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Existentialism quotes by Philip Roth
#1. All I can tell you with certainty is that I, for one, have no self, and that I am unwilling or unable to perpetrate upon myself the joke of a self ... What I have instead is a variety of impersonations I can do, and not only of myself - a troupe of players that I have internalised, a permanent company of actors that I can call upon when a self is required ... I am a theater and nothing more than a theater. #Quote by Philip Roth
Existentialism quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#2. 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
Existentialism quotes by Rudolf Karl Bultmann
#3. When reason has followed its road to the end, the point of crisis is reached and man is brought to the great question mark over his own existence. #Quote by Rudolf Karl Bultmann
Existentialism quotes by Jack Kerouac
#4. Pretty soon there'll be a new kind of murderer, who will kill without any reason at all, just to prove that it doesn't matter, and his accomplishment will be worth no more and no less than Beethoven's last quartets and Boito's Requiem-- churches will fall, Mongolian hordes will piss on the map of the West, idiot kings will burp at bones, nobody'll care and then the earth itself'll disintegrate into atomic dust (as it was in the beginning) and the void still the void won't care, the void'll just go on with that maddening little smile of its that I see everywhere, I look at a tree, a rock, a house, a street, I see that little smile-- That 'secret God-grin' but what a God is this who didn't invent justice?--So they'll light candles and make speeches and the angels rage. Ah but 'I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't matter' will be the final human prayer. #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Existentialism quotes by Cees Nooteboom
#5. When Sartre says man has been thrown into the world, he is alone, there is no God, we are responsible for what we are, what we do, I say yes!"
The affirmative echoed around the woods. The dog pricked up his ears. This man has no one to talk to, thought Inni.
"But when he then asks me to be responsible for the world as well, for others, I say no! No. Why should I be? 'When man chooses himself, he chooses all men.' Why? I have not asked for anything. I have nothing to do with the vermin I see around me. I live out my time because I have to, that is all. #Quote by Cees Nooteboom
Existentialism quotes by Roberto Bolano
#6. All names disappear. Children should be taught that in elementary school. But we're afraid to teach them. #Quote by Roberto Bolano
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#7. He said firmly, "God can help you. All the men I've seen in your position turned to Him in their time of trouble." "Obviously," I replied, "they were at liberty to do so, if they felt like it." I, however, didn't want to be helped, and I hadn't time to work up interest for something that didn't interest me. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Ohran Pamuk
#8. I'd been living luminously between two eternities of darknness. #Quote by Ohran Pamuk
Existentialism quotes by Huseyn Raza
#9. I was dead for a billion of years and in a few years I will be dead again. I'm not conscious of that state of lifelessness which was before I came to life. And I'm not sure about the lifelessness that is yet to come. Life is only a station between these two states. It is a chance to experience and to do something, the only chance known with certainty. The major issue is to find what is worth living for, but an even greater issue is to find what is worth dying for. We all die anyway. #Quote by Huseyn Raza
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#10. You are only excused for happiness and success if you generously agree to share them. But if one is to be happy, one should not worry too much about other people - which means there is no way out.
Happy and judged or absolved and miserable. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Elena Ferrante
#11. Maybe I should tell her that things without meaning are the most beautiful ones. It's a good sentence, she'll like it. #Quote by Elena Ferrante
Existentialism quotes by Vipin Behari Goyal
#12. It is good to pray even if you do not believe in God. #Quote by Vipin Behari Goyal
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#13. Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#14. It is intoxicating joy for the sufferer to look away from his suffering and to forget himself. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Richard Taylor
#15. Most people are, in the most ordinary sense, very limited. They pass their time, day after day, in idle, passive pursuits, just looking at things - at games, television, whatever. Or they fill the hours talking, mostly about nothing of significance - of comings and goings, of who is doing what, of the weather, of things forgotten almost as soon as they are mentioned. They have no aspirations for themselves beyond getting through another doing more or less what they did yesterday. They walk across the stage of life, leaving everything about as it was when they entered, achieving nothing, aspiring to nothing, having never a profound or even original thought... This is what is common, usual, typical, indeed normal. Relatively few rise above such a plodding existence. #Quote by Richard Taylor
Existentialism quotes by Jarett Kobek
#16. The thing is," said J. Karacehennem, whose last name was Turkish for Black Hell, "that we've spent like, what, two or three hundred years wrestling with existentialism, which really is just a way of asking, Why are we on this planet? Why are people here? Why do we lead our pointless lives? All the best philosophical and novelistic minds have tried to answer these questions and all the best philosophical and novelistic minds have failed to produce a working answer. Facebook is amazing because finally we understand why we have hometowns and why we get into relationships and why we eat our stupid dinners and why we have names and why we own idiotic cars and why we try to impress our friends. Why are we here, why do we do all of these things? At last we can offer a solution. We are on Earth to make Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg richer. There is an actual, measurable point to our striving. I guess what I'm saying, really, is that there's always hope. #Quote by Jarett Kobek
Existentialism quotes by Aldous Huxley
#17. But if one doesn't really exist, one wonders why ... " she hesitated.
"Why one makes such a fuss about things," Anthony suggested. "All that howling and hurrahing and gnashing of teeth. About the adventures of a self that isn't really a self - just the result of a lot of accidents. And of course," he went on, "once you start wondering, you see at once that there is no reason for making such a fuss. And then you don't make a fuss - that is, if you're sensible. Like me," he added, smiling. #Quote by Aldous Huxley
Existentialism quotes by Renée Chae
#18. The radically phenomenal thing about the truth is once you find it, you can dig and dig and you're just going to reveal more and more. There is no end when one starts digging in the direction of the truth. It's the ultimate life adventure. #Quote by Renée Chae
Existentialism quotes by Ivan Klima
#19. A picture was a motionless record of motion. An arrested representation of life. A picture was the kiss of death pretending to possess immutability. #Quote by Ivan Klima
Existentialism quotes by Steven L. Peck
#20. Remember you are never really alone. Although it may feel like it for very long stretches of time. #Quote by Steven L. Peck
Existentialism quotes by P.G. Wodehouse
#21. I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don't you know, if you see what I mean. #Quote by P.G. Wodehouse
Existentialism quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#22. It wasn't the New World that mattered ... Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all. #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Existentialism quotes by Martijn Budel
#23. Positive disintegration is the sublimation of suffering #Quote by Martijn Budel
Existentialism quotes by C. G. Jung
#24. Where Gnosticism regards the world as demonic and hostile, existentialism considers it natural and indifferent.14 In short, Jonas is far less intent than Voegelin in making Gnosticism modern. #Quote by C. G. Jung
Existentialism quotes by Abhijit Naskar
#25. If you have faith in all the trinities and apostles in the world, and still have no faith in yourself, there is no salvation for you. #Quote by Abhijit Naskar
Existentialism quotes by Arthur K. Flam
#26. You know, everything's a sort of lie, and then you die. #Quote by Arthur K. Flam
Existentialism quotes by Clarice Lispector
#27. My world today is raw, it is a world of great vital difficulty. Because, more than a star, today I want the thick and black root of the stars, I want the source that always seems dirty, and is dirty, and that is always incomprehensible.
