Not having a purpose of life makes it impossible to live life fully. We all need “why”, for everything we do in life, without “why” life seems empty and meaningless. The purpose of life provides us with significance for our existence and is a primary need for our life and becomes essential for one’s spiritual growth.

We are all here for a purpose, and you can get inspiration to find your purpose in these 35 simple and powerful purpose of life quotes about living your life with meaning and purpose.


“The purpose of life is to be happy.”

Dalai Lama

“The only real purpose of life is to explore it in its fullest depth and dimension.”


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Real Purpose of Life Is To Assert Our Essential Divinity and Invoke Our Divine Inheritance.”

– Swami Vivekananda

“Life has no beginning and no end; it is both death and life; it is the green leaf, and the withered leaf that is driven by the wind; it is love and its immeasurable beauty, the sorrow of solitude and the bliss of aloneness. It cannot be measured, nor can the mind discover it.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The purpose of your life is not to merge into the supreme consciousness; that’s an outcome. It will happen anyway, for everything goes back to its source, eventually.”

Om Swami

“The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. It is the goal of every other goal.”

Deepak Chopra

“Make the whole life a game. There is no purpose, there is no aim, nothing. Just take it lightly, easily. Play the game. That is worship, that is celebration.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“The purpose of life is to stay alive. Watch any animal in nature–all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn’t care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal’s behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes exinct.”

– Michael Crichton

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”es exinct.”

Rick Warren

“The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.”

– Leo Rosten

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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

– Robert T. Bennett

“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

“That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.”

– Elizabeth Wurtzel

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

– Ayn Rand

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

– Robert F. Kennedy

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”

– Gautama Buddha

“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.”     

– John Calvin Maxwell

“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

“Activity without purpose is the drain of your life.”     

– Tony Robbins

“So the bottom line of all the Vedic injunctions to signify the basic principle or purpose of life is to – reconnect in the service of Shri Krishna, who’s the Treasure House or Powerhouse of Happiness.”       

– Gaurav Kumar Jha

“There is no monolithic purpose of life, there is more than one and there is a lot to experience and a lot to give to the world.”

Sean Michael Carroll 

“Someone who proposes a nonstrange answer shows he didn’t understand the question.”

Robert Nozick

“The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life.”

Chris Guillebeau

“If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.”

Carl Sagan

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”

David Viscott

“Our purpose here on earth: to manifest the very nature of our spirit, which is touched by the spirit of God.”


“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”

Washington Irving

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

Thomas Dexter Jakes

“Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great purpose in heart.”

Gordon Bitner Hinckley

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

Michel de Montaigne

“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

“Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best.”

David Oman McKay

“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: each the other’s opposite and complement.”

Hermann Hesse

“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”

Pablo Casals

“Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about.”

Steve Pavlina

“The first principle of ethical power is Purpose… It is the picture you have of yourself – the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead.”

Ken Blanchard

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning, and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

Stephen Hawking

“The Only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realise the Self. There is nothing else to do.”

Ramana Maharshi

“Purpose gives birth to hope and instills the passion to act.”

Myles Munroe

I hope these purpose of life quotes have expanded your search and you are one step closer to finding, choosing, or creating your purpose.