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Existential quotes by Stephen Batchelor
#1. Failure to summon forth the courage to risk a nondogmatic and nonevasive stance on such crucial existential matters can also blur our ethical vision. If our actions in the world are to stem from an encounter with what is central in life, they must be unclouded by either dogma or prevarication. Agnosticism is no excuse for indecision. If anything, it is a catalyst for action; for in shifting concern away from a future life and back to the present, it demands an ethics of empathy rather than a metaphysics of fear and hope. #Quote by Stephen Batchelor
Existential quotes by Lisa Langseth
#2. My films require that the spectator ask the big existential questions. If you're not interested of turning inwards for answers, my films won't fulfill their whole purpose. #Quote by Lisa Langseth
Existential quotes by Franco Bifo Berardi
#3. When dealing with a depression the problem is not to bring the depressed person back to his/her normality, to reintegrate behavior in the universal standards of normal social language. The goal is to change the focus of his/her depressive attention, to re-focalize, to deterritorialize the mind and the flow of expression. Depression is based on the stiffening of existential refrain, on the obsessive repetition of the stiffened refrain. The depressed person is unable to go out, to leave the repetitive refrain and s/he goes and goes again in the labyrinth. The goal of the schizoanalyst is to give him/her the possibility to see other landscapes, and to change the focus, to open some new ways of imagination. #Quote by Franco Bifo Berardi
Existential quotes by Ao Jyumonji
#4. Why are we here doing all this stuff...? Even that doubt is starting to feel hazy, as if it might melt away at any moment. #Quote by Ao Jyumonji
Existential quotes by Ao Jyumonji
#5. When I die, I wonder what will happen to me. Is there some place like heaven, and will I be able to meet you there someday? I don't know. There's no way to know. No one knows what comes after death. But at the very least, we won't be able to talk until then.

