of the things that contributes to the high level of quality of life that we offer in Pennsylvania, and that also translates into economic benefits."
- Ed Rendell
(Related: Life, Quality, Benefits, Open)

"Luck, I never looked to make difficult movies on purpose. You make the films you can make."
- Alain Resnais
(Related: Movies, Purpose, Luck)

"Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers."
- Joshua Reynolds
(Related: Purpose, Teachers)

"For you, the state is an entity with purposes of its own that the people can be required to serve. For us the word is only a label for the arrangements by which we the people delegate to some among us responsibility for things that concern us in common."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: People, Concern, Responsibility, State, Word)

"My dear Excellency! I have not gone to war to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose."
- Manfred von Richthofen
(Related: War, Purpose)

"The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
(Related: Life, Purpose)

"I am not involved in any 'issues' because it's too sensitive for me - or my wife - to get involved. Every time we express an opinion it becomes a whole thing in itself. And the whole purpose of living in the countryside was to get away from hundreds of people. My wife fell off a horse, and suddenly there are hundreds of people around."
- Guy Ritchie
(Related: Time, Wife, People, Purpose, Living, Opinion)

"For the greater beauty of the instrument, the balls representing the planets are to be of considerable bigness; but so contrived, that they may be taken off at pleasure, and others, much smaller, and fitter for some purposes, put in their places."
- David Rittenhouse
(Related: Beauty, May, Pleasure)

"Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Success, Life, Purpose, May)

"It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it."
- Nelson Rockefeller
(Related: History, People, Purpose, Sense)

"Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Purpose, America, Computer, First, Giving, Sense)

"I didn't get old on purpose, it just happened. If you're lucky, it could happen to you."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Purpose, Old)

"Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Change, Progress, Purpose, Space)

"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
(Related: Education, Purpose, Being, Culture)

"I would guess that the decision to create a small special purpose language or use an existing general purpose language is one of the toughest decisions that anyone facing the need for a new language must make."
- Guido van Rossum
(Related: Decision, Purpose, Decisions, Language)

"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
(Related: Art, Purpose, Spirit)

"For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind."
- James Rouse
(Related: Design, Belief, Purpose, Improvement, Mankind, Planning, Years)

"Profit is not the legitimate purpose of business. The legitimate purpose of business is to provide a product or service that people need and do it so well that it's profitable."
- James Rouse
(Related: Business, People, Purpose, Profit, Service)

"I have been used for a purpose, and there will be a certain tragic occurrence happening if you don't take my testimony and somehow vindicate me so my people don't suffer because of what I have done."
- Jack Ruby
(Related: People, Purpose, Will)

"I love to shop after a bad relationship. I don't know. I buy a new outfit and it makes me feel better. It just does. Sometimes I see a really great outfit, I'll break up with someone on purpose."
- Rita Rudner
(Related: Love, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Men, Age, Purpose, Knight, Lying, Preaching)

"It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Purpose)

"The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Purpose, May, Nothing, Universe)

"The Bible is the only credible guide either as to the real relationship between man and the earth and the great Creator of both or concerning the purpose of the creation of both."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: Purpose, Bible, Creation, Earth, Man)

"The Bible shows the clear statement of God's purposes concerning the earth, and man once made its prince. Its opening chapters show that it was intended for man's instruction."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: God, Bible, Earth, Man)

"I didn't and don't go to Internet for any business purposes. The book sales for me by this point are way beyond any influence I might have, positively, or others might have, negatively."
- R. A. Salvatore
(Related: Business, Influence, Internet, Sales)

"It's very certain that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons for offensive purposes. They don't need nuclear weapons to defend their own country."
- Kim Y. Sam
(Related: Country, Weapons)

"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
(Related: Change, War, Purpose, Negotiation, Now, Soldiers)

"A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement."
- Antonin Scalia
(Related: Purpose, Machine, Xerox)

"Instead of a weak and vacillating Government, a single, purposeful, energetic personality is ruling today."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Government, Personality, Today)

"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
(Related: Opportunity, Purpose, Productivity, Sense, Waste)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Direction, Meaning, Right)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Order, Will)