It is with pain that I bid farewell even to the beauty of a child - I want the adult who is more primitive and ugly and drier and more difficult, and who became a child-seed that cannot be broken between the teeth. #Quote by Clarice Lispector
Existentialism quotes by Nikos Kazantzakis
#28. Leave nothing for death but a burned-out castle #Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis
Existentialism quotes by Cormac McCarthy
#29. The things I believed in dont exist any more. It's foolish to pretend that they do. Western Civilization finally went up in smoke in the chimneys at Dachau but I was too infatuated to see it. I see it now. #Quote by Cormac McCarthy
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#30. It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by David Mitchell
#31. After ten pages I felt that Nietzsche was reading me, not I him. #Quote by David Mitchell
Existentialism quotes by Therese Doucet
#32. I want to see the world without explaining away its mystery by calling things wicked, righteous, sinful, and good. I want to erase in myself the easy explanations, the always mendacious explanations about why things happen the way they do, and in this way, come to know the mystery of being–-not by any approximation in thought, but by being. I want to be and not be ashamed of being. #Quote by Therese Doucet
Existentialism quotes by Frank Herbert
#33. Life cannot find reasons to sustain it, cannot be a source of decent mutual regard, unless each of us resolves to breathe such qualities into it. #Quote by Frank Herbert
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#34. No! No! I refuse to believe it. I'm sure you've often wished there was an after-life.'

Of course I had, I told him. Everybody has that wish at times. But that had no more importance than wishing to be rich, or to swim very fast, or have a better-shaped mouth. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Merold Westphal
#35. 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
Existentialism quotes by Milan Kundera
#36. In the presence of Esch, values have hidden their faces. Order, loyalty, sacrifice - he cherishes all these words, but exactly what do they represent? Sacrifice for what? Demand what sort of order? He doesn't know.

If a value has lost its concrete content, what is left of it? A mere empty form; an imperative that goes unheeded and, all the more furious, demands to be heard and obeyed. The less Esch knows what he wants, the more furiously he wants it.

Esch: the fanaticism of the era with no God. Because all values have hidden their faces, anything can be considered a value. Justice, order - Esch seeks them now in the trade union struggle, then in religion; today in police power, tomorrow in the mirage of America, where he dreams of emigrating. He could be a terrorist or a repentant terrorist turning in his comrades, or a party militant or a cult member a kamikaze prepared to sacrifice his life. All the passions rampaging through the bloody history of our time are taken up, unmasked, and terrifyingly displayed in Esch's modest adventure. #Quote by Milan Kundera
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#37. Don't you feel the same way? When I cannot see myself, even though I touch myself, I wonder if I really exist. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Kobo Abe
#38. There wasn't a single item of importance [in the newspaper]. A tower of illusion, all of it, made of illusory bricks and full of holes. If life were made up only of imporant things, it really would be a dangerous house of glass, scarcely to be handled carelessly. But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the centre of his compass at his own home. #Quote by Kobo Abe
Existentialism quotes by Norman Mailer
#39. Existentialism is the kind of philosophy that makes for legendary children. #Quote by Norman Mailer
Existentialism quotes by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
#40. As people move through life, passing from the hopeful ignorance of youth into sobering adulthood, they inevitably face an increasingly nagging question: Is this all there is? Childhood can be painful, adolescence confusing; most people, expect that in adulthood things will get better. During the early years of adulthood the future still looks promising. But inevitably the mirror' shows the first white hairs and confirms the fact that those few extra pounds are not about to leave; eyesight begins to fail and mysterious pains begin to shoot through the body...' Where's all that money I was to have made? Where are all of the good times I was going to have? #Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Existentialism quotes by Simone De Beauvoir
#41. From the very beginning, existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity. #Quote by Simone De Beauvoir
Existentialism quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#42. 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
Existentialism quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#43. One's own free unfettered choice, one's own caprice, however wild it may be, one's own fancy worked up at times to frenzy
is that very "most advantageous advantage" which we have overlooked, which comes under no classification and against which all systems and theories are continually being shattered to atoms. And how do these wiseacres know that man wants a normal, a virtuous choice? What has made them conceive that man must want a rationally advantageous choice? What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead. And choice, of course, the devil only knows what choice. #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Existentialism quotes by Clarice Lispector
#44. Oh, but to reach silence, what a huge effort of voice. My voice is the way I go seek reality; reality prior to my language exists as an unthinkable thought, but I was and am fatefully impelled to have to know what thought thinks. Reality precedes the voice that seeks it, but like the earth precedes the tree, but like the world precedes the man, but like the sea precedes the view of the sea, life precedes love, bodily matter precedes the body, and one day in its turn language shall have preceded possession of silence. - Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H. #Quote by Clarice Lispector
Existentialism quotes by Mark Manson
#45. Because pain is the universal constant of life, the opportunities to grow from that pain are constant in life. All that is required is that we don't numb it, that we don't look away. All that is required is that we engage it and find the value and meaning in it. #Quote by Mark Manson
Existentialism quotes by Jason Daniel Chaplin
#46. Subconsciously, we all want to be nebula ... In the end, we're all connected. We're all going to become one cloud of light whether you like it or not. We're all made of the same star dust. #Quote by Jason Daniel Chaplin
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#47. You didn't succeed. Well, what of that? There's nothing to prove, you know, and the revolution's not a question of virtue but of effectiveness. There is no heaven. There's work to be done, that's all. And you must do what you're cut out for; all the better if it comes easy to you. The best work is not the work that takes the most sacrifice. It's the work in which you can best succeed. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Danny Castillones Sillada
#48. Like a caterpillar that excruciatingly turns upside down inside a dark cocoon to transform into a beautiful butterfly, human consciousness must also undergo a similar process, evolving and becoming a rational and sensible being. It is a painful human awakening from ignorance to wisdom, from bigotry to tolerance, from indifference to empathy. ( - Danny Castillones Sillada, The Sensation of Not Being Dead) #Quote by Danny Castillones Sillada
Existentialism quotes by Jack Kerouac
#49. John Clellon Holmes ... and I were sitting around trying to think up the meaning of the Lost Generation and the subsequent existentialism and I said 'You know John, this is really a beat generation'; and he leapt up and said, 'That's it, that's right!' #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Existentialism quotes by Bongha Lee
#50. Our objective as a realist is to maximize our worth, and our objective as a romanticist is to be foolishly youthful. #Quote by Bongha Lee
Existentialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#51. If this had not been the case with Abraham, then perhaps he might have loved God but not
believed; for he who loves God without faith reflects upon himself, he who loves God believingly reflects upon God. #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Existentialism quotes by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
#52. To assert that the universe has a purpose implies the universe has intent. And intent implies a desired outcome. But who would do the desiring? And what would a desired outcome be? That carbon-based life is inevitable? Or that sentient primates are life's neurological pinnacle? Are answers to these questions even possible without expressing a profound bias of human sentiment? Of course humans were not around to ask these questions for 99.9999% of cosmic history. So if the purpose of the universe was to create humans then the cosmos was embarrassingly inefficient about it. #Quote by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Existentialism quotes by Neel Burton
#53. Facing up to non-being enables us to put our life into perspective, see it in its entirety, and thereby lend it a sense of direction and unity. If the ultimate source of anxiety is fear of the future, the future ends in death; and if the ultimate source of anxiety is uncertainty, death is the only certainty. It is only by facing up to death, accepting its inevitability, and integrating it into life that we can escape from the pettiness and paralysis of anxiety, and, in so doing, free ourselves to make the most out of our lives and out of ourselves. #Quote by Neel Burton
Existentialism quotes by Mark Haddon
#54. I want my name to mean me. #Quote by Mark Haddon
Existentialism quotes by Georges Perec
#55. Time, which sees to everything, has provided the solution,
despite yourself.
Time, that knows the answer, has continued to flow.
