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  • She was of course only too good for him; but as nobody minds having what is too good for them, he was very steadily earnest in the pursuit of the blessing ...

  • There are days when I am envious of my hens: / when I hunger for a purpose as perfect and sure / as a single daily egg.

  • ... I am in the world / to change the world ...

  • ... everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

  • ... I believe a burning purpose attracts others who are drawn along with it and help fulfill it.

  • ... nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose — a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

  • To desire to be what one can be is purpose in life. There are no exterior forces. There are only interior forces. Who squanders talent praises death.

  • The struggle which is not joyous is the wrong struggle. The joy of the struggle is not hedonism and hilarity, but the sense of purpose, achievement and dignity.

  • Much of the work of every life is done in the dark.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Maud Howe Elliott, and Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, vol. 1 ()
  • I always say: 'Put one little word into your life and before every bit of work you have to do.' And that word is 'For!' For someone or something, you could do anything. Martyrs and learned men have shown it. 'For" is the whole secret of life. 'For' is the mainspring of life.