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PURPOSE
[ Also see Accident Ambition Aspiration Decision Direction Idealism Intention Irresolution Luck Meaning of Life Motive Perseverance Planning Policy Resolution Will ]

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.
      - Oliver Cromwell,
        in a statement to M. Bellievre, recorded in the Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz

All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Childhood may do without a grand purpose, but manhood cannot.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Life, to be worthy of a rational being, must be always in progression; we must always purpose to do more or better than in time past.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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

A man's longest purposes will be his best purposes. It is true, life is short and uncertain; but it is better to live on the short arc of a large circle than to describe the whole circumference of a small circle.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Purpose directs energy, and purpose makes energy.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Purpose is what gives life a meaning.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Make thick my blood,
  Stop up the access and passage to remorse;
    That no compunctious visitings of nature
      Shake my fell purpose.
      - William Shakespeare

The purpose firm is equal to the deed.
      - Edward Young


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