Intentional Living Quotes

32 Intentional Living Quotes: Live Like You Mean It!

Intention can be defined as something that you want and plan to do. A direction.

Intentional living simply means to live the life that you truly want. A life by design of your choosing, rather than living a life that just 'happens' to you. It sounds wonderful and simple in theory, but of course there are barriers that need to be overcome – mainly our own thoughts.


To inspire you to live a life of intention, here are 32 quotes on intentional living from various sources of encouragement. They really get you thinking about the importance and benefits of being more deliberate with how we live our lives:

Intentional Living Quotes:


“An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.” John C Maxwell


“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us.” Richie Norton


“If you’re going to grow, you have to be intentional.” Curt Kampmeier


“You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.” Abraham Lincoln


“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” Rumi


“When your intentions are pure, so too will be your success.” Charles F. Glassman MD


“Work on Purpose, Play on Purpose, Rest on Purpose. Do not let yourself or anyone else waste your time.” Izey Victoria Odiase


“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” Dennis Waitley


“The key is not to prioritize your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” Steven Covey


“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“You can go slow. Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life.” Kumail Nanjiani


“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” Henry David Thoreau


“The power of intention is the power to manifest, to create, to live a life of unlimited abundance, and to attract into your life the right people at the right moments.” Wayne Dyer


“Wherever you are, be all there.” Jim Elliot


“Make your life a meaningful one” Sunday Adelaja


“To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.” Peter McWilliams


“Everything's intentional. It's just filling in the dots.” David Byrne


“When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story.” John C. Maxwell


“To live intentionally implies that it is not going to be always convenient, but it is what will take you to significance if you do not give up.” Sunday Adelaja


“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” Nora Roberts


“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin


“Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.” Brenna Yovanoff


“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” Agnes Repplier


“What if I fall?” “Oh, but Darling, what if you fly?” Erin Hanson


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot


“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi


“By banishing doubt and trusting your intuitive feelings, you clear a space for the power of intention to flow through.” Wayne Dyer


“Own less stuff. Enjoy more freedom. It really is that simple.” Joshua Becker


“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” Paulo Coelho


“Remember this maxim: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. The way you perceive things is an extremely powerful tool that will allow you to fully bring the power of intention into your life.” Wayne Dyer


“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou


“Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” Garth Stein

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