There's a wide, deep and fast running river between the living and the dead. Once you cross that river, no matter what happens, you're never coming back. It's a one way trip. #Quote by Ao Jyumonji
Existential quotes by Aletheia Luna
#6. It's not uncommon for the Old Soul to experience some measure of depression, apathy or existential lethargy when it comes to living everyday life. After all, if physical existence loses its star-spangled gleam, and everyday affairs lose their burning importance, what is the point of living a dull life? #Quote by Aletheia Luna
Existential quotes by Calvin Trillin
#7. The existential paradox we all experience; we feel that we are immortal, yet we know that we will die. #Quote by Calvin Trillin
Existential quotes by Derek Raymond
#8. It's wearying, like Caliban buttonholing you in hell and telling you the struggle he's having getting along with himself. #Quote by Derek Raymond
Existential quotes by Alastair Reynolds
#9. Everything ends,' the Master said. 'That's the beauty of it. #Quote by Alastair Reynolds
Existential quotes by Richard Kadrey
#10. The universe is a meat grinder and we're just pork in designer shoes, keeping busy so we can pretend we're not all headed for the sausage factory. Maybe I've been hallucinating this whole time and there is no Heaven and Hell. Instead of having to choose between God and the devil, maybe our only real choice comes down to link or patty? #Quote by Richard Kadrey
Existential quotes by J.T. Geissinger
#11. One of the first shrinks I went to after Cass died told me that the brain has a hardwired need to find correlations, to make sense of nonsensical data by making connections between unrelated things. Humans have evolved a universal tendency to seek patterns in random information, hence the existence of fortune-tellers and dream interpreters and people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast. But the cold, hard truth is that there are no connections between anything. Life - all of existence - is totally random. Your lucky lottery numbers aren't really lucky, because there's no such thing as luck. The black cat that crosses your path isn't a bad omen, it's just a cat out for a walk. An eclipse doesn't mean that the gods are angry, just as a bus narrowly missing you as you cross the street doesn't mean there's a guardian angel looking out for you. There are no gods. There are no angels. Superstitions aren't real, and no amount of wishing, praying, or rationalizing can change the fact that life is just one long sequence of random events that ultimately have no meaning. I really hated that shrink. #Quote by J.T. Geissinger
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#12. The greatest fear that human beings experience is not death, which is inevitable, but consideration of the distinct possibility of living a worthless life. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by David Cronenberg
#13. I can't imagine a life without humor. Especially if you have an existential understanding of life, you must acknowledge the absurdity of it all. #Quote by David Cronenberg
Existential quotes by Henri Nouwen
#14. It is precisely when you are loved a lot that you might realize a second loneliness which is not to be solved but lived. This second loneliness is an existential loneliness that belongs to the basis of our being. It's where we are unfulfilled because only God can fill us. #Quote by Henri Nouwen
Existential quotes by C.G. Jung
#15. Nothing could persuade me that "in the image of God" applied only to man. In fact it seemed to me that the high mountains, the rivers, lakes, trees, flowers and animals far better exemplified the essence of God than men with their ridiculous clothes, their meanness, vanity, mendacity, and abhorrent egotism - #Quote by C.G. Jung
Existential quotes by Milan Kundera
#16. When I described Madame de T's night, I recalled the well-known equation from one of the first chapters of the textbook of existential mathematics: the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting. From that equation we can deduce various corrollaries, for instance this one: our period is given over to the demon of speed, and that is the reason it so easily forgets its own self. Now I would reverse that statement and say: our period is obsessed by the desire to forget, and it is to fulfill that desire that it gives over to the demon of speed; it picks up the pace to show us that it no longer wishes to be remembered; that it is tired of itself; sick of itself; that it wants to blow out the tiny trembling flame of memory. #Quote by Milan Kundera
Existential quotes by Eugene Ionesco
#17. We need to be virtually bludgeoned into detachment from our daily lives, our habits and mental laziness, which conceal from us the strangeness of the world. Without a fresh virginity of mind, without a new and healthy awareness of existential reality, there can be no theatre and no art either; the real must be in a way dislocated, before it can be re-integrated. #Quote by Eugene Ionesco
Existential quotes by Bridie Clark
#18. One of the liabilities of being a deep thinker, Wyatt mused, was that it left him vulnerable to existential crises. #Quote by Bridie Clark
Existential quotes by Irvin D. Yalom
#19. I always imagined that you might write something about me. I wanted to leave an imprint on your life. I don't want to be "just another patient". I wanted to be "special". I want to be something, anything. I feel like nothing, no one. If I left an imprint on your life, maybe I would be someone, someone you wouldn't forget. I'd exist then. (Marge's letter to Yalom) #Quote by Irvin D. Yalom
Existential quotes by David Michie
#20. existential overload #Quote by David Michie
Existential quotes by James H. Cone
#21. But there is no perfect guide for discerning God's movement in the world, Contrary to what many conservatives say, the Bible is not a blueprint on this matter. It is a valuable symbol for point to God's revelation in Jesus, but it is not self-interpreting. We are thus place in an existential situation of freedom in which the burden is on us to make decisions without a guaranteed ethical guide. #Quote by James H. Cone
Existential quotes by Talismanist Giebra
#22. View your life as a form of art, and dare to turn it into an existential masterpiece. #Quote by Talismanist Giebra
Existential quotes by Debasish Mridha
#23. You can't escape the existential suffering of life as long as you are living. So get used to it. #Quote by Debasish Mridha
Existential quotes by John Scalzi
#24. Every creature has a survival instinct. It looks like fear but it's not the same thing. Fear isn't the desire to avoid death or pain. Fear is rooted in the knowledge that what you recognize as yourself can cease to exist. Fear is existential. #Quote by John Scalzi
Existential quotes by Franco Santoro
#25. Every time we make assumptions about what other people feel, do or think, we imprison them and us in a separate reality. When we believe in those assumptions and act accordingly, this separate reality becomes an existential torture chamber for them and ultimately for us. All the terror and pain that we experience or see in the world is the result of our assumptions. Assumptions are the greatest crime in human consciousness. Hence let's start to create an assumption-free world. #Quote by Franco Santoro
Existential quotes by Michael Leunig
#26. Existential philosophy, poetry and art - just like sadness - were all unavoidable to a tender young man in the meat works. #Quote by Michael Leunig
Existential quotes by Sadhguru
#27. So whatever you think about yourself, whatever the world thinks about you right now does not mean a damn thing existentially. When you say spirituality, you are seeing how to progress existentially – not socially, not psychologically, not emotionally. You want to progress on the existential level. You want to go somewhere on that level, because your emotion, your society, your psychology is all just pure imagination. Isn't it so? Maybe sometimes pleasant imagination, but still imagination, isn't it? So, the progression of a being beyond his body is not dependent upon who he was in the world, what he thought of himself, what everybody thought of him. It simply depends on how conscious he is, what he has generated beyond the physical within himself. #Quote by Sadhguru
Existential quotes by Aleksandar Hemon
#28. Displacement results in a tenuous relationship with the past, with the self that used to exist and operate in a different place, where the qualities that constituted us were in no need of negotiation. Immigration is an ontological crisis because you are forced to negotiatet the conditions of your selfhood under pereptually changing existential circumstances. #Quote by Aleksandar Hemon
Existential quotes by Sergio Chejfec
#29. In general, I know that when speaking of private and opposing worlds, one tends to refer to divided, sometimes even irreconcilable facets of personality or of the spirit, each with its corresponding secret value and its psychological, metaphysical, political, or simply practical- or even pathological- content. But in my case there was neither a moral nor existential disjunctive, what was more, I saw that my two worlds weren't separated in an equal or reciprocal way; neither did one world linger in the shadows or in private as the flip side of the other, the visible one, who knows which; nor would they seek to impose themselves over the other or to merge as one, but force or not, as tends to occur in these cases. Nothing of the sort; they seemed a nearly abnormal example of coexistence, of adaptive tendency and of absolute absence of contrasts. I took all this into consideration, and it seemed worrisome and insoluble. . . But an instant later I resigned myself, thinking that when all was said and done I ought to bow to these conditions, because just as we cannot choose our moment to be born, we also know nothing of the variable worlds we'll inhabit. #Quote by Sergio Chejfec
Existential quotes by Erik Pevernagie
