90 Quotes About Passion And Purpose

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Finding your passion and understanding your purpose can often feel like a puzzle. You might wonder how others have managed to find that sweet spot where what they love meets what they’re meant to do. This collection of quotes gathers wisdom from various people, each sharing perspectives on discovering and living with passion and purpose.

  1. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  3. “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.” – Federico Fellini
  4. “Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.” – Anonymous
  5. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
  6. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” – Gautama Buddha
  7. “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” – Jon Bon Jovi
  8. “Passion is the genesis of genius.” – Tony Robbins
  9. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – T.D. Jakes
  10. “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have?” – Joss Whedon
  11. “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” – Benjamin Franklin
  12. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
  13. “Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t mean it won’t be hard, but it means it will be worth it.” – Charlotte Eriksson
  14. “The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” – Terry Orlick
  15. “Chase your passion, not your pension.” – Denis Waitley
  16. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers
  17. “Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.” – Denis Diderot
  18. “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child
  19. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
  20. “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” – E.M. Forster
  21. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – John Maxwell
  22. “Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” – Warren Buffett
  23. “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” – Ferdinand Foch
  24. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs
  25. “Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  26. “With passion, you can crush any obstacle in your way.” – Anonymous
  27. “Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.” – P.T. Barnum
  28. “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson
  29. “A powerful passion, like a storm, fulfills your whole being.” – Anonymous
  30. “You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age. And best of all, love can happen at any age. Life can just start to get exciting when you’re in your 40s and 50s. You have to believe that.” – Keanu Reeves
  31. “True passion is not just about enthusiasm or excitement. It’s about putting in the work to master your craft and make a difference.” – Anonymous
  32. “Follow your passion; it will lead you to your purpose.” – Oprah Winfrey
  33. “Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” – Joseph Campbell
  34. “Be passionate about your life. Learn to live without the fear of failing. Take a chance, you just might surprise yourself.” – Nishan Panwar
  35. “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” – Wanda Sykes
  36. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  37. “Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.” – Frida Kahlo
  38. “Never underestimate the power of passion.” – Eve Sawyer
  39. “Do it with passion, or not at all.” – Rosa Nouchette Carey
  40. “There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.” – Anthony Robbins
  41. “Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.” – Anonymous
  42. “Passion is the art of suffering for what you love; instead of settling for what you don’t.” – Anonymous
  43. “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.” – John Wesley
  44. “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” – Yves Saint Laurent
  45. “Passion is the fuel that drives us to succeed, the fire in our hearts that lights the way.” – Anonymous
  46. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh
  47. “Passion is not a job, a sport, or a hobby. It is the full force of your attention and energy that you give to whatever is right in front of you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  48. “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” – Mark Twain
  49. “It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” – Anonymous
  50. “The only great thing in this world is to love and to be loved.” – George Sand
  51. “You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” – Sabrina Bryan
  52. “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett
  53. “Passion, it can be suppressed but never extinguished.” – Anonymous
  54. “The soul’s joy lies in doing.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  55. “Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  56. “If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” – Mia Hamm
  57. “Ignite your passion, fire up your purpose, and unleash your potential.” – Anonymous
  58. “A true passion is like a great love. It excites, it inspires, it gives strength to overcome all obstacles.” – Anonymous
  59. “Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up.” – Isabelle Lafleche
  60. “Turn your passion into your work then work will become a play.” – RVM
  61. “Purpose may point you in the right direction but it’s passion that propels you.” – Travis McAshan
  62. “Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford
  63. “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking out to new territories is a deeply rooted impulse. Without it, we would have never roamed to new horizons.” – Anonymous
  64. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katharine Whitehorn
  65. “We must act out passion before we can feel it.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  66. “Follow your own passion – not your parents’, not your teachers’ — yours.” – Robert Ballard
  67. “Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  68. “Find your passion, and it’s no longer work.” – L.A. Reid
  69. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
  70. “Dreams and passion are more powerful than facts and reality.” – Anonymous
  71. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  72. “Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us “to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for.” – Henry Samueli
  73. “You can never be really happy if you keep holding to those bad memories which makes you sad.” – Anurag Prakash Ray
  74. “Passion is the difference between having a job or having a career.” – Anonymous
  75. “The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them.” – Anonymous
  76. “Without passion, you don’t have any energy, and without energy, you simply have nothing.” – Donald Trump
  77. “The passion for doing something is the best motivation for trying to achieve something.” – Nurudeen Ushawu
  78. “Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves.” – Anonymous
  79. “A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” – Charles M. Schwab
  80. “Don’t follow your dreams; chase them.” – Richard Dumb
  81. “Live with passion!” – Tony Robbins
  82. “Passion is the fuel for the will. If you want anything badly enough, you can find the willpower to achieve it.” – Anonymous
  83. “The capacity to be passionately engaged in something (or someone) outside ourselves is what makes life worth living.” – Anonymous
  84. “If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.” – Jen Welter
  85. “The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows.” – Aristotle Onassis
  86. “One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it.” – Jack Canfield
  87. “Passion is born deaf and dumb.” – Honoré de Balzac
  88. “Have the courage to follow your passion, and if you don’t know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” – Oprah Winfrey
  89. “Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost.” – Proverb
  90. “The most passionate adventurers are those who still get excited about the possibilities.” – Anonymous

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