Quotes About Potential and Purpose

Perfect for when you need to think about the possibility.


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I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

— Henry David Thoreau

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

— Nelson Mandela, inaugural address, written by Marianne Williamson

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

— William Shedd

Many men go fishing all their lives not knowing it is not fish they are after.

— Henry David Thoreau

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

— Kahlil Gibran

Pep without purpose is piffle.

— Anonymous

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

— Hermann Hesse

Never giving up and pushing forward will unlock all the potential we are capable of.

— Christy Borgeld

Now is the time. Needs are great, but your possibilities are greater.

— Bill Blackman

Life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing; every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves, ‘This day let me make a sound beginning

— Thomas Kempis
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