#30. Some may be more fortunate than others, and many might feel more like second bests, not sure how to survive. Not seeing the light on their path, they keep on living with fear. Albeit social security systems may be supportive existential anxiety subsists, crushing their identity. Only by converting 'fear' into a challenge, we can grit our teeth, strengthen resilience, and brighten up the dimness in our minds. ("A new life with Schengen"") #Quote by Erik Pevernagie
Existential quotes by Viktor E. Frankl
#31. Along with unemployment neurosis, which is triggered
by an individual's socioeconomic situation,
there are other types of depression which are traceable
back to psychodynamic or biochemical conditions,
whichever the case may be. Accordingly, psychotherapy
and pharmacotherapy are indicated respectively.
Insofar as the feeling of meaninglessness is concerned,
however, we should not overlook and forget that, per se,
it is not a matter of pathology; rather than being the sign and symptom of a neurosis, it is, I would say, the proof
of one's humanness. But although it is not caused by
anything pathological, it may well cause a pathological
reaction; in other words, it is potentially pathogenic. Just
consider the mass neurotic syndrome so pervasive in the
young generation: there is ample empirical evidence that
the three facets of this syndrome - depression, aggression,
addiction - are due to what is called in logotherapy
"the existential vacuum," a feeling of emptiness and
meaninglessness. #Quote by Viktor E. Frankl
Existential quotes by Woody Allen
#32. You can learn technological things, you can learn about specific things, but the real problems that people deal with in any subject, existential subjects or romantic subjects, you never learn anything. So you make a fool of yourself when you're 20, you make a fool of yourself at 40, at 60 at 80. The ancient Greeks were dealing with these problems. They screwed up all the time. People do now. #Quote by Woody Allen
Existential quotes by John Mole
#33. For many of our Greek friends a book is a final desperate attempt to fill the existential void when there is no one to talk to, nothing to do, no television to view, nothing in the street to watch and even the middle distance holds nothing to stare at. To be seen carrying a book in public, let alone reading one, is a mark of eccentricity or foreignness. #Quote by John Mole
Existential quotes by Milan Kundera
#34. (existential mathematics...) the degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting." –p. 39 #Quote by Milan Kundera
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#35. Existential anguish derives from the human freedom to think and act, experience love for life, and fear death. We must decide whether we wish to embrace all experience and encounters in life or seek escape from various aspect of human nature. How we resolve to address existential anguish becomes a large part of our personal story. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Pope Francis
#36. Poverty that is learned with the humble, the poor, the sick and all those who are on the existential peripheries of life. Theoretical poverty is of no use to us. Poverty is learned by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, the poor, the sick, in children. #Quote by Pope Francis
Existential quotes by Heinrich Boll
#37. I am a clown...and I collect moments. #Quote by Heinrich Boll
Existential quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
#38. But the worst touristification is the life we moderns have to lead in captivity, during our leisure hours: Friday night opera, scheduled parties, scheduled laughs. Again, golden jail. This "goal-driven" attitude hurts deeply inside my existential self. #Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Existential quotes by Jonathan Kieran
#39. I'm a kindhearted but highly competitive pragmatist. When I seek to win something, I always make certain it's never at the expense of anything more serious than the inadequate efforts of others. #Quote by Jonathan Kieran
Existential quotes by Michael Pollan
#40. Mowing the lawn, I felt like I was battling the earth rather than working it; each week it sent forth a green army and each week I beat it back with my infernal machine. Unlike every other plant in my garden, the grasses were anonymous, massified, deprived of any change or development whatsoever, not to mention any semblance of self-determination. I ruled a totalitarian landscape.
Hot monotonous hours behind the mower gave rise to existential speculations. I spent part of one afternoon trying to decide who, it the absurdist drama of lawn mowing, was Sisyphus. Me? The case could certainly be made. Or was it the grass, pushing up through the soil every week, one layer of cells at a time, only to be cut down and then, perversely, encouraged (with lime, fertilizer, etc.) to start the whole doomed process over again? Another day it occurred to me that time as we know it doesn't exist in the lawn, since grass never dies or is allowed to flower and set seed. Lawns are nature purged of sex or death. No wonder Americans like them so much. #Quote by Michael Pollan
Existential quotes by James Howard Kunstler
#41. Black America surely faces an existential crisis, but not the one imagined in the condescending news media - of somehow getting non-black America to be more just and generous. The truth is, we've already been through that, and there is nothing left to do. We're out of 'affirmative actions' of all kinds. #Quote by James Howard Kunstler
Existential quotes by Merold Westphal
#42. To assume that one's existential task is completed when the individual is brought into right relation with society, that is, when the individual has been socialized, is to absolutize society and confuse society with God. #Quote by Merold Westphal
Existential quotes by Louis Garrel
#43. I'm interested in existential films: I love movies that console you in the same way that a person consoles a weeping child. #Quote by Louis Garrel
Existential quotes by Bernard Lonergan
#44. For it is in the field where meaning is constitutive that man's freedom reaches its highest point. There too his responsibility is greatest. There there occurs the emergence of his existential subject, finding out for himself that he has to decide for himself what he is to make of himself. #Quote by Bernard Lonergan
Existential quotes by Peggy Noonan
#45. My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage #Quote by Peggy Noonan
Existential quotes by Barbara Ehrenreich
#46. There is a vast difference between positive thinking and existential courage. #Quote by Barbara Ehrenreich
Existential quotes by George Heuston
#47. Dad never went to church. Here, in waning rain and emerging sunshine, was his church. It was the abiding experience of the day, converted in the instant into boundless existential expression -- bold, cold, subtle, warm, fleeting and timeless -- a dance of natural opposites. #Quote by George Heuston
Existential quotes by Esther Perel
#48. Sometimes it has to do with other longings that are much more existential. Sometimes you go elsewhere not because you are not liking the one you are with; you are not liking the person you have become. #Quote by Esther Perel
Existential quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#49. About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough - and even miraculous enough if you insist - I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don't believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart's content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others - while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity - so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless' except if the person living it is also an existential #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Existential quotes by Norman Mailer
#50. Psychoanalysis and Zen, in my private psychic geometry, are equal to nicotine. They are anti-existential. Nicotine quarantines one out of existence. #Quote by Norman Mailer
Existential quotes by Anonymous
#51. Buddha, tends to suggest a different solution: Wanting is the cause of all human misery. Learn to want less. Accept that life is painful. Face the existential emptiness that is an essential part of our nature. #Quote by Anonymous
Existential quotes by Megan Rich
#52. I once had a drinking contest with an artist on his yacht... It amused him as I took shot after shot, and I realized that this was the reason he'd invited us, his amusement. Looking back, I thought he didn't expect we'd have anything to say, that my questions about the artist's purpose, his existential quest for self in a communally-brutalized past, were not as amusing as they were thought-provoking, but I'll never know. As I swayed like a sailor in drunken bitterness, I felt something had been sacrificed to his art. He'd gone so far out on that boat there was no way for him to come back. I felt he no longer existed and was just the faded intention of color on canvas. His humanity had surely been washed away with the paint thinner. #Quote by Megan Rich
Existential quotes by Ben Shapiro
#53. Nihilism, narcissism, and hedonism are natural results of the chaotic existential subjectivism popularized by the Left. If the hallmark of the baby boomers was rebellion, the hallmark of my generation is jadedness. Nothing really matters - we're cosmically alone. #Quote by Ben Shapiro
Existential quotes by Inio Asano
#54. Who cares what we dream about? Just getting through each day is hard enough. #Quote by Inio Asano
Existential quotes by Paul Auster
#55. In the end, the art of hunger can be described as an existential art. It is a way of looking death in the face, and by death I mean death as we live it today: without God, without hope of salvation. Death as the abrupt and absurd end of life #Quote by Paul Auster
Existential quotes by Jillian Tamaki
#56. Would any of you like to share your career aspirations within the class? Jim?

