Quotes on The Meaning of Life

“A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for”

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.– Aristotle (384-322 BC)

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” — Robert Byrne

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life… I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.” — Joseph Campbell

“It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.” — Thomas Carlyle

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance. — Pablo Casals

“Although a man may have no jurisdiction over the fact of his existence, he can hold supreme command over the meaning of existence for him.” — Norman Cousins

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

 “Walk in the ways of thine heart.” — Ecclesiastes 11:19

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth…” — Albert Einstein

 “The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth.” — Eliza Farnham

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made.” — Benjamin Franklin

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of. — Benjamin Franklin

Be the change you want to see in the world. – Mohandas K. Gandhi

“The man who is born with a talent which he is meat to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you live for love you spread kindness and compassion everywhere you go. When you stop believing in your heart you are but a sterile vessel wandering in the wilderness.” — Francis Hegmeyer

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

My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life, is what keeps me moving forward. — Kenny Loggins

It is not “history” which uses men as a means of achieving — as if it were an individual person — its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends. -– Karl Marx

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. — David McCullough

“Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.” — Bernard Meltzer

“We spend all our time looking for some concept of Truth, but Truth is what is left when we drop all concepts.” — David Merzel

“The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity is to know how to live with a purpose.” — Montaigne