The Purpose of Life is Not Necessarily To Be Happy

LOVE this quote I found on Kind Over Matter.  It makes sense somehow.

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be “happy.” I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Leo C. Rosten

What do you think?

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  1. Lindsey
    Nov 15, 2011

    I agree entirely. And I suspect that happiness is a byproduct of those things. xox

  2. Don Rogers
    Nov 16, 2011

    I would agree with Lindsey fully. It took 59 years to figure that one out…But I did, and that’s what is important to me. I, after all, is a journey and a puzzle to decipher. Some of us take a little longer than others.

    • Don Rogers
      Nov 16, 2011

      That should read: It, after all is a journey….

      • Elissa
        Nov 16, 2011

        Oh, it’s taken me WAY too long, too, Don. I don’t think you’re alone in that sentiment!

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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