I dunno, to be honest, I was just hoping to be able to keep the demons away... #Quote by Jillian Tamaki
Existential quotes by Albert Murray
#57. When the Negro musician or dancer swings the blues, he is fulfilling the same fundamental existential requirement that determines the mission of the poet, the priest and the medicine man. #Quote by Albert Murray
Existential quotes by Terence McKenna
#58. The global triumph of Western values means we, as a species, have wandered into a state of prolonged neurosis

because of the absence of a connection to the unconscious. Gaining access to the unconscious through plant

hallucinogen use reaffirms our original bond to the living planet. Our estrangement from nature and the

unconscious became entrenched roughly two thousand years ago, during the shift from the Age of the Great God

Pan to that of Pisces that occurred with the suppression of the pagan mysteries and the rise of Christianity. The

psychological shift that ensued left European civilization staring into two millennia of religious mania and

persecution, warfare, materialism, and rationalism.

The monstrous forces of scientific industrialism and global politics that have been born into modern times were

conceived at the time of the shattering of the symbiotic relationships with the plants that had bound us to nature

from our dim beginnings. This left each human being frightened, guilt-burdened, and alone. Existential man was #Quote by Terence McKenna
Existential quotes by Jason Dias
#59. The existential hero strives for authenticity even when it is costly, lives meaningfully in the midst of a banal, absurd world, and confronts rather than rejecting reality regardless of the personal cost. #Quote by Jason Dias
Existential quotes by Philip K. Dick
#60. Somebody took my actual physical presence away and substituted this #Quote by Philip K. Dick
Existential quotes by Gayendra Abeywardane
#61. An entire planet pretending to be uncomfortable with the humanitarian crisis while engrossed in distractions on their mobile screens. Humanity ignoring their inevitable existential crisis. #Quote by Gayendra Abeywardane
Existential quotes by Gary L. Harbaugh
#62. even our best efforts to control our lives are ultimately not good enough. Christ alone is the solid rock on which a (w)holistic response to stress can stand. Stress reminds us of our limitations, and our limitations remind us of our mortality. An appropriate and adequate response to pastoral stress must recognize the existential questions that are raised, the human responsibility to use what God has given us, and the theological truth that in and of ourselves we can do nothing. #Quote by Gary L. Harbaugh
Existential quotes by Olle Haggstrom
#63. We urgently need to find ways to push scientific and technological progress in directions that are likely to bring us good, and away from those directions that spell doom. This cannot be done if we stick to the erroneous view that all such progress is good for us. The first thing we need is to be able to distinguish those advances whose potential is most in the direction of prosperity and human flourishing from those whose potential is more in the direction of destruction and doom, and we need to find safe ways to handle those technologies that come with elements of both. Our ability to do so today is very limited, my ambition with this book is to draw attention to the problem, so that we can work together to improve, and avoid running blindfolded at full speed into a dangerous future. #Quote by Olle Haggstrom
Existential quotes by Kayla Krantz
#64. I can't remember the last time I've slept and while caffeine does sound like Heaven, I wonder if it'll really be able to help me in this state. After all, caffeine does not cure existential exhaustion. #Quote by Kayla Krantz
Existential quotes by Jose Alaniz
#65. [In "The Night Gwen Stacy Died"], death took on an existential quality -- the beloved, innocent but weak Gwen is merely a victim, the casualty of a war between superpowered rivals -- and as such the episode proved a turning point int eh genre's depiction of mortality. #Quote by Jose Alaniz
Existential quotes by Andrzej Wajda
#66. ( ... ) a director should tell a story that is close to his own existential experience. #Quote by Andrzej Wajda
Existential quotes by Libba Bray
#67. Depressive," Evie said, testing the word on her tongue. "I didn't know there was a name for that feeling. Like there's a rain cloud in your soul." She knew that feeling well. Sometimes she was the life of the party. But other times she was lonely, bleak, and sick with disgust at herself, and certain that the people who said they loved her were only pretending. She called these times the "too muches": too much feeling, like opening a door and seeing, really seeing, into some deep, existential loneliness underlying everything. When the "too muches" arrived, Evie feared that whatever hope lived inside her would drown from the storm of her own aching sadness. #Quote by Libba Bray
Existential quotes by Gregory David Roberts
#68. If you get in tune with the tendency field, through expanding and exploring the set of positive characteristics within yourself, the tendency field responds with constant energy, and affirmations. If you work against the tendency field, by being negative, unfair, unloving, and unconscious of the truth, you weaken your connection to the tendency field, and you experience existential dread, no matter how rich or famous or powerful you are. #Quote by Gregory David Roberts
Existential quotes by Pete Walker
#69. Many psychologists use the term existential to describe the fact that all human beings are subject to painful events. These are the normal recurring afflictions that everyone suffers from time to time. Horrible world events, difficult choices, illnesses and periodic feelings go abject loneliness are common examples of existential pain. Existential calamities can be especially triggering for survivors, because we typically have so much family-of-origin calamity for them to trigger us into reliving. #Quote by Pete Walker
Existential quotes by Rollo May
#70. There can be no stronger proof of the impoverishment of our contemporary culture than the popular - though profoundly mistaken - definition of myth as falsehood. #Quote by Rollo May
Existential quotes by Ian McEwan
#71. Be wary of too much calm, particularly in your mid-fifties. #Quote by Ian McEwan
Existential quotes by Paul Kalanithi
#72. Existential claims have no weight; all knowledge is scientific knowledge. Yet the paradox is that scientific methodology is the product of human hands and thus cannot reach some permanent truth. #Quote by Paul Kalanithi
Existential quotes by P.S. Baber
#73. The young of the town, preoccupied with their own germinating angst, which each possessed in varying degree (though few were ever fully aware of its existence), felt no particular connection to the land, its people, its structures, or its history. As such, they had no inclination to defend its invisible borders from declared enemies within or without. They desired only escape from this small village, which each viewed as an existential prison built upon the antiquated expectations of their parents and their parents' parents. And because of their invisible bondage, the young of this town were possessed by a quiet rage. But this rage laid torpid and inert within them, dulled to sleep by the tired repetition of nothing happening over and over and over again, day after day after day.
This is the story of one of those young people, and the terrible things that happened to her, and the terrible things she did as a result. #Quote by P.S. Baber
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#74. We come from this earth and we will return to this earth. The word human is a derivative of the word humus. We spring from the same soil that houses our ancestor's great sleep. We walk on the fossilized bones and decomposed flesh of all the people and every species that traversed the earth before our time. It is humbling and reassuring to know that I entered this life-giving sphere only after so many good people came before me to consecrate this land with their vitality and knowing that we share the universal story of struggle. It is consoling understanding that after I die Mother Earth will turn my decomposed shell into a new form of life. My decaying body will provide nutrients for life that will rise after I die. Until the soil opens up to receive me as its own child, I must take a stand and make the most out of the sunshine and rainstorms that beat down upon all people alike. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Will Smith
#75. You can't win enough, you can't have enough money, you can't succeed enough. There is not enough. The only thing that will ever satiate that existential thirst is love. And I just remember that day I made the shift from wanting to be a winner to wanting to have the most powerful, deep, and beautiful relationships I could possibly have. #Quote by Will Smith
Existential quotes by Cameron Adams
#76. If, as Max Weber contended, science, modernity and rationalism have disenchanted the world and swept it clean of gods, spirits and magic (or, at least, problematised believing in them), then psychedelics offer a potential way out of the ensuing existential impasse. -Andy Letcher #Quote by Cameron Adams
Existential quotes by William Lane Craig
#77. Certainty is an unrealistic and unattainable ideal.