"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Life, Purpose, Compassion, Help, Will)

"Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Purpose, Being)

"One of the problems with even suggesting that purpose of a Federal law is for law enforcement officers to assist in protecting the public outside their jurisdictions is that it may give them encouragement or even a sense of obligation to do so."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Purpose, Encouragement, Law, May, Obligation, Problems, Public, Sense)

"It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Purpose, Strength, Boldness, Duty, Energy, Will)

"Our tools are extensions of our purposes, and so we find it natural to make metaphorical attributions of intentionality to them; but I take it no philosophical ice is cut by such examples."
- John Searle
(Related: Tools)

"One of the worst of errors would be the general admission of the proposition that a Government has no right to interfere for any purpose except for that of affording protection."
- Nassau William Senior
(Related: Government, Purpose, Errors, Protection, Right)

"But there is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Authority, Constitution, Law)

"And in fact, I think one of the best guides to telling you who you are, and I think children use it all the time for this purpose, is fantasy."
- Peter Shaffer
(Related: Time, Purpose, Children, Fact, Fantasy)

"One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time."
- Idries Shah
(Related: Time, People, Beliefs, Past)

"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Purpose, Devil, Scripture)

"Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory."
- Irwin Shaw
(Related: Purpose)

"This whole phenomenon of the diversion of organizations from their purposes and ideals does not seem very serious when the scum rise to the top in the bridge club or the offices of a small magazine publisher."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Ideals)

"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
(Related: People, Opportunity, Purpose)

"But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Ideals, Principles)

"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
(Related: Work, Purpose, Fun)

"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
(Related: People, Purpose, Americans, Pain)

"The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live."
- Sidney Sheldon
(Related: Happiness, Peace, Leadership, Purpose, Man, World)

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(Related: Soul, Purpose, Eye, May, Mind, Nothing)

"So for my studio purposes, I know that I'm in my studio with technicians who've done amazing things to my board and to my power amps and I know what I can deliver out of my studio."
- Billy Sherwood
(Related: Power)

"So that studio served its purpose, and still is working very well for other people right now."
- Billy Sherwood
(Related: People, Purpose, Now, Right)

"My purpose is to inspire people of all walks of life to discover the virtue inherent within them and to bring forth that virtue in their daily lives."
- William Shirley
(Related: Life, People, Purpose, Virtue)

"Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Travel, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Earth, Talk, Thinking, Universe)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Certainty, Earth)

"There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes."
- Herbert Simon
(Related: Technology, People, Morals, Thinking)

"The American citizen must be made aware that today a relatively small group of people is proclaiming its purposes to be the will of the People. That elitist approach to government must be repudiated."
- William E. Simon
(Related: Government, People, American, Today, Will)

"The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose."
- William E. Simon
(Related: Purpose, Tax, Nation)

"Man is the result of a purposeless and materialistic process that did not have him in mind. He was not planned."
- George G. Simpson
(Related: Man, Mind, Result)

"I do not purpose to discuss faith in its dogmatic sense today."
- Matthew Simpson
(Related: Faith, Purpose, Sense, Today)

"The reason to split a court is for administrative purposes, and in the past there has been much debate about the liberal decisions of the Ninth Circuit and so forth; and people have wanted to get out of the Ninth Circuit for that reason."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: People, Court, Debate, Decisions, Liberal, Past, Reason)

"If by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled."
- Red Skelton
(Related: Heart, Purpose, Chance, Day, Feeling, Silly, Smile)

"A car for every purse and purpose."
- Alfred P. Sloan
(Related: Car, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Purpose, End, Interest, May, Production)

"Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Money, War, Women, Voice, Words)

"We hope there is a sense of purpose in everything."
- Ozzie Smith
(Related: Hope, Purpose, Sense)

"Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was. I suppose I was ordained to this very office in that Grand Council."
- Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Related: Purpose, Heaven, Man, Office, World)

"Unfortunately, money in politics is an insidious thing - and a loophole in our campaign finance system was taken advantage of with money going to existing or new 527 groups with the sole purpose of influencing the election."
- Olympia Snowe
(Related: Finance, Money, Politics, Purpose)