It is on a day like this one, a little later, a little earlier,
that everything starts again,
that everything starts,
that everything continues #Quote by Georges Perec
Existentialism quotes by Ocean Vuong
#56. Some people say history moves in a spiral, not the line we have come to expect. We travel through time in a circular trajectory, our distance increasing from an epicenter only to return again, one circle removed. #Quote by Ocean Vuong
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#57. One is necessary, one is a piece of fate, one belongs to the whole, one is the whole – there exists nothing which could judge, measure, compare, condemn our being, for that would be to judge, measure, compare, condemn the whole…But nothing exists apart from the whole! #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Rollo May
#58. 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
Existentialism quotes by Johnny Rich
#59. Is it murder to kill a man if the man never existed? To the man it is. #Quote by Johnny Rich
Existentialism quotes by Hermann Hesse
#60. He thought, that all men, trickled away, changing constantly, until they finally dissolved, while the artist-created images remained unchangeably the same. He thought that the fear of death was perhaps the root of all art, perhaps also of all things of the mind. We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do. Perhaps the woman after whom the master shaped his beautiful Madonna is already wilted or dead, and soon he, too, will be dead; others will live in his house and eat at his table- but his work will still be standing hundreds of years from now, and longer. It will go on shimmering in the quiet cloister church, unchangingly beautiful, forever smiling with the same sad, flowering mouth. #Quote by Hermann Hesse
Existentialism quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#61. 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
Existentialism quotes by Bertrand Tavernier
#62. Bergman was the first to bring metaphysics - religion, death, existentialism - to the screen ... But the best of Bergman is the way he speaks of women, of the relationship between men and women. He's like a miner digging in search of purity. #Quote by Bertrand Tavernier
Existentialism quotes by Neel Burton
#63. Solitude, the joy of being alone, stems from, as well as promotes, a state of maturity and inner richness. #Quote by Neel Burton
Existentialism quotes by Abhijit Naskar
#64. Ain't Good People (The Sonnet)

Ain't no good people we,
If goodness means blindness.
Ain't no practical folks we,
If practicality means selfishness.
Ain't no sane citizens we,
If sanity means indifference.
Ain't no smart bunch we,
If smartness brings arrogance.
Ain't no articulate minds we,
If articulation means mindless accuracy.
Ain't no civilized society we,
If civilization means hypocrisy.
We are the force capable of mastering a planet.
Let's live not as machines but conscience incarnate. #Quote by Abhijit Naskar
Existentialism quotes by Winston Graham
#65. Do you believe we are masters of ourselves, or merely dance like puppets on strings having the illusion of independence? #Quote by Winston Graham
Existentialism quotes by Gary Cox
#66. To choose not to choose is still a choice for which you alone are responsible. #Quote by Gary Cox
Existentialism quotes by Justin Wetch
#67. As joy dwindles with the years
I wistfully recall
When the christmas tree
Looked ten feet tall
And the presents under it
Seemed endless
And more
Than mere wrapping paper. #Quote by Justin Wetch
Existentialism quotes by Jose Ortega Y Gasset
#68. We see, then, that even from the zoological point of view, which is the least interesting and - note this - not decisive, a being in such condition can never achieve a genuine equilibrium; we also see something that differs from the idea of challenge-response in Toynbee and, in my judgement, effectively constitutes human life: namely, that no surroundings or change of surroundings can in itself be described as an obstacle, a difficulty, and a challenge for man, but that the difficulty is always relative to the projects which man creates in his imagination, to what he customarily calls his ideals; in short, relative to what man wants to be. This affords us an idea of challenge-and-response which is much deeper and more decisive than the merely anecdotal, adventitious, and accidental idea which Toynbee proposes. In its light, all of human life appears to us as what it is permanently: a dramatic confrontation and struggle of man with the world and not a mere occasional maladjustment which is produced at certain moments. #Quote by Jose Ortega Y Gasset
Existentialism quotes by Nanamoli Thera
#69. Don't build yourself an ivory tower" the moralists say. But I am an ivory tower by the mere fact that I am. On the crude physical level the body is a frame of (ivory) bones on which the muscles are stretched, crowned by an (ivory) bone pill-box turret housing the brain - shielding it from the blows of 'reality' so that it can get on with its absurd work undisturbed. On the non-physical level my I-ness is an ivory tower of orderly individual views and vistas shielding 'me' from being swallowed up in chaos. Dear moralists: don't they see that life is a constant flight up and down the endless steps of the dark ivory tower seeking to escape from the horrid chaos of real freedom? #Quote by Nanamoli Thera
Existentialism quotes by Jack Kerouac
#70. One fast move or I'm gone,' I realize, gone the way of the last three years of drunken hopelessness which is a physical and spiritual and metaphysical hopelessness you can't learn in school no matter how many books on existentialism or pessimisn you read, or how many jugs of vision-producing Ayahuasca drink, or Mescaline take, or Peyote goop up with - #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Existentialism quotes by Kim Gordon
#71. That stage in life when older people assume that just because you've graduated college you know who you are, or what you're doing, and in fact most people don't. #Quote by Kim Gordon
Existentialism quotes by Simone De Beauvoir
#72. As long as there have been men and they have lived, they have all felt this tragic ambiguity of their condition, but as long as there have been philosophers and they have thought, most of them have tried to mask it. #Quote by Simone De Beauvoir
Existentialism quotes by Therese Doucet
#73. A Christian is supposed to be in the world, and yet not of the world
a Both/And as perplexing and demanding as the Either/Or that precedes the life of faith. I'm at once a pure, beautiful, genderless soul, but at the same time a gendered body full of flaws, sins, and wanting. This contradiction, the Both/And, is the Cross. #Quote by Therese Doucet
Existentialism quotes by Gary Cox
#74. Part of being of a true existentialist is wanting to be what we make ourselves be by the way we choose to act, as opposed to making excuses for the way we act and regretting it. #Quote by Gary Cox
Existentialism quotes by Katie Coyle
#75. But Viv, if I've learned anything at all in the last eight years of my life? It's that people just like to tell themselves stories about where they came from. They can't help themselves. They don't trust the world around them--it's too good for them, or not good enough--so they tell themselves stories about it. They tell themselves an old magician who lives up in the sky made them out of clay and put them here until whenever he makes up his mind to take them out again. Your parents didn't like their creation myth, that's all--it had pain in it, and chaos, and their own parents were ashamed. So they told themselves a story that was at least partially true: about two good people who deserved happy lives. And probably at some point they started to believe that story. But the thing is, really, that it doesn't matter. For your parents or anyone else. It doesn't actually matter where we came from, or where we're going, or when. The only thing that matters is what we have to do while we're here and how well we do it. #Quote by Katie Coyle
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#76. Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Sean J Halford
#77. I've whittled my fascination with the cosmos down to this mantra: we can imagine the Universe as a giant void racing away from us at a frightening speed, or it could occur to us that, in fact, it is wrapped around us in all directions. Then, no matter where we are, we are at the centre of something wonderful. And that's how I've always thought about it. #Quote by Sean J Halford
Existentialism quotes by David Eagleman
#78. All creation necessarily ends in this: Creators, powerless, fleeing from the things they have wrought. #Quote by David Eagleman
Existentialism quotes by Hermann Hesse
#79. In this atmosphere of wintry desolation and isolation, this slowly, very slowly increasing chill, my hands and lips started to freeze. Had I extinguished the sun? Had I killed the heart of all life? #Quote by Hermann Hesse