We need to have pastors who are schooled in apologetics and engaged intellectually with our culture so as to shepherd their flock amidst the wolves.

People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one's faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, and of the stability brought to one's life by the conviction that one's faith is objectively true.

God could not possibly have intended that reason should be the faculty to lead us to faith, for faith cannot hang indefinitely in suspense while reason cautiously weighs and reweighs arguments. The Scriptures teach, on the contrary, that the way to God is by means of the heart, not by means of the intellect.

When a person refuses to come to Christ, it is never just because of lack of evidence or because of intellectual difficulties: at root, he refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God's Spirit on his heart. unbelief is at root a spiritual, not an intellectual, problem. Sometimes an unbeliever will throw up an intellectual smoke screen so that he can avoid personal, existential involvement with the gospel. In such a case, further argumentation may #Quote by William Lane Craig
Existential quotes by Winston Graham
#78. Do you believe we are masters of ourselves, or merely dance like puppets on strings having the illusion of independence? #Quote by Winston Graham
Existential quotes by Joseph Conrad
#79. Yes! Very funny this terrible thing is. A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns
nicht wahr?
... No! I tell you! The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and with the exertions of your hands and feet in the water make the deep, deep sea keep you up.
So if you ask me
how to be? #Quote by Joseph Conrad
Existential quotes by Debasish Mridha
#80. We may not know where we are or where we are going, but we have to go. #Quote by Debasish Mridha
Existential quotes by Robert M. Gates
#81. Well, Israel, obviously, thinks of the Iranian nuclear program as an existential threat to Israel. #Quote by Robert M. Gates
Existential quotes by Cath Crowley
#82. They can't see me but I can see them. I don't stand because I've been standing all morning. Plus, this is my small protest against Luke and Rose. I can't serve you if I don't exist. Get lost in that existential dilemma. #Quote by Cath Crowley
Existential quotes by Josh Radnor
#83. All of the things I used to obsess over, I'm no longer as obsessed with. I have new concerns but they're a little more existential or cosmic. #Quote by Josh Radnor
Existential quotes by Barbara Brown Taylor
#84. Some are questioning whether the churches they grew up in have anything to offer them as they make their ways in a culture of many cultures with many views of truth, some of which make a great deal of sense to them. For those who counted on God to protect them from so many choices, it is as if the heavenly Father let go of their hand in a crowd one day and vanished into a sea of divine possibilities. I cannot protect the students in my classes from this any better than I can protect myself. Existential dizziness is one of the side effects of higher education, and it affects teachers too. #Quote by Barbara Brown Taylor
Existential quotes by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
#85. I think that evolution has had a hand in selecting people who had a sense of doing something beyond themselves. #Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Existential quotes by Eric Voegelin
#86. The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrificed God to civilization. The more fervently all human energies are thrown into the great enterprise of salvation through world–immanent action, the farther the human beings who engage in this enterprise move away from the life of the spirit. And since the life the spirit is the source of order in man and society, the very success of a Gnostic civilization is the cause of its decline.
A civilization can, indeed, advance and decline at the same time - but not forever. There is a limit toward which this ambiguous process moves; the limit is reached when an activist sect which represents the Gnostic truth organizes the civilization into an empire under its rule. Totalitarianism, defined as the existential rule of Gnostic activists, is the end form of progressive civilization. #Quote by Eric Voegelin
Existential quotes by Robin Wasserman
#87. It was almost a relief, no longer having to be extraordinary. To give up on existential questioning and simply abide. #Quote by Robin Wasserman
Existential quotes by Paul Tillich
#88. But freedom is the possibility of a total and centered act of the personality, an act in which all the drives and influences which constitute the destiny of man are brought into the centered unity of a decision. #Quote by Paul Tillich
Existential quotes by Mark Barrowcliffe
#89. There was a time when people had the decency to wait until they were approaching 50 to have a mid-life crisis. Now it seems many thirtysomethings find themselves succumbing to existential navel-gazing. #Quote by Mark Barrowcliffe
Existential quotes by Tom T. Hall
#90. Is this really Butte, Montana, or just existential blues? #Quote by Tom T. Hall
Existential quotes by Nicholas Wolterstorff
#91. Rather often I am asked whether the grief remains as intense as when I wrote. The answer is, No. The wound is no longer raw. But it has not disappeared. That is as it should be. If he was worth loving, he is worth grieving over.

