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Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

- Philip Dormer Chesterfield
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Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?

- Pliny the Elder
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Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism... I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.

- President Harry Truman
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The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.

- Quentin Crisp
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Nature is not cruel, pitiless, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous -- indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.

- Richard Dawkins
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Unless a life is activated by sustained purpose it can become a depressingly haphazard affair.

- Richard Guggenheimer
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Why can't peace be a single overriding common purpose: why do we wait for a crisis to pull us together? Let's pull together for peace.

- Rita Mae Brown
248.

A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows its possessor's point of view.

- Robert Frost
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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
250.

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
251.

Your purpose in relationships is simply to be your best self, regardless of the circumstances.

- Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D.
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Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.

- Samuel Butler
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It is the purpose that makes strong the vow; But vows to every purpose must not hold.

- Shakespeare, William
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Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose-a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

- Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
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The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not "to have and to hold" but "to give and serve." There can be no other meaning.

- Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell
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Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.

- Sir William Haley
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Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose.

- Sir Winston Churchill
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The purpose of a liberal arts education is to learn that a person can like both cats *and* dogs!

- Sonjay Anand
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When I was in therapy about two years ago, one day I noticed that I hadn't had any children. And I like children at a distance. I wondered if I'd like them up close. I wondered why I didn't have any. I wondered if it was a mistake, or if I'd done it on purpose, or what. And I noticed my therapist didn't have any children either. He had pictures of his cats on the wall. Framed.

- Spalding Gray
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Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

- Stephen Jay Gould


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