Existentialism quotes by Martin Esslin
#80. The Theatre of the Absurd is a theatrical embodiment and manifestation of existentialism. It is part reality and part nightmare #Quote by Martin Esslin
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Durrenmatt
#81. The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual. #Quote by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Existentialism quotes by Jim Holt
#82. Suppose you turn your attention inward in search of this 'I'. You may encounter nothing more than an ever changing stream of consciousness, a flow of thoughts and feelings in which there is no real self to be discovered. #Quote by Jim Holt
Existentialism quotes by Vivid Darkness
#83. No misery
ever so beautiful
than the one
this mind creates. #Quote by Vivid Darkness
Existentialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#84. It is a question of discovering a truth which is truth for me, of finding the idea for which I am willing to live and die. #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Existentialism quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#85. A person's life is a glint and oftentimes the climax is incalculably brutal. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Existentialism quotes by Fitzjames Stephen
#86. We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist, through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong road we shall be dashed to pieces. We do not certainly know whether there is any right one. What must we do? 'Be strong and of a good courage.' Act for the best, hope for the best, and take what comes ... If death ends all, we cannot meet death better. #Quote by Fitzjames Stephen
Existentialism quotes by Leo Strauss
#87. Existentialism is a 'movement' which like all such movements has a flabby periphery and a hard center. That center is the thought of Heidegger. #Quote by Leo Strauss
Existentialism quotes by Katherine Center
#88. The lived on the mistaken assumption that their lives mattered, that life was essentially fair, that it was all going to wind up happy in the end. I knew what they didn't - that everything you care about will disappear, that deserving a happy life doesn't mean you can get one, and that there really is no one in the entire world you can count on but yourself. #Quote by Katherine Center
Existentialism quotes by Tanya Thompson
#89. Both Bratva and thieves in law would like to call themselves nihilists and anarchists because they don't support the established government, but they govern nonetheless, and you can't be an anarchist unless you follow its rule. Crime and anarchy are no more synonymous than nihilism and existentialism, or fatalism and determinism; so many isms there was bound to be a schism. #Quote by Tanya Thompson
Existentialism quotes by Bongha Lee
#90. Nonconformists, we are, unsolicited, unpredictable, unencumbered, unvested, daring and iconoclastic but not for the sake of destructive ruins but construction toward a better truth, a substantial truth, and innovation. Too much of independence of the nonconformists of unique mind is considered unfitting to the establishment of existing norms and institutions because they cannot be useful functionaries for social reinforcement. Yet, poetic outcasts are reframing the stretch of imagination toward metaphysical beauty and permanence - the greatness. We deliberately detach ourselves from the exasperations and desperations of the moment of mankind. We find it particularly useful to have a burning heart and causes for misgivings and finality…to fill the unlistening void and to chastise a comfortable livelihood. #Quote by Bongha Lee
Existentialism quotes by Sean J Halford
#91. It's tragic that most of us spend our private lives paradoxically thinking something is watching us and permanently disapproving. We say we believe in benevolent deities but smear them with hate and the power to smite. We see sin everywhere, when the only sin is when we forget to treat each other with respect. That is the sad secret that makes the Universe vulnerable. #Quote by Sean J Halford
Existentialism quotes by Martin Jay
#92. To the horror of those who can genuinely claim to have suffered from its effects, alienation has proved a highly profitable commodity in the cultural marketplace. Modernist art with its dissonances and torments, to take one example, has become the staple diet of an increasingly voracious army of culture consumers who know good investments when they see them. The avant-garde, if indeed the term can still be used, has become an honored ornament of our cultural life, less to be feared than feted. The philosophy of existentialism, to cite another case, which scarcely a generation ago seemed like a breath of fresh air, has now degenerated into a set of easily manipulated clichés and sadly hollow gestures. This decline occurred, it should be noted, not because analytic philosophers exposed the meaninglessness of its categories, but rather as a result of our culture's uncanny ability to absorb and defuse even its most uncompromising opponents. #Quote by Martin Jay
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#93. What is meant here by saying that existence precedes essence? It means first of all, man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and, only afterwards, defines himself. If man, as the existentialist conceives him, is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he himself will have made what he will be. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Abhijit Naskar
#94. From communism to capitalism - from judaism to buddhism - from non-dualism to existentialism - people across time and geography have come together, to think, feel and behave as the collective - and they continue to do so. But the point is, this collective behavior, which we can most aptly call "bee-hive behavior", has been a two-edged sword - it has brought along breathtaking accomplishments for the species, but at the same time, it has caused heart-wrenching devastations. #Quote by Abhijit Naskar
Existentialism quotes by Milan Kundera
#95. I thought of the fate of Descartes' famous formulation: man as 'master and proprietor of nature.' Having brought off miracles in science and technology, this 'master and proprietor' is suddenly realizing that he owns nothing and is master neither of nature (it is vanishing, little by little, from the planet), nor of History (it has escaped him), nor of himself (he is led by the irrational forces of his soul). But if God is gone and man is no longer master, then who is master? The planet is moving through the void without any master. There it is, the unbearable lightness of being. #Quote by Milan Kundera
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#96. Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there's always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Wendy Mass
#97. So maybe it's not sad that Gran lives alone. Maybe it's a choice.

"But what if it never rains again here?" I ask her.

She makes a quick face - like a face she might make if I were blowing that whistle right in her ear. Then she says, "I guess I'll have to take that question one day at a time. #Quote by Wendy Mass
Existentialism quotes by Charles Seife
#98. Contrary to what our brains are telling us, there's no mystical force that imbues a winner with a streak of luck, nor is there a cosmic sense of justice that ensures that a loser's luck will turn around. The universe doesn't care one whit whether you've been winning or losing; each roll of the dice is just like every other. #Quote by Charles Seife
Existentialism quotes by Sherman Alexie
#99. Unlike landed white men, she didn't need to climb mountains to experience mystic panic. All she needed was to set her alarm dock for the next morning, wake when it rang, and go to class. #Quote by Sherman Alexie
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#100. How did I picture the life after the grave?
I Fairly bawled out at him: 'A life in which I can remember this life on earth. That's all I want of it. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#101. 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
Existentialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#102. Boredom is the root of all evil. It is very curious that boredom, which itself has such a calm and sedate nature, can have such a capacity to initiate motion. The effect that boredom brings about is absolutely magical, but this effect is one not of attraction but of repulsion. #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Existentialism quotes by William Barrett
#103. If science could comprehend all phenomena so that eventually in a thoroughly rational society human beings became as predictable as cogs in a machine, then man, driven by this need to know and assert his freedom, would rise up and smash the machine.