Grief is existential testimony to the worth of the one loved. That worth abides. So I own my grief. I do not try to put it behind me, to get over it, to forget it… Every lament is a love-song. #Quote by Nicholas Wolterstorff
Existential quotes by Lee Friedlander
#92. A mysterious intersection of chance and attention that goes well beyond the existential surrealism of the 'decisive moment'. #Quote by Lee Friedlander
Existential quotes by Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig
#93. For those who are gifted for the soteriological pathway of marriage, it, like every such pathway, naturally offers not only trouble, work, and suffering but the deepest kind of existential satisfaction. Dante did not get to Paradiso without going through the Inferno. And so also there seldom exist "happy marriages". #Quote by Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig
Existential quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#94. I shall never sleep again. But
then - how shall I endure my own company? #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existential quotes by Kiki Dimoula
#95. I write very rarely. Only, in fact, when the sheet of paper suffers an existential crisis and threatens, if I don't surrender to it, to bury me alive under its whiteness. #Quote by Kiki Dimoula
Existential quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#96. Free will without fate is no more conceivable than spirit without matter, good without evil. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existential quotes by Friedrich Durrenmatt
#97. The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual. #Quote by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Existential quotes by Danny Castillones Sillada
#98. Perhaps the most humiliating condition in life is when you no longer feel that there's still someone or something worth waiting for and that, worst of all, no one or nothing's waiting there for you in the twilight of your existence. (Danny Castillones Sillada, On Losing Faith) #Quote by Danny Castillones Sillada
Existential quotes by Jason Versey
#99. There are many theological trappings of monotheistic religions that insist that we will never completely experience or know God as the most high of existential truth which insists that the closest we can hope to comprehend of Him is only through an emphatic rapturous recognition that transcends the mere human mind. Yet, this concept of understanding is a chronic symptom of an internal, subjective limitation of consciousness concluded and shared by the forefathers of our faiths which have, unwittingly, prejudiced and influenced our churches, synagogues' and mosques and should be questioned vigorously less we continue down the path of ineffective tribalism and spiritual division. #Quote by Jason Versey
Existential quotes by David Cronenberg
#100. My understanding of life is very existential. I think that we are our bodies. There's nothing else, and when we die, that's it. No afterlife. #Quote by David Cronenberg
Existential quotes by Stephen Batchelor
#101. It is only when the question ceases to be identified with the subject-verb-predicate structure of grammar, and is recognized within its original ground, within existence itself, that we can start looking for an answer. But such an answer will not be restricted to the confinements of language; it too must be revealed within an existential structure. #Quote by Stephen Batchelor
Existential quotes by Douglas Adams
#102. There were so many different ways in which you were required to provide absolute proof of your identity these days that life could easily become extremely tiresome just from that factor alone, never mind the deeper existential problems of trying to function as a coherent consciousness in an epistemologically ambiguous physical universe. #Quote by Douglas Adams
Existential quotes by Georgi Y. Johnson
#103. Perception through emptiness is existential, as the transience of all phenomena affirms the indivisibility of existence itself, before, within and behind all manifestation. #Quote by Georgi Y. Johnson
Existential quotes by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
#104. One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself. #Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Existential quotes by Chuck Palahniuk
#105. The worst part of writing fiction is the fear of wasting your life behind a keyboard. The idea that, dying, you'll realize you only lived on paper. Your only adventures were make-believe, and while the world fought and kissed, you sat in some dark room masturbating and making money. #Quote by Chuck Palahniuk
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#106. Whereas a belief in an absurd world arises out of the fundamental disharmony of a person searching for meaning in an apparently meaninglessness universe, an existential nihilist displays impassive intellectual stoicism towards their eventual mortality while embracing a passionate artistic commitment to munity against the underlying syndrome of insignificance and confusion encasing life. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Lorrie Moore
#107. Observing others go through them, he used to admire midlife crises, the courage and shamelessness and existential daring of them, but after he'd watched his own wife, a respectable nursery school teacher, produce and star in a full-blown one of her own, he found the sufferers of such crises not only self-indulgent but greedy and demented, and he wished them all weird unnatural deaths with various contraptions easily found in garages. #Quote by Lorrie Moore
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#108. A person's life is a glint and oftentimes the climax is incalculably brutal. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Haruki Murakami
#109. It
was all so complicated, like something out of an existential
play. Everything hit a dead end there, no alternatives left. #Quote by Haruki Murakami
Existential quotes by Robert Jay Lifton
#110. The one-sided exploitation of existential guilt is thought reform's trump card, and perhaps its most important source of emotional influence over its participants. Revolving around it are issues most decisive to thought reform's outcome. #Quote by Robert Jay Lifton
Existential quotes by James Fenton
#111. God, A Poem
'I didn't exist at Creation,
I didn't exist at the Flood,
And I won't be around for Salvation
To sort out the sheep from the cud-
'Or whatever the phrase is. The fact is
In soteriological terms
I'm a crude existential malpractice
And you are a diet of worms #Quote by James Fenton
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#112. A period of darkness is essential in order to expand personal awareness. Experiencing sadness and loss makes a person appreciative of life, more tenderhearted, and open to living life as an ecstatic journey of discovery. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Simon Toyne
#113. I think 'The Searcher' is a departure from my first because it's less grounded in religion and is far more rooted in the mythic tradition: more of an existential thriller where the main character is actually the central mystery, and his journey is all about trying to figure himself out. #Quote by Simon Toyne
Existential quotes by Edward O. Wilson
#114. I believe that in the process of locating new avenues of creative thought, we will also arrive at an existential conservatism. It is worth asking repeatedly: Where are our deepest roots? We are, it seems, Old World, catarrhine primates, brilliant emergent animals, defined genetically by our unique origins, blessed by our newfound biological genius, and secure in our homeland if we wish to make it so. What does it all mean? This is what it all means: To the extent that we depend on prosthetic devices to keep ourselves and the biosphere alive, we will render everything fragile. To the extent that we banish the rest of life, we will impoverish our own species for all time. And if we should surrender our genetic nature to machine-aided ratiocination, and our ethics and art and our very meaning to a habit of careless discursion in the name of progress, imagining ourselves godlike and absolved from our ancient heritage, we will become nothing. #Quote by Edward O. Wilson
Existential quotes by Dalai Lama
#115. The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger. #Quote by Dalai Lama
Existential quotes by Theodor W. Adorno
#116. Since death, as the existential horizon of Dasein, is considered absolute, it becomes the absolute in the form of an icon. There is here a regression to the cult of death; thus the jargon has from the beginning gotten along well with military manners. Now, as earlier, that answer is valid which Horkheimer gave to an enthusiastic female devotee of Heidegger's. She said that Heidegger had finally, at least, once again placed men before death; Horkheimer replied that Ludendorff had taken care of that much better. #Quote by Theodor W. Adorno
Existential quotes by Meraaqi
#117. ..Breaking yet budding,
dying yet living - standing
amongst ruins and rage,
reaching for possibilities
playing hard to get. #Quote by Meraaqi
Existential quotes by Eric Bolling
#118. Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, they all have ties to Iranian money. I think they are the biggest exist - existential threat. Russia could be up there, but it would probably be to one of our NATO allies rather than the homeland. #Quote by Eric Bolling
Existential quotes by Erich Fromm
#119. Man is the only animal who does not feel at home in nature, who can feel evicted from paradise, the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem that he has to solve and from which he cannot escape. He cannot go back to the prehuman state of harmony with nature, and he does not know where he will arrive if he goes forward. Man's existential contradiction results in a state of constant disequilibrium. This disequilibrium distinguishes him from the animal, which lives, as it were, in harmony with nature. #Quote by Erich Fromm
Existential quotes by Remesh R.
#120. I am an existential libertarian humanist cocksucker. Now, what else do you want to know? #Quote by Remesh R.
Existential quotes by Ernest Becker
#121. Man's natural and inevitable urge to deny mortality and achieve a heroic self-image are the root causes of human evil. #Quote by Ernest Becker
Existential quotes by George Friedman
#122. Great powers can tend to be casual because the situation is not existential. This increases the cost of doing what is necessary. #Quote by George Friedman
Existential quotes by Jeremy Scahill
#123. I also think that we [Americans] are operating out of fear in our country. It's not that terrorism is not a threat, but it's not an existential threat. It is not the preeminent threat facing most Americans on any given day, and yet the power of nightmares is so strong. #Quote by Jeremy Scahill
Existential quotes by Joel Julian
#124. The chaos and the confusion of all possible outcomes penetrated every pixel of computer generated light, and the waves of all sub-existential normality flooded by, creating an atmosphere of peaceful eventuality. I felt that a gradual restoration was in place, and that piece by piece, universes were being reformed and restored. #Quote by Joel Julian
Existential quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#125. One must not let oneself be misled: they say 'Judge not!' but they send to Hell everything that stands in their way. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existential quotes by Helen Fielding
#126. As women glide from their twenties to thirties, Shazzer argues, the balance of power subtly shifts. Even the most outrageous minxes lose their nerve, wrestling with the first twinges of existential angst: fears of dying alone and being found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian. #Quote by Helen Fielding
Existential quotes by Ban Ki-moon
#127. For my generation, coming of age at the height of the Cold War, fear of nuclear winter seemed the leading existential threat on the horizon. But the danger posed by war to all humanity-and to our planet-is at least matched by climate change. #Quote by Ban Ki-moon
Existential quotes by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
#128. History, is a conscious, self-meditating process - Spirit emptied out into Time; but this externalization, this kenosis, is equally an externalization of itself; the negative is the negative of itself. This Becoming presents a slow-moving succession of Spirits, a gallery of images, each of which, endowed with all the riches of Spirit, moves thus slowly just because the Self has to penetrate and digest this entire wealth of its substance. As its fulfilment consists in perfectly knowing what it is, in knowing its substance, this knowing is that withdrawal into itself in which it abandons its outer existence and gives its existential shape over to recollection. Thus absorbed in itself, it is sunk in the night of its self-consciousness; but in that night its vanished outer existence is perserved, and this transformed existence - the former one, but now reborn of the Spirit's knowledge - is the new existence, a new world and a new shape of Spirit. In the immediacy of this new existence the Spirit has to start afresh to bring itself to maturity as if, for it, all that preceded were lost and it had learned nothing from the experience of the earlier Spirits. But recollection, the inwardizing, of that experience, has perserved it and is the inner-being, and in fact the higher form of the substance. So although to bring itself to maturity, it is none the less on a higher level that it starts. The realm of Spirits which is formed in this way in the outer world constitutes a succes #Quote by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Existential quotes by Haruki Murakami
#129. I'd like to ask you more about your ears if I may," I said.