"The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire."
- Joseph Sobran
(Related: Government, Purpose, Defense)

"The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Life, Boredom, Man)

"God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again."
- Robert South
(Related: God, Father, Purpose, May, Mind)

"The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: Government, Purpose)

"We are not utilizing the Iraqi oil for U.S. purposes. We are not asking that the Iraqi oil be used to pay our military expenses. We are asking only that the Iraqi oil be used to rebuild Iraq - that is, to rebuild Iraq for the Iraqi people."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: People, Iraq, Military, Oil)

"This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on."
- Oswald Spengler
(Related: Life, Act, May)

"That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support."
- Lysander Spooner
(Related: Government, Support)

"For all practical purposes I left home when I was 7."
- Jean Stafford
(Related: Home)

"Now, there are people that are Christian artists, because they have a purpose to be evangelical for Christ. I don't feel I've been called to that yet. Now, that could change. There's no telling what kind of call God will put on my life."
- Scott Stapp
(Related: Life, Change, God, People, Purpose, Christian, Artists, Now, Will)

"I never search for a reason why - I have faith in the Lord's purpose."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Faith, Purpose, Reason)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Party, Will)

"The Spy Act strikes a right balance between preserving legitimate and benign uses of this technology, while still, at the same time, protecting unwitting consumers from the harm caused when it is misused and, of course, designed for nefarious purposes."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Technology, Time, Act, Balance, Harm, Right)

"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
(Related: Time, Purpose, Beginning, Gain, Will)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Vision, Temple, America, Fire, Inspiring, Singing, World)

"Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: Life, Medical, Abortion, Potential)

"The purpose of sealing the records was not to conceal them or to conceal the facts from the American people."
- Louis Stokes
(Related: People, Purpose, American, Facts)

"Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement."
- W. Clement Stone
(Related: Achievement, Purpose)

"Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose."
- John Stossel
(Related: Happiness, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Poetry, Purpose, America)

"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
(Related: Music, Time, Purpose, Man, Order)

"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
(Related: Time, Purpose, Beginning, Will)

"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
(Related: Home, Purpose, Day, Journalism)

"More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Men, Talent, Purpose)

"Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart."
- Shinichi Suzuki
(Related: Music, Heart, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Nature, Purpose)

"Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Nature, Ambition, May)

"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
(Related: Nature, Purpose, Illness, Name, Obvious)

"Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes."
- Henry Taylor
(Related: Nature, Ambition, May)

"The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler."
- Edward Teller
(Related: Science, Purpose, Simplicity)

"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
(Related: Time, Purpose, Complaints, Present)

"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
(Related: Enthusiasm, Purpose, Alchemy, Divinity, Philosophy, World)

"Most of the Ten Commandments are negative. The purpose of law is not to mandate good behavior. That concept comes from the French Revolution."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Negative, Purpose, Behavior, Revolution, Law)

"What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Work, Success, Purpose, Hard work, Sense)

"Separately there was only wind, water, sail, and hull, but at my hand the four had been given purpose and direction."
- Lowell Thomas
(Related: Purpose, Direction, Water, Wind)

"In that I found being able to talk to my family about my feelings, praying for strength and realizing that our lives have a deep purpose and the journey of our lives is to find out what that is and express it, was the only way I could have gotten through it."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Family, Feelings, Purpose, Strength, Being, Deep, Journey, Talk)

"So if you look back over the long history of China, they've never tried to take over the world, but they've been quite aggressive in their own neighborhood... in carrying out their own purposes and interests in their sphere of the world."
- Fred Thompson
(Related: History, World)

"The conscious purpose of science is control of Nature; its unconscious effect is disruption and chaos."
- William Irwin Thompson
(Related: Science, Nature, Control, Purpose, Chaos, Effect, Unconscious)

"Unconscious Polities emerge independent of conscious purpose."
- William Irwin Thompson
(Related: Purpose, Unconscious)