What the reformers of the Enlightenment, dreaming of a perfect organization of society, had overlooked, Dostoevski saw all too plainly with the novelist's eye: namely, that as modern society becomes more organized and hence more bureaucratized it piles up at its joints petty figures like that of the Underground Man, who beneath their nondescript surface are monsters of frustration and resentment. #Quote by William Barrett
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#104. [E]very man ought to say to himself, Am I really the kind of man who has the right to act in such a way that humanity might guide itself by my actions? #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Tom Stoppard
#105. A Chinaman of the T'ang Dynasty - and, by which definition, a philosopher - dreamed he was a butterfly, and from that moment he was never quite sure that he was not a butterfly dreaming it was a Chinese philosopher. Envy him; in his two-fold security. #Quote by Tom Stoppard
Existentialism quotes by Milan Kundera
#106. The uniform is that which we do not choose, that which is assigned to us; it is the certitude of the universal against the precariousness of the individual. When the values that were once so solid come under challenge and withdraw, heads bowed, he who cannot live without them (without fidelity, family, country, discipline, without love) buttons himself up in the universality of his uniform as if that uniform were the last shred of transcendence that could protect him against the cold of a future in which there will be nothing left to respect. #Quote by Milan Kundera
Existentialism quotes by Alan Chains
#107. We can't even resist making antimatter, so what makes you think we are going to leave cloning technology untapped? (Douglas Parsley) #Quote by Alan Chains
Existentialism quotes by George Ainslie
#108. The awkwardness of getting reward in a well-off society is that the creation of appetite often requires undoing the work of satisfying appetite. #Quote by George Ainslie
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#109. Atheistic existentialism, of which I am a representative, declares with greater consistency that if God does not exist there is at least one being whose existence comes before its essence, a being which exists before it can be defined by any conception of it. That being is man ... #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Walpola Rahula
#110. There is no unmoving mover behind the movement. It is only movement. It is not correct to say that life is moving, but life is movement itself. Life and movement are not two different things. In other words, there is no thinker behind the thought. Thought itself is the thinker. If you remove the thought, there is no thinker to be found. #Quote by Walpola Rahula
Existentialism quotes by Herbert Marcuse
#111. The reign of such a one-dimensional reality does not mean that materialism rules, and that the spiritual, metaphysical, and bohemian occupations are petering out. On the contrary, there is a great deal of "Worship together this week," "Why not try God," Zen, existentialism, and beat ways of life, etc. But such modes of protest and transcendence are no longer contradictory to the status quo and no longer negative. They are rather the ceremonial part of practical behaviorism, its harmless negation, and are quickly digested by the status quo as part of its healthy diet. #Quote by Herbert Marcuse
Existentialism quotes by Matt Haig
#112. This is what happens when you live on Earth. You crack. You hold reality in your hands until it burns and then you have to drop the plate. #Quote by Matt Haig
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#113. He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#114. When a man gets drunk he gets sentimental. That's what I wanted to avoid. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by David Byrne
#115. And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, "Well... how did I get here?"
Letting the days go by... #Quote by David Byrne
Existentialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#116. Battle day and night against the guile of oblivion ... #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Existentialism quotes by Jack London
#117. He shuffles atoms and jet of light, remotest nebulae, drips of water, prick-points of sensation, slime-oozings and cosmic bulks, all mixed with pearls of faith, love of woman, imagined dignities, frightened surmises, and pompous arrogances, and of the stuff builds himself an immortality to startle the heavens and baffle the immensities. He squirms on his dunghill, and like a child lost in the dark among goblins, calls to the gods that he is their younger brother, a prisoner of the quick that is destined to be as free as they - monuments of egotism reared by the epiphenomena; dreams and the dust of dreams, that vanish when the dreamer vanishes and are no more when he is not. #Quote by Jack London
Existentialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#118. To stand on one leg and prove God's existence is a very different thing from going on one's knees and thanking Him. #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Existentialism quotes by Jack Kerouac
#119. One fast more or I'm gone', I realize, gone the way of the last three years of drunken hopelessness which is a physical and spiritual and metaphysical hopelessness you can't learn in school no matter how many books on existentialism or pessimism you read, or how many jugs of vision-producing Ayahuasca you drink, or Mescaline you take, or Peyote goop up with-- That feeling when you wake up with the delirium tremens with the fear of eerie death dripping from your ears like those special heavy cobwebs spiders weave in the hot countries, the feeling of being a bent back mudman monster groaning underground in hot steaming mud pulling a long hot burden nowhere, the feeling of standing ankledeep in hot boiled pork blood, ugh, of being up to your waist in a giant pan of greasy brown dishwater not a trace of suds left in it--The face of yourself you see in the mirror with its expression of unbearable anguish so hagged and awful with sorrow you can't even cry for a thing so ugly, so lost, no connection whatever with early perfection and therefore nothing to connect with tears or anything: it's like William Seward Burroughs' 'Stranger' suddenly appearing in your place in the mirror- Enough! 'One fast move or I'm gone' so I jump up, do my headstand first to pump blood back into the hairy brain, take a shower in the hall, new T-shirt and socks and underwear, pack vigorously, hoist the rucksack and run out throwing the key on the desk and hit the cold street...I've got to escape or die... #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Existentialism quotes by Meg Ryan
#120. I have a very good life, so I have nothing to complain about. Sometimes, I just have existential angst. #Quote by Meg Ryan
Existentialism quotes by Blaise Cendrars
#121. You make me laugh, with your metaphysical anguish, its just that you're scared silly, frightened of life, of men of action, of action itself, of lack of order. But everything is disorder, dear boy. Vegetable, mineral and animal, all
disorder, and so is the multitude of human races, the life of man, thought,
history, wars, inventions, business and the arts, and all theories, passions
and systems. Its always been that way. Why are you trying to make something out
of it? And what will you make? what are you looking for? There is no Truth.
There's only action, action obeying a million different impulses, ephemeral
action, action subjected to every possible and imaginable contingency and
contradiction, Life. Life is crime, theft, jealousy, hunger, lies, disgust,
stupidity, sickness, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, piles of corpses. what can you do about it, my poor friend? #Quote by Blaise Cendrars
Existentialism quotes by Florence King
#122. My consultants recommended several nihilists and existentialists but I rejected them all. A black turtleneck sweater does not a misanthrope make. Nihilists and existentialists tend to be bohemians, who invariably run in packs; despite their alienated stance, they have always struck me as a sociable lot who surround themselves with people because they are forever saying "Nothing matters," and they need someone to say it to. #Quote by Florence King
Existentialism quotes by Mary Shelley
#123. The course of the Rhine below Mainz becomes much more picturesque. The river descends rapidly and winds between hills, not high, but steep, and of beautiful forms. We saw many ruined castles standing on the edges of precipices, surrounded by black woods, high and inaccessible. This part of the Rhine, indeed, presents a singularly variegated landscape. In one spot you view rugged hills, ruined castles overlooking tremendous precipices, with the dark Rhine rushing beneath; and on the sudden turn of a promontory, flourishing vineyards with green sloping banks and a meandering river and populous towns occupy the scene. #Quote by Mary Shelley
Existentialism quotes by Chloe Thurlow
#124. If the existentialists are right, that life is meaningless, and if we acknowledge that, we are better equipped to find pleasure in small things. #Quote by Chloe Thurlow
Existentialism quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer
#125. The true basis and propaedeutic for all knowledge of human nature is the persuasion that a man's actions are, essentially and as a whole, not directed by his reason and its designs; so that no one becomes this or that because he wants to, though he want to never so much, but that his conduct proceeds from his inborn and inalterable character, is narrowly and in particulars determined by motivation, and is thus necessarily the product of these two factors. #Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer
Existentialism quotes by Asper Blurry
#126. What's the point of wandering?
to find a better place?
a home?
