A Quote by unknown on good, patient, focus, direction, and purpose

"Don't become weary in doing good. If we are patient, we can experience the change of heart we seek. For most of us this will require only a slight change of course, sending us toward true north. The adjustments we must make are in those 'small things,' but that does not mean they are easy. Too many forces are confusing our compass. But the pull to the polar star is one we recognize. It is the direction toward home."


Source: "Out of Small Things," Ensign, November 2004, 111

Contributed by: JulesDPH

A Quote by Dallin H. Oaks on thanks, hardships, adversity, trials, purpose, learn, grow, opposition, challenges, teaching, afflictions, and bless

"When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life... We are meant to learn and grow through opposition, through meeting our challenges, and through teaching others to do the same... the Lord will not only consecrate our afflictions for our gain, but He will use them to bless the lives of countless others."

Dallin Oaks

Source: "Give Thanks in All Things," Ensign, May 2003, 95

Contributed by: JulesDPH

A Quote by Sydney Harris on education and purpose

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

Sydney Harris

Contributed by: kk

A Quote by Dee Hock on organization, business, and purpose

Your organization needs to be absolutely clear about purpose and principles and must be very careful to know what a purpose and a principle is—you know, a purpose is not an objective, it's not a mission statement—a purpose is an unambiguous expression of that which people jointly wish to become. And a principle is not a platitude—it is a fundamental belief about how you intend to conduct yourself in pursuit of that purpose. You have to get very precise about these things. If the purpose and principles are constructive and healthy, then your organization will take a very different form than anything that you ever imagined. It will release the human spirit and will be constructive of the biosphere. Natural capital and human capital will be released in abundance and monetary capital will become relatively unimportant. To put it another way, I believe that purpose and principle, clearly understood and articulated, and commonly shared, are the genetic code of any healthy organization. To the degree that you hold purpose and principles in common among you, you can dispense with command and control. People will know how to behave in accordance with them, and they'll do it in thousands of unimaginable, creative ways. The organization will become a vital, living set of beliefs.

Dee Hock

Source: WIE: Transformation by Design: http://www.wie.org/j22/hock.asp

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Peter M. Senge on presence, awareness, movement, shift, consciousness, purpose, future, senge, scharmer, jaworski, flowers, journey, humanity, wilber, teerlink, fritz, wisdom, and leaders

It's common to say that trees come from seeds. But how can a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources need to grow a tree.  These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows.  But the seed does provide something that is crucial : a place where the whole of the tree starts to form.  As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth.  In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society, Pages: 2

Contributed by: Esther

A Quote by Mary Doria Russell on purpose


Giulani walked to the doorway and hesitated before taking a step into the room.  Most men were simple.  They were looking for security, or power, or a feeling of usefulness or of certainty or competence.  A cause to fight for, a problem to solve, a place to fit in.  There were many possibilities but once you grasped what a man was looking for, you had the beginnings of an understanding.  At a loss, he studied the exotic face, half hidden by dark hair and bed linens, and whispered, “So what, in the name of Jesus, is he?”  It was a question he’d pondered, one way or another, off and on, for sixty years.  He didn’t expect an answer, but he got one.

            “A soul,” said Edward Behr, “looking for God.”

            Vincenzo Giulani stared at the fat little man standing in the hallway and then at Sandoz, sleeping drugged against an assault on his own body, and wondered, What if that’s been it, all along?”

Mary Doria Russell

Source: The Sparrow, Pages: 170

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on life, life purpose, and purpose

Instead of asking "what do I want from life?," a more powerful question is, "what does life want from me?"

Eckhart Tolle

Contributed by: Mary_C

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, character, excellence, humanness, purpose, and arete

Greek culture understands the key to understanding nature, instinct and organism as consisting in the endowment of each creature with some distinctive "excellence" or talent (arete).  Among humans there is great controversy whether (because of the diversity among different character-types and the clash of different political and philosophical perspectives) there is at all such a unitary, universal or congruent thing as "excellence" for man per se.  There are many aspectival or specialized excellences; but does man in general have a defining purpose or a metaphysically obligatory excellence that everyone, just insofar as he is human, is obligated to cultivate and pursue?  --Or do we have a problem here in trying to extend the term "human" to creatures who really have little substantial in common with one another?

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Sherrilene on humanity, purpose, and joy

The greater human prerogatives to laugh and to love should supercede the physical duties we perform day to day.


Contributed by: Sherrilene

A Quote by Martha Stewart on information and purpose

Giving information that will help everybody live better. That's a teacher's dream—to accumulate information and disperse it in a form that allows people to choose the way they're going to use it. That's what I think I do best.

Martha Stewart

Source: OPRAH'S CUT WITH MARTHA STEWART: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/200008/omag_200008_martha.jhtml

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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