"The world rolls round forever like a mill; it grinds out death and life and good and ill; it has no purpose, heart or mind or will."
- James Thomson
(Related: Death, Life, Heart, Purpose, Mind, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Nature, People, Purpose, Fun, Wit, World)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Cause, Commitment, Man, May, Yield)

"At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live."
- Howard Thurman
(Related: Life, Determination)

"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
(Related: God, Purpose, Self, Teenage)

"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
(Related: Government, Policy, Purpose, Congress, Day, Desire, First, states)

"Original Monkees' songs were produced very thinly, on purpose."
- Peter Tork
(Related: Purpose, Songs)

"Because obviously the whole purpose of putting records out is purely and simply to make money."
- Mel Torme
(Related: Money, Purpose)

"All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose."
- Brian Tracy
(Related: Men, Women, Work, People, Successful, Goal, Purpose, Vision, Day, Future, Respect)

"The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four, of secondary importance is to prepare for being five."
- Jim Trelease
(Related: Purpose, Being, Importance)

"My father's generation gave to my generation a land of wealth and purpose and world economic dominance."
- Paul Tsongas
(Related: Father, Purpose, Wealth, Land, World)

"Almost the only persons who may be said to comprehend even approximately the significance, principles, and purposes of Socialism are the chief leaders of the extreme wings of the Socialistic forces, and perhaps a few of the money kings themselves."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Money, Extreme, Kings, Leaders, May, Principles, Socialism)

"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
(Related: Time, Quality, Purpose, Interest)

"The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity."
- Scott Turow
(Related: Purpose, Ambiguity, Complexity, Present)

"It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results."
- Sun Tzu
(Related: Intelligence, Army, Results, Will)

"The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit."
- Morihei Ueshiba
(Related: Purpose, Body, Spirit, Training)

"Mankind's role is to fulfil his heaven-sent purpose through a sincere heart that is in harmony with all creation and loves all things."
- Morihei Ueshiba
(Related: Heart, Purpose, Creation, Harmony, Heaven, Mankind)

"Any sensible family has a budget that lays out how much will be spent for household and other purposes. Without such planning, things would quickly go awry."
- Walter Ulbricht
(Related: Family, Planning, Will)

"The essence of a general's job is to assist in developing a clear sense of purpose to keep the junk from getting in the way of important things."
- Walter F. Ulmer
(Related: Purpose, Job, Sense)

"The UN's unique legitimacy flows from a universal perception that it pursues a larger purpose than the interests of one country or a small group of countries."
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Related: Perception, Purpose, Countries, Country)

"The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best."
- Paul Valery
(Related: Idea, Purpose, Psychology)

"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
(Related: Soul, Thought, Purpose, Feeling, Question, Rest)

"The money in the schools overpowers the principles of the purpose."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Money, Purpose, Principles, Schools)

"Winners are people with definite purpose in life."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Life, People, Purpose)

"No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Life, Purpose, Man, Satisfaction, Woman)

"The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes. I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: God, Eyes)

"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
(Related: People, Positive, Purpose, Now, Office, Saying, Years)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Nation, Taxes)

"The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!"
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Patriotism, Idea, Spring)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Abuse, Drugs, Environment, Problems, Students, Testing)

"If you're alive, there's a purpose for your life."
- Rick Warren
(Related: Life, Purpose)

"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
(Related: Experience, Purpose, Errors, Past)

"The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!"
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Ideas, Purpose, Clarity, Practice, Writing)

"Anyone wishing to communicate with Americans should do so by e-mail, which has been specially invented for the purpose, involving neither physical proximity nor speech."
- Auberon Waugh
(Related: Purpose, Americans, Speech, Wishing)

"Science attempts to analyze how things and people and animals behave; it has no concern whether this behavior is good or bad, is purposeful or not. But religion is precisely the quest for such answers: whether an act is right or wrong, good or bad, and why."
- Warren Weaver
(Related: Religion, Science, People, Act, Animals, Behavior, Concern, Quest, Right, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Being, Doctrine)