But the loneliness will always capture me
in its claws
of no tomorrow #Quote by Asper Blurry
Existentialism quotes by Constantina Maud
#127. As usual, however, those who strive to understand have no power to act. #Quote by Constantina Maud
Existentialism quotes by Zhuangzi
#128. We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening #Quote by Zhuangzi
Existentialism quotes by Stephen A. Diamond
#129. Integrity is unity of the personality; it implies being brutally honest with ourselves about our intentionality. Since intentionality is inextricably bound up with the daimonic, this is never an easy, nor always pleasant pursuit. But being willing to admit our daimonic tendencies - to know them consciously and to wisely oversee them - brings with it the invaluable blessing of freedom, vigor, inner strength, and self-acceptance. #Quote by Stephen A. Diamond
Existentialism quotes by Constantina Maud
#130. Influence is like the tide. Sometimes it goes, sometimes, however, it comes. #Quote by Constantina Maud
Existentialism quotes by Temitope Owosela
#131. If you want good luck; you must go out there and search for that luck!! Because luck is waiting for you to look for it. #Quote by Temitope Owosela
Existentialism quotes by Ortega Y Gasset
#132. That man is intellectually of the mass who, in face of any problem, is satisfied with thinking the first thing he finds in his head. On the contrary, the excellent man is he who contemns what he finds in his mind without previous effort, and only accepts as worthy of him what is still far above him and what requires a further effort in order to be reached. #Quote by Ortega Y Gasset
Existentialism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#133. Some care is needed in using Descartes' argument. "I think, therefore I am" says rather more than is strictly certain. It might seem as though we are quite sure of being the same person to-day as we were yesterday, and this is no doubt true in some sense. But the real Self is as hard to arrive at as the real table, and does not seem to have that absolute, convincing certainty that belongs to particular experiences. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Existentialism quotes by Jules Renard
#134. Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it. #Quote by Jules Renard
Existentialism quotes by Oscar Wilde
#135. There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. #Quote by Oscar Wilde
Existentialism quotes by Joe Iacovino
#136. The supernatural is not as it claims, for it is inherently unnatural; it seeks to separate us from our natural world. #Quote by Joe Iacovino
Existentialism quotes by Derek Keck
#137. 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
Existentialism quotes by Gustav Hasford
#138. I tell the squad a joke: "Stop me if you're heard this. There was a Marine of nuts and bolts, half robot--weird but true--whose every move was cut from pain as though from stone. His stoney little hide had been crushed and broken. But he just laughed and said, 'I've been crushed and broken before.' And sure enough, he had the heart of a bear. His heart functioned for weeks after it had been diagnosed by doctors. His heart weighed half a pound. His heart pumped seven hundred thousand gallons of warm blood through one hundred thousand miles of veins, working hard--hard enough in twelve hours to lift one sixty-five ton boxcar one foot off the deck. He said. The world would not waste the heart of a bear, he said. On his clean blue pajamas many medals hung. He was a walking word of history, in the shop for a few repairs. He took it on the chin and was good. One night in Japan his life came out of his body--black--like a question mark. If you can keep your head while others are losing theirs perhaps you have misjudged the situation. Stop me if you've heard this... #Quote by Gustav Hasford
Existentialism quotes by Jean Genet
#139. When we see life, we call it beautiful. When we see death, we call it ugly. But it is more beautiful still to see oneself living at great speed, right up to the moment of death. #Quote by Jean Genet
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#140. Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#141. The literal meaning of life is whatever you're doing that prevents you from killing yourself. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#142. 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
Existentialism quotes by Jose Ortega Y Gasset
#143. Next time we will look at this from a much more basic point of view and one antedating all zoology, which, glimpsed only a little after my twentieth year, made write in those days that what is most valuable in man is his eternal and almost divine discontent, a discontent which is a kind of love without a beloved, and like an ache which we feel in members of our body that we do not have. Man is the only being that misses he has never had. And the whole of what we miss, without ever having had it, is never what we call happiness. From this one could start a meditation on happiness, an analysis of that strange condition which makes man the only being who is unhappy for the very reason that he needs to be happy. That is, because he needs to be what he is not. #Quote by Jose Ortega Y Gasset
Existentialism quotes by Tom Stoppard
#144. As Socrates so philosophically put it, since we don't know what death is, it is illogical to fear it. #Quote by Tom Stoppard
Existentialism quotes by Franz Kafka
#145. to be sure, all that pointless standing about and waiting day after day always starting all over again without any prospect of change, will wear a man down and make him doubtful, and ultimately incapable of anything but that despairing standing about. #Quote by Franz Kafka
Existentialism quotes by Tom Stoppard
#146. All your life you live so close to truth, it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye, and when something nudges it into outline it is like being ambushed by a grotesque. #Quote by Tom Stoppard
Existentialism quotes by Viktor E. Frankl
#147. But today's society is characterized by achievement orientation, and consequently it adores people who are successful and happy and, in particular, it adores the young. It virtually ignores the value of all those who are otherwise, and in so doing blurs the decisive difference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable in the sense of usefulness. If one is not cognizant of this difference and holds that an individual's value stems only from his present usefulness, then, believe me, one owes it only to personal inconsistency not to plead for euthanasia along the lines of Hitler's program, that is to say, 'mercy' killing of all those who have lost their social usefulness, be it because of old age, incurable illness, mental deterioration, or whatever handicap they may suffer. Confounding the dignity of man with mere usefulness arises from conceptual confusion that in turn may be traced back to the contemporary nihilism transmitted on many an academic campus and many an analytical couch. #Quote by Viktor E. Frankl
Existentialism quotes by Jason Daniel Chaplin
#148. Sure, people can make you happy, but no one can stop you from being happy. #Quote by Jason Daniel Chaplin
Existentialism quotes by Ernesto Sabato
#149. In any case, there was only one tunnel, dark and lonely, mine, the tunnel in which I had spent my childhood, my youth, my whole life. And in one of those transparent lengths of the stone wall I had seen this girl and had gullibly believed that she was traveling another tunnel parallel to mine, when in reality she belonged to the broad world, to the world without confines of those who do not live in tunnels; and perhaps she had peeped into one of my strange windows out of curiosity and had caught a glimpse of my doomed loneliness, or her fancy had been intrigued by the mute language, the clue of my painting.
