The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
— William James
Many people flounder about in life because they have no purpose. Before it is possible to achieve anything, an objective must be set.
— George Halas
People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel they are doing something for the greater good.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Find a purpose in life so big that it will challenge every capacity to be at its best.
— David McKay
I believe that everything in life has a purpose. And our lives themselves have a purpose. Organizing the details of our lives brings that purpose into sharper focus. The sharper it is, the less likely we will lose sight of it after a severe setback.
— George Allen
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that has.
— Margaret Mead
To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.
— Joseph Billings
Respectable men and women content with the good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give yourself to some great cause you haven’t even begun to live.
— William Merrill
I learned in my four decades in Washington that one person can make a difference.
— Liz Carpenter
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.
— Harold Kushner
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
It’s great to show people that you don’t have to put an age limit on your dreams, and you don’t have to be a teenager to win a gold medal.
— Dara Torres, at thirty-three, the oldest U.S. swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games
There is no age limit on transforming your life. No rule that says that after a certain age you are simply the way you are and that’s it. Change not only is possible at any time but is essential.
— Rick Pitino
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled, the more I gain.
— Susan B. Anthony
You can impress people at a distance, but you can impact them only up close.
— Howard Hendricks
I think you have to place the betterment of society, your community and your profession as one of your goals in life. When you do that, you become more productive in general.
— Philip Oxley
For whatever reason, God has blessed me with the ability, put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds. I’m fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others.
— Denzel Washington
Go out and be a center, a life-giving power, as it were, to a whole community, when an opportunity comes, when you may give life where there is no life, hope where there is no hope, power where there is no power. Begin in a humble way, and work to build up institutions that will put people on their feet.
— Booker T. Washington
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
— J.D. Salinger
The measure of a man is in the lives he’s touched.
— Erin Banks
Change your focus from success to significance. Don’t try to impress; instead, impact. Seek influence; not affluence. Don’t try to make just money; make a difference.
— John Maxwell
The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
— James Baldwin
Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity – a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.
— Rose Kennedy
If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say – the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. You won’t have time to think about yourself and get bogged down in your emotional difficulties.
— Norman Vincent Peale
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
— Greek Proverb
What I try to do each and every day of my life is to make a difference in one person’s life. If we can do that on an individual basis, think what a different world this would be.
— Earl Woods
This award means more than anything I have ever received or ever will receive as a baseball player. Because to win this award, it will not matter how many wins or strikeouts I have. I will have made a difference in people’s lives.
— Curt Schilling, on winning the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award for community service
If you want your life to have impact, focus it. Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most.
— Rick Warren
The immediate is often the enemy of the ultimate.
— Indira Gandhi
Busyness is not a synonym for kingdom work – it is only busyness. If we have one hundred things to do and can only do ten, how do we select from among them? We must have God-authorized criteria with which to judge our activities, and we must be willing to use them.
— Richard Swenson
Beware of the barrenness of an overcrowded life.
— John Maxwell
Knowing what you want, doing what you love, making a difference, taking care of yourself, and continuing to grow all add meaning to life. If you find yourself wondering, “Is this all there is?” it’s probably time to revisit your preferences, fine-tune your priorities and make more choices that feel right from the inside out.
— Dr. Suzanne Zoglio