"Then as now, whatever disagreements over policies existed among Americans - and there were many such bitter policy disputes - the purposes and goals for which Americans fought were clearly understood."
- Allen Weinstein
(Related: Policy, Goals, Americans, Disagreements, Now)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Circumstance, Constitution, Superstition, Tyranny, Will)

"In the Constitution of the American Republic there was a deliberate and very extensive and emphatic division of governmental power for the very purpose of preventing unbridled majority rule."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Power, Purpose, American, Constitution, Majority)

"Government can contribute to a shared sense of purpose on the part of the citizenry; that's its highest and best application."
- William Weld
(Related: Government, Purpose, Sense)

"Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Purpose, Hollywood)

"There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile."
- H. G. Wells
(Related: Death, Purpose, Danger, Revolution, Nothing, Suffering, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Power, Purpose, Advice, Identity, Poor, Scientists, Sense)

"Our purpose is to be up here to resolve these issues. Our purpose is to be up here and represent the people."
- Allen West
(Related: People, Purpose)

"My purpose is to refuel, refresh and rejuvenate moms."
- Lisa Whelchel
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Congress, Defense)

"The whole purpose of those attacks was to drive those contractors out. Lots of them had to leave. They were terrified."
- Wayne White
(Related: Purpose)

"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
(Related: Life, Purpose, Circumstances, Infinite, Possibilities)

"Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success."
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Success, Purpose, Nothing, Providence)

"Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions."
- George Will
(Related: Education, Politics, Purpose)

"I am not on this planet to get something done - the things we accomplish are expressions of our purpose."
- Paul Williams
(Related: Purpose)

"I'm really, really enjoying myself, I seem to have a lot of purpose in my life. I'm enjoying what I'm doing, you know, and people are liking it. So, it's great, you know."
- Robbie Williams
(Related: Life, People, Purpose)

"The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Life, God, Purpose, Church, Creation, Hearing, Joy, Now, Sharing, Word)

"It is impossible to deny that Christians and Muslims have a common agenda here: both faiths have at their heart the living image of a community raised up by God's call to reveal to the world what God's purpose is for humanity."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: God, Heart, Purpose, Community, Humanity, Living, World)

"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
(Related: People, Purpose, Sense, Spirits, Will)

"The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of these, but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Men, Consequences, May, World)

"Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Control, Purpose, Golf)

"I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing; its only purpose is to inflame."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Purpose, Hate, Lesbian, Nothing, Word)

"Everyone wants that sense of fulfilling a purpose in some way."
- Scott Wolf
(Related: Purpose, Sense)

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Soul, Purpose, Eye, May, Mind, Nothing)

"I think the studio gave me that series on purpose, because they knew perfectly well that Robert Riskin was ill and that I needed to go to work. They gave me that series to do."
- Fay Wray
(Related: Work, Purpose)

"For the purposes of the play, it was perfect to be able to use that and the stresses and strains that there were. At the end of the play, the mother realizes the terrible things she had done."
- Fay Wray
(Related: Mother, End, Play)

"I wrote a few children's books... not on purpose."
- Steven Wright
(Related: Purpose, Books, Children)

"I'm not saying we purposely introduced bugs or anything, but this is kind of a natural result of any complexities of software... that you can't fully test it."
- Will Wright
(Related: Bugs, Result, Saying, Software)

"Soy sauce is really a multi-purpose seasoning."
- Martin Yan
"Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness."
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, Fulfillment)

"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
(Related: Work, Purpose, Accident, Destiny, Intention, Titles, Trade)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Body, Mind, Passion, Sense, Spirit)

"The tendency of philosophers who know nothing of machinery is to talk of man as a mere mechanism, intending by this to imply that he is without purpose. This shows a lack of understanding of machines as well as of man."
- Arthur Young
(Related: Purpose, Machines, Man, Nothing, Talk, Understanding)

"The purpose creates the machine."
- Arthur Young
(Related: Purpose, Machine)

"The purpose firm is equal to the deed."
- Edward Young
(Related: Purpose, Deed)

"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
(Related: Purpose, World)

"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
(Related: Dream, Purpose, Vision, Being, Will)

"My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others."
- Jamie Zawinski
(Related: Life, Purpose)