And then, while I advanced always along my corridor, she lived her normal life outside, the exciting life of those people who live outside, that strange, absurd life in which there are dances and parties and gaiety and frivolity. And it happened at times that when I walked by one of my windows she was waiting for me, silent and longing (why was she waiting for me? why silent and longing?); but other times she did not get there on time, or she forgot about this poor creature hemmed in, and then I, with my face pressed against the glass wall, could see her in the distance, smiling or dancing carefree, or, what was worse, I could not see her at all and I imagined her in inaccessible or vile places. And then I felt my destiny a far lonelier one than I had imagined. #Quote by Ernesto Sabato
Existentialism quotes by Steven Wright
#150. I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it. #Quote by Steven Wright
Existentialism quotes by Hermann Hesse
#151. We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. #Quote by Hermann Hesse
Existentialism quotes by Thomas Metzinger
#152. Yes, there is an outside world, and yes, there is an objective reality, but in moving through this world, we constantly apply unconscious filter mechanisms, and in doing so, we unknowingly construct our own individual world, which is our reality tunnel. #Quote by Thomas Metzinger
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#153. I have to admit it humbly, mon cher compatriote, I was always bursting with vanity. I, I, I is the refrain of my whole life, which could be heard in everything I said. I could never talk without boasting, especially if I did so with that shattering discretion that was my specialty. It is quite true that I always lived free and powerful. I simply felt released in the regard to all the for the excellent reason that I recognized no equals. I always considered myself more intelligent than everyone else, as I've told you, but also more sensitive and more skillful, a crack shot, an incomparable driver, a better lover. Even in the fields in which it was easy for me to verify my inferiority–like tennis, for instance, in which I was but a passable partner–it was hard for me not to think that, with a little time and practice, I would surpass the best players. I admitted only superiorities in me and this explained my good will and serenity. When I was concerned with others, I was so out of pure condescension, in utter freedom, and all the credit went to me: my self-esteem would go up a degree. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Norman Mailer
#154. Oh , kinda playing things by ear #Quote by Norman Mailer
Existentialism quotes by Samuel Beckett
#155. It is suicide to be abroad. But what it is to be at home, ... what it is to be at home? A lingering dissolution. #Quote by Samuel Beckett
Existentialism quotes by Andrew Sean Greer
#156. Perhaps love is a minor madness. And as with madness, it's unendurable alone. The one person who can relieve us is of course the sole person we cannot go to: the one we love. So instead we seek out allies, even among strangers and wives, fellow patients who, if they can't touch the edge of our particular sorrow, have felt something that cuts nearly as deep. #Quote by Andrew Sean Greer
Existentialism quotes by William Barrett
#157. What emerges from these separate strands of (modern) history is an image of man himself that bears a new, stark, more nearly naked, and more questionable aspect. The contraction of man's horizons amounts to a denudation, a stripping down, of this being who has now to confront himself at the center of all his horizons. The labor of modern culture, whenever it has been authentic, has been a labor of denudation. A return to the sources; "to the things themselves," as Husserl puts it; toward a new truthfulness, the casting away of ready-made presuppositions and empty forms - these are some of the slogans under which this phase in history has presented itself. Naturally enough, much of this stripping down must appear as the work of destruction, as revolutionary or even "negative": a being who has become thoroughly questionable to himself must also find questionable his relation to the total past which in a sense he represents. #Quote by William Barrett
Existentialism quotes by Soren Kierkegaard
#158. Come, sleep and death; you promise nothing, you hold everything. #Quote by Soren Kierkegaard
Existentialism quotes by Luis Enrique Cavazos
#159. Love is a felt force when we become aware of it. Our cognition must be added to the reality of existence. This is the dance of love. We must cultivate our seeds that we plant in each other's lives. Only then we will enlarge our view of love, beauty, creativity, and purpose. #Quote by Luis Enrique Cavazos
Existentialism quotes by Jon Bois
#160. A human being will rarely admit this to you, but they tend to be terrified of living forever. They were born and raised with the understanding that their lives would end. They've achieved everything they wanted to achieve, all the ills that plagued them.

And now boredom is their only enemy. And they get up in the morning and fight it every day of their eternal lives. Recreation and play sustain them. Football sustains them. And if you find yourself in a football game that's such a gargantuan task, that seems undefeatable, that will claim eons of your time and your passion?

I think that makes you one of the lucky ones. #Quote by Jon Bois
Existentialism quotes by Paul Bowles
#161. The insistent drums were an unwelcome reminder of the existence of another world, wholly autonomous, with its own necessities and patterns. The message they were beating out, over and over, was for her; it was saying, not precisely that she did not exist but rather that it did not matter whether she existed or not, that her presence was of no consequence to the rest of the cosmos. It was a sensation that suddenly paralyzed her with dread. There had never been any question of her "mattering"; it went without saying that she mattered, because she was important to herself. But what was the part of her to which she mattered? #Quote by Paul Bowles
Existentialism quotes by Alfred Hayes
#162. I really didn't have a good vice. Liquor in moderate quantities. Love on the installment plan. Wouldn't it be nice if I could really cultivate some impressive vice? Some excessive cruelty or some astonishing sacrifice. #Quote by Alfred Hayes
Existentialism quotes by Franz Kafka
#163. The hardest bones, containing the richest marrow, can be conquered only by a united crushing of all the teeth of all dogs. That of course is only a figure of speech and exaggerated; if all teeth were but ready they would not need even to bite, the bones would crack themselves and the marrow would be freely accessible to the feeblest of dogs. If I remain faithful to this metaphor, then the goal of my aims, my questions, my inquiries, appears monstrous, it is true. For I want to compel all dogs thus to assemble together, I want the bones to crack open under the pressure of their collective preparedness, and then I want to dismiss them to the ordinary life they love, while all by myself, quite alone, I lap up the marrow. That sounds monstrous, almost as if I wanted to feed on the marrow, not merely of bone, but of the whole canine race itself. But it is only a metaphor. The marrow that I am discussing here is no food; on the contrary, it is a poison. #Quote by Franz Kafka
Existentialism quotes by Philip K. Dick
#164. A weird time in which we are alive. We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope. #Quote by Philip K. Dick
Existentialism quotes by Noah Cicero
#165. When a person screams in pain, the actual pain is only half the noise they make. The other half is the terror at being forced to accept that they exist. #Quote by Noah Cicero
Existentialism quotes by Nanavira Thera
#166. Every increase in objectivity takes us further from reality. #Quote by Nanavira Thera
Existentialism quotes by Frank Delaney
#167. First a piece of Irish wisdom: you should always listen to a bookie. For they have a saying, 'Money tells a good story,' and somewhere in their odds is a kind of science-fiction existentialism that decrees that we, the people, know everything. In other words, betting patterns often make for good, unconscious soothsaying. #Quote by Frank Delaney
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#168. No one is accountable for existing at all, or for being constituted as he is, or for living in the circumstances and surroundings in which he lives. The fatality of his nature cannot be disentangled from the fatality of all that which has been and will be. He is not the result of a special design, a will, a purpose; he is not the subject of an attempt to attain an 'ideal of man' or an 'ideal of happiness' or an 'ideal of morality'
it is absurd to want to hand over his nature to some purpose or other. We invented the concept 'purpose': in reality purpose is lacking ... One is necessary, one is a piece of fate, one belongs to the whole, one is in the whole
there exists nothing which could judge, measure, compare, condemn our being, for that would be to judge, measure, condemn the whole ... #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#169. Let us see what words can do. Will you understand me, for a start, if I tell you that I have never known what I am? My vices, my virtues, are under my nose, but I can't see them, nor stand far enough back to view myself as a whole. I seem to be a sort of flabby mass in which words are engulfed; no sooner do I name myself than what is named is merged in him who names, and one gets no farther. I have often wanted to hate myself and, as you know, had good reasons for so doing. But my attempted hatred of myself was absorbed into my insubstantiality and was nothing but a recollection. I could not love myself either, I am sure, though I have never tried to. But I was eternally compelled to be myself; I was my own burden, but never burdensome enough, Mathieu. For one instant, on that June evening when I elected to confess to you, I thought I had encountered myself in your bewildered eyes.
You saw me, in your eyes I was solid and predictable; my acts and moods were the actual consequences of a definite entity. And through me you knew that entity. I described it to you in my words, I revealed to you facts unknown to you, which had helped you to visualize it. And yet you saw it, I merely saw you seeing it. For one instant you were the heaven-sent mediator between me and myself, you perceived that compact and solid entity which I was and wanted to be in just as simple and ordinary a way as I perceived you. For, after all, I exist, I am, though I have no sense of being; and it is an #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#170. Pure logic is the impossibility by means of which science is maintained. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Luis Enrique Cavazos
#171. In life, we need to go through a naked tree season in order to turn nothingness into meaning. #Quote by Luis Enrique Cavazos
Existentialism quotes by Franz Kafka
#172. Am I to leave this world as a man who shies away from all conclusions? #Quote by Franz Kafka
Existentialism quotes by John Green
#173. But I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.