"You want to ask whether or not my ears possess some special power?"

I nodded.

"See what I mean?" She said.

She'd become so beautiful, it defied understanding. Never had I feasted my eyes on such beauty. It transcended all concepts within the boundaries of my awareness. She was at one with her ears, gliding down the oblique face of time like a protean beam of light.

"You are extraordinary." I said after catching my breath.

"I know." she said. "These are my ears in their unblocked state."

Several of the other customers were now turned our way, staring agape at her. The waiter who came over with more coffee couldn't pour properly. Not a soul uttered a word, only the reels on the tape deck kept slowly spinning. She retrieved a clove cigarette from her purse and put it to her lips. I hurriedly offered her a light with my lighter.

"I want to sleep with you," She said.

So we slept together. #Quote by Haruki Murakami
Existential quotes by Dale Pendell
#130. Every plant is an individual.
Wrong again. We are not individuals at all, we are all connected. We are individuals the way each blossom on an apple tree is an individual. #Quote by Dale Pendell
Existential quotes by Albert Camus
#131. Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existential quotes by Viktor E. Frankl
#132. there are various masks and guises under which the existential vacuum appears. Sometimes the frustrated will to meaning is vicariously compensated for by a will to power, including the most primitive form of the will to power, the will to money. In other cases, the place of frustrated will to meaning is taken by the will to pleasure. That is why existential frustration often eventuates in sexual compensation. We can observe in such cases that the sexual libido becomes rampant in the existential vacuum. #Quote by Viktor E. Frankl
Existential quotes by Jayne Ann Krentz
#133. The negative attitudes toward the genres - romance, science-fiction, westerns, suspense, etc. - are fallout from the academic world's long-standing fascination with existential philosophy and modern theories of psychology and sociology. #Quote by Jayne Ann Krentz
Existential quotes by Sam Keen
#134. In the beginning, we create the enemy. Before the weapon comes the image. We think others to death and then invent the battle-axe or ballistic missiles with which to actually kill them. Propaganda precedes technology. #Quote by Sam Keen
Existential quotes by Joe Meno
#135. Funny as hell, searingly honest, and urgently real, Sam Pink's Rontel puts to shame most modern fiction. His writing perfectly captures the bizarre parade that is Chicago, with all its gloriously odd and wonderful people. This book possesses both the nerve of Nelson Algren and the existential comedy of Albert Camus. #Quote by Joe Meno
Existential quotes by Roger Waters
#136. We, the great American nation, decided that we've got 138 military bases around the world and we've now figured out that we can buy these drones from the Israelis, and we've decided that the way to proceed is to use this new technology to go and kill anybody that we don't like or who disagrees with us or who we might perceive as making an existential threat. #Quote by Roger Waters
Existential quotes by Nick Bostrom
#137. There are anthropogenic state risks at the existential level as well: the longer we live in an internationally anarchic system, the greater the cumulative chance of a thermonuclear Armageddon or of a great war fought with other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, laying waste to civilization. #Quote by Nick Bostrom
Existential quotes by Pope Francis
#138. We are called to reach out to those who find themselves in the existential peripheries of our societies and to show particular solidarity with the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the disabled, the unborn and the sick, migrants and refugees, the elderly and the young who lack employment. #Quote by Pope Francis
Existential quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#139. Man is always separated from what he is by all the breadth of the being which he is not. He makes himself known to himself from the other side of the world and he looks from the horizon
toward himself to recover his inner being. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existential quotes by Patricia Marx
#140. You don't have to spend much time in Shanghai before you start to get all existential about the meaning of authenticity. Did you know that Shanghai is building nine satellite towns, each designed to mimic the architecture and culture of a different country? #Quote by Patricia Marx
Existential quotes by Edith Wharton
#141. For what endless years this life will have to go on! He felt, with a kind of horror, his own strong youth and the bounding blood in his veins. #Quote by Edith Wharton
Existential quotes by Elon Musk
#142. I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that. So we need to be very careful ... With artificial intelligence we're summoning the demon. #Quote by Elon Musk
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#143. No one wants to occupy a black hole of sadness and despair or slip on the tight rope that separates sanity from insanity, and reside in a vortex devoid of reality. I entered the world as a freeman and desire to escape a state of existential vertigo. I yearn to discover a synthesizing spirit of my being and hold my head high, free of doubt, and devoid of fear. I wish to foment the cerebral energy to stave off premature destruction and forevermore blunt an intolerable state of anguish. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Nick Bostrom
#144. There is more scholarly work on the life-habits of the dung fly than on existential risks [to humanity]. #Quote by Nick Bostrom
Existential quotes by Ray Brassier
#145. Philosophy would do well to desist from issuing any further injunctions about the need to re-establish the meaningfulness of existence, the purposefulness of life, or mend the shattered concord between man and nature. It should strive to be more than a sop to the pathetic twinge of human self-esteem. Nihilism is not an existential quandary but a speculative opportunity. #Quote by Ray Brassier
Existential quotes by Osho
#146. To be "great" is an ego goal; to be real is existential. #Quote by Osho
Existential quotes by Meg Ryan
#147. I have a very good life, so I have nothing to complain about. Sometimes, I just have existential angst. #Quote by Meg Ryan
Existential quotes by Nicholas Gane
#148. ... The individual is still obliged to confer the legitimacy of mutually antagonistic values, for even though the array of ultimate values may contract with the rationalization of the world, one is never relieved from the existential burden of choice ('taking a stand'). #Quote by Nicholas Gane
Existential quotes by Nenia Campbell
#149. For a moment, the cardboard sets come crashing down to reveal that squalling monster, reality, locked up in the confines of its man-made cage. It is a fearsome thing, beautiful, inherent only to itself. Faced with such naked, existential truths, I understand why humans worship flesh-eating monsters and bloodthirsty gods.
But only for a moment. #Quote by Nenia Campbell
Existential quotes by Simone De Beauvoir
#150. The earthly meaning of eternal life was death, and she refused to die. #Quote by Simone De Beauvoir
Existential quotes by Stephen Dobyns
#151. A work of art gives testimony to what it is to be a human being. It bears witness, it extracts meaning. A work of art is also the clearest nonphysical way that emotions is communicated from one human being to another. The emotion isn't referred to; it is re-created. The emotion shows us that our most private feelings are in fact shared feelings. And this offer us some relief from our existential isolation.
(p: 10) #Quote by Stephen Dobyns
Existential quotes by Northrop Frye
#152. Man lives, not directly or nakedly in nature like the animals, but within a mythological universe, a body of assumptions and beliefs developed from his existential concerns. #Quote by Northrop Frye
Existential quotes by Chris Abani
#153. The Internet is really our meeting place. We have this amazing listserv. Every time I log onto it I feel a sense of pride, because if you log on and say, "Oh I was just in San Diego and I was in a park and I saw a lion," the flurry of replies on average is just like
wow! All these existential questions about what it means to be an African, and never having seen a lion at home, but having seen a lion here. Everything you say turns into this real philosophical debate
it's incredible in so many ways. And it's an invigorating place to be. #Quote by Chris Abani
Existential quotes by John Green
#154. Abraham Maslow, I present to you Augustus Waters, whose existential curiosity dwarfed that of his well-fed, well-loved, healthy brethren. #Quote by John Green
Existential quotes by John Mark Green
#155. Wild creatures somehow know
where they must go, but we -
we humans wander
the paths of confusion.
Trying to be so many things
other than our true selves. #Quote by John Mark Green
Existential quotes by Rajneesh
#156. Love can exist only after meditation, not before it. That is a simple existential law. Before meditation - only lust, only sexuality. Before meditation you are an animal and not really a human being. With meditation a transformation comes: you become human, and out of your humanness, love flows. #Quote by Rajneesh
Existential quotes by Ellen Barkin
#157. I guess I worry about weird existential things, like how do we spend our final act. This is a very emotional question. I can't answer it without crying. I think, You're 56 years old, what did you do? You raised two good kids. What am I going to do now that is as meaningful as that? I don't know the answer yet. #Quote by Ellen Barkin
Existential quotes by Greg Sestero
#158. The Room is a drama that is also a comedy that is also an existential cry for help that is finally a testament to human endurance. #Quote by Greg Sestero
Existential quotes by Xiaobo Liu
#159. Life numbed, unceasing, interminable, from zero begins to zero it ends. #Quote by Xiaobo Liu
Existential quotes by Michael Light
#160. The pilot says, "Where do you want to go?" and that's always a rather existential question, because naturally I think a bit about where I want to go, but of course I can't really know where I want to go, in advance. I know it when I see it. #Quote by Michael Light
Existential quotes by Jennifer Beals
#161. Of course, the surest way to free yourself from an existential crisis is through comedy. #Quote by Jennifer Beals
Existential quotes by Joko Beck
#162. We are always doing something to cover up our basic existential anxiety. Some people live that way until the day they die. #Quote by Joko Beck
Existential quotes by Wole Soyinka
#163. The arrogant elimination of the Djaouts of our world must nerve us to pursue our own combative doctrine, namely: that peaceful cohabitation on this planet demands that while the upholders of any creed are free to adopt their own existential absolutes, the right of others to do the same is thereby rendered implicit and sacrosanct. Thus the creed of inquiry, of knowledge and exchange of ideas, must be upheld as an absolute, as ancient and eternal as any other. #Quote by Wole Soyinka
Existential quotes by Norman Mailer
#164. One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness - the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others. #Quote by Norman Mailer
Existential quotes by Michael Eric Dyson
#165. Michael [Jackson] reconstructed his face and deconstructed the African features into a spooky European geography of fleshly possibilities, and yet what we couldn't deny, that even as his face got whiter and whiter his music got Blacker and Blacker. His soul got more deeply rooted in the existential agony and the profound social grief that Black people are heir to. #Quote by Michael Eric Dyson
Existential quotes by John Zande
#166. Naturally, it is inevitable that conscious, curious, self-orientated minds will eventually double back on their awareness and confront the existential questions of where, what, who, and why am I? and the urge of any self-respecting mind is to assign some positive meaning to its being, but has a rational justification ever been established for this proclamation? #Quote by John Zande
Existential quotes by Juhani Pallasmaa
#167. Our bodies and movements are in constant interaction with the environment; the world and the self inform and redefine each other constantly. The percept of the body and the image of the world turn into one single continuous existential experience; there is no body separate from its domicile in space, and there is no space unrelated to the unconscious image of the perceiving self. #Quote by Juhani Pallasmaa
Existential quotes by Christine Evangelou
#168. Hearts Don't Reject Love

Fear of rejection slaughters the voice from our heart
But time is short
And life is to be lived
So don't fear to speak your hearts truth
What you feel matters more than the thoughts or opinions of other's
And rejection is an impeding, sinister state of mind...
Remember, hearts don't reject love, only minds do that
The existential truth is that we are all exposed
We are all vulnerable
Whether we are fierce enough to admit it…or not #Quote by Christine Evangelou
Existential quotes by Mehmet Murat Ildan
#169. I can never be an atheist, because God is our celestial hope for our existential worries, our cosmic chance against absurdity! MMI #Quote by Mehmet Murat Ildan
Existential quotes by Bob Inglis
#170. So when you're dealing with an existential threat like death or like climate change, if you see it as 'we are all toast anyway,' then denial is a pretty good way of coping. #Quote by Bob Inglis
Existential quotes by Hans Selye
#171. If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions. #Quote by Hans Selye
Existential quotes by Patrick Modiano
#172. Finally, the horizon stretched out infinitely before me and I felt utterly content looking at stars from afar and trying to make out all the variable, temporary, extinguished or faded stars. I was nothing in this infinity, but I could finally breathe. #Quote by Patrick Modiano
Existential quotes by Armistead Maupin
#173. Nobody's happy. What's happy? Happiness is over when the lights come on."
The older woman poured herself a glass of sangria. "Screw that," she said quietly.
"What?"
"Screw that. Wash your mouth out. Who taught you that half-assed existential drivel? #Quote by Armistead Maupin
Existential quotes by Paul Park
#174. Modernist fiction is tied to problems of writers. Self-glorifying. Existential struggle. This has not been a big part of genre writing. #Quote by Paul Park
Existential quotes by Derek Keck
#175. Is the ash in trees, babies, flowers, and visions of God
better than the visions themselves? Then you think,
none of this is tangible or concrete. So you have another cigarette
and think about the (not one) but many ghosts you keep tucked away,
under sheets, under beds, in notes, within other ghosts. #Quote by Derek Keck
Existential quotes by Julie Powell
#176. There, I was just a secretary-shaped confederation of atoms, fighting the inevitability of mediocrity and decay. But here, in the Juliaverse ... energy was never lost, merely converted from one form to another. Here, I took butter and cream and meat and eggs and I made delicious sustenance. #Quote by Julie Powell
Existential quotes by Tao Lin
#177. As a teenager i experienced existential despair as an unsexy sensation of repressed orgasm in the chest; today i experience existential despair as a distinct sensation of wanting to lecture you on how i am better than you, without crushing your hopes and dreams #Quote by Tao Lin
Existential quotes by Noah Levine
#178. Like most people who decide to get sober, I was brought to Alcoholics Anonymous. While AA certainly works for others, its core propositions felt irreconcilable with my own experiences. I couldn't, for example, rectify the assertion that "alcoholism is a disease" with the facts of my own life.
The idea that by simply attending an AA meeting, without any consultation, one is expected to take on a blanket diagnosis of "diseased addict" was to me, at best, patronizing. At worst, irresponsible. Irresponsible because it doesn't encourage people to turn toward and heal the actual underlying causes of their abuse of substances.
I drank for thirteen years for REALLY good reasons. Among them were unprocessed grief, parental abandonment, isolation, violent trauma, anxiety and panic, social oppression, a general lack of safety, deep existential discord, and a tremendous diet and lifestyle imbalance. None of which constitute a disease, and all of which manifest as profound internal, mental, emotional and physical discomfort, which I sought to escape by taking external substances.
It is only through one's own efforts to turn toward life on its own terms and to develop a wiser relationship to what's there through mindfulness and compassion that make freedom from addictive patterns possible. My sobriety has been sustained by facing life, processing grief, healing family relationships, accepting radically the fact of social oppression, working with my abandonment conditioning, #Quote by Noah Levine
Existential quotes by Gary Kamiya
#179. I stumbled upon Friedrich Nietzsche when I was 17, following the usual trail of existential candies - Camus, Sartre, Beckett - that unsuspecting teenagers find in the woods. The effect was more like a drug than a philosophy. I was whirled upward - or was it downward? - into a one-man universe, a secret cult demanding that you put a gun to the head of your dearest habits and beliefs. That intoxicating whiff of half-conscious madness; that casually hair-raising evisceration of everything moral, responsible and parentally approved - these waves overwhelmed my adolescent dinghy. And even more than by his ideas - many of which I didn't understand at all, but some of which I perhaps grasped better then than I do now - I was seduced by his prose. At the end of his sentences you could hear an electric crack, like the whip of a steel blade being tested in the air. He might have been the Devil, but he had better lines than God. #Quote by Gary Kamiya
Existential quotes by M. Scott Peck
#180. Consciousness and Healing
To proceed very far through the desert, you must be willing to meet existential suffering and work it through. In order to do this, the attitude toward pain has to change. This happens when we accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth. #Quote by M. Scott Peck
Existential quotes by Jesse Browner
#181. ... there is also an underlying, less specific fear - what some might call an ontological or existential anxiety - that shrouds our days and seeps into our dreams. We feel empty and seek meaning. We feel empty and seek meaning. We yearn and know not what we yearn for. There is a black hole at the center of our understanding that engulfs and crushes our every attempt to explore it. Something is missing. #Quote by Jesse Browner
Existential quotes by Carrie Brownstein
#182. I think that half of us feel fraudulent in our lives anyway. There's that strange disconnect of not really knowing what we're doing sometimes, or why it matters. It's our existential crisis. #Quote by Carrie Brownstein
Existential quotes by Richard Corliss
#183. Bond, especially Connery's Bond, was an existential hired gun with an aristocrat's tastes - just right for a time when class was a matter of brand names and insouciant gestures. #Quote by Richard Corliss
Existential quotes by Eugene Taylor
#184. This is what is meant by the phenomenology of the science-making process: Self-observation always leads us to an existential point about the metaphysics of experience, and it is almost always a transforming moment. (p. 286) #Quote by Eugene Taylor
Existential quotes by Sarah Kane
#185. Theatre has no memory, which makes it the most existential of the arts... I keep coming back in the hope that someone in a darkened room somewhere will show me an image that burns itself into my mind #Quote by Sarah Kane
Existential quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#186. A person experiences anxiety when they realize their insignificance in the cosmic field, which present state of angst can exacerbated by other confusing life questions. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existential quotes by Nikolay Karamzin
#187. What is life? - A novel. Who is the author? - Anonymous. We read haltingly, laugh, weep... and sleep.

Что наша жизнь? - роман. Кто автор? - аноним. Читаем по складам, смеемся, плачем... спим. #Quote by Nikolay Karamzin
Existential quotes by Bret Easton Ellis
#188. I am gripped by an existential panic. #Quote by Bret Easton Ellis
Existential quotes by Lynne Tillman
#189. Estranged mountains bulged under the sky, the big sky, the endless sky. Anyway, no one could see an end to it, which reassured her, since so much seemed to be coming to an end. It felt that way.

But it seemed impossible---the universe dropping off, ending, there would be an end, and then there would be nothing, a no more, a vacuum of no more. Her imagination couldn't let her go there. #Quote by Lynne Tillman
Existential quotes by Steven Wright
#190. I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it. #Quote by Steven Wright
Existential quotes by Italo Calvino
#191. And meanwhile the Galaxy ran through space and left behind those signs old and new and I still hadn't found mine. #Quote by Italo Calvino
Existential quotes by Beryl Dov
#192. Religion is Existential GPS
The mind needs religious myths to navigate the world,
or it gets lost in its own sterility. #Quote by Beryl Dov
Existential quotes by John Lanchester
#193. All the Kamals were fluent in irritation. They loved each other but were almost always annoyed by each other, in ways that were both generalised and existential (why is he like that?) and also highly specific (how hard is it to remember to put the top back on the yoghurt?). #Quote by John Lanchester
Existential quotes by Carl R. Rogers
#194. I believe that individuals nowadays are probably more aware of their inner loneliness than has ever been true before in history. #Quote by Carl R. Rogers
Existential quotes by Ian Shapiro
#195. An existential faith is a hot, committed view of the world layered into the affective dispositions, habits and institutional priorities of its confessors. The intensity of commitment to it typically exceeds the power of the arguments and evidence advanced. On my reading, then, each thinker listed above is a carrier of a distinctive existential faith. The faith in which each is invested has not yet been established in a way that rules out of court every perspective except it. It is a contestable faith. This is not to deny that impressive, comparative considerations might be offered on its behalf, or that it might be subjected to critical interrogations that press its advocates to adjust this or that aspect of it. An existential faith is not immune to new argument and evidence, as I will try to show; commitment to it, rather, is seldom exhausted by them. #Quote by Ian Shapiro
Existential quotes by Dan Simmons
#196. I doubt if he ever confronted and acknowledged his own deeper motivations, except when they were as pure as spring water. #Quote by Dan Simmons
Existential quotes by Talismanist Giebra
#197. Great artists play the game to its existential edge. #Quote by Talismanist Giebra
Existential quotes by Irvin D. Yalom
#198. One doesn't do existential therapy as a freestanding separate theory; rather it informs your approach to such issues as death, which many therapists tend to shy away from. #Quote by Irvin D. Yalom
Existential quotes by Jennifer Senior
#199. Drawing from 1.7 million Gallup surveys collected between 2008 and 2012, researchers Angus Deaton and Arthur Stone found that parents with children at home age fifteen or younger experience more highs, as well as more lows, than those without children ... And when researchers bother to ask questions of a more existential nature, they find that parents report greater feelings of meaning and reward
which to many parents is what the entire shebang is about. #Quote by Jennifer Senior
Existential quotes by Sam Vaknin
#200. The dysphorias - the bitter fruits of the narcissist's impossible demands of himself - are painful. Gradually the narcissist learns to avoid them by eschewing a structured narrative altogether…
The narcissist pays a heavy price for accommodating his dysfunctional narratives: emptiness; existential aloneness .. meaninglessness. This fuels his envy and the resulting rage. #Quote by Sam Vaknin

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