Of course, you pretend to be the author. You have to. You think, I now choose to go to lunch, when that monotone beep rings from on high at 12:37. But really, the bell decides. You think you're the painter, but you're the canvas. #Quote by John Green
Existentialism quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#174. I don't want harmony. . . . I'd rather remain with my unrequited suffering and my unrequited indignation, even if I am wrong. Besides, they have put too high a price on harmony; we can't afford to pay so much for admission. . . #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#175. You look up when you wish to be exalted. And I look down because I am exalted. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Tony Tulathimutte
#176. Reality took forever - the underwater way people walked and sent their voices wobbling through the air, how printed words lay inert like bugsplat, all manifesting the basic DUH of the physical plane. By the time he decided to go anywhere he wondered why he wasn't there already. As soon as he sent an email he felt he should already have the reply. And learning any fact, he was annoyed not to have known it already, because whenever anything happened, the conversation around it had already trended and backlashed and been reexamined and swallowed and shat and reswallowed and reshat in a thousand places online, until all thinking felt redundant. We needed brain-to-brain; only then would we catch up to real time. Right now everything progressed so slowly that by the time we arrived at the future it was the present again. #Quote by Tony Tulathimutte
Existentialism quotes by Leo Strauss
#177. Nietzsche was not an Existentialist. Existentialism emerged out of the conflict between Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, the Danish religious writer. #Quote by Leo Strauss
Existentialism quotes by Ernest Becker
#178. Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level. #Quote by Ernest Becker
Existentialism quotes by Simone De Beauvoir
#179. The thing that attracted me about philosophy was that it went straight to essentials. I had never liked fiddling detail; I perceived the general significance of things rather than their singularities, and I preferred understanding to seeing; I had always wanted to know everything; philosophy would allow me to appease this desire, for it aimed at total reality;philosophy went right to the heart of truth and revealed to me, instead of an illusory whirlwind of facts or empirical laws, an order, a reason, a necessity in everything. #Quote by Simone De Beauvoir
Existentialism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#180. You say 'I' and you are proud of this word. But greater than this- although you will not believe in it - is your body and its great intelligence, which does not say 'I' but performs 'I'. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Existentialism quotes by Richard Brautigan
#181. After he graduated from college, he went to Paris and became an Existentialist. He had a photograph taken of Existentialism and himself sitting at a sidewalk cafe. Pard was wearing a beard and he looked as if he had a huge soul, with barely enough room in his body to contain it. #Quote by Richard Brautigan
Existentialism quotes by Dainin Katagiri
#182. When you touch this basic nature of human life you feel relief. This is your final abode, your terminal station. If you take the train of human life, finally you arrive at the terminal station. It seems to be a dead end, but it is not the usual dead end. When you reach that terminal station it is the end, but it is also the beginning. At that dead end something happens. A new life comes up. From this basic place you can go anywhere - to the north, to the west, to the south, to the east - everywhere. Your life is open in all directions. #Quote by Dainin Katagiri
Existentialism quotes by Jason Dias
#183. If integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching, and there is never a private moment, integrity becomes impossible. What are we left with? #Quote by Jason Dias
Existentialism quotes by Aman Tiwari
#184. I think the uncertainty of our lives is one such commonality that unites us all despite our varied difference. #Quote by Aman Tiwari
Existentialism quotes by Neel Burton
#185. Poor feeling hijacks thinking for self-deception: to hide harsh truths, avoid action, evade responsibility, and, as the existentialists might put it, flee from freedom. Thus, poor feeling is a kind of moral failing, indeed, the deepest kind, and virtue principally consists in correcting and refining our emotions and the values that they reflect. To feel the right thing is to do the right thing, without any particular need for conscious thought or effort. #Quote by Neel Burton
Existentialism quotes by Abhijit Naskar
#186. Whatever may be the position of science, whatever may be the position of philosophy, as long as there is such a thing as death in the world, as long as there is such a thing as weakness in the human heart, as long as the human heart sheds a drop of tear in weakness, there shall be a faith in God and divinity. #Quote by Abhijit Naskar
Existentialism quotes by Albert Camus
#187. One might think, that a period which, within fifty years, uproots, enslaves or kills seventy million human beings, should only, and forthwith, be condemned. But also its guilt must be understood. #Quote by Albert Camus
Existentialism quotes by Peter Mayle
#188. If I live to be sixteen, I shall never fully understand the rich complexities of human nature. Not sure that I want to, either. It would be a lifetime's work, and brooding over the mysteries of existence is bad for your health. Look what happens to philosophers. Most of them end up barking mad, taking to the bottle, or becoming professors of existentialism at obscure universities. #Quote by Peter Mayle
Existentialism quotes by Knut Hamsun
#189. A shaft of sweetness shoots through me from top to toe when the sun rises; I shoulder my gun in silent exaltation. #Quote by Knut Hamsun
Existentialism quotes by C. G. Jung
#190. Where Voegelin seeks to show the Gnostic nature of modernity, Jonas seeks to show the modern nature of Gnosticism. Jonas draws parallels between ancient Gnosticism and modern, secular existentialism to prove that Gnosticism is existentialist, not that existentialism is Gnostic. For Jonas, both philosophies stress above all the radical alienation of human beings from the world. #Quote by C. G. Jung
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#191. Words are loaded pistols. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism quotes by Eknath Easwaran
#192. The law of karma says that no matter what context I find myself in, it is neither my parents, nor my science teacher, nor the mailman, but I alone who have brought myself into this state because of my past actions. Instead of trapping me in a fatalistic snare, this gives me freedom. Because I alone have brought myself into my present condition, I myself, by working hard and striving earnestly, can reach the supreme state which is nirvana. #Quote by Eknath Easwaran
Existentialism quotes by Tom Perrotta
#193. Sooner or later we all lose our loved ones. We all have to suffer, every last one of us. #Quote by Tom Perrotta
Existentialism quotes by Lewis Black
#194. Apparently there is no profit in the unique, or not enough to make it worthwhile to preserve. Ultimately it drains the life out of us, and existentialism starts to make more and more sense. #Quote by Lewis Black
Existentialism quotes by Michael Vito Tosto
#195. Since one could virtually open the Bible to any page and likely find something that speaks to his particular situation, is it fair to attribute this to the voice of God? After all, the Bible is not the only relevant book in existence. There are other religions with other scriptural texts which could do the same job. In fact, the text need not even be "scriptural." I could select Sartre's "Existentialism and Humanism" off the shelf, randomly flip to any page, and likely find something applicable to my life. Does this mean God is speaking through the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, a man who was by no means considered a friend to Christian thought? If the answer is yes, then who really needs to read the Bible? If this God is capable of turning anything into his "word" at any time, then you could theoretically receive a message from him in your Alpha-Bits. #Quote by Michael Vito Tosto
Existentialism quotes by Jiddu Krishnamurti
#196. Truth has no continuity. It is the mind that wants to make the experience which it calls truth continuous, and such a mind shall not know truth. Truth is always new; it is to see the same smile, and see that smile newly, to see the same person, and see that person anew, to see the waving palms anew, to meet life anew. #Quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Existentialism quotes by Rudy Rucker
#197. A little-known truth: Every aspect of the world is fundamentally unpredictable. Computer scientists have long since proved this. #Quote by Rudy Rucker
Existentialism quotes by Delmore Schwartz
#198. Existentialism means that no one else can take a bath for you. #Quote by Delmore Schwartz
Existentialism quotes by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
#199. The combination of our mortality with our groundlessness imparts to human life its pressing and enigmatic character. We struggle to in our brief time in the midst of an impenetrable darkness. A small area is lighted up: our civilizations, our sciences, our loves. We prove unable to define the place of the lighted area within a larger space devoid of light, and must go to our deaths unenlightened. #Quote by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Existentialism quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre
#200. I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